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Feds support EllisDon project to advance mass timber modular construction

Feds support EllisDon project to advance mass timber modular construction
@NRCAN TWITTER — EllisDon has designed and constructed a prototype of a mass timber–based volumetric modular system that can be used in the delivery of various residential occupancies. A full-scale mock-up of the project was recently completed at EllisDon’s fabrication facility in Stoney Creek, Ont.

OTTAWA — The Government of Canada is contributing over $110,000 to the Mass Timber Modular System Project led by EllisDon which will examine the benefits of using mass timber in a modular application and quantify the efficiencies gained in production as well as the overall embodied carbon benefits over traditional materials.

The funding is being provided through the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program, indicates a release, adding GCWood also contributed to EllisDon’s Hybrid Timber Floor System, slated to be completed this year.

EllisDon has designed and constructed a prototype of a mass timber–based volumetric modular system that can be used in the delivery of various residential occupancies, including affordable housing, student housing, hotels and market housing sectors.

A full-scale mock-up of the project was recently completed at EllisDon’s fabrication facility in Stoney Creek, Ont., with the overall project set to be finalized later this year.

The company is also considering what this project could mean for affordable housing by trying to understand the outlook for potential modular projects in the coming years and to align the project’s outcomes with Canada’s National Housing Strategy.

“We are moving toward a more sustainable future, and it’s important that we find innovative solutions to decarbonize the building sector, improve housing supply and increase the productivity of offsite construction methods,” said Vincent Davenport, director, building and material sciences at EllisDon, in a statement. “We are thrilled to work with the Government of Canada; its support with this funding will contribute to advancing the modular construction industry.”

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