Recently, The Vancouver Sun has been covering the concerns surrounding six-storey wood-frame buildings. For example, in yesterday's paper, Tracy Sherlock reported on the Architectural Institute of British Columbia's critical views about those buildings - which are allowed because of a building code change that took affect in 2009. But readers may remember we first told you about the institute's views two years ago. Indeed, Public Eye extensively investigated that controversial code change as it was being introduced in 2008. That coverage included revealing:
* concerns raised by British Columbia's fire services liaison group and American local government officials,
* deficiencies in a government analysis of the issues surrounding multi-storey wood-frame construction;
* criticisms from the National Fire Protection Association's Canadian regional manager;
* the government hired an engineering firm that was subsequently recognized as a "wood advocate" to provide structural engineering advice on its decision to allow taller wood-frame buildings;
* the Canadian Wood Council - the national association representing wood manufacturers - was among those involved in the government's fire risk analysis of taller wood-frame buildings; and
* the government's own officials advised there would be "significant" fire safety concerns with five- and six-storey wood-frame buildings.