The Canadian Wood Council has partnered with federal and provincial governments and organizations, as well as key experts, to conduct a series of five fire research burns on a full-scale mass timber structure in Ottawa. The five tests are scheduled to commence June of this year and will be complemented with targeted education sessions and symposiums. The primary purpose of the project is to support market acceptance of tall and large mass timber buildings in Canada and to encourage the construction of buildings that include mass timber.
With the most certified sustainable forests in the world, Canada is a champion of sustainable forest management and in a position to solidify our global leadership in the bioeconomy and forest sector by advancing mass timber adoption. Mass timber is revolutionizing the building industry as a renewable, nature-based construction material. Recognizing mass timber’s vital role in achieving a low carbon, built environment, the Canadian Wood Council and its partners are dedicated to advancing its adoption.
While there is evidence, research, and case studies that demonstrate comparable, safety and performance of mass timber construction in relation to construction using conventional materials like steel and concrete, misconception is still circulating. By designing and executing a series of demonstration fire research burns on a full-scale mass timber structure, and collecting data from these burns, our objectives are to:
Various key stakeholders within the construction sector need to be influenced and convinced through science-based tests that mass timber building systems can be designed to provide a safe building environment when subject to fire. The key groups targeted by the project include, but are not limited to:
Natural Resources Canada
BC Forestry Innovation Investment
Government of British Columbia – Office of Mass Timber Implementation (OMTI)
Ontario – Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
Alberta – Agriculture, Forestry & Rural Economic Development
Québec – Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
Canadian Wood Council
GHL Consultants Ltd.
CHM Fire Consultants Ltd.
Timmerman Timberworks Inc.
Five mass timber product manufacturers are supplying the mass timber materials. The manufacturers and their materials being supplied are:
Several key material suppliers who are supporting the program, include:
The structure for the Ottawa Fire Test will be erected by Timmerman Timberworks Inc.