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Timber construction for the Brock Commons Tallwood House was completed in less than 70 days after the prefabricated components arrived on site, approximately two months faster than a typical project of this size. Photo: KK Law
Determining the true cost of a building material requires evaluating the product over its life cycle and taking into account its environmental as well as monetary costs. By these measures, wood frequently offers significant overall efficiencies over comparable materials such as concrete and steel.
Building with wood is fast and efficient, and can be undertaken year-round. It’s also a strong solution for quick-turn design-build firms and for projects in tight, urban job sites where it’s difficult to arrange concrete delivery and mixing or steel fabrication.
For example, as a structural building material, mass timber components can be prefabricated off site and delivered quickly. This can significantly reduce a worksite footprint and significantly improve construction times.
The best way to evaluate wood’s inherent efficiencies is to look at it through the lens of both project savings and environmental advantages.
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