Meanwhile, my latest Toronto Sun column is included below, as well as rescon.com/blog columns by our tech guru Michael Steele and safety man Andrew Pariser ... and more!
It seems like only yesterday when New Year's Day rolled by.
That day, not only did we celebrate the coming of 2015, but builders lifted a glass in honour of the change to the Ontario Building Code allowing for the construction of six-storey wood-frame buildings.
Seven months later, Quebec blew us out of the water by launching a 60-page technical guide for designing and constructing taller wooden buildings: they will be allowing wood-frame construction up to 12 storeys.
Wooden high-rises in Canada? Heck, that's even taller than the wood-frame structure that our RESCON team visited in Sundyberg, Sweden (which was eight) during our Scandinavian fact-finding mission in May.
And why shouldn't Quebec go to 12? There are even taller high-rise projects in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. And in June, a proposal in a design competition was revealed for the world's tallest wooden skyscraper -- 35 storeys -- in Paris (that's France, by the way; not Ontario).
Wood fever is catching on fast. Another group in Sweden wants to build a complex up to 34 storeys, Australia and the U.S. are building with wood ... it's the dawn of the "plyscraper!"
Back in Quebec, there's already a $25-million residential condo project that has been announced to be the tallest wooden building in North America. When it is finished by the end of 2016, 12 of its 13 storeys will be built with wood.
Quebec is now setting the standards for Canadian innovation with wood-frame construction. But just so you know, Ontario will go higher than six, too. We're not going to be left behind and let our neighbours to the east have all of the fun. It's just a matter of time.
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