Considerations in the Design & Prefabrication of Mass Timber Buildings for Architects

August 17, 2022 3:01 pm Published by

Module 1 – Introduction and Project Planning for Optimizing Designs, includes an introduction to mass timber, the advantages of prefabrication, and early considerations for optimizing the design.

Module 2 – Design Considerations for Optimized design, includes structural, fire protection, acoustics, and vibration design considerations.

Module 3 – Early Construction Considerations, includes BIM and Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA), systems integration, and building envelope and moisture management.

Module 4 – Life Cycle Assessment, includes holistic considerations of carbon, why LCA is important, available tools, and biophilia considerations.

BIM for Wood Buildings – An Introductory Guide

August 15, 2022 4:28 pm Published by

This guide is intended to provide those working on wood projects with an introduction to how BIM works and the implications of adopting BIM. It offers an easy-to-understand starting point for the adoption of BIM practices and illustrates the value that BIM can add in terms of improved efficiency, reliability and sustainability. Developed by Scius Advisory and BIM One

Overview of Sustainable Forestry

August 15, 2022 4:16 pm Published by

Provides architecture and engineering students with a foundational understanding of the environmental benefits of using wood as a building material; it provides students with knowledge on the sustainability of wood in Canada and its social and cultural importance. Students may use this knowledge to make an informed decision on the use of wood as a building material. Included is an overview of Canada’s forests and ownership structure, Sustainable Forest Management practices, laws and regulations, forest certifications, causes of deforestation, how forests capture & store carbon, Indigenous communities & forests, and a brief LCA comparing wood to other building materials. Full slide deck with lecture notes is included.

Building Science for Wood Buildings

March 1, 2021 12:47 pm Published by

8-lecture module designed to create the foundational understanding of the complexity and importance of Thermodynamics and Hydrodynamics in wood buildings. Significantly increased energy efficiency requirements and an increasing demand for taller and larger wood buildings will change the methods of construction over the next few years and prefabrication will alter the envelope component assemblies. The material is therefore tailored to focus on thermally high performing envelope assemblies, sufficient air tightness, and modern manufacturing methods such as prefabrication. The module is equally focused on NBCC division 5 and 9. Includes slide deck, lecture notes, and sample questions.