CROSS LAMINATED TIMBER (CLT)
We plan on leveraging our industry academic research on Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) to allow for prefabrication of construction and easy installation of our development projects. CLT is relatively new to the North American construction sector, but has been prevalent throughout European construction markets during the past 3 decades. It consists of 3-7 layers of prefabricated lumber glued together at right angles, thus creating a solid wood panel that can be a sustainable alternative for North American construction of low-to-mid rise construction which traditionally utilizes concrete, masonry, and/or steel.
Projects involving CLT require less construction workers and materials and proves beneficial in accounting for time, cost, and safety to provide a fast track towards higher project quality and overall company profits all while providing healthy atmospherics. Whereas a tonne of cement emits nearly a tonne of carbon in its making, a tonne of timber will, through the trees from which it is made, remove up to two tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.
"The use of CLT in light industrial to large-scale commercial projects in Canada has been known to save on average 10 weeks of construction time. A comparative study by WoodWorks for large-scale retail structures shows that using CLT reduced construction costs by $989,000 when compared to steel. 43% of these savings are found within reduced structural material costs, 41% in reduced roof insulation costs, and 16% in reduced contractor fees" (WoodWorks 2017).
BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING (BIM)
Building Information Modeling (BIM) represents the process of development and use of a computer generated model to simulate the planning, design, construction and operation of a facility to allow for:
- Visualization: 3D renderings can be generated in-house with all stakeholders.
- Fabrication/shop drawings: Shop drawings can be generated for various building systems.
- Code reviews: BIM can be used by fire departments and other officials inspections and reviews of projects.
- Forensic analysis: BIM can be used to identify potential failures, leaks, evacuation plans, etc.
- Facilities management: BIM can be used for renovations, space planning, and maintenance operations.
- Cost estimating: BIM software has built-in cost estimating features that identifies material quantities and updates costs when any changes are made in the model.
- Construction sequencing: BIM can be used to create 3D sequencing of materials, fabrication, and delivery schedules for all building components.
- Conflict, interference and collision detection: all major systems can be virtually checked for interferences and clash detection of piping, steel beams, ducts and walls.