Design and Construction Considerations for Taller Wood Buildings

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

In Ontario, we are rapidly changing the way that we build enclosures for wood buildings. More insulation, different control layers, and panelization to name a few. And we are also now building much taller wood buildings. Put together, these changes present some interesting building science challenges for enclosure design and the selection of materials. Many of these challenges are new to Ontario but on the West Coast there is more than a decade of experience to draw on... or, said another way, our friends on the West Coast have had longer to learn what the new problems are and have figured out ways to address them. The presentation will cover a series of design and enclosure detailing issues and, by drawing on West Coast experience, present solutions that can be integrated into the design of new tall wood buildings in Ontario. And in addition, there will be a discussion of new potential issues that we in Ontario may figure out all by ourselves.

Edward Village, 50 East Valhalla Drive, Markham, ON L3R 0A3

6:00 pm: Registration/Reception
7:00 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm: Presentation

OBEC / OAA Members: $55.00 + $7.15 HST = $62.15
Non Members: $70 + $9.10 HST = $79.10
Student Members: $35 + $4.55 HST = $39.55

Live Webinar

8:00 pm: Presentation

OBEC / OAA Members: $25.00 + $3.25 HST = $28.25
Non Members: $45.00 + $5.85 HST = $50.85
Student Members: $10.00 + $1.30 HST = $11.30

Sponsored by:

Alex Lukachko

Alex Lukachko, M.Arch., is a Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist with RDH. He manages the firm’s Toronto region and consults with clients in Canada and the United States, including building material manufacturers, constructors, and architecture firms.

Alex also teaches the integration of energy, building science and design concepts in the architecture programs at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto.

Alex has active research interests in the development of future building enclosure systems and the design of high performance, low environmental impact buildings.

In particular, he is interested in the link between architectural design and quality assurance that ensures high building performance. These interests are part of a long-term pursuit of effective (and measurable) sustainable building practices.

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OBEC Technical Discussion Group

Topic: Building Envelope Problems.

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This discussion group will take place from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at Edward Village, 50 East Valhalla Drive, Markham, ON L3R 0A3.

There is no pre-registration required, just show up and get involved in the discussion!

BSSO holders, will be given 1 credit for attendance.