Few developers are taking advantage of new Ontario rules that allow for taller wood-frame buildings.
The reason? They can’t find the right wood.
In Toronto, Heartwood the Beach will be one of the first condo projects to be built under the new rules, which allow for six-storey wood buildings instead of the previous four storeys. To realize their design vision for the 37-unit, east-end building, Quadrangle Architects are using cross-laminated timber, a newer product that’s a key component of taller wood structures.
“It’s like lumber on steroids,” said Quadrangle’s Marco VanderMaas, a leading Canadian expert on wood-frame design.