Upcoming Events

View industry events, share knowledge about zero emission buildings
or get in touch to add your own event to our calendar.

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Innovative Zero Emissions Wood Buildings Workshop – Vancouver

November 22, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Join us for 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.

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

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.

Ticket Types

  • Full Day Workshop – attend the morning presentations (see point below for topics), catered lunch and afternoon hands-on designing.
  • Half Day Presentations – attend the morning presentations focused on mass timber form and affordability; the future of mass timber in industry; costing and prefab-ability; trends in industrialization; a local case study; and embodied carbon.

Limited seats available! Click here to register!

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

Venue and Arrival Instructions

The workshop will be held in Room 470 at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

***Please enter the venue off of Seymour Street at Hastings

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

Click here to register!

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

Click here to register!

This is event is brought to you in collaboration with Renewable Cities



November 22, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Room 470 - 580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3 Canada
+ Google Map