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Government pledges $2M for Toronto mass timber office building


August 9, 2019
By Ellen Cools
Ellen Cools

The Canadian government announced today that it will be investing $2 million over three years in the construction of a four-story mass timber office building in Toronto.

The funding comes from Natural Resources Canada’s Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) program, and will go to the Toronto and Region Conservation authority.

According to a government press release, the office will be built using glulam, or glue-laminated timber. Once construction is finished, it will be a net-zero energy-efficient building, producing at least as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis.

“We are very excited about this announcement. The design of the TRCA’s new head office is very innovative. It demonstrates applications for mass timber products and systems that are currently uncommon in the low-rise commercial sector. The educational value of this building is significant, and the example it sets will help drive advancement in sustainable wood construction and open the door to the increased use of wood in low-rise commercial buildings across Canada,” said Marianne Berube, executive director of Ontario Wood WORKS! in a statement.