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Past Event: November 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


A one-day technical workshop focused on advancing affordable, attractive, zero emissions wood buildings.

  • Deepen your understanding of the latest developments in Mass Timber methods, solutions and processes through discussion with local experts.
  • Advance wood solutions by collaborating with subject matter experts across industry sectors.
  • Resolve persistent barriers.
  • Streamline the adoption and design process for wood buildings in BC.

The Province of BC recently approved the construction of tall wood buildings up to 12 storeys. This legislation comes into effect with “zero emissions” or “net-zero energy ready” requirements in place and advancing over the next five to ten years. For building design and construction leaders to remain competitive and guarantee their long-term success in local industry, the adoption of innovative alternatives to traditional concrete building systems will be a critical business development.

Workshop Format

The day is broken into two components: a morning of learning with local industry experts, followed by an afternoon working session by participants and experts. We have assembled a selection of technical and regulatory challenges gathered from consultation with practitioners working on complex high-performance projects to bring a real world case study to test and identify effective solutions for designing high-performance wood buildings in BC that may include a range of design details, technical references, spec language or regulatory approaches.

Participants will:

  • Share knowledge and exchange ideas;
  • Establish best practice solutions (e.g. to standardize where many interpretations or alternative solutions currently exist);
  • Validate approaches from elsewhere for application in BC;
  • Develop affordable/constructible/simplified solutions to situations of complexity, redundancy or expense;
  • Pinpoint regulatory or technical challenges that stand in the way of widespread application of a wood solution pathway to resolution;
  • Highlight opportunities for academic or applied R&D to resolve intractable barriers to the widespread adoption of wood; and
  • Solve pressing design problems currently standing in the way of high-performance buildings.

Workshop Agenda

8:00am – Light breakfast and registration

8:30am – Welcome and introductions

8:45am – Presentations and discussions

  • Presentation line-up:
    • “The future of mass timber and architecture: where are we headed with form, affordability and zero emissions?” – Andrew Thomson, Associate Principal – ZGF Architects
    • “Recent research in mass timber and pre-fabrication costing” – David Fell, Project Lead, Industrialized Construction – FPInnovations
    • “Modular case study” – Craig Mitchell, Director, Innovative Solutions – Metric Modular
    • “Mass timber and embodied carbon” – Patrick Enright, Green Building Engineer – City of Vancouver

11:30am – Lunch

12:30pm – Introduction and overview of workshop project: 8 storey affordable mass timber

12:45pm – Breakout groups: “what does the City of Wood look like?” (Planning, architecture/fabric, prefab, affordability)

3:30pm – Closing

Workshop Speakers and Experts

Andrew Thomson, Associate Principal – ZGF Architects

Christian Cianfrone, Executive Director – ZEBx

Craig Mitchell, Director, Innovative Solutions – Metric Modular

David Fell, Project Lead, Industrialized Construction – FPInnovations

Helen Goodland, Head of Research and Innovation – SCIUS Advisory Inc.

James Emery, Principal – Iredale Architecture

Mark Porter, National Practice Lead, Buildings – Associated Engineers

Patrick Enright, Green Building Engineer – City of Vancouver

Past Participants

  • Associated Engineering
  • BC Building Science
  • Cascadia Architects
  • City of Vancouver
  • Dialog Design
  • Engineers and Geoscientists of BC
  • EQ Canada
  • Greater Victoria Housing Society
  • Innovation Building
  • Integral Group
  • Kinetic Construction
  • Local Practice Architecture + Design
  • Mark Taylor Construction Advisory Services Ltd.
  • Mindful Architecture
  • Morrison Hershfield
  • PCI Group
  • Perkins+Will
  • Pye Construction Ltd.
  • Redcedar PM Services Ltd.
  • RDH Building Science
  • SCIUS Innovations Inc.
  • University of Victoria
  • Waymark Architecture
  • Wood WORKS! BC
  • ZGF Architects