Treet – World’s Tallest Timber Building

Treet is a residential building located in Bergen, Norway. The structural design utilized laminated timber.  The apartments were created as modules off-site. When completed, the building will be 49,4m from entrance level. This is an ambitious project showing that it is possible to build urban housing with high density and at the same time use environmentally friendly materials. The project doesn’t “invent” anything new it only applies products that already exist in a new way, pushing the limit of what has been done before.  Through the perspective of the architect, attendees will see the advantages and challenges of timber high-rise construction and prefabrication.

Marina Trifkovic, Master of Architecture, ARTEC as, Laksevåg, Norway

Reciprocal Framing Systems

Attendees will gain the following in this presentation: An understanding of what a reciprocal frame is; An understanding of the range of possible reciprocal framing solutions; Some technical background to provide a starting point for a designer wishing to use a reciprocal frame in a project; Familiarity with the benefits and drawbacks to reciprocal frames for their appropriate use.

David Bowick, P.Eng., Principal, Blackwell Engineers, Toronto, ON

Regional Design with Wood for Educational Facilities featuring the Cascades Academy of Central Oregon

Hennebery Eddy Architects will discuss approaches to design featuring wood as a primary material in a range of regional and climatic contexts in the western United States. The session will concentrate on the Cascades Academy of Central Oregon in Bend, OR with discussion of Yellowstone Youth Campus in Yellowstone National Park, currently being designed and the recently completed Seattle Preparatory School Chapel in Seattle, WA.

Timothy R. Eddy, AIA, LEED Accredited Professional, Principal

Dan Petrescu, AIA, LEED Green Associate, Associate

Hennebery Eddy Architects, Portland, Oregon, USA

The Revival of Timber Bridges – The Carbon Friendly Solution

This presentation will seek to provide an overview of timber bridge design and restoration and highlight the carbon benefits as well as cost and function. The presentation will bring to focus railway, highway and pedestrian bridges and discuss advanced material methods like high strength fiber reinforced timber bridges.

Dan Tingley, Senior Wood Technologist / Structural Engineer, Ph.D., P.Eng., MIEust, CPEng., RPEQ, Wood Research and Development (WRD) Oregon, USA and Caboolture, QLD, Australia

Creative Applications of Wood in Transit Structures

Since the 19th century, wood had traditionally been used in transit structures as a common building material, whether it was a station house on the side of the train tracks or a trestle across a canyon.  As steel and reinforced concrete entered the mainstream they slowly displaced wood as the material of choice.  However, in the past two decades wood has experienced a renaissance as designers rediscover the material for its strength, durability, sustainability and warm aesthetic.  This presentation will reignite the argument for wood in transit structures, reinforced with case studies of successful applications in completed projects.

Duane Palibroda, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., F.I.Struct.E., Principal – Fast + Epp, Vancouver, BC

Sound Insulation of Wood-Frame Buildings

This presentation outlines basic acoustic principles and definitions, specifically the transfer of impact and airborne sounds in wood-frame buildings. Efficient means of acoustic insulation will be discussed using multiple case studies of recent floor-ceiling assemblies.

This presentation will benefit any professional such as architects, designers, acoustic engineers, builders, general contractors interested and/or concerned with acoustic insulation of wood-frame buildings.

André Rioux, Vice President, AcoustiTECH, St. Lambert-de-Lauzon, QC

WoodWorks® Software –Analysis and Design for Wind and Seismic Loads using Shearwalls with Updates to CSA O86-14

Performing a complete lateral load analysis for a building is one of the most complex aspects of structural design. WoodWorks® Shearwalls software allows engineers to quickly generate wind and seismic loads according to the NBC 2010 and design wood-frame shearwalls according to CSA O86-09 or -14. Deflection of shearwalls and force distribution based on flexible and rigid diaphragm distribution methods, including torsion, are just some of the topics that will be discussed and demonstrated. Along with an overview and demonstration of the Shearwalls software, an explanation of the updated technical changes in conformance to CSA O86-14 will be presented.

Please note this session is tailored for structural engineers

WoodWorks® Software – Sizer, Connections:  An Overview and Demonstration with Updates to CSA O86-14

WoodWorks® Design Office is a structural engineering software package that has been developed over the past fifteen years by the CWC for professionals who specify wood structural components and connections in accordance with the NBC and CSA O86. This session will focus on the capabilities of Sizer and Connections, and will be of interest to all design professionals interested in learning how to use WoodWorks® to specify or confirm the capacity of wood beams, joists, columns, studs, steel beams, and fasteners such as lags, wood screws, bolts, rivets, nails, and shear plates.  Concise explanations, including recent updates to conform to CSA O86-14 will be supplemented with software demonstrations.

Adam Robertson, M.A.Sc, P.Eng., Manager, Codes and Standards (Structural Engineering and Sustainability)

Kevin Rocchi, MASc, E.I.T., Technical Service Specialist, Codes and Standards (Structural Engineering)

Canadian Wood Council, Ottawa, ON

Fiberglass Composite Bridges

Wood is often discounted by engineers in comparison to concrete,  due to woods brittle failure acting as a one way plate, providing no composite action,  susceptible to condition loads on bridges such as water penetration, post tensioning relaxation and creep.  It is compelling to consider wrapping wood with epoxy reinforced fiberglass that encapsulates the wood, resulting in a product at 590kg/m3 at 800 MPa, provides ductile failure,  two way plate action that is in full composite action with steel girders or no girders as a rigid slab 508mm deep that can span 12m under full truck loading.

Crawford Dewar, Manager of Engineering, Guardian Bridge Rapid Construction Inc. Stratford, ON

2014-15 North American Wood Design Awards

Find your wood design inspiration. The projects featured in this presentation showcase innovative uses of wood in both commercial and residential designs. Unique one-of-a-kind buildings will be presented, as well designs that can be easily and cost-effectively replicated.

Marianne Berube, Executive Director, Ontario Wood WORKS!, North Bay, ON

Jim Taggart, Editor, Sustainable Architecure and Building Magazine (SABMag), Vancouver, BC

Designing Floor Systems with Engineered Wood Joists

Participants will learn the following:  – Factors for consideration when designing floor systems – Appropriate design strategies for code requirements and client satisfaction – Types of engineered floor components and their capabilities and limitations  -Engineering, design and support available from manufacturers.

Mike Beauchamp, EWP Canadian Sales Manager, Barrette Structural, Quebec, QC

Smarter Skins and Systems for Sustainable High-Performance Buildings

Gain unparalleled applied building science insights on energy efficiency, moisture management, acoustic controls and environmental air quality for wood buildings. Integrating these systems together will result in world class award winning sustainable buildings that are exceed expectations and are more affordable, energy efficient & healthier.

Bob Marshall, P. Eng., LEED A.P., BD+C – Building Science Manager, CertainTeed SAINT-GOBAIN


The Wood Solutions Fair focus’ on wood products and their use in construction. Suppliers and technical experts are on hand to answer your questions about wood. You will be able to apply “on the job” what you’ve learned from the seminars and the information you will take with you.