Research & Innovation

Eliminating carbon emissions from construction and transportation activities has the potential to reveal exciting new opportunities for some organizations and cause significant disruption to others. With years of experience in the real estate, construction, and transportation industries supported by our collaborations with leading laboratories and academic institutions, we are ideally positioned to perform state-of-the-art technical and policy research, develop advanced technologies, and deliver innovative solutions to complex problems.


The three largest contributors to global warming are building operations, transportation and embodied carbon of building materials. Governments around the world are starting to adopt zero carbon policies that have the potential to disrupt the way cities and civic infrastructure are built and operated.
 
Investment in the research, development, and testing of new technologies, processes, and practices is vital to understand the opportunities and risks afforded by such transformative change.  With years of experience in the real estate, construction, and transportation industries supported by our collaborations with leading laboratories and academic institutions, we work to accelerate information sharing and innovation diffusion, perpetuate innovation and normalize a culture of innovativeness within businesses, government agencies and NGOs.


What we do:

  • Due-diligence, project design, and technical assistance

  • Applied research services

  • Prototyping and testing

  • Standards development

  • Training technical support and implementation

  • Data collection, monitoring, and verification

  • Reporting and publication


By bridging the gap between industry and academia, we explore and share new ideas, perform state-of-the-art technical and policy research, develop and evaluate advanced technologies, and deliver innovative solutions to complex problems.

Industry KPIs
 

Understanding what makes an industry as large and complex as construction tick is a fundamental prerequisite to offering advice about how to change. Our ground-breaking “Measuring What Matters: Key Performance Indicators for BC’s Construction Industry” study for the Vancouver Regional Construction Association is the first of its kind in Canada. It presents thirty metrics supported by publicly available data that paints a factual picture of the health, dynamics, and trends in the construction industry and the workforce that supports it.

:... Download the report here.

Applied research, ideas exchange, and information dissemination  
 

The Emerging Building Systems and Wood Innovation project for Forestry Innovation Investment consisted of preliminary research and a pilot workshop involving industry leaders to develop solutions to common issues in mass timber building design. Recognizing there is a need to support early adopters and foster the uptake of mass timber buildings, four case studies and the resulting design solutions (developed as BIM models and objects) will make it easier for specifiers and engineers to incorporate emerging building system methods into their practice. The materials developed from this initial project are now being constantly adapted and re-used by the Zero Emission Buildings Exchange to foster a community of practice in innovative zero-emission wood building solutions.

:... Read the report here.


Embedded research support


To better understand and share the benefits of lean construction as a method to achieve quality, performance, and reliability for non-market multi-family housing projects, we have embedded a researcher with the construction team to support them, report on the outcomes and share the lessons learnt with industry.  The project is a six-story wood structure aiming for Passive House performance and heavily utilizing prefabrication.

:... Find out more about this project here.

 

Case studies
 

Evidence-based learning is critical to market transformation. Our most recent series of case studies explores the applicability of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) to affordable multi-family housing projects in BC. IPD is a highly collaborative way of structuring the project delivery process. It offers the potential to deliver greater predictability and value to the owner, a more enjoyable experience for the project team and superior project performance.

:... Read the report here.

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