Board of DirectorsScientific Steering CommitteeResearchers


April 22, 2016

We would like to thank you for your interest in NEWBuildS.

As you may know NEWBuildS formally completed its mandate on September 14, 2015. NEWBuildS has supported over 70 highly qualified personnel. Over 60 PhD and MSc theses are expected from its research program. Numerous technical reports, theses, technical notes, presentations and technical articles are posted on NEWBuildS web site to allow access to these valuable information by building designers, industry, code officials and researchers. Essentially the NEWBuildS web site has served an effective knowledge dissemination function. We are pleased to inform you that FPInnovations has kindly agreed to provide resources to maintain and update the NEWBuildS web site until at least March 2017.

We will continue to update the contents as new theses, reports and technical articles arising from NEWBuildS supported projects are available.

Y. H. Chui, Scientific Director

Kenneth Koo, Network Liaison Manager

“CHECKER BUILDING” Presentations @ Montreal & Edmonton

Presentations of “The CHECKER BUILDING” – a 20-storey conceptual wood building will take place on Nov 12, 2014 @ Hotel Intercontinental, Montreal, QC and Nov 14, 2014 @ ETLC Solarium, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB..

The Nov 12 event is jointly hosted by Cecobois. Attendees can register by e-mail

The November 14 event is jointly hosted by Wood Works! Alberta. Attendees can click here to register

Using FPInnovations’ Technical Guide for the Design and Construction of Tall Wood Buildings in Canada, a team of NEWBuildS researchers collaborated with industry professionals including Robert Drew (Perkins + Will), Eric Karsh (Equilibrium Consulting Inc.) and Andrew Harmsworth (GHL Consultants Ltd.) to create a design and analysis of “The Checker Building” – a conceptual 20-storey wood-hybrid building.

• Design results on the architecture, building envelope, lateral and gravity load resisting systems, fire risks and fire protection for a conceptual 20-storey wood-hybrid building.

• Discussion with designers, specifiers, wood products producers, researchers, government regulatory bodies and associations.

• Architects, engineers, builders and construction professionals
• EWP producers
• University and government researchers
• Provincial and federal regulatory bodies
• Industry associations
• FPInnovations researchers

Tentative Program:
draft program_Oct 3_e, 2014

NSERC announces four Strategic Network Scientific Directors for Forest Sector R&D Initiative

August 26, 2009 — Under the Forest Sector R&D Initiative, four directors have been selected to manage pan-Canadian research networks devoted to next-generation solutions for the Canadian forest sector.

Sophie D’Amours, Canada Research Chair on Planning Sustainable Forest Networks, NSERC Industrial Research Chair and professor at Université Laval, will lead the Value Chain Modeling Strategic Network. For the last 10 years, Dr. D’Amours’ research has focused on the development of planning tools and decision support systems to demonstrate value creation within the different networks of the forest products industry.

Ying-Hei Chui, professor in the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), will lead the Innovative Wood Products and Building Systems Strategic Network. Dr. Chui’s research programs cover wood engineering, engineered wood products and wood quality. For the past 20 years, Dr. Chui has been actively involved in research that leads to improved performance of engineered wood products and structural wood systems. He is also internationally recognized for his work in the area of dynamic response of wood structural systems. Dr. Chui held the position of Director of the Wood Science and Technology Centre at UNB between 1997 and 2008, and is an active member of the ForValueNet research network.

Theo van de Ven, NSERC Industrial Research Chair and professor of Chemistry at McGill University, will lead the Innovative Green Papers Strategic Network. Dr. van de Ven’s research focuses on improving paper properties, enabling the improvement of paper production methods and rates. For the last 20 years, Dr. van de Ven has also held the position of Director of the Pulp and Paper Research Centre at McGill University, and has been actively involved in the creation and management of several research networks related to paper production including PAPIER, SENTINEL and PapInnov.

John Kadla, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Biomaterials and professor in the Department of Wood Science at the University of British Columbia, will lead the Biomaterials and Chemicals Strategic Network. Dr. Kadla’s research focuses on understanding the complex structure of wood-based polymers and how they function in relation to other synthetic polymer blends. Dr. Kadla is considered one of the leading researchers in cellulose and lignin chemistry. He is an active member of the SENTINEL and AUTO21 research networks.

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