Element5 Upgrades CLT Factory in Ripon, Quebec

After becoming Canada’s newest cross laminated timber (CLT) manufacturer in 2017, Element5 is set to boost operations at its current mass timber production facility in Ripon, Quebec.

The upgraded factory will have the capacity to produce 10,000 cubic metres per year of CLT and Glulam, equivalent to four times the amount of wood used in Canada’s tallest wood building, the UBC Brock Commons Student Residence at 18 storeys.1


The province is poised to capitalize on the growing demand for sustainable construction and offsite prefabrication, accelerated by changes to the 2021 International Building Code which will permit timber buildings to 18 storeys.2

Using CLT in projects shifts the construction effort from the building site to a factory where components are designed and manufactured under controlled conditions to exact specifications, then transported to site for rapid assembly at lower overall cost.

Element5’s expansion means that building with CLT and other engineered wood products can be done more readily and more competitively than ever before.


Soon, Element5 will announce additional expansion plans which will make it one of the largest mass timber producers in North America.


Element5 specializes in the design, fabrication and assembly of contemporary timber structures. It works with solid wood, the world’s most flexible and only renewable building resource.

Element5 is unlike any other firm in the sector. It is a dedicated team of designers, engineers, craftspeople and assembly experts. It serves a community of forward-thinking architects, engineers, owners, developers, and general contractors, providing timber construction cost consulting, design consulting, engineering, fabrication and assembly services. The open, cooperative, integrated project delivery approach ensures high precision timber structures.

Founded in 2015, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, Element5 is a leader in the mass timber construction revolution. Timber is the essential building material of the 21st century. The company strives to make positive contributions to communities, the environment and future generations.


1. Brock Commons Tallwood House: A Case Study – 2018 WoodWorks
2. Tall Wood Buildings and the 2021 IBC: Up to 18 Stories of Mass Timber – 2019 WoodWorks