canadian wood frame house construction pdf

Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been a popular publication for builders, homeowners (current and prospective) and students of housing technology since its first edition appeared in 1967. It continues to be a widely used reference for numerous college and university courses and is one of many continuing efforts by CMHC to provide accessible, affordable and sustainable housing for Canadians.

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction is a concise description of Canadian wood-frame house construction and references several other publications that provide additional information. This book is not intended to be a complete reference on wood-frame house construction, but it is an introductory book for understanding and applying wood-frame house construction principles.

Though Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction is based on the requirements of the 2010 edition of the National Building Code (NBC), it is not a substitute for the NBC. Readers are encouraged to refer to the housing-related codes and standards in their jurisdictions for a complete set of
requirements. The book also provides some recommendations that go beyond the requirements of the NBC.

The organization of Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction generally corresponds to the construction sequence for a typical house. In this updated version, information about the functions of the building envelope has been moved close to the front (see Chapter 5)to reflect the importance of this topic and the need to consider it early in the planning process.

The chapters are based on major aspects of wood-frame house construction and reflect typical practices, some of which vary across Canada. Readers are urged to consult local building departments, trades and suppliers for additional direction. Ideally, users of this book should read the book from start to finish. However, if specific information is required, each chapter has been developed as a stand-alone reference. In order to keep this book to a manageable size, a glossary of the numerous housing terms used in this book is not included. Readers should consult CMHC’s Glossary of Housing Terms.