Mass timber construction reaching new heights

Northern Ontario Business
April 9, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada 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, a wood construction advocacy group,, applauded the decision taken by Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Increasing the height of mass timber construction up to 18 storeys will enable low-carbon, advanced wood construction solutions to have a greater role in achieving our housing targets,” Street said in an emailed statement. …Ontario first permitted the use of wood-framed buildings in 2015 in allowing construction, initially, of up to six storeys.

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