The tallest mass timber building in the world now stands at the University of British Columbia (UBC) at the Point Grey campus. Brock Commons, a student residence, is 53 meters tall, equivalent to 174 feet. “Brock Commons aspires to be a game changer for the future when tall, mass wood buildings will be an economical, preferred choice for developers and builders in British Columbia,” said Russell Acton, Principal, Acton Ostry Architects Inc. “To be truly environmentally meaningful, mass wood structures must be incorporated into buildings of all types and sizes, whether the wood is exposed or encapsulated with gypsum board.” To provide exceptional fire protection while remaining lightweight, CGC Sheetrock® Brand UltraLight Panels Firecode® X (UL Type ULIX) were installed in this structure.

In total, Brock Commons used an estimated 1.1 million sq. ft. of CGC Sheetrock® Brand UltraLight Panels Firecode® X. As a result, the building weighs approximately 506,000 pounds less than if it were built using standard 5/8 in. CGC Sheetrock® Brand Firecode® X Panels. But the benefits go far beyond lightweight characteristics.

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