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Wood lobby shoring up support for building code changes

By Ian Harvey, Daily Commercial News
March 12, 2014

A war of words is heating up over whether wood should be permissible as framing for six-storey buildings in next year’s National Building Code of Canada (NBC) revision.

Adding fuel to the fire is a move by the wood lobby to push provinces to pass “wood first” legislation specifying wood framed structures as the default for mid-rise public works projects where warranted.

On the one side are the Canadian Concrete and Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA) and Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC). On the other is the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and the target of verbal rocks being tossed at them in the form of press releases and other statements.

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