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C3 building systems can be used below grade in place of a concrete
foundation, including as replacement for the concrete basement
slab," Pendergast says.
C3 panels can also be used as roofing systems. The C3 building
systems can replace typical roof truss systems by building a "truss
roof structure into our panels, so homes can have a panelized roof
with vaulted ceilings," he adds. "[The C3 building system] can make
up an entire building envelope from the basement to the exterior
walls and the roof."
C3 building systems' prefabricated solution can significantly
increase construction speed. "We can put a building envelope for a
2,000-square-foot house up in three to four days, which is a lot faster
than the way people typically build homes," Pendergast says.

Superior Performance
MgO Systems sells C3 building systems for use in residential and
commercial construction projects. The C3 building system is fabricated in the company's plant using panelized architectural plans and
then provided to general contractors, who install the systems.
In addition to being non-flammable and mold and mildew resistant, MgO systems' C3 building systems also offer better insulation
value than conventional panels. "Our superior insulating value and
energy efficiency results in a potential 30 percent reduction in heating
and cooling costs over traditional construction," the company says.
MgO Systems' construction process also produces less job site
waste, which is environmentally responsible while saving the owners money.
Another advantage of the C3 system is its sound dampening

qualities, which makes it ideal for shared walls in schools, hotels and
multi-family buildings. The sound dampening qualities of the C3
wall system also extends to the external walls decreasing the noise
pollution from the environment.

Next Steps
One of the first uses of the C3 Engineered Wall System was on
McKay's new home. Since then, the system has been used in several
single-family homes, multi-family residential projects and commercial buildings in Canada.
In 2016, the company broadened its focus from western Canada to
offer its systems to contractors and owners in the United States. That
year, C3 panels were used in the construction of a charter school in
Charlotte, N.C. In 2017, MgO's panels were used to build a charter
school in Tampa, Fla. Pendergast says the company is pursuing additional projects in the United States.
The company is also adding to its internal capabilities. "Since we
started doing more business in the United States, we've added a lot
of bench strength, including a LEED-accredited architect who is an
expert in panel construction," Pendergast says.
A staff architect gives the company the ability to create proprietary designs for single-family "tiny homes" as well as schools and
small hotels. MgO Systems also added operations staff to supervise
the installation of its panel systems.
"Our production process today is about putting existing products together," Pendergast says, "As we move into the future, we are
developing proprietary, next-generation products to enhance the C3
building system."

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