GO Lab selects Stantec to provide engineering services for US$150M wood fiber insulation facility in Madison, Maine; project will retrofit shuttered paper mill to manufacture TimberHP insulation products out of locally sourced forestry biomass

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August 31, 2023 (press release) –

Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, has been selected by GO Lab to provide engineering services for the multidisciplinary detailed design of a wood fiber insulation manufacturing facility in Madison, Maine . The $150-million project will retrofit an existing paper mill that was shuttered in 2016 into a manufacturing facility that can produce TimberHP insulation products out of biomass materials from the existing forestry sector in the state. Wood fiber insulation reduces operational carbon emissions, provides energy savings, and sequesters carbon to help drive the energy transition.

The TimberHP manufacturing facility in Maine is the first of its kind in North America . The insulation manufacturing technology, originally developed in Germany , is a high-performance, scalable, and sustainable alternative to other insulation products like fiberglass, foam, or mineral wool. The sustainable TimberHP products are vapor open, renewable, recyclable, nontoxic, and able to store carbon. By repurposing an existing paper mill, as well as using refurbished manufacturing technology from Germany , the project highlights the benefits of reuse and asset transformation.

Stantec is assisting the project by providing project and program management; industrial engineering support; civil, structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering; HVAC and ventilation services; and construction support.

" GO Lab's TimberHP facility in Maine serves as a great example of repurposing existing infrastructure to drive economic development and meet the needs of the future," says Mario Finis, executive vice president of Energy & Resources at Stantec. "Stantec is proud to be part of this transformative project, which creates high quality jobs, supports the local forestry industry, and leverages renewable biomass materials to reduce carbon emissions and help drive the energy transition."

TimberHP products are an innovative approach to insulation, using wood fiber material to deliver reliability, durability, sustainability, and safety. The reimagined facility will manufacture three insulation products, including TimberFill (loose fill and dense pack insulation for attics and stud cavities); TimberBatt (thermal cavity insulation for wall cavities, rafters, and interior partitions); and TimberBoard (exterior continuous insulation with high compressive strength and interior insulation for walls, floors, and ceilings).

"For over two decades, dry-process wood fiber insulation has provided the European construction sector with better performing building envelope and acoustic solutions, and the technology has grown into a billion-dollar market in the EU," says Josh Henry , co-founder and president of GO Lab . " GO Lab, Inc. is proud to bring production to North America where TimberHP will transform wood waste from the forest products industry into wood fiber loose fill, press-fit batts, and exterior boards to be sold in the mainstream market at cost parity with traditional insulation types."

TimberHP by GO Lab is looking to expand its US presence with additional facilities and has retained Stantec to provide conceptual studies and preliminary design services for sites in the Midwest and on the West Coast . Once complete, these manufacturing facilities will deliver high-quality, sustainable insulation products to homes and communities across the US.

About TimberHP by GO Lab
TimberHP by GO Lab , a privately-held, building products company, was founded in 2017 with one purpose-to manufacture high-performance, wood fiber insulation in North America . Our boards, batts, and loose fill, building on wood fiber's two-decade legacy of proven market success in Europe , offer best-in-class insulation solutions-safe, cost competitive, sustainable. TimberHP is a value-added, innovative product line for Maine's new forest economy.

About Stantec
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we alwaysdesign with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve-because they're our communities too. This allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

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