This project will develop a system design methodology for engineered light-frame wood construction that can be incorporated into the Canadian design standard, CSA O86.1 ‘Engineering design in wood’. The expected benefit of the system design method over the traditional single-element design method is more economical design solutions that will improve the competitive position of wood as a structural material, and increase wood’s market share, especially in non-residential construction. The specific objectives of this project are:
1. To develop design provisions for Canadian wood design standard for engineered light-frame wood structures, including hybrids (wood-masonry or wood-concrete structures), that recognizes that buildings behave as 3-dimensional systems, and not as an assembly of structural elements acting independently.
2. To provide a framework for future system design provisions for other types of structural wood systems, like heavy frames.
3. To help substantiate the performance of non-engineered wood frame buildings covered by Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada.