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Why you should attend Wood Solutions Fair
November 18th, 2015 4:46 pm     A+ | a-

Richard Lyall / RESCON

RESCON is proud of a relationship that we like to say is stronger than solid oak.

That’s the one we’ve formed in recent years with Wood WORKS! We’re sponsoring our third Wood WORKS! event of the year coming up next week called the 2015 Toronto Wood Solutions Fair, and we think it provides a great opportunity for builders to learn about six-storey wood-frame construction.


The deadline to register is this Sunday, Nov. 22.

Check out the full program here: 

Here’s the link to registration and additional information:


Date: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 800 Level, Hall G

Cost:  $50 + HST (registration deadline is midnight, this Sunday, Nov. 22)



It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year since the OBC made the change to allow wood-frame construction up to six storeys high, and the projects have been rolling out slowly (read my interview with Metro Toronto newspaper on the CABIN project, at Queen and Dovercourt at this link).

But make no mistake: six-storey wood-frame construction is a game-changer for Ontario, and we’re going to go higher than six.

Steven Street, technical adviser for Wood WORKS!, agrees, and says the Toronto Wood Solutions Fair can help builders take the first steps into the unknown.

“The premise of this year’s activities with introducing the change to mid-rise wood-frame construction has been about education,” Street says. “You guys (RESCON and its members) are coming at it from the building perspective and, with your relationship with Tarion, you're making sure the quality is assured for the clients.

"In educating the construction industry, we have to make sure this is done the right way. At the Wood Solutions Fair, some of the technical presentations will be of interest. They build on what Richard’s been doing the last 12 months by going to Europe and B.C. to see the future of wood. This event is really going to give people a peek at what’s coming to North America.”

There are many sessions at the event that will be of interest to you, especially the stream of technical sessions on wood-frame mid-rise construction which will include lessons learned from professionals actively involved in mid-rise projects outside of Ontario.


This stream of sessions includes:

- Common Mid-Rise Structural Design Challenges – and Solutions

- Fire Safety During the Course of Construction 

- Building Enclosures for Five- and Six-Storey Mid-Rise Wood Buildings: Lessons Learned and Best Practices 

- Acoustic Considerations for Wood Frame Construction 

- Resources for Wood-Frame Mid-Rise Construction 

Among the other presentations of interest for RESCON members, you may want to check out the fascinating discussion by Marina Trifkovic on TREET – a 14-storey apartment building in Norway constructed with heavy timber and CLT.

Fourteen bloody storeys? That puts things into perspective.

“Six storeys is just a start, right?” Street asks.

You got that right, Steve. We’re going higher than six.

Richard Lyall, president of RESCON, represented the building industry in Ontario since 1991. He is also a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to the construction industry. Contact him @RESCONprez or at

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