CTV Penny Daflos – May 24, 2023 Mass Timber & Prefabrication

Mass Timber & Prefabrication “It means (prefabrication) can get projects done at double the speed and actually way more sustainable than using traditional methods,” BC Minister Ravi Kahlon.

British Columbia is on the brink of a construction revolution, as highlighted in a recent CTV News article. The province is keen on addressing biases in the building code that currently favor traditional construction methods over innovative approaches like mass timber and prefabrication.

The article underscores the environmental and economic benefits of mass timber, a construction material that uses advanced technology to combine standard lumber into large structural components. Not only is mass timber lighter than steel, but it also rivals the strength of concrete. A standout feature of this material is its ability to sequester significant amounts of carbon, positioning it as a pivotal player in the fight against climate change.

Furthermore, the integration of mass timber with prefabrication techniques offers a sustainable and efficient solution to construction challenges. Prefabricated building components, produced off-site, can be rapidly assembled on location. This not only speeds up construction timelines but also reduces waste and site disturbances. Moreover, these structures, when no longer needed, can be disassembled, refurbished, and reused, ensuring the carbon remains locked in for extended periods.

The article also touches upon the adapted content from Gaetan Royer, CEO of Massive Canada, who champions the use of engineered wood from sustainably managed new growth forests in British Columbia. By leveraging these materials, new constructions can significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This shift towards mass timber not only meets housing demands but also creates job opportunities and fosters a more eco-friendly construction sector.

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Adapted from an editorial by CTV News.