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Toronto mass timber 4-storey office building announced

August 9, 2019  

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Ottawa today announced an investment of $2 million over three years to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority for the construction of a four-storey mass timber office building in Toronto, Ont.

“This incredible project will demonstrate the benefits of using timber in the construction of commercial buildings. It will help make Toronto a more sustainable and liveable community while supporting the development of new markets for Canada’s forest industry,” said Judy Sgro, MP, Humber River–Black Creek.

Once completed, the office will be a net-zero energy­-efficient building, meaning that it will produce at least as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis. The structure will be built with glue-laminated timber, an engineered wood product that is bonded together with durable, moisture-resistant structural adhesive. This material will give the building environmental benefits that matter to Canadians. Its production is renewable and sustainable, while combating climate change through carbon sequestration.

According to the press release, the project will position Canada “as a global leader in advanced wood building design and construction while expanding the Canadian wood market into non-traditional, low-rise office buildings.”

The funding for the project is coming from Natural Resources Canada’s Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) program. The GCWood program encourages the use of wood in non-traditional construction projects, such as tall buildings, low-rise non-residential buildings and bridges. It aims to position Canada as a world leader in tall wood construction and the low-carbon economy.

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