The winners of the 2016 Ontario Wood WORKS! Wood Design Awards have been announced!

A select group of Ontario’s leading architects, engineers, and project teams received Wood Design Awards tonight at the 16th annual Wood WORKS! celebration in Toronto.  The awards honour people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction.

“We are pleased to recognize excellence in modern architecture, and to honour leadership in wood design and construction through the Wood Design Award program,” said Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! program. “The winning projects of this year’s program showcase the many benefits of wood construction such as sustainability, versatility, and cost-effectiveness.”

Ontario Wood WORKS! presented 13 awards at the event. Ten awards went to specific wood projects and three were given to professionals for contributions to the building industry that advance the case for wood design and construction.



CLT construction at Laurentian Architecture Laurentienne, Sudbury

On June 4, 2015, Ontario Wood WORKS! participated in a construction site tour of Laurentian Architecture’s new building during the installation of the cross-laminated timber. This fantastic building, designed by LGA Architectural Partners, has drawn a lot of attention and is a much-anticipated addition to the School of Architecture. CLICK HERE for the media release from Laurentian University. The structure uses 550 m3 of wood in the form of CLT and Glulam. This volume of wood has locked away 389 metric tons of atmospheric CO2 (a greenhouse gas) and yields a carbon benefit equivalent to taking 103 cars off the road for a year. CLICK HERE for the WoodWorks Carbon Summary for this building.

group tour LAL

Photo L-R: Henry Krans, Timmerman Timberworks; Raymond Ing, Nordic; Lloyd Alter, MNN; Cory Zurell, Blackwell; David Warne, LGA; Carol McAuley, Laurentian University; Steven Street, Wood WORKS!; Scott Wiebe, CRIBE; Brad Parkes, Laurentian University; Michel Seguin, Manager, Capital Project at Laurentian.

CLICK HERE to hear Steven Street’s interview with the CBC.

CLICK HERE for an excellent article and gallery of photos by Lloyd Alter (MNN) posted at

City of Hamilton Issues Ontario’s First Six-Storey Wood Frame Building Permit

HAMILTON, ON – March 20, 2015 – Today, the City of Hamilton’s building division announced it has issued Ontario’s first six-storey wood frame building permit for a new hotel coming to the city’s east end.

The project, a 209-unit Sandman Hotel by Northland Properties and located at 560 Centennial Parkway, will include an indoor pool and two restaurants. Pre-construction on-site servicing work started on site Monday, March 16 and excavation and foundation work will be starting on Monday, March 23, 2015.

Ontario revised its building code legislation on January 1, 2015 allowing wood-frame residential and office buildings up to six storeys, with additional fire safeguards such as non-combustible stairwell materials and combustion-resistant roofs. Prior to January 1, the limit was four storeys. British Columbia was the first province to introduce six-storey wood frame construction.

“This is a significant step forward for our community and I’m thrilled that we were the first Ontario municipality to sign off on a permit for this new hotel project,” said Ed VanderWindt, Chief Building Official for the City of Hamilton.

CLICK HERE to link to the announcement on the City of Hamilton’s website.

Download your copy of the ‘Mid-Rise Wood Construction in the Ontario Building Code’ Reference Guide

The 2015 Reference Guide: Mid-Rise Wood Construction in the Ontario Building Code is a free guide is based on a detailed code analysis and report completed by Morrison Hershfield for Ontario Wood WORKS!  This new reference tool goes through the new OBC provisions related to Mid-Rise and Combustible construction.  The intent of the tool is to help explain the provisions and provide the user with a better understanding of what is acceptable in Ontario.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF copy of the Guide.

mid rise guide cover


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Our free online courses – found at – are self-paced and available 24/7. We have assembled a prestigious international faculty of Architects, Engineers, Researchers and Educators to present online modules that provide you with the most current information on wood materials, design and applications.  Click HERE to browse the course catalogue.


Welcome to Ontario Wood WORKS!

“Our goal is to promote the use of wood and wood products in construction projects, and to acknowledge the contribution of wood-use advocates and industry leaders.”


“Notre objectif est de promouvoir l’utilisation du bois et des produits du bois dans les projets de construction, et de reconnaître la contribution de nos champions et des leaders de l’industrie.”


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