September 29, 2014 by STAFF REPORT
Eacom Timber Corp. lauded the Government of Ontario’s decision to amend the Ontario Building Code (OBC) to allow wood-frame construction in buildings up to six storeys.
“We are very pleased with Ontario’s announcement that it is adopting wood-frame construction in five- and six-storey applications,” said Kevin Edgson, Eacom’s president and CEO. “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.”
According to Eacom, the changes to the OBC allowing structural wood products in the construction of four- to six- storey buildings will provide increased construction cost savings over alternative materials, which can translate into more affordable prices for home buyers.
“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,” added Edgson.