Collaborations with Rural Communities
The long-term vision of making affordable and environmentally sustainable housing available to all Canadians has led TTS to structure its business model and practices with the explicit purpose of working closely with towns, rural communities and aboriginal peoples, as well as communities in remote areas.
TTS’ small, flexible and sustainable green building product plants can be set up at any location with close proximity to agricultural or forestry fibre processing operations. This will make affordable, environmentally sustainable building products available to these communities and surrounding areas. For example, TTS’ structural insulated panels (SIPs) are an ideal housing solution for remote and northern communities, as they can be produced locally and can be easily set up without multiple teams of skilled contractors, are tailored to customers specifications, and reduce heating and cooling costs.
TTS is actively engaged in partnerships with Drayton Valley, Alberta and Killarney, Manitoba, to establish commercial-scale natural fibre product plants in their communities. By providing value-added product opportunities for current agricultural, forestry and municipal fibre waste streams, TTS will help to increase the farm gate value of cereal and bast fibre crops, and improve the bottom line of forest product operations in these areas. This will benefit primary agricultural producers and forest industry workers in rural areas, as well as providing significant employment opportunities at TTS’ plants.
TTS is also committed to working with aboriginal peoples to help address the current housing shortfall in aboriginal communities. TTS has close relationships with the Flying Dust as well as a couple other aboriginal communities.
In the medium and long term, TTS is looking forward to working with international development agencies to set up ‘micro-franchises’ to manufacture affordable green building materials in Africa, the Caribbean and around the world.
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 June 2009 00:39