Mass timber construction reaching new heights in Ontario

Timmins Today
April 11, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, US East

Ontario’s forest products industry is welcoming the government’s move to allow mass timber buildings to reach greater heights. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing said it will be amending Ontario’s Building Code in the coming months to permit for construction of these buildings to be upsized from its current 12 storeys to 18. Steven Street, the executive director of WoodWorks Ontario, applauded the decision. …“The move will support greater adoption of industrialized approaches, utilizing factory-built benefits that can expedite the supply of critical infrastructure in a sustainable way.” …Approximately 150 mass timber projects have been completed, are under constructed, or are being planned. …Rick Jeffery, Canadian Wood Council president-CEO, congratulated the government for taking a leadership role to supporting the industry. …Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Graydon Smith said Ontario’s abundant natural resources and the skill of the industry’s workforce will meet the current demand for housing.

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