Working in collaboration with the Canadian Wood Council and FPInnovations and in partnership
with Natural Resources Canada and the governments of Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia,
the National Research Council conducted a comprehensive research project, Research
Consortium for Wood and Wood-Hybrid Mid-rise Buildings. This consortium project aimed to
develop technical information that could be used to support acceptable solutions that meet the
NBC’s objectives for fire safety, acoustics, and building envelope performance, in order to
facilitate the use of wood-based structural materials in mid-rise buildings.
The objectives of the Wood and Wood-Hybrid Midrise Buildings research project were to
develop performance data and technical solutions in the areas of fire safety, acoustics and
building envelope pertinent to the use of wood-based structural materials in mid-rise buildings,
i.e. to develop an alternative solution to meet the 2010 NBC requirements for non-combustible
construction for 5-6 storey (and taller) buildings.
This project was intended to address the immediate needs for technical
solutions for mid-rise wood buildings that do not compromise the minimum levels of safety and
performance required by the 2010 NBC in the areas of fire safety and fire protection, acoustics,
and building envelope performance.