BEC/JTC Meetings in Montreal
The 27th Canada-Japan-US trilateral meetings were held from September 26th to 28th in Montreal. These are the Building Expert Committee (BEC) meeting and the Japanese Agricultural Standard Technical Committee (JTC) meeting. Both BEC and JTC meetings have been held annually since 1990. Meeting venues have alternated between Canada, US and Japan. At this year’s meetings, Japanese delegation explained the recent Building Standard Law amendments, CLT technical projects, large scale wooden project trends, overview of the wooden housing stimulating policies and JAS standard revisions. Canada presented Canadian design standard CSA O86 revisions on CLT structures, Midrise case studies, Tall Wood initiatives and preservative measures for wooden buildings. Presentations from US included Mass Timber Buildings and lumber/wood products acceptance in US building codes. All three participating nations re-affirmed the value that this conference represents to national and respective industry interests, but this year’s conference also included constructive discussions to renew and refresh the conference terms of reference as well as meeting frequency and location to optimize the value and relevance of the conference to participating industry and government representatives. Dialogue is continuing between Canada, the United States and Japan to redefine and optimize the BEC/JASTC conferences in the future.