Strengthened sprinkler rules could aid push for mid-rise wood structures in Canada

Revisions to the 2010 code would increase the maximum wood building height to six stories, from the current four-story limit. 

January 08, 2014

Strengthened sprinkler regulations proposed for the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) could help a movement to allow mid-rise wood structures. Revisions to the 2010 NBCC would increase the maximum wood building height to six stories, from the current four-story limit. 

Code amendments would increase sprinkler requirements, stipulate the use of non-combustible cladding on the top floors, and call for increased water supplies for firefighting.

(http://www.journalofcommerce.com/Projects/News/2014/1/Fire-safety-at-the-crux-of-building-code-concerns-JOC058482W/)

         
 

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