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Research council launching new initiatives


By: Northern Ontario Business staff

The construction division of the National Research Council is launching four new research initiatives to respond to industry needs.

In the latest edition of its Construction Innovation newsletter, the council said the initiatives would focus on the “development and deployment of new technologies to ensure benefit to Canadians and Canadian business.”

Areas of focus include the development of low-cost, energy-saving retrofit technologies for commercial and institutional buildings; developing building regulations for market access to reduce compliance costs and de-risk building designs; improving products for constructing wood buildings of five to 12 stories; and developing and deploying high-performance materials and technologies to reduce rehabilitation costs of concrete highway bridges, extending their service life and shock resistance.

“We have technical expertise that spans many industry needs related to buildings and civil infrastructure,” Dr. Morad Atif, NRC construction general manager, in a news release. “Our innovation business environment includes technology development, technical services, evaluation for market access of construction products, and leadership in development and deployment of building regulations. With this breadth of knowledge and expertise, we provide solutions for Canadian companies and clients at large to help them grow their business in the expanding marketplace.”

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