The new 2018 B.C. Building Code (effective Dec 10, 2018) and the 2020 NBC will allow B.C. design teams to build with wood, in larger and taller mixed-use structures. Elements of these structures will require a two-hour combustible construction fire rating.

Taller and bigger wood buildings require diligence, knowledge and skill in addressing concerns about fire. Attending this workshop will be invaluable to designs using wood.

In response to this requirement, the Canadian Wood Council/Wood WORKS! BC, the timber industry supply chain and other supporting industries now have new floor assemblies and new listed floor penetration assemblies to meet the new building code.

Wood WORKS! BC invites you to an innovative, entertaining, interactive – but mostly educational — single-day event that includes classroom lectures with ten featured speakers and five “roll-up-your-sleeves” interactive sessions.

The day will conclude with a live burn comparing several very large (8’ x 8’) demonstration boxes, each built to code. Included is a “course of construction” mass timber box, a mass timber combustible box and steel stud non-combustible box.

This workshop is a must for architectural, structural and fire engineering professionals, building and planning officials and regulators, fire services, insurance brokers and underwriters, developers, BC Housing Licensed Builders, and installers (insulation/drywall/fire stopping).


  • Don Pedde – Building and Safety Standards Branch
  • Patrick Enright- City of Vancouver
  • Marc Alam- Canadian Wood Council
  • Andrew Harmsworth- GHL Consultants
  • Matt Lansdowne- Quality Auditing Institute
  • Colin Chornohus – Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation
  • Brian Woudstra- Structure Craft Builders Inc.
  • Courtney Skene-Hamilton- Hilti Canada
  • Cory Norman- IPEX
  • Robert Marshall- CertainTeed

Workshop details

Date: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Surrey Fire Department Training Facility, 14923 64 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3S 1X8

More information on the program and speakers is available on the Wood WORKS! website.