A Mass Timber Development
Built from Local Wood, From Here, For Here
A progressive and dynamic first-of-its-kind Mass Timber project in Canada, Tresah was conceived from the ground up to address two key elements that are critical to the future of our city: sustainable building technology and housing affordability.
Aryze was selected by Mike Geric Construction to lead the Development for Tresah, advancing the project through municipal approvals. Now with construction underway, Aryze will oversee the daily operations on-site and bring together a talented team of trades to realize this innovative project’s full potential.
Designed by architect Franc D’Ambrosio, Tresah is located on Speed Avenue in the heart of Victoria and consists of two multi-family residential buildings over one level of underground parking.
The West building will be a 12-storey Mass Timber market mid-rise containing 179 homes. The East building will be a 6-storey wood-framed building with 66 homes featuring an affordable home ownership program. Both buildings are of different scales yet have a shared architectural expression, characterized by richly coloured brick-clad bases and luminous warm white facades.
As we move toward a more sustainable way of life in our everyday activities, it only makes sense that we also consider where we live. Our choice of home and how it is constructed can significantly reduce our overall environmental impact. Tresah is built from wood from here for here and believes that supporting local industry and sustainability is necessary for progress.
Mass Timber building materials do not conduct sound as well as concrete or steel, creating buildings that are quieter than traditional concrete and steel construction. With appropriate attention to detail in the design and construction of floor and wall assemblies, Mass Timber buildings can deliver high acoustic performance and reduced sound transmission, creating a comfortable, quiet living environment.
Happiness & Well-Being
Exposed wood in buildings is considered a restorative property and has been linked to improved well-being. The presence of wood elements in our homes reconnects us with nature and has been found to reduce stress and support creative thinking.
Wood has natural insulating properties that result in comfortable living environments that require less energy to heat and cool than traditional concrete and steel. The fabrication of Mass Timber is extremely precise, allowing the wood to fit together perfectly, resulting in a naturally-insulated material that lowers overall heating costs.
Mass Timber’s lighter weight, reduced impact on the ground and prefabricated building assembly have the potential to lower construction costs and shorten construction timelines, ultimately helping to address affordability. With the expected increase in carbon pricing, Mass Timber’s lower carbon emittance will also contribute to the affordability of building with wood compared to concrete and steel.
Significant testing of Mass Timber elements has confirmed they can be engineered to meet or exceed building codes requirements for fire safety. The sheer size of mass timber is the most significant factor in its fire safety performance.
Wood is naturally lightweight, flexible, and strong, and when engineered for Mass Timber, it greatly reduces the weight and seismic load of a building, offering outstanding seismic performance. At 25% less mass than traditional concrete and steel construction, Mass Timber hybrid buildings are much less susceptible to damage during earthquakes.
The manufacturing of Mass Timber produces very little carbon and maintains the carbon that the original tree captured and stored over time. Rather than creating or releasing carbon, Mass Timber buildings hold carbon within their structure, reducing the amount of carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
It takes significantly less energy to construct a Mass Timber building than using other materials such as concrete and steel. In addition to the huge carbon benefits and lower environmental impact of Mass Timber, wood grows naturally and is renewable. A bonus of building with Mass Timber is that the small amount of waste that is produced during construction can be repurposed into architectural elements of the building or used for biofuel.
The Geric family has been building quality homes in Victoria and Saanich for over 50 years. With a strong reputation as a trusted local developer, Mike Geric Construction uses a hands-on approach to develop projects that contribute to their communities. Aryze is a Victoria-based urban infill developer trying to shape our city through social entrepreneurship and innovation across a full spectrum of housing types.
Both teams are deeply aligned in an underlying goal of building better communities with thoughtful and responsible planning and design—as well as innovative and sustainable construction practices.
To learn more about Tresah, visit the website at the link below.