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The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), FPInnovations and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) have partnered to create the NSERC Forest Sector R&D Initiative.

The NSERC Strategic Network, referred to as NEWBuildS, is a Network for Engineered Wood-based Building Systems. The team of Network researchers is investigating new applications for traditional light-weight wood frame in mid-rise construction, as well as heavier systems built with timber products, such as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels. Innovative approaches that combine wood with other materials to create hybrid building systems will also be investigated.

The Network is comprised of building system expertise of 23 university professors and 17 researchers from FPInnovations, National Research Council (NRC-IRC) and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC). The researchers, with expertise in architectural, structural, fire, serviceability, acoustic and durability, will supervise more than 60 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from 11 Canadian universities.

The Vision of the Network is to increase the use of wood products in mid-rise buildings for residential and non-residential purposes in Canada and other markets.

The anticipated outcomes and achievements of the NEWBuildS research program are:

Dr. Ying Chui, professor at the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, is the Scientific Director of the national research network.

The NEWBuildS research program consists of 32 collaborative projects organized under four Themes areas:

Theme 1: Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) – Material Characterization & Structural Performance
Theme 2: Hybrid Building Systems – Structural Performance
Theme 3: Building Systems – Fire Performance, Acoustic and Vibration serviceability
Theme 4: Building Systems – Durability, Sustainability and Enhanced products