Designing for Lasting Impact - The Science Behind Better Building Enclosures - Toronto

June 13th, 2019

Ted Kesik, Professor, University of Toronto

Future Proofing and Resilient Building Design (1 CEU) 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Climate change is causing a sharp increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events that often disable buildings during power outages. Resilient design is a cost-effective form of climate change adaptation that designers must seriously adopt in order to protect inhabitants and building assets. This presentation will provide a framework for assessing risks and consequences associated with climate change and guidance on how to approach the design of durable and robust buildings that are able to remain resilient and serviceable under extreme conditions. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Gain an understanding of how much more stress extreme weather events will exert on buildings in terms of winds, precipitation, flooding, extreme temperatures, heat and cold spells. 
  2. Apply practical techniques to assess the risks and consequences associated with conventional versus resilient building design. 
  3. Select appropriate resilience measures for buildings that correspond to future risks. 
  4. Learn about the latest thermal resilience research and how it is applied to enhancing the thermal autonomy and passive habitability of buildings. 
  5. Access additional information and design resources pertaining to resilient building design. 

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Graham Finch, Principal, RDH

Five Stories and Beyond: Building Enclosures for Mid-Rise Wood Buildings (2 CEU) 

The design and construction of taller wood-framed building enclosures continues to evolve in response to code changes, energy efficiency requirements, and many other industry factors. What can we learn from science and experience to inform best practice? This seminar will draw on building science principles, research, and case studies to discuss lessons learned and recent trends. We will focus on mid-rise but will also touch on taller wood projects. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Recognize building enclosure challenges in designing and constructing mid-rise and taller wood-framed buildings. 
  2. Summarize how building science principles and research have been applied to successfully address challenges in real-world case studies. 
  3. Understand key building science properties of engineered wood materials including cross laminated timber and nail laminated timber and how they affect durability and energy efficiency. 
  4. Identify appropriate materials and systems for code-compliant, durable, energy-efficient mid-rise and taller wood buildings. 

Ineke Van Zeeland, CMH Fire Consultants Ltd.

Fire Safety Design of Mid-Rise Wood Buildings (1 CEU) 2:30PM – 3:30PM 

This course will provide an overview of general fire safety concepts in the Ontario Building Code in the context of mid-rise wood construction, including fire resistance. It will also include a discussion of those code requirements that are different in mid-rise wood construction in comparison to non-combustible mid-rise construction. An overview of the proposed changes for the 2020 National Building Code permitting tall mass timber buildings will also be included. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. The basic fire safety concepts utilized by the Ontario Building Code to achieve the objectives of the Code and how they have been applied to mid-rise combustible construction; 
  2. Specific differences in code requirements between mid-rise combustible construction and mid-rise noncombustible construction, as well as between mid-rise and low-rise combustible construction;  
  3. Sources of information for fire-resistance ratings for combustible construction that are useful in the design of midrise wood buildings; and, 
  4. Time permitting, how fire safety concepts have been applied to create the proposed changes for the 2020 National Building Code permitting tall mass timber buildings. 
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