Provinces eyeing mass timber construction

Analysts expect the market for mass timber to grow in the coming years, CBC News reports. The materials can be used to build high-rise housing faster, and with a lower carbon output, than steel and concrete. In British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, manufacturing facilities are being expanded or newly built.

Mass timber still accounts for a slim minority of construction, and its ecological friendliness has been questioned. Still, Canadian Wood Council CEO Rick Jeffery told the CBC that there is room to expand its role in building projects as Canada looks to grow its housing stock. “We see there’s a big opportunity on that residential side.”