Upcoming to changes to Ontario’s building code next year permitting wood frame construction up to six stories was welcomed with open arms by Montreal-based EACOM Timber.
EACOM runs five sawmills in this province and has a joint-venture with Anthony Forest Products of Arkansas on an operation in Sault Ste. Marie that makes engineered solid flange I-joists.
“We are very pleased with Ontario’s announcement that it is adopting wood-frame construction in five- and six-storey applications,” said Kevin Edgson, company president-CEO in a statement.
“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 company said the use of structural wood products in mid-rise construction for condos or rental units means cost savings over other building material and should translate into more affordable housing options for consumers.
"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," said Edgson.