Last month, Quebec City Laval University announced research infrastructure plans to develop more environmentally friendly densification and finishing solutions for interior wood products. The research aims to position Canada as a world leader in environmentally friendly interior wood solutions through the use of next generation interior wood products, effectively reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions ) and contributing to the health and safety of consumers.
“This is an eloquent example of the emphasis placed by Université Laval on sustainable development,” said Michel J. Tremblay, assistant vice-rector for academic and student affairs. “We put innovation and research at the service of the environment.
Taking the form of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (CRSNG) Industrial Research Chair and a cooperative research and development (CRD), the infrastructure consolidates a research partnership made up of five Quebec wood companies oriented towards research and development: Canlak, Boa-Franc, Inortech Chemistry, Lambton Doors, and Canadel.
“We are proud to support this partnership to create innovative, value-added interior wood products that are technically and economically viable,” said Marc Fortin, Vice-President of the Research Partnerships Directorate at NSERC. “These products will meet the needs of the Canadian market and will benefit Canada both environmentally and economically.
Wood is an effective building material for reducing GHG emissions, as it is a renewable resource with minimal environmental impact.
The chair is the result of close collaboration between the Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics (FFGG) of Laval University and the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE). The university will collaborate in research efforts with Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, as well as University of Haute-Alsace and University of Lille, both in France.
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