CBC interview – May 29, 2023 CBC Radio Interview (14 min)
Gaetan Royer was interviewed by Marc Fournier regarding urban planning issues and the controversial 105 Keefer project in Vancouver (Francais)

In a recent interview on Radio-Canada’s “Panorama,” the growing interest in mass timber as a sustainable construction material was discussed. The conversation highlighted the numerous benefits of using mass timber in construction, emphasizing its potential to revolutionize the industry in Canada.

Mass timber, which involves the use of large wooden panels for construction, offers both environmental and economic advantages. Notably, wood is a renewable resource, and when sourced sustainably, it can play a significant role in reducing the carbon footprint of buildings. Moreover, the use of wood in construction can help sequester carbon dioxide, further contributing to environmental conservation.

The interview also touched upon the challenges faced by the industry, particularly in terms of regulations and building codes. However, with ongoing research and advocacy, there is optimism that these challenges can be overcome, paving the way for broader adoption of mass timber in construction.

Furthermore, the discussion delved into the importance of planning and collaboration between various stakeholders, including architects, engineers, and builders, to ensure the successful implementation of mass timber projects. By working together, these professionals can harness the full potential of this innovative material, creating structures that are not only sustainable but also aesthetically pleasing.

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This article is adapted from an interview on Radio-Canada’s “Panorama.”