A recent press release by the Quebec wood lobby group Cecobois didn’t garner much media attention this week.
But the launch of the “Regroupement des ingénieurs en structures de bois,” designed to help civil engineers share their knowledge in wood construction, is more interesting than the dry press release would have you believe.
With the condo boom in Quebec, demand for new construction has soared to record-breaking heights. And the use of wood as a material for new residential buildings and commercial projects has also grown by about 33 per cent over the last three years, according to Cecobois.
“The demand has grown significantly,” said Cecobois’s spokesperson Geneviève Mathieu.
She attributes this rise to the efforts of pro-wood lobby groups and greater awareness about the “benefits of using wood. ”
Developers I’ve talked to attribute it to economics. Simply put: it generally costs about 10 to 15 per cent less to build with wood than with concrete. And at a time when the cost of land and fuel are soaring, developers are looking to cut their construction-related spending where they can.