Canada: Government Supports New Mass Timber Building

26 July 2023

Government of Canada Supports Groundbreaking Mass Timber Building Construction  – Being energy-efficient, having inherent fire resistance, and with an ability to sequester carbon dioxide, mass timber has revolutionized Canada’s construction industry. Mass timber will help shape the future of low-carbon construction while helping to develop and strengthen Canada’s bioeconomy by using innovative products and designs to build a more sustainable building sector.

Hon Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $3.5-million contribution to the construction of 2150 Keith Drive, an innovative hybrid mass timber commercial office building in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats neighbourhood. The contribution will be made through the Green Construction Through Wood (GCWood) Program that supports projects and activities that increase the use of wood as a low-carbon construction material in infrastructure projects.

Featuring a unique honeycomb-shaped exterior, 2150 Keith Drive will be 10 storeys tall and over 15,000 m2. It will be constructed with advanced mass timber systems using prefabricated cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels and glue-laminated (glulam) timber columns, braces and beams. Due to its wooden braced-frame system on the exterior, the design eliminates the need for an interior concrete core, thereby reducing its environmental impact. The replicable shape of its exoskeleton design also makes it ideal for more sustainable, cost-efficient and green construction. The building is the tallest braced-frame mass timber project or building in North America and will employ an innovative seismic resistance system. Furthermore, the building is targeting a minimum LEED Gold certification with construction expected to be complete in 2025.

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