Montana Sustainable Building Systems

From Open Energy Information

Montana Sustainable Building Systems (MTS) is a timber panel manufacturing company based in Whitefish, Montana: Energy Resources. Architects, builders, developers seeking high-performance, carbon-negative, energy-positive building solutions will find CLT to be the most cost-efficient material and method for nearly every building application: residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional. Montana Sustainable is a manufacturer of high-performance building systems and elements made from sustainably harvested timber.

Montana Sustainable sees states of emergency in both the forest and building industries. Our current building methods and materials are creating homes, schools, and offices that are not as healthy for us, or as efficient, as they could be resulting in what the EPA has termed “Sick Building Syndrome”. Our forests are in serious need of thinning small and medium diameter, and beetle killed timber. Silvicultural Management strategies are moving in these directions from both sides of the political spectrums.

The Montana Sustainable vision is one of healthy forests and healthy, energy efficient homes, schools, and offices with low carbon footprints and made from natural materials. The Montana Sustainable business goals are to raise a successful company creating sustainable jobs, benefiting the community with sustainable business, and benefiting the environment supporting responsible forest stewardship and operating a carbon-neutral manufacturing facility.

Montana Sustainable Building Systems is a cross-laminated solid wood panel manufacturing facility pre-fabricating structures for assembly on-site in matters of days. From homes to schools, cross-laminated solid wood construction has been proven to operate at dramatically lower energy consumption rates, and maintain healthy indoor environments. These buildings can be purchased at rates cost-competitive with current lower quality methods and materials.

By harnessing the energy of thermal mass, cross-laminated solid wood construction systems perform at rates capable of net-zero energy. The growth of Montana Sustainable will evolve into a carbon-neutral manufacturing process. The advanced wood products that leave our facility will come from a whole-building, systems approach to high-performance structures; a comprehensive package of ready to install building materials.

Historically poor housing methods and materials resulting in excessive energy consumption and unhealthy indoor environments, together with epidemic levels of insect driven mortality in the western forests, and an economy demanding greater efficiencies and higher qualities, all coalesce to form a perfect storm over a North American building market untapped by the solid wood panel construction system. Raw materials supplies are increasing as thinning contracts with the Forest Service remain unfullfilled.

The MTS system is a breakthrough technology to the U.S. With over fifteen years of performance in Europe, it is a proven force in the marketplace. The North American market is as yet untapped by the solid wood panel construction system. The MTS marketing tasks are twofold: to infiltrate both the “green” building, and conventional building markets. Conventional stick-framing methods can be replaced with the solid wood panel building systems and remain cost competitive in construction budgets, and often save tremendous amounts of money in the costs of construction lending, as well as costs related to prolonged time schedules such as administration and insurance.

MTS System Features And Benefits[edit]

The primary features of the MTS system are the performance factors and the speed of the building process.

Performance Factors

  • Thermal efficiency
  • Acoustic Protection
  • Seismic Strength
  • Highly Fire-resistance with tremendous structural integrity under fire combat
  • Low Carbon footprint
  • Healthy Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Life cycle and future value
  • Flexibility of Design
  • Speed of Construction
  • Simple Construction Details
  • Vapor Diffusion Open
  • Materials from low-grade timber resources
  • Quality Control
  • Cost Control

Speed Of Build

  • Limited weather window for building in certain areas
  • Money savings for shorter construction loan schedule
  • Quality control of decreased exposure to moisture intrusion during construction
  • Decreased liability costs of workers on-site
  • Decreased administrative and overhead costs related to longer build schedules


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