Local chambers of commerce see opportunity in provincial building code changes

Local officials are pleased with a recent provincial announcement that building codes will be aligned with national standards.

In a news release, Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce President Alex Stevenson says aligning with the National Building Code has the potential to boost timber sales in this region.

Jack Kyte, Executive Director of the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce, says the announcement means more stability for local sawmills, who are often at the mercy of ever changing lumber markets in North America and off shore.

The changes, which came into effect on Saturday, allow for the maximum height of timber structures to increase from four to six storeys, and also enhance safety requirements for the taller wood buildings.

The chambers say eight percent of the province's annual wood harvest is done in Colchester County and nine per cent in Pictou County.