British Columbia Premier John Horgan has announced the province will focus on mass timber construction to bolster the forest industry. Premier Horgan has appointed Ravi Kahlon, parliamentary secretary for forests, lands, natural resource operations, and rural development, to lead the expansion and use of mass timber in B.C. buildings.
The 2015 edition of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) permits mixed-type occupancies on the first two storeys of wood buildings. Two facilities in British Columbia, both with primary retail occupancies, employ several mass wood products to achieve very different effects.
Changes to building codes, fear of fire risks, and the introduction of steel and concrete have caused a decline in wood building construction. However, wood has made a big comeback and new changes being introduced to the National Building Code (NBC) in 2020 might result in the rise of tall wood buildings.
Rethinking conventional development in the heart of Victoria, B.C., D’Ambrosio Architecture and Urbanism propose two mass timber multi-family residential buildings over one level of underground parking called Speed Frances.
Located in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood, 77 Wade Avenue aims to be the tallest modern mass timber office and commercial building in the country that is targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
T3 Bayside, on of the tallest timber office buildings in North America, will be emerging in Toronto’s Bayside community, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. Designed by 3XN, the 10-storey structure will be 42 m (138 ft) tall.
Legacy on Park Avenue in Langley, B.C., is a six-storey condominium combining advanced building systems with cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels. According to the Canadian Wood Council (CWC), this is also the very first application in Canada for a CLT firewall.
The Toronto Chapter is holding a dinner meeting to discuss mass timber structures. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 2, at the Toronto Skating Curling and Cricket Club from 5:15 p.m. Participants must sign-up before Friday, March 29.