Tall Wood: A high tech Frankenstein of a building

2 hours agoThink an 18-story residence building made of wood sounds like a bad idea in a rainy, earthquake-prone city like Vancouver? Well, you’d be right, so it’s a good thing that UBC’s new Tall Wood Building isn’t actually a wooden building.

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Tall Wood: Why a wooden skyscraper is a good idea

If wood rots, burns and isn’t great at handling earthquakes, why build an 18-storey resident building out of it? Three reasons — its sustainable, an opportunity for research and helps the local economy.

Tall Wood: Greener than green

Brock Commons is being touted as a very environmentally friendly building. While it’s on track to be a LEED Gold Certified building but the wood building goes way beyond just an energy efficient certification.

Tall Wood: Mass timber isn't the future of skyscrapers

There is this hype right now that timber is fantastic. But is that just a pendulum swing? According to Perry Adebar, UBC’s civil engineering department head it is. Frank Lam, a wood building expert agrees.

Tall Wood: How a wood building can be fireproof

Brock Commons has a fire rating — the amount of time a building is supposed to withstand a fire before its structural integrity is compromised — that is about two hours, which is typical for a high-rise building.

Tall Wood: Special building, special permits

BC was the first province to allow for wooden building construction up to 6 storeys high, with legislation that has been in effect since 2009. Then B.C.’s Building Act was passed was 2015, which allows for wood buildings taller than six storeys.

Tall Wood: More than just beds

The building will consist of a total of 404 studio and four-bedroom shared units, which will be given a fairly even rental price, estimated at $1,100 per student for the four-bedroom unit and at $900 per student for the studio units.