Why should highrise buildings be constructed out of wood? Usually, they're constructed from concrete or steel, but wood?
Ontario announces new investments in mass timber building technology
The Province of Ontario is investing in research, education and construction of tall wood buildings so more wood products can be used in new homes and taller buildings through the new Mass Timber Program. This program is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s carbon market.
Tall wood demonstration projects include:
George Brown College’s Arbour development: planned to be a 12-storey building that will be the most carbon friendly building in Canada, constructed almost entirely of mass timber. It will house the college’s School of Computer Technology and act as a living laboratory for students of tall wood construction.
The University of Toronto’s Academic Tower: planned to be the tallest mass timber and concrete hybrid building in North America, this 14-storey building will act as a living laboratory for students learning skills in mass timber construction.
The Green Vision Waterfront Development: planned to be a residential condominium complex consisting of three, 12-storey buildings on the shores of Lake Nipissing in downtown North Bay. The first floor of these buildings, and their adjoining parking garages, will be constructed with concrete, and the remaining 11 storeys with wooden panels. These buildings will be used as living laboratories for students, and will contribute to the sustainability highlighted in North Bay’s Downtown Waterfront Master Plan.
The 57 Wade Avenue development: planned to be an eight-storey office building in Toronto. This building’s construction will incorporate timber beams and an innovative floor assembly that will result in exposed wooden ceilings to the office space below.