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Building Enclosure Design Guide

Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

The Guide is intended for industry professionals involved with the design and construction of building enclosures of multi-unit, wood-frame residential buildings.

Described as the industry’s most widely accepted reference on building enclosures, it’s an invaluable resource for builders, architects, designers, industry educators and others.

The Guide explores the latest research, design and construction best practices. It offers practical solutions to ensure high-performance in new multi-unit residential construction. This includes building enclosure design and best practices for wood-frame construction in five and six-storey mid-rise buildings.

This comprehensive 290-page illustrated Guide:

  • Outlines design and construction best practices
  • Explores building enclosure performance issues and solutions 
  • Presents design guidelines for assemblies, details, components and materials
  • Describes building enclosure systems and related Building Code requirements
  • Covers energy provisions for the building enclosure
  • Addresses maintenance and renewal planning 

The Guide was developed by the Province of B.C. in partnership with the HPO and industry. It is endorsed by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) and the Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC).

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