Innovative Zero Emissions Wood Buildings Workshop – Victoria

High Density, Net-Zero Livestream + ZEBx Community Social
September 25, 2019
From Code to Passive House: MURB Electrification Case Studies
October 15, 2019

Past Event: September 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm


A one-day technical workshop focused on innovative wood technologies. 

  • Collaborate with experts across industry sectors
  • Resolve persistent barriers
  • Streamline the adoption and design process for wood buildings in BC.

With BC’s building code now allowing the construction of tall wood buildings up to 12 storeys, building design and construction leaders must coordinate efforts to remain effective and competitive in a quickly evolving market.

Using local case studies, including residential and commercial buildings, participants will collaborate with experts across industry silos to develop solutions and details for future wood building design, identify barriers and opportunities, and inform industry best practices to help confront pressing challenges, such as sustainability and affordability through the innovative and practice use of wood.

This workshop has been approved for 6 AIBC Core Learning Units. 

Experts in Residence

Mark Porter, LEED AP, F.I.Struct.E., Struct. Eng. ENV SP

National Practice Lead – Associated Engineering

Mark is Associated Engineering’s National Practice Lead of Buildings and has over 20 years’ experience in Structural Engineering and building designs across Canada, UK, US and the Caribbean. His passion for sustainable structures has led to involvement with BREEAM (UK), the Canada Green Building Council, The Living Future Institute and Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure as well as ongoing work with APEGBC on their Sustainability Guidelines, Climate Change Position Papers and Practice Guidelines.

Mark was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Structural Engineers for his work in sustainability and engineered wood. He is currently involved with two Living Building Challenge projects, a 90 unit Passive House residence and one of the largest rainwater harvesting projects in Canada. His experience in engineered wood includes, among others, the Owners Technical Advisor for the Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George, Elkford Conference Centre – one of the first in North America to use CLT as tall shear walls, Lecturer for the SEABC course in Mass Timber Design and a member of the Wood First Advisory Panel for FII.

Mark Taylor, P.Eng., G.S.C

President – Mark Taylor Construction Advisory Services Ltd.

Mark has over 30 years of construction industry experience, having spent most of this time working with major construction companies in Canada and the UK, including PCL and Stuart Olson. Along the way he has fulfilled many roles including Vice-President, Permanent Modular Construction, Director of Operations and Senior Construction Manager. As Vice-president, Permanent Modular Construction he started and then led a new start- up division for a major international contractor. In this role he focused on increasing the company’s use of permanent modular construction and off-site prefabrication, growing the business to over $9m of annual sales in the first 3 years.

Mark now uses the experience gained through his career to work with contractors to develop and improve the systems and processes they need to operate effectively and profitably in today’s market – his wide exposure to different geographic and market sectors has given him a diverse experience to draw on in finding solutions to both business and project problems. Always looking to challenge the status quo, Mark is constantly seeking to find new ways to improve our industry and how we build. Through the training he offers he looks to develop strong builders and leaders who can excel in their roles.

Christian Cianfrone, P.Eng.

Executive Director – ZEBx

Prior to joining ZEBx as its first Executive Director, Christian spent 13 years as a building energy consultant, working on hundreds of high performance projects, developing progressive energy policy, and researching and presenting emerging and innovative content across North America. Christian is also a founder and director of Open, a social enterprise dedicated to creating green building tools and resources to educate and amplify the impact of the green building community.

Session Facilitator

Helen Goodland, BA Hons. Dip Arch, MBA RIBA

Helen brings over 30 years of experience working with governments, public owners, developers and builders to advance innovative high–performance building projects in Canada and around the world. As an architect, policymaker and business strategist, she not only helps public owners and private developers put in place the policies, metrics and business systems necessary to engage with and benefit from modern methods of construction, but she also supports project teams with the market and/or technical research and advice necessary to achieve innovative and high performance solutions. Helen frequently assists governments and public agencies of all levels to research and develop regulatory tools and programs to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and lower the overall environmental footprint of buildings.

Helen serves on the Canadian Construction Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Taskforce and is chair of the United Nations Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative’s Materials Technical Advisory Committee, which is developing an international protocol for reporting on the life cycle impacts of buildings. She is on the National Zero Waste Council’s Construction task force and she is also a member of the BCIT School of Architectural Technology degree program advisory committee. Helen is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has an MBA from the University of BC. She is one of the BC Sustainable Energy Association’s climate action heroes and has been nominated as a YWCA woman of distinction. In 2017, she was received the VRCA’s Outstanding Woman in Construction Award. Helen will lead the technical development of the workshop and facilitate the sessions. She will also be responsible for the technical outputs.

Past Participants

  • Associated Engineering
  • BC Building Science
  • City of Vancouver
  • Dialog Design
  • Engineers and Geoscientists of BC
  • EQ Canada
  • Innovation Building
  • Local Practice Architecture + Design
  • Mark Taylor Construction Advisory Services Ltd.
  • Mindful Architecture
  • Morrison Hershfield
  • PCI Group
  • Perkins+Will
  • Redcedar PM Services Ltd.
  • RDH Building Science
  • Scius Innovations Inc.
  • Wood WORKS! BC
  • ZGF Architects