A Multi-Disciplinary Canadian Research Network To Support Use Of Timber In Multi-Storey And Non-Residential Construction

A five-year multi-disciplinary research network was established under the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Forest Sector R&D Initiative in 2010 in Canada to support the development of innovative construction technologies and advanced design methodologies, and to review some of the building code barriers, with the ultimate goal of increasing the use of structural wood products in mid-rise and non-residential construction. The network, referred to as NEWBuildS, consists of researchers from 11 Canadian universities, FPInnovations, National Research Council and the Canadian Wood Council. Because a building is required to be designed to meet the requirements of a number of performance attributes, including structural…