Tall Wood Building Case Study: UBC’s Brock Commons

DURATION: 1 hour, approved for GBCI CE hours

Although wood has a long history as a building material, new engineered product and mass-timber construction techniques are expanding the ways in which we use it. Wood is a renewable resource with many sustainable benefits, including carbon sequestration and reusability. However, it can also require design and construction approaches that are different from more conventional building materials. Each new project provides an opportunity for learning, with lessons that can be applied to future projects.

The University of British Columbia has recently completed Brock Commons Tallwood House. Brock Commons is an 18-storey student residence with a hybrid mass-timber structure, which is currently the tallest contemporary wood building in the world. This course will explore Brock Commons as a case study in tall wood building, with an overview of the design, regulations, and construction. It will also focus on the long-term environmental performance through a lifecycle assessment comparison with a similar concrete residential building. It will showcase some of the design and construction strategies, and discuss the implication those decisions had on the environmental performance of the project.

This course is delivered by Angelique Pilon; Director, Urban Innovation Research; University of British Columbia, Sustainability Initiative.


An email will be sent from “Support Team” with the subject “CaGBC Central: New User Account” within 1 to 2 business days of purchase. If you already have a CaGBC Central account, your On Demand will appear under “My Courses” within 1-2 business days of purchase.

You will have access for a period of three calendar months from the date the course is made available to you.

Member (National or Chapter members) price: $19
Non member price: $29

Regular price: $29.00