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.

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.

Prefabrication of Wood Buildings

November 25, 2021 9:44 am Published by
The intent of this module is to give an introduction into the field of prefabrication with wood, analyzing the different levels and methods available to develop a fundamental understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of prefabrication and its various levels. Furthermore, an overview of the different factors influencing the success of prefabrication in the market will be discussed. The module is developed to be taught to students in either four blocks at 90-120 minutes each, or as two blocks of 3-4 hours, or one full day.

Condensed Timber Engineering Module for Hybrid Course

May 12, 2021 9:20 am Published by

This module series can be used within a 3rd or 4th year steel design course, it is a condensed version of the full 10-lecture undergraduate wood design course. The module series requires approximately 4 50-minute lectures.

Off-the-shelf Timber Engineering Course

May 12, 2021 9:19 am Published by

Complete undergraduate timber engineering course that includes 10 updated lectures with transcribed lecture notes and lecture recordings.

Also included:

1. Curriculum development forms for launching a standalone course (CLO and Graduate Attributes are defined) as per CEAB requirements
2. 4 sample assignments
3. Test Bank (Sampling of Multiple Choice and SA/LA Questions)
4. Detailing for Bending Lab

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.

Wood Bridge Design

March 31, 2020 2:58 pm Published by
Wood Bridge Design example complete with calculations and drawings. Glulam deck on glulam girder traffic bridge design based on example previously published in the Ontario Wood Bridge Reference Guide. Includes discussion on design and durability considerations.

Timber Design Code

September 29, 2019 8:21 pm Published by

Introduction to wood design standard CSA O86-14. Discusses types of loads, load combinations, limit states design for ultimate and serviceability limit states. Includes example.

Structural Wood Products and Systems

September 29, 2019 8:20 pm Published by

Discusses sawn lumber production and grading, panel products, and engineered wood products (EWP) including glulam, structural composite lumber, CLT and other mass timber products. Applications and design consideration are also discussed.

Shearwalls and Diaphragms

September 29, 2019 8:19 pm Published by

Discusses lateral load resisting systems for vertical and horizontal bracing. Includes performance of wood frame construction, understanding load paths, and design of light wood frame lateral load assemblies.