Proposed bill would legalize 14-storey wood buildings

Northern Ontario Business
October 19, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli has introduced an updated version of the wood frame construction bill he tabled in the Ontario Legislature earlier this year. The Ontario Forestry Revitalization Act (14-Storey Wood Buildings), 2017 received First Reading in the Ontario Legislature on Oct. 18. The act would amend the Ontario Building Code to allow for wood frame construction to be used in mid-rise buildings up to 14 stories, instead of the current six storeys. “This change will further boost the Northern forestry industry, and create jobs and growth,” Fedeli said in a news release. …“I’m now seeking an increase to 14 storeys as the University of Toronto has such a building in the works. As in the past, I hope to rally all-party support for this legislation because it’s a win-win solution,” Fedeli said. “By increasing the use of wood harvested in residential construction, we help Northern Ontario by providing jobs, and we help southern Ontario meet targets to reduce urban sprawl and reduce construction costs.”

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