Ontario’s Bold Move: Elevating Mass Timber Construction to New Heights

By James Murray
The Net News Ledger
April 8, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Ontario is setting a new precedent in construction and environmental sustainability by embracing mass timber technology. This innovative step not only aims to streamline homebuilding but also boosts the province’s forestry sector, ensuring job creation across various industries. In a significant code update, Ontario plans to amend its Building Code, allowing Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction (EMTC) buildings to soar up to 18 storeys—6 storeys higher than the current limit. This change, heralded by Minister Paul Calandra, promises faster construction times, reduced costs, and a thriving northern economy, marking a progressive shift towards increasing the housing supply through cutting-edge methods. … Ian Dunn states, “The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) applauds the government’s decision. …This move will not only accelerate home construction and reduce costs but also support forestry, technology, engineering, and manufacturing sectors.”

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