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Timber on the rise in B.C.

A mass timber office tower by BentallGreenOak rises 10 storeys using no hybrid components of steel or concrete. (Photo credit: The Globe and Mail)
A mass timber office tower by BentallGreenOak rises 10 storeys using no hybrid components of steel or concrete. (Photo credit: The Globe and Mail)

More architects and developers around the world are rallying for mass timber instead of concrete and steel, persuaded by its proven success and environmental benefits.

Now, the B.C. government is joining the movement by investing in eight mass timber buildings and four research projects. It also declared that every new civic building will be made mostly of mass timber, starting with Vancouver’s new St. Paul’s Hospital and the new Royal BC Museum in Victoria.

“We think this is our triple-word score,” says Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. The fund can create jobs in both forestry and product manufacturing as well as in design and construction, “while ensuring that a climate-change lens is placed on how we construct buildings.”

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