Calgary set to allow wood buildings to reach six storeys
BY JASON MARKUSOFF, CALGARY HERALD
"City planners hope to bring on more mid-rise condo projects at lower prices by announcing rules Wednesday to permit six-storey buildings with wood frames.
It’s a move the building industry expects to shave 10 per cent off development costs, to make going slightly taller more affordable in some areas.
If developers have wanted to build above four floors, long-standing building codes have declared concrete or steel the only safe and structurally sound options. But with the national code about to change and some provinces already allowing wood mid-rises, Calgary will begin accepting permits for five- or six-storey buildings with the cheaper and more environmentally friendly material."
This is super interesting for Calgary's condo market! Very excited to see how many builders will incorporate this - my guess is most of them. :)