The use of mass timber in British Columbia is moving up and expanding to schools, libraries and other construction.

The province says it’s making changes to its building code, allowing for the use of mass timber in buildings up to 18 storeys, an increase from the previous 12-storey limit.

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The expansion also includes building with mass timber for housing, retail, light and medium industrial construction and care facilities, as part of government efforts to streamline provincial housing permits and authorizations.

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