A new high-performance cross-laminated timber office building welcomes its occupants

VANCOUVER, BC, June 9, 2022 /CNW/ – The efficient and innovative use of Canadian forest products has the potential to transform the construction industry. With our abundant forest resources, low-carbon wood building systems, such as mass timber projects, present a significant environmental and economic opportunity. This approach supports sustainable building practices that benefit from energy-efficient and climate-resilient building designs while simultaneously driving low-carbon economic growth and creating good jobs at every stage of the value chain, from forest management, from manufacturing and exporting products to installation and construction. .

Today, Patrick Weiller, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, celebrated the official occupancy of oN5, which is constructed using cross-laminated panels high performance prefabricated and insulated. wood panels (CLT). It also features an advanced adhesive system that bonds CLT panels together without the need for beams, making the material comparable to concrete in terms of interior clear heights, flexible layout and efficient construction. oN5 supports the offices of local design and construction companies.

Our government is committed to advancing from Canada world leadership in innovative wood construction technologies and in the better and more efficient use of our forest resources. We are committed to establishing an innovation center for low-carbon building materials and support massive timber construction through Canada. More $1.2 million funding for the oN5 project was provided through Natural Resources Canada Green Building with Wood Program (GCWood)which encourages low-carbon construction through innovative uses of wood in non-traditional construction projects, such as low-rise non-residential buildings, tall wooden buildings and bridges.

Named for its location near the intersection of Ontario Street and Fifth Avenue East in the Mount Pleasant downtown district Vancouver, the top three floors of this four-storey log office building are constructed entirely of cross-laminated timber. Its construction required sophisticated building information modeling and virtual construction work due to the difficulty of the site without a lot line. The installation of the CLT building structure was completed in 15 days through the use of precast panels compared to conventional methods and therefore limited the impacts of construction on local residents and businesses while providing the same advantages. The building includes instruments that monitor its performance, creating a living case study of the possibilities of urban infill projects constructed with innovative mass timber.

oN5 incorporates several sustainable construction technologies – including its solid wood construction – allowing it to be both comfortable, affordable and environmentally friendly. The building meets passive house standards for energy efficiency and also uses state-of-the-art seismic devices to withstand earthquakes. Its design and use are examples of climate resilience in action.

Projects like oN5 help Canada achieve net zero emissions and grow the low carbon economy by finding innovative and efficient approaches to building sustainably, using from Canada world-class wood products.


“By effectively using from Canada forest resources through low-carbon building systems, Canada is becoming a global leader in sustainable wood building practices, increasing the energy efficiency and climate resilience of our communities while simultaneously improving the global competitiveness of our forestry, wood manufacturing sectors and building. That’s why our government is happy to support projects like oN5 — to help reduce emissions, create good jobs for workers, and build better neighborhoods for everyone. »

The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Natural Resources

“Approaching construction projects with innovation and creativity is one way to tackle the climate crisis. Using solid wood for construction not only reduces emissions and promotes renewable energy, but also supports value-for-money manufacturing and energy efficiency. Buildings like oN5 will reduce emissions associated with building materials and accelerate construction, helping us achieve our zero emissions goals and create the green, sustainable communities of the future.”

Patrick Weiller
MP for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country

“We believe that as engineers we have a responsibility to put our money where we are. We want to set an example for society while doing something good for the environment by using solid wood . City of Vancouver and British Columbia are leaders in wood excellence, and we are proud to be part of it. »

Robert Malczyk
Eng., Owner

“This project is an excellent example of a high performance, innovative and sustainable wood building. It showcases technologically advanced mass timber systems and how the components work together for optimal designs that can be easily replicated. such as this respond to today’s urgent demand for more efficient construction using sustainable building materials towards a goal of carbon neutral structures that will positively transform our built environment.”

Lynn Embury-Williams
Executive Director, Wood WORKS! BC / Canadian Wood Council

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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada

For further information: Natural Resources Canada, Media Relations, 343-292-6100, [email protected]; Keean Nembhard, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, 613-323-7892, [email protected]