Proposed Code Changes to Allow for 5- and 6-Story Wood Mid-Rise
OTTAWA, March 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and Wood WORKS! Ontario are pleased with the Government of Ontario's announcement today
that it will move ahead with proposed changes to the Ontario Building
Code to allow the use of wood-frame construction in buildings of up to
six-storeys. The changes will allow Ontario builders to access safe,
strong and sophisticated building solutions.
"We welcome Ontario's announcement that it will undertake a Regulatory
Review of the implications of adopting wood-frame construction in five-
and six-storey applications," said Michael Giroux, President and CEO of
CWC. "We look forward to supporting this review process with the
knowledge and expertise gained from years of designing and constructing
these types of buildings in British Columbia and elsewhere in North
America. Our goal is to ensure that wood products and building systems
are fairly represented in the Ontario Building Code and ensure a level
playing field for all structural products."
The changes to the Ontario Building Code would be similar to changes
made to the British Columbia Building Code in 2009, which had an
immediate impact on the local economy. With B.C. as a case study,
Ontario builders are presented with a viable code compliant
construction option that meets safety, health, accessibility, as well
as fire and structural requirements in the code.
Whether built with light wood framing materials or new engineered wood
products, the added height and area of these buildings creates new
opportunities for architects and developers to deliver projects that
best fit their overall vision and design. And by providing a reduced
carbon footprint in the construction of mid-rise buildings, wood offers
a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to Ontario home
"We are very happy with the code changes announced today. They are the
result of a lengthy, carefully considered process that has involved a
great deal of consultation and input from all stakeholders," said
Marianne Berube, Executive Director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! project.
"These changes offer new opportunities to meeting urban densification
plans and create more affordable housing. We look forward to the
innovative niche market for mid-rise buildings that will be created by
For additional information on the new wood mid-rise opportunity, visit: http://woodfacts.cwc.ca/.
The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) is the national association representing manufacturers of Canadian
wood products used in construction. CWC is a strong advocate for the
use of life-cycle assessment and communication about the environmental
attributes through the use of Environmental Product Declarations. Visit
us at www.cwc.ca.
Wood WORKS! Ontario is a national industry-led initiative of the
Canadian Wood Council, with a goal to support innovation and provide
leadership on the use of wood and wood products.
SOURCE: Canadian Wood Council
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