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Montreal apartment is world’s largest residential cross-laminated timber project

The wood is harvested from a local boreal forest sustainably managed by the Cree Nation

October 15, 2015 |
Montreal apartment is world’s largest residential cross-laminated timber project

The project will have 434 condominiums and rental units combined. Renderings courtesy of LSR Gesdev Inc.

On cross laminated timber (CLT) as a building material, architect and green building expert Lloyd Alter writes: What’s not to love?

“It's made from a renewable resource, it sequesters carbon dioxide, it's lighter than concrete and it's lovely to look at,” he writes in TreeHugger.

An apartment complex in Montreal, aptly named Arbora, has been recognized as the world’s largest residential project using wood construction. Its 434 condo, townhouse, and rental units in three eight-story buildings are made from sustainably harvested wood turned into panels by Canadian company Nordic Wood Structures together with the Cree Nation in Chibougamau, Canada, according to Arbora’s website. The building was designed by Montreal-based practice Lemay+CHA.



When it came to the selection of CLT as the main material, the developer says that wood is “seven times more resistant to heat loss than concrete and 500 times more than steel,” meaning less energy is needed to heat and cool buildings, and a smaller environmental footprint overall.

The project boasts what the developers call “à-la-carte services and amenities” such as rentable wine cellars, electric vehicle charging stations, and onsite car wash. Additionally, residents can enjoy multipurpose facilities, yoga classes, and a fully equipped gym complete with some spa services.

According to real estate firm Blouin Vincenti, the expected project completion date is September 2006.


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