The 2015 editions of the National Building Code (NBC) and the National Fire Code (NFC) now permit construction of six-storey buildings using traditional combustible materials (i.e., wood products).
Category: Innovative Building Materials
NRC is investing in an industry-led research program designed to reduce energy use in existing commercial and institutional buildings (see Construction Innovation, Vol. 18, No. 1). The goal is to support our industry clients and partners in developing, advancing and deploying building energy retrofit technologies that are reliable and cost-effective with a proven return on investment.
Research and development efforts in the last decades have led to advances in energy efficiency and airtightness of the building envelope. The new industry-led research and technology program recently announced by NRC is aiming to achieve even greater energy cost savings for commercial and institutional buildings. This will be done through integrated building envelope systems, specifically by combining durable wall and roof components into a dynamic system that produces more energy than it loses.
A major priority of the High Performance Building program is to provide our building industry clients and collaborators with technical solutions, tools, and technologies that will help building owners reduce the cost of lighting, ventilation, and plug loads (such as personal computing equipment).
Building owners and operators have identified a need for new technologies to allow them to fully realize the benefits of smart meter data and monitoring systems. At the same time, they require effective demand-response systems in order to move towards reducing energy costs associated with the operation of their buildings.
Green buildings deliver better indoor environment quality and energy efficiency than otherwise similar conventional buildings according to post-occupancy evaluation research in office buildings.
NRC’s Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013. It has a quarter century of success in providing commercialization and regulatory compliance support for construction sector clients and partners. This milestone provides an opportunity to reflect on these successes, and to plan for growth.
The launch of NRC’s technology initiative, Building Regulations for Market Access, is projected to generate significant new business opportunities and growth for manufacturers of construction products. Among others, these include innovative solutions for improving the energy performance of buildings, and for the protection of envelope components against wind and rain.
Canadian construction sector manufacturers, builders, and stakeholders are seeking to develop energy-efficient, cost-effective, durable and buildable solutions that are well-suited to Canadian construction practices. NRC’s response to these needs is part of a recently-announced initiative to develop and deploy new technologies for the benefit of Canadians and Canadian businesses.
With Canada on track to become one of the largest construction markets in the world by 2020, demand for wood buildings between 5 and 12 storeys in height continues to increase. Pilot projects have demonstrated that significant economic benefits can be realized from using wood in mid-rise buildings, including lower construction costs and less construction time.