With mass timber - a revolution in construction has begun...

and it's radically changing the way buildings are constructed for the better.

Element5 is at the Forefront of the Mass Timber Revolution

Concrete and steel production, which we’ve relied on for the last 150 years to build cities, is one of the leading causes of the world’s current CO2 crisis. As the world rapidly approaches 9 billion people – 3x what it was in a less than a single lifetime, our fragile planet is desperate for sustainable alternatives. And one of the best options is mass timber.

Of the principal building materials used today, wood is the only one that is renewable. It’s also the only material that can provide a net carbon benefit, helping mitigate climate change by providing long-term storage for atmospheric carbon. In a word, wood is the ‘sustainable’ choice.

Because of all of these reasons, we view timber as the essential building material of the 21st century, and through our work  we strive to make a positive contribution to communities, the environment and future generations

Canada’s Most Technologically Advanced Mass Timber Supplier

Element5 is a mass timber manufacturer specializing in the design, fabrication and assembly of contemporary timber structures. We work with solid wood, the world’s most flexible and only renewable building resource. Our products include: cross-laminated timber (CLT), Glulam and other mass timber components from sustainably-sourced, FSC certified lumber.

Element5 is unlike any other mass timber firm in the sector – our state-of-the art, fully-automated factory can produce 50,000 cubic meters of CLT and glulam per year, machined to exacting specifications and ready for rapid assembly on your next project.

Skilled, Professional Team of Industry Experts

We are a focused and dedicated team of designers, craftspeople and assembly experts. We serve a community of forward-thinking architects, owners, developers, and general contractors by providing timber construction cost consulting, design consulting, engineering, fabrication and assembly services.

Quick Facts

  • Founded in 2015, Element5 has offices in Toronto and a manufacturing plant in St. Thomas, Ontario.
  • Construction on the $50M 137,000 ft2 manufacturing facility in St. Thomas began in 2019, just prior to the pandemic. The factory was constructed on schedule and the highly automated, state-of-the-art CLT and Glulam manufacturing line was installed with the first test panel coming off the line in 2020.
  • In April 2021, the plant received Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Chain of Custody certification as well as the ANSI/APA PRG 320-2019 Standard for Performance-Rated Cross-Laminated Timber.
  • Element5 was named by Founder Patrick Chouinard because in the ancient world, there were five elements earth, water, fire and air – with the fifth element being wood. That’s how important wood has been to humans historically and was a perfect name for the Company.
Mass timber has proven to be cost-competitive against traditional forms of construction, namely stick frame, pre-cast concrete, and volumetric modular, and is perfectly suited to high volume and repeatability.

Browse our Featured Projects

Our services span many timber construction areas, including cost consulting, design consulting, engineering, fabrication, and assembly. Take a look at some of some of the mass timberprojects our team is proud to have worked on.

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