The provincially led national Joint Task Group – Harmonized Variations for Mass Timber (JTG-HVMT) is inviting comments on proposed code changes related to encapsulated mass timber construction (EMTC). The proposed code changes build on the 2020 National Model Code provisions for EMTC and would expand the use of mass timber to more occupancies, enable taller buildings, and vary encapsulation requirements.
The public review will run until February 16, 2024. Information to support your participation is available on the Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes public review website.
To watch a video summary of the proposed changes, click here.
Following the public review, a final report will be prepared by the JTG-HVMT and submitted to the Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes for consideration for incorporation into future editions of the National Model Codes. The report and proposed code content will also be made available to any jurisdictions wanting to pursue the expansion of permissions for mass timber construction in a harmonized and coordinated way ahead of any updates to the National Model Codes.