MONTREAL, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - EACOM Timber Corporation today
welcome the announcement from the Government of Ontario to implement
changes to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) to allow the use of
wood-frame construction in buildings of up to six-storeys.
"We are very pleased with Ontario's announcement that it is adopting
wood-frame construction in five- and six-storey applications," said
Kevin Edgson, President and CEO of EACOM. "Not only will these changes
allow Ontario architects and builders to access safe, strong,
innovative and green building solutions, the move will help support the
Ontario wood products sector, including EACOM, and the communities in
which we work."
The changes to the OBC to permit the use of structural wood products in
the construction of four- to six- storey buildings will provide for
increased construction cost savings over alternative materials which
can translate into a more affordable unit to the home buyer. These
savings can be passed through the system resulting in more affordable
condo or rental units being brought to the market.
"We believe that the province will see additional benefits, including
job creation, increased availability of affordable housing, increased
tax base for municipalities and a minimized carbon footprint of
building construction resulting from the increased use of
sustainably-sourced wood products," added Edgson.
EACOM Timber Corporation is a major producer in the Eastern Canadian
timber industry. Operations include the manufacturing, marketing and
distribution of lumber and wood-based value-added products, and the
management of forest resources. EACOM currently owns seven sawmills (5
in Ontario, 2 in Quebec), a remanufacturing facility (Quebec) and a
partnership operation in an engineered I joist plant (Ontario) for a
total of 800 employees.
The Company is committed to investing in strong assets, including
healthy forests, advanced technology and talented people. For more
information visit our website at www.eacom.ca and follow us on Twitter @EacomCorp.
For further information:
Isabelle Des Chênes
EACOM Timber Corporation