Since March 18, 2013, the law 122 requires ownersof buildings of all kinds to inspect their facades (including balconies) and reinforced-concrete parking decks once a year, in addition, they must provide a certificate of conformity issued by a professional every five years. The owner is responsible for keeping a record of these periodic inspections to prove that the property is safe for the public.
The role of the professional is to advise the client on immediate and future repairs so that the facades (including balconies) and indoor parking remain safe for the public, and to develop solutions with a reasonable cost to owners. Do not hesite to contact us.
Despite the limit of 4 floors for timber-framed buildings imposed by the Building Code of Québec 2005, Chapter I, Section 127 of the Building Act allows designers to use wood as a material for building construction of 5 to 6 storeys, provided that the project is approved by the RBQ.
By participating in the implementation of the Technical Guide for the Design of Buildings of Light-framed Wood, Douglas Consultants has established a solid foundation in what will become a common, economical and easy way to build residential buildings of 5 to 6 storeys.
We have 6-storey residential projects in light-frame prefabricated wood structures in progress that will be posted shortly on our website. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information!
In the Tall Building Initiative program, teams composed of wood experts from all over Canada (developers, architects, engineers and builders) presented tall-wood projects (10 storeys and more) to Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Wood Council.
Our wood engineering expertise was once more recognised, along with the other members of our team, as our projet was named as one of the three to be accepted for construction under the terms of the Initiative.
Our project will be a commercial and/or residential building of 15 storeys and 59.4 metres high, and will use advanced low-damage technology to minimise the effect of major earthquakes.
The solid wood panels of cross-laminated timber are increasingly popular in projects for buildings of all kinds. However, there are several types of CLT panels and several methods of fabrication. Cross-laminated timber panels are fabricated by gluing together several layers of boards, with adjacent layers aligned perpendicular to each other, much like a giant size plywood. However, edge-gluing of the individual boards within the same layer is optional, and some manufacturers choose not to do it. The consequences are numerous:
Prior to specifying a CLT product, you need to ask the right questions, and the answers will depend on the needs of the project! Do not hesitate to contact us for more imformation.