Light-frame wood construction may help solve missing middle housing in the Greater Toronto Area

By Don Procter
The Daily Commercial News
February 20, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

ONTARIO — A six-storey, light-frame wood condominium built in Milton, Ontario might be just the type of building to address the missing middle in the Greater Toronto Area. The design, fabrication and erection of the project were the topic of a recent seminar at the Light-Frame Wood Solutions Conference and trade show co-hosted by WoodWorks Ontario and the Ontario Structural Wood Association. The session covered Home Technology’s (HT) off-site fabrication at its Etobicoke automated plant through to the onsite panelized erection using light-frame timber and engineered wood. With a self-erecting crane on a small footprint, the six levels were installed in 10 weeks, said HT’s Ron Kekich. …While stair and elevator shafts were done in concrete, Kekich said cross-laminated timber stair and elevator shafts in future projects would speed up installation. …Steven Street, executive director of WoodWorks Ontario, said models along the lines of the Milton project could help address the province’s growing housing crisis.

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