From Open Energy Information

The primary benefits of the MTS system are the components’ superior performance characteristics and the speed of the building process. When compared to traditional building materials and methods, the MTS system has numerous, significant advantages, including: Thermal efficiency: MTS buildings can double the energy efficiency of conventional buildings. The ‘thermal mass’ characteristics of the MTS building system allows the ambient temperature of the internal environment of any building to be retained with less energy, ensuring minimum expenditures of heating and cooling costs. The capacity of the design and construction of these structures will offer architects and builders a cost-efficient solution for net-zero energy and Passive designs. Acoustic protection: The mass of the wood in the MTS panels and specialized wood fiber insulation materials combine to achieve dramatically increased acoustic protection compared with other systems. MTS plans to design, develop, manufacture, and deliver complete, customized building systems utilizing cross-laminated timber panels (“CLT panels”) for floor, wall, and roof systems as load-bearing elements. In the financial projections, glulaminated beam production begins in 2011. MTS is a project-specific service oriented manufacturer. The MTS team will work with its customers to design a building to the customer’s specifications, produce the components in the MTS manufacturing facility, and deliver the components to the construction site for assembly. All of this will be done using environmentally-sensitive methods, with MTS working toward achieving a carbon-neutral manufacturing process.

“Based on the European experience, where short length low grade members are cost effectively glue laminated into engineered wood products as thick laminated wood plates and marketed as high value structural wood products, it is believed that using shorts from MPB (Mountain Pine Beetle killed) wood rejects in lumber production would add value and offer new market opportunities for the large amount of MPB wood that is usually either chipped or used in low quality non-structural applications. The concept is to convert the material into engineered wood products by defect removal and reconstitution. This plate-type product (CLT) is produced in modular form and can be utilized as part of a structural system for flooring, walls or roof systems. These systems are especially suited for the low rise commercial, industrial and multi-family residential building market.”

Seismic strength: Buildings with similar components have been shown to exhibit superior performance to conventional buildings in an earthquake.
 Superior fire performance: MTS materials are highly fire-resistant and maintain tremendous structural integrity under fire combat. Low carbon footprint: MTS materials are exceptionally ‘green’ when compared to competitively performing structural systems in consideration of the embodied energy in the building materials, the high energy efficiency of the CLT thermal envelope, and what will evolve into a carbon-neutral manufacturing process. Healthy living environment: The only components of the MTS building system are wood and non-toxic/non-off gassing glue. MTS building materials do not introduce any toxins into the indoor environment providing a clean indoor air quality. In addition, the MTS wall systems are breathable, which, integrated with appropriate mechanical systems, will result in a healthy indoor environment that maximizes worker productivity and occupant health. Life cycle and future value: The longevity of MTS components ensures that the future value of any structure remains high; buildings are easily altered and remodeled and are also fully recyclable once they reach the end of their useful life. With the utilities located to the interior of the building, not enmeshed with structural and insulating systems, buildings can be easily remodeled including relocating kitchens and bathrooms. Flexibility of design: Cross-laminated timber panels have a high capacity to span as well as curve, providing architects with a high-performing, beautiful structural element for creating exciting new building designs. Speed and predictability of construction: From one-person builders to large construction companies, MTS structural systems will arrive on-site ready to assemble, saving time and money with a swift and accurate building process. The Company believes this will help MTS establish excellent relationships with builders and will result in high customer satisfaction. Well-defined material specifications: The simple construction specifications of MTS materials facilitate efficient collaboration between architects and engineers. “Vapor diffusion open system”: Moisture management in MTS buildings will be handled by mechanical ventilation systems. The vapor permeable nature of wood allows the material to transfer molecular moisture without trapping it and creating conditions for mold growth. MTS buildings ‘breathe’, minimizing the risk for mold growth. Promotes sustainable forestry practices: The raw materials for the MTS system are sourced exclusively from small and medium diameter timber thinned from the forest, as well as fire and bug-killed salvage timber. This responsible cultivation practice maintains and even enhances the long-term productivity and health of the forest. Superior use of low-grade timber resources: MTS components can be manufactured from low-grade timber resources that otherwise would likely be converted to or consumed as fuel. By using this resource as building materials instead of fuel, MTS buildings will effectively sequester carbon that otherwise would be released during decomposition or fire events. The Company believes using this timber as the primary raw material for its products is the most environmentally-friendly way to use this resource, which needs to be harvested in order to maintain the health and longevity of the source forests. Excellent quality control: MTS will design and manufacture substantial, large structural building components at its manufacturing facility. These elements will be entirely prepared for rapid installation reducing the time of exposure to weather, the leading cause of long-term moisture problems in buildings today. Establishing relationships with general contractors consisting of training and logistical support will allow the Company to control much of the building process and maintain tight controls on the quality of completed MTS buildings.