We don’t know about you, but we can’t get enough of the wooden skyscraper craze that’s hit the West Coast.

But what’s driving this wood-craze? We came across this article in the National Post that shed a little more light on the return of timber.

In the last 100 years, wood hasn’t received much respect outside of its reputation as a cheap material for low-rises and single-family homes. Steel and concrete stole the show for high-rises, bridges, and other structures that required ultra-durability.

But thanks to advances in wood technology and some creative thinkers, designers are looking to wood to built fire resistant, earthquake proof, and cost-competitive structures that rival their steel and concrete counterparts. Certainly great news for BC’s lagging lumber industry!

So what exactly has advanced wood to the point where it’s feasible to hold up 30-storey structures? They call it Mass Timber — large-scale wood panel products produced from laminated lumber that’s free of knots and incredibly strong. The end result is large beams that meet Vancouver’s seismic and fireproofing codes.

With the first 10-storey structure slated to be built in Prince George soon, we’re expecting a lot more inventive wood designs on the horizon. And while we’ve got you focused on wood, you should also check out our story on Tallwood, the proposed 30-storey wood-based structure in Vancouver.

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