Mass Timber Demonstration Program

Around the world, mass timber buildings are increasing in size, height and complexity. Advancements in wood products and construction are helping build more resilient, climate-smart communities in British Columbia and Canada. B.C. has a unique opportunity to leverage its competitive advantages—trees and timber expertise.

The Province of British Columbia, through Forestry Innovation Investment, will invest $3 million to accelerate the use of mass timber in B.C.,  and to support jobs and employment recovery in the design, engineering, construction, and product manufacturing sectors.

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B.C.’s design practitioners, developers, construction contractors, provincial and municipal code, permitting and approval agencies will benefit from the lessons learned from these research and building projects. Dissemination of information and results is foundational to this program and funding priority will be given to projects with a plan to share and communicate results.

The long-term goals are to expand the use of mass timber in B.C., to overcome impediments to the development of mass timber expertise and construction, and to lock in B.C.’s global leadership in advanced wood products, technologies and services.

The MTDP provides funding to eligible applicants for the design, research, construction and demonstration of mass timber buildings. The funding is intended to:

1
Address technical or other impediments to the use of mass timber in construction projects in B.C.

2
Support companies to overcome one-time, or their first-time, costs associated with using mass timber on a construction project in B.C.

3
Support incremental costs associated with design, engineering, code equivalency, or construction of a mass timber building – that would not otherwise be incurred if building with traditional materials.

4
Undertake virtual design or 3-D modeling to support off site prefabrication, taking advantage of the speed of construction and other benefits associated with mass timber and prefabrication of building components.

5
Undertake life cycle analysis, GHG mitigation or related carbon accounting analysis.

6
Demonstrate performance and commercial success for B.C.-based mass timber technologies, design and construction expertise and services. Showcase best practices and share lessons learned to support future uptake of mass timber technologies.

7
Prove-out the business case for mass timber use and support the costs related to the learning curve associated with regularizing mass timber use in the development and construction sector.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I access more information about the funding call?

Information about the funding call will be posted on the How to Apply page of the website as it is available. Please join our mailing list to stay informed of program updates as they are available.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted to info@masstimberbc.ca using the Application Form provided on the How to Apply page.

What types of activities will you fund?

Available funds from the Program are designated to support selected activities in the following areas:

Design development, permitting, and construction drawings, including:

  • Incremental costs associated with the mass timber design (architectural, structural, fire safety, building envelope, etc.);
  • Code analysis and the preparation and detailing of alternative solutions; including feasibility, engineering, and scientific studies;
  • Costs associated with the validation of the design concept, engineering calculations and analysis, product and system testing, and other demonstrations that may be required to support the approval of the project by Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ);
  • Research associated with the use of mass timber or mass timber hybrid systems (acoustic, fire, seismic, connections, etc.);
  • Virtual design and 3D modeling; and
  • Lifecycle analysis and GHG emission mitigation documentation.

Construction and related activities, including:

  • Additional project construction fees associated with mass timber construction that would not otherwise be required such as improving construction site fire safety and moisture protection;
  • Monitoring costs, to assure building and occupant safety, for the critical building components or assemblies;
  • Extra-ordinary course of construction insurance premiums; and
  • Costs related to activities not noted above but directly attributable to the innovative design, approval process, use of materials, construction of the building, and the additional educational, training and communications required for such projects may likewise be considered Eligible Activities.

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