b'INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLEof this extra space by allowing extraintegrate firewalls to allow a building tothe envelope, and if they have an idea height for ceilings, thereby making thebe larger in footprint to meet the designand can convince a manufacturer to spaces more generous and open to theintent of a client. follow their guidance, great thingsexterior. This is wonderful but will evolve.should also be balanced with the With these new components being clients budget. manufactured in plants, it would onlyHOW WILL THESE CHANGES seem reasonable to think that we are The lightweight nature of mass timber,just designing a tall box; however, it hasAFFECT CONSTRUCTION?which weighs approximately one-fifthbeen proven that wood and gypsumTB:CLT panel construction should of equivalent concrete buildings, allowsboard can be formed into curvedaccelerate the completion of projects, as for smaller foundations and seismicshapes as seen in the glulam timberthese panels are prefabricated and likely resistance. The sizes of these footprintsroof structure of the Olympic Oval inless labour will be required onsite, as may seem small, but there are ways toRichmond, B.C. Architects like to pushthe panels should assemble quickly and with smaller crews. And as the building shell is completed earlier, the trades can start their work earlier. The cost will likely be another consideration, as the panels use much more materials than stud framing and the limited supply sources to date may reduce the competition in the CLT sector. These higher costs may be partially offset by fewer costs for ground preparation and foundations, and an earlier completion date. As well, the thick CLT panels add thermal insulation, potentially reducing the requirement for other typesof insulation. There might be other values or benefits to the owner to choose CLT panel construction. From a marketing perspective, they are somewhat unique, more environmentally friendly and CLAC Training (BC) and CLAClikely easier for LEED certification, Local 68 wish to congratulateamong other positive attributes.SICA on 50 years of success inPL:I dont believe that the use of wood will become the major structural representing the constructioncomponent of all new construction; however, there are certainly applications community in the southernwhere this will be the best choice, just as concrete and steel have applications interior of BC. where they may be the best choice.Together with SICA, CLAC fully supports theThat being said, it is time that we apply Builders Code. We encourage all constructionmore innovation to the way that we build. The world is changing, and we companies and unions to sign the Acceptableneed to change with it. We have the Worksite Pledge. means, the products and the know-how to become a world leader in our chosen Visit clac.ca to learn how CLAC can add valuefield. There is a definite movement towards more offsite processes. We to your workplace. are simply moving the site labour staff into manufacturing plants that provide CLAC Kelowna Member Centre safe and comfortable places to work. 250-868-9111|Kelowna@clac.ca If managed properly, this can result in more cost-effective construction and safer sites.54 SOUTHERN INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION'