You won’t read about it in the sports section any time soon, but a number of Canadian cities are competing in a high-stakes global race that will directly affect more than 200 of our communities.
The cities — including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Québec — are competing in an amazing race against a number of cities around the world to build the tallest wooden high-rise buildings.
The results of this race, for Canadian workers, companies and the environment, are critical.
In Vancouver, for example, it’s an 18-storey student residence at the University of B.C. that is already under construction, and will soon be one of the tallest mass timber hybrid buildings in the world. In Québec City, the ground was broken in mid-June on a 13-storey condominium complex that will include 12 stories of timber.
There’s no mystery to this trend. Builders have always held wood products in high regard because they are widely available, cost-effective, quick and easy to use, durable, and, of course, great looking. But their popularity has grown in recent years for other reasons. read more >>