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Alberta envelope experts chosen to help rebuild B.C. community destroyed by fire

Alberta envelope experts chosen to help rebuild B.C. community destroyed by fire
PROVINCE OF B.C. — Wildfire crews run drills in B.C. Last year, the interior was hit hard by historic wildfires, destroying Lytton and parts of its surrounding communities.

COCHRANE, ALTA. — Alberta-based FORM innovations has been chosen to help rebuild the town of Kanaka Bar which was damaged by last summer’s historic wildfires.

FORM’s sustainable building envelope is one of solutions chosen from an international challenge to rebuild structures in the area.

According to FORM, the goal was to find the most climate resilient and sustainable solutions available.

The wildfires hit the town of Lytton particularly hard, burning it to the ground in a matter of hours. 

The severe fires were soon followed by massive rain, flooding and extreme cold.

The leadership of the Kanaka Bar Indian Band took action and initiated an innovative challenge to help build back better. This effort was led by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), participants from Okanagan College, Foresight Canada and Seko Construction. The goal was to create foundational options for rebuilding in the Lytton region.

The challenge was open to innovative, climate resilient building solutions, whether Canadian or international, that met project parameters. All building materials and systems must meet or exceed BC Energy Step Code – Step 5.  

Pilot structures are to be built, with ongoing environmental, energy and resilience testing completed by SAIT.

FORM innovations’ highly insulated PCF (polyurethane concrete form) has been chosen as one of four building envelope solutions. The material is also extremely strong which means less rebar is required during builds.

“We are excited our high quality PolarBlock will be able to help solve this community’s problems by providing a resilient, simple to construct option for buildings,” said FORM in a press release.


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