A British Columbia clean energy project that will generate enough clean electricity to power 1,500 homes received $11.2 million in government funding.
Being placed at the University of British Columbia campus, the four-story, 1,886-square-meter facility will be the first North American commercial construction using cross laminated timber, a European building system adapted for lumber and manufacturing facilities.
Cross laminated timber is a renewable, low-carbon replacement for steel or concrete in multi-story residential and commercial buildings, said to be practical for 10 story structures or higher.
The $27-million UBC Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Project is a partnership with Vancouver-based Nexterra Systems Corp. and General Electric Co. When it opens in 2012, it will be the first biomass-fueled, heat-and-power generation system of its kind in the world.
Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.