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

A new plumbing supply warehouse in Langford is being built with mass-timber technology. Photograph By DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

By / Andrew Duffy, 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.

“As our economy bounces back from the COVID-19 crisis, we want to do everything we can to support forest workers,” said Horgan, who made the announcement during a call with the Council of Forest Industries.