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A boost for mass-timber in building larger structures; marketed as sustainable, lighter (New SPH)

A new plumbing supply warehouse in Langford is being built with mass-timber technology. (Photo credit: Times Colonist)

In a move designed to strengthen the province’s forest and timber industry, Premier John Horgan has appointed Ravi Kahlon as the lead in expanding the use of mass timber in B.C. buildings.

Kahlon, parliamentary secretary for the Forests Ministry, will be expected to engage with provincial ministries, local governments, industry and the construction sector to look for new opportunities for mass-timber construction and to develop new markets.

Last year, the province announced a push for the increased use of mass-timber building products in its capital construction programs, particularly in the development of the new St. Paul’s Hospital and upgrading of the Royal B.C. Museum.

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