The construction industry consumes 40% world resources and is a major cause of pollution and related health concerns. We intend to change that. TMBER was created to transform the way we think about building. In a smart, modern, ecological way.
DEMAND FOR HOUSING
Factors of Urban Stress
Urbanization accounts for 54% of the world’s population and that trend will increase adding a further 2.5 billion people by 2050.3 In the next 30 years, 75% of the world’s population will live in urban settings.
In Canada the trend of urbanization creates both stresses and opportunities for green building. “Competitive global forces demand a heightened need for all of Canada’s urban regions to achieve greater urban efficiencies to drive increased social, environmental and economic value into land use development,” The surge in city living over suburban living is no longer an “emerging trend” but “the new normal” as millennials -and a growing number of their parents transform downtown cores across much of Canada at dizzying speed” Urbanization has become a key driver defining how municipalities define better land use and the meaning and benefits of building healthier, quicker and compliant with new strict sustainably standards has be- come increasingly important to investors.
The other side of urbanization is the prohibitive rise in value of living in or near a city or the cost to build therein. One of the biggest challenges for the building industry in light of the growing cost of construction, materials, labor and increasing fees is a “focus on lowering construction costs and improving affordability… In collaboration with government and other stakeholders, industry has been working to improve energy performance, reduce construction and operational costs, and make homes and buildings more affordable for Canadians. Processes and technologies that are likely to be used more prominently in future include integrated design process (IDP), integrated project delivery (IPD), building information modeling (BIM), pre-fabrication, 3-D printing, and Lean Construction”
Tmber builds with CLT
Building with CLT enables rapid on site assembly, minimizes the use/need of on-site resources, is a major driver for reducing the time and cost of building; and like no other material, is sustain- able with a carbon zero rating.
Tmber: On & In Demand
A demand for housing is nuanced because it can be interpreted on the one hand as a need for great and well-designed living spaces, or on the other hand as a need for urgent shelters. If the dual meaning associated with housing is part and parcel of the same industrial process, and if the materials used are sustainable, carbon neutral, scalable and available on demand, the market opportunity is both immense and an effective solution driver.
LIFE-CYCLE OF MATERIALS
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Environmental quality has become increasingly affected by the built environment and buildings are responsible for the bulk of energy consumption and resultant atmospheric emissions in many countries. In recognizing this trend, research into building energy-efficiency has focused mainly on the energy required for a building’s ongoing use, while the energy “embodied” in its production is often overlooked.
Next to wood, we are mindful that we use materials with a low embodied energy. A building has a limited lifespan and after its time is over a building and all its elements need to be stripped down. We carefully design buildings with the process of demolition already in mind, so all the materials used during the lifetime of a building can be reused or recycled afterwards.
WOOD IN FUTURE CITIES
Trends in the Wood Industry
Building with cross laminated timber has been called the next tidal wave of building in the 21st century. Yet it is the demands of clients seeking housing that are demanding wood as an integral part of their living spaces.. Healthy living today means living in healthy environments: “The ability of green buildings to promote greater health and well-being in building occupants is another critical factor that has helped influenced the growth in the green building market so far, with 60% reporting this as the top social reason for their current investments in green. The potential benefits of this factor are increasingly being recognized as a crucial factor of green building, and if their value can be better captured in the return on investment associated with green building projects, this can help generate a new wave of green building investments.”
TMBER earnes green
A major driver in promoting TMBER as a preferred brand for CLT building is the rise of governmental carbon footprint credits that are awarded to building activities that meet or exceed governmental regulatory protocols. Such credits can reach 10-20% of project costs and is a direct injection of revenue/cost saving for a prospective builder and can prove to be an essential funding mechanism to green light projects that ordinarily might be stalled until certain financial thresholds are met.
Nature in the Wood Industry
Wood mitigates harmful carbon dioxide in the environment. Like a garden, it prevents old wood from decomposing and releasing carbon dioxide back into the environment-so forests must be harvested. Cultivating wood for building is an essential human industry; and the more renewable wood we process, the better our eco system becomes!
“A typical 2400 square foot wood-framed house has over 28 tones of carbon dioxide sequestered within the wood building materials products used in the construction of the building. That is the equivalent to the Carbon Dioxide (C02) emissions from a single passenger car driven for seven years, or 12,500 liters of gasoline burned, or the energy costs to operate the house for almost 4 years.”6
Beyond any elaborate and aggressive steps to enhance environmental legislation that the building industry advocate, the most glaringly simple path to greener construction- is to build quickly. Wood panel construction requires fewer resources on site, and “CLT is an extremely fast building system. It requires small crews and simple equipment. Time savings should result in important savings in capital and faster project turn-up for developers.”
Studies point to startling time savings for built projects. In comparing the construction period of three mid rise residential projects using brick veneer curtain wall, concrete and brick and CLT, CLT remarkably completed in a build rate of 3 days per floors or 22 weeks versus 60 weeks for other material processes.
Code and Legislation:
Municiple Codes and Standards are quickly adapting to the process of new Technology, Material and Structural achievements and that offers an unprecedented opportunity for Tmber and its partners.
It is projected that within the next 35 years our world’s population will increase from 7.0 billion people to more than 10.0 billion people in 2050.
As urbanization continues the building industry needs to address changing and sometime contradictory influences . On one hand, the need to reduce urban sprawl, promote shorter distances for transportation and allow for a shared energy program for an urban grid. But, on the other hand, urbanization also means that our cities will grow vertically and that places great demands on the building industry. Globally, 40% of pollution on planet is related to the construction industry – so solutions for more ecological building are being actively sought and legislated. It is ironic that cities can be blamed for the earth’s problems, yet it is the desire to live healthy in cities that is driving global solutions.
Sustainability is the mantra of the construction industry today. The subject studied is carbon dioxide emissions related to energy generation in buildings. Because buildings acccount for half of all energy consumed worldwide–the quintessential focus of the design community has been reducing the energy consumed in buildings. ‘But the carbon emissions associated with a building come not only from the energy consumed during the life of the building, but also from the carbon emissions associated with the construction of the building (referred as embodied carbon footprint). The ratio of embodied to operational carbon is typically 10-30% depending on the type of building and lifespan. This ratio is constantly changing as buildings become more efficient and in the long run net-zero emission buildings. That means that the embodied carbon footprint will be the entire footprint of a building.’
TMBER Builds Cities
We understand that if the process of urbanization continues vertically, the pressing need exists to design buildings which use less carbon intensive materials, and timber has an unquestionable positive environmental impact.
Wood removes carbon from the atmosphere and stores it for the life of the wood.. The process that creates structural grade wood takes far less energy than steel, cement blocks or concrete. Thus, the use of wood where possible is an effective way to improve the embodied carbon footprint of a building. Continuing to develop dense urban environments characterized by tall buildings will help mitigate both issues of population and environmental sustainability, but only if the development are carried out by using Responsible materials like timber.
QUALITY OF LIVING
TMBER = Health
Using wood as a construction material can be traced back as an ancient tradition that is highly valued and its properties promote health and well being. Wood directly influences climate control – with positive and humidity balanced room environments – and studies have shown that wood structures brings about feelings of harmony with nature and security in the home. It is no wonder that new schools in Austria are being built with CLT and besides the health benefits, a classroom or gymnasium made of timber increases concentration and benefits the performances of students.
TMBER = Harmony
In Northern Europe, with a long and dynamic 20 year history with CLT posits studies that note the positive benefits of building in wood in regards to mood, breathing, humidity equilibrium, climate control and other environmental balances
TMBER = Prestige
Tmber panels are a luxury visual grade CLT interior walls and create a statement about a good and healthy life supported by technology and ecology.