TMBER actively designs branded cross-laminated timber panels (CLT) in distinctive architectural sequences to enable diverse and dynamic housing solutions that are available on-demand so resources and costs are conserved. TMBER creates buildings that intermingle with nature to demonstrate a good life in great communities can be built by a carbon zero process.
Cross laminated timber (CLT) consists of at least three layers of glued (or joined using dowels) softwood timber planks where the direction of the grain in adjacent layers is perpendicular to each other.
TMBER is the world’s first bio brand building system utilizing CLT that produces healthy, quick-to-markets smart-panels and modular units used as solid wood construction structures for a wide variety of purposes like individual homes, affordable housing, student residences, mid and high rise urban developments and everything in between and beyond. TMBER panels are produced as part of a proprietary license (“virtual manufacturer) with the world’s largest producer of CLT. Located in Austria and with over 20 years of CLT manufacturing experience, this manufacturer is a vertically integrated eco-system that uses technology developed in house to produce more than 150,000 ft3 of material to selected world markets. With current demand for wood buildings in North America sky rocketing, there simply is not a single automated process for CLT-production available in North America. The issues of capacity and capability are serious impediments for local mills. Municipalities and developers are stymied when advocating wood projects because of a back log of orders and an inability of the local mills to fulfill the orders in a timely and cost effective fashion. There is also a lack of experienced timber engineers and systems integrators as the local mills have limited resources to guide projects in house.
TMBER and its partners utilize 20 years of experience with CLT:
These conditions misrepresent the cost, demand and degree of difficulty that CLT projects actually represent. The advent of TMBER will position dynamic know-how, on demand supply, ability to conform with emerging green building legislation to build and be the most responsive to service the significant market for low, mid and high rise wood building.
Currently, it is significantly more cost effective to import CLT panels from Europe than to manufacture in Canada or the USA. If CLT is the future of building in the 21st century, TMBER is uniquely positioned to capture a significant market share of solid wood building development because of the insatiable demand for CLT panel construction. Supply chain efficiencies directly impact on building
costs. There are no area “warehouses” that enable efficient delivery of CLT panels, and in Canada, both main manufacturing facilities are located in remote locations in British Columbia and Quebec. Shipping panels from European ports, like Hamburg, with dependable 10 day transit times port to port and then directly to site can offer substantial time savings and more economical logistical advantages.
The use of CLT panels in on site construction is proven to be up to 40% faster, and consume 30- 40% less resources on site. The need for fewer skilled trades, and better worker safety at site is more than noteworthy.
TMBER takes the notion of conserving resources to a new level since rethinking the number of panels used and arriving still at great architectural options means that a deeper understanding of conservation is possible. On demand construction allows for impeccable and efficient planing. CLT projects are defined by how quickly a crane or integrated lifting system can automatically choose and erect a wall or floor in place.
CLT and technology:
Due to the unique manufacturing technique of CLT includes a CNC Milling Process. That gives designers a possibility to incorporate new innovation in Science and Technology in a high detailed manner. The use of technological components and connectors are an integral element in our work and a continuing topic of our TMBER research and development.
Joinery of CLT Panels:
CLT can be load-bearing and the connections between the elements are of great importance for the structural performance
of the building. The development of a joint needs to incorporate fire safety, structural integrity, prefabrication process, insulation and the building envelope. Joints and connections are part of an essential TMBER research topic and enhance collaboration with our structural engineering CLT manufacturing partners.