New Building Enclosure Design Guide for Wood-frame Multi-unit Residential Buildings

A new publication designed to enhance the quality of residential construction in B.C. is now available from the Homeowner Protection Office. The Building Enclosure Design Guide – Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings is the industry’s most widely accepted reference guide on building enclosures, and an invaluable resource for architects, builders, designers, engineers and educators. Endorsed by the AIBC and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C., 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 code requirements;
  • Covers energy provisions for the building enclosure;
  • Addresses maintenance and renewal planning over the service life of the building enclosure; and
  • Recommends other helpful references.

To learn more about the guide, view sample pages and order your own printed copy (cost: $70), visit the HPO website at

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