UDI Webinar - Advancing Mass Timber in BC

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Name: UDI Webinar - Advancing Mass Timber in BC
Date: September 28, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM PDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

Around the world, advancements in timber construction is helping to build resilient, climate-smart communities, and Vancouver – with its tree and timber expertise – has the potential to leverage this competitive advantage. Join our expert panel as they discuss the current building bylaws and the possible code changes which may be implemented to better facilitate the use of mass timber.

Your feedback will be important in determining the priorities most useful to the industry, as well as knowing what will have the biggest impact towards advancing mass timber here in Vancouver and beyond.

*It is important to note that the City of Vancouver cannot guarantee VBBL changes will come of it but the list of possible changes and your industry feedback on priorities will be useful for both a Provincial and Federal code audience.



Patrick Enright is a Green Building Engineer with the City of Vancouver's Sustainability Group, where he works on green building policy and code updates for large new buildings. Current priorities include the implementation of the Zero Emissions Building Plan, and creating a policy to reduce embodied emissions in the construction sector. Patrick is a professional engineer with years of experience in the building industry, including a number of years with a Vancouver firm in mechanical design and energy modeling. Before moving to Vancouver, Patrick worked in the national project management office of Defence Construction Canada located in Ottawa.

Andrew Harmsworth is the Principal Fire Engineer in Charge on many innovative projects, including the Tallwood House at Brock Commons at UBC, and is currently working on over 15 new tall wood buildings including the Arbour at George Brown College in Toronto, an educational building with 10 storeys of exposed timber on Toronto’s waterfront, and a 10 storey fully exposed timber office building in Vancouver. With 30 years’ experience in Fire Science and Building Code consulting, and a Master’s Degree in Fire Engineering from UBC, Andrew Harmsworth has developed specialized expertise in the application of Fire Science and Engineering of Building Code requirements. Andrew’s expertise is recognized in his membership on the Standing Committee on Fire Protection of Codes Canada responsible for the relevant sections of the National Building Code of Canada.

Zachary May is the Acting Executive Director, Building & Safety Standards Branch for the Province of British Columbia. He is a member of the national standing committee on Energy Efficiency with the National Research Council of Canada. In BC, Zachary is the Chair of the BC Energy Step Code Council and leads the team that is tasked with implementing a provincial code for alterations to existing buildings.

Sheryl Peters joined BC Housing in 2009, with a portfolio that included partnerships with other senior government agencies, municipalities and non-profit housing providers in the delivery of affordable housing solutions in the province. Sheryl is a certified Project Management Professional with academics in urban geography (UBC) and architectural and building technologies (BCIT). She has over 22 years of experience in design, marketing, development and construction management, in both the private and public real estate sectors. Her career portfolio is a diverse range of projects that includes multi-residential developments; master planned / mixed use communities; hotels; neighbourhood shopping centres; and regional retail centres. As Provincial Director – Redevelopment, Sheryl manages the revitalization of aging BC Housing assets with the intention of modernizing sites to meet current housing demands and bringing forward best practices in sustainable design, engineering & construction. In her spare time Sheryl volunteers with the Urban Development Institute (UDI) and enjoys interacting with public on all things real estate. Sheryl is passionate about facilitating affordable housing options and creating vibrant, complete & inclusive communities in BC.

Rocky Sethi has been involved in the development and construction of wood frame and concrete residential and mixed-use buildings across Western Canada for over 20 years. He has been involved in all aspects of development from acquisition and design to construction and delivery of thousands of homes and hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial developments. Rocky offers insight into the full spectrum of residential and commercial developments and has always worked on the leading edge of the industry, with companies looking to push the envelope with their projects in order to maximize the value of the real estate and offering to the customer. As the COO of Adera, he is championing projects incorporating Cross Laminated Timber and high levels of sustainability, in order to deliver cutting edge projects while combating climate change. Adera recently completed the Virtuoso project at UBC, and has four more CLT projects in planning or construction, including over 500 mass timber homes.
Event Sponsors:
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Date/Time Information:

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Member Price             $20 + GST
Non-Member Price     $30 + GST

A link to the recorded webinar will be available to those who have registered. The recording will be available for viewing 24 hours after the webinar airs, and can be watched on-demand for 72 hours.

72 hours' notice required. 
Substitutions allowed. 

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