Dr. David Fell

Lead Analyst, Sustainable Construction Markets

Dr. Fell holds the title of Lead Scientist in Sustainable Construction Markets at FPInnovations, Canada’s largest forest sector research institute. He has worked in the area of sustainable building products for over 20 years researching novel materials, building systems, sustainability, and health the built environment. David is currently leading a roadmapping exercise into the emergence of industrialized construction and the future role of wood-based solutions for this sector.

David completed his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in the field of environmental and architectural psychology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in wood science from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.

Breakout Presentation Topic:
Feeding the Shift to Industrialized Construction – A Forward-Looking Analysis of the Wood Products Mix
FPInnovations is currently engaged in setting out an industrialized construction research roadmap that addresses wood-specific constraints and opportunities. As part of this effort the current and future product mix was analyzed from both technical and market supply perspectives. 

The level of industrialization and the level of automation are both key drivers. For example, the shift from panelized to modular tends to bring with it increased demands for engineered wood products such as LVL, PSL, and glulam. Components for tall of large buildings drive lumber demand through the use of glulam, CLT, NLT, and DLT. On the automation side, a higher level of automation requires a tighter spec on infeed stock. 

These findings have been matched up against material supply in the FPInnnovations construction demand model to pinpoint potential constraints as industrialization rates increase. This presentation will provide a summary of these findings to conference delegates.