Athena Sustainable Materials Institute – $153,485

  • Continue to develop the technical infrastructure for reliable benchmarking of whole-building life-cycle assessment results that will allow designers to compare the embodied carbon and other environmental impacts of proposed buildings to business-as-usual construction practices.
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BC Wood Specialties Group – $887,418

  • Educate and train architects, engineers, interior designers and construction professionals on mass timber and other B.C. value-added wood products and their applications through a variety of educational events, such as lunch-and-learn sessions, group seminars and factory tours.
  • Promote wood building products and systems, as well as the benefits of wood in construction and design, with value-added forest product companies at trade events.
  • Increase competitiveness, innovation and adaptability of individual value-added wood companies by improving their marketing and business development capability through assessments, site visits, workshops and business development projects.
  • Establish a presence for western Canadian value-added wood product manufacturers in the digital marketplace of Building Information Modeling (BIM), and VDC (Virtual Design & Construction) tools that are used by architects in building design.
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FPInnovations – $50,000

  • Develop and publish a comprehensive handbook for modular light-frame and mass timber construction.

Simon Fraser University – $178,750

  • Mobilize and refine land use policy and permitting solutions for the construction of prefabricated, mass timber low- and mid-rise buildings with key constituencies.
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University of British Columbia—Centre for Advanced Wood Processing – $416,262

  • Deliver educational programs to explore and convey advanced wood processing solutions, such as industrial robotics, mixed reality wood fabrication, and prefabrication in wood and mass timber assemblies.
  • Organize a Scandinavian tour to visit prominent mass-timber and prefabricated building system manufacturers.
  • Design, engineer, prototype, test and conduct cost-benefit analyses to support value-added manufacturers in the development of new wood products.
  • Maintain and grow an online platform and organize a series of networking meetings to foster collaboration between manufacturers and industrial designers in various subsectors of the value-added wood industry.
  • Improve and optimize the manufacturing process and product properties of naturally-bonded bark cladding products from BC species.
  • Develop design values for glulam products using Hem-fir by full-size beam testing and computer modeling to develop layup combinations.
  • Investigate the possibility for relaxing the load duration adjustment factor under wind load conditions in the Canadian code CSA O86 to increase the competitiveness of tall wood construction.
  • Continue the development of fire-retardant and thermal insulating lignocellulosic foam from forest resources.
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University of Northern British Columbia – $100,650

  • Investigate the seismic performance of balloon-type CLT shear walls.
  • Conduct field vibration and sound insulation testing of three innovative CLT floor systems.
  • Conduct vibration testing of tall wood buildings in BC and across Canada to provide a modeling guide or strategies for the dynamic modeling of tall wood buildings.
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University of Victoria – $69,850

  • Provide a database for developing design guidelines in mass timber construction to consider the effect of moisture content on the performance of self-tapping screw connections and to predict the brittle resistance of inclined self-tapping screws.
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Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) – $150,524

  • Continue the development of an Embodied Emissions Centre of Excellence (EECoE) that will support raising awareness of embodied emissions and to build capacity for cost-effective construction with low-carbon materials.
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For an overview of our recipient projects completed in 2022/23, please download our Year in Review.