What are Live Webinar and & Lunch and Learn Seminars?

BC Wood Specialties Group is a trade association representing British Columbia’s value-added wood products manufacturing industry. The industry is very diverse with many of its products being innovative and world class with much of it being sold into global markets. Our experience is that much of the industry is not as well-known as it might be with BC’s architectural and designer community. The purpose of the Live Webinar / Lunch & Learn seminars is to provide an overview of this industry and create a greater awareness of it. This includes environmental and technical issues, unique products and how to access them. This is done so those who specify products can have a working understanding of what is produced here in BC.

As part of its ongoing educational seminars for Architects, Designers, Engineers, Developers, Builders, and Contractors, BC Wood is pleased to offer the following LIVE WEBINAR SEMINARS. Each topic is interactive and will be presented by industry professionals from BC’s value-added wood manufacturing industry.

Detailed summaries of each session are available by request.

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List of Seminars

Architectural Wall Panels – From the West Coast Forest Floor to Project Site

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU/HSW | BC Housing 1 CPD,
Informal

Description:

More Architects, Designers, and Homeowners are gravitating towards wood and other natural materials. Sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint continues to be a growing influence in consumers’ product choices, and innovative wood products are now at front and center. This presentation tells the story from the tree, specifically the Western Red Cedar, through sustainably managed processing into beautiful engineered wooden panels for exterior and interior walls, garage doors, and cabinet doors.

Wood is warm and aesthetically pleasing, but as a natural product there are concerns about its durability against the elements, finishing, and maintenance. This presentation also looks at how engineered edge-glued and cross-laminated Western Red Cedar panels can address these concerns, and how it compares with other cladding materials.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Silva Panel.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how engineered wood panels are edge-glued and cross-laminated processed for performance and durability in extreme environments – against humidity, dryness, delamination, splitting, and termites.

  • Learn about the sustainable processing cycle of the Western Red Cedar Tree from its salvage from CSA/PEFC Certified Forests, through milling, its zero-waste application, to its value-added production into engineered wooden panels for exterior and interior walls, garage doors, and cabinet doors.

  • Understand the Architectural applications of engineered wood panels and its aesthetic and health benefits in comparison with other cladding materials.

  • Gain knowledge of the natural weathering aspects of engineered wood panels, and options available for finishing and fire proof coatings.

Cross Laminated Timber Panels (CLT’s); Opportunities & Challenges When Specifying

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal

Description:

Cross Laminated Timber or CLT is the green choice for schools, health care facilities, public buildings, commercial buildings, and multi-family housing because of its cross-layered construction, reduced carbon footprint, and ready to assemble system. Solid CLT panels are ideal for floor, wall, and roof systems making it a perfect structural solution. This seminar will discuss the opportunities and challenges (CLT) has faced and the progress made with designing and constructing with CLT and the advantages for the architect, builder and owner.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about CLT’s including structural design, seismic, fire, vibration and environmental performances, and more.

  • Learn about the potential of CLT’s by observing many projects throughout North America where CLT’s have been specified and used.

  • Learn how to use CLT’s as expressed structure: tolerances, specifications.

  • Learn how to leverage the benefits of prefabrication by incorporating CLT’s as part of a program of digitally fabricated components.

FACTORY PREFINISHING OF EXTERIOR BUILDING MATERIALS; A SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal

Description:

Cladding products start with the most natural, healthy, and sustainable resource available – wood. That wood is then engineered, machined, and coated to create a full line of siding and trim products that deliver performance, stability, and beauty. The finished products can be specified on any project; residential and non-residential projects alike with BC companies shipping throughout North America and Globally.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Woodtone.

Learning Objectives:

  • Species and profile options available from BC cladding manufacturers

  • How to easily access standard and custom cladding profiles

  • Factory coating VS site coatings

  • Factory coating options

Fenestration, past, present and beyond

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal

Description:

Advances in North American fenestration had been relatively stagnant through the late 80s to around 2000. There were modest advances in glazing improvements, but the windows themselves didn’t change much. After 2000 the speed at which fenestration manufacturers were expected to improve products increased. This session will explore the changes during the period of the late 80 into the 90s. Then take us to what is happening since 2000 and the dramatic changes we are seeing as we move through the 20/teens; and how the demands for performance into 2030 and beyond is impacting the fenestration manufacturer and its suppliers.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Westeck Windows and Doors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain knowledge about the history of residential fenestration in BC.

  • Learn about the impact of code changes on residential fenestration in BC.

  • Gain knowledge of the demand change of fenestration since 2010 in BC.

  • Learn about emerging designs and technologies taking fenestration to new performance goals for the future.

Fire Retardant Coatings and Factory Finishing Options

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal

Description:

Fire Retardant Coatings and Building Code compliance is the hot topic of late in specification writing. Fire retardant coating technology has made great advancements in both safety and environmental issues. This seminar will give an overview of the latest in technology for fire retardant coatings, their viabilities and limitations. Also discussed will be environmentally friendly coating and LEED compliant factory finishing options.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Fire Retardant Coatings Canada, A Division of Door Painters Ltd.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the different types of fire retardants and how they work.

  • Understand the limitations of various fire retardants and how to specify alternative products.

  • Learn about the Architectural Woodworkers Institute Coatings Compliance; Properties and Applications.

  • Learn about how to earn LEED points with factory pre finishing versus site finishing.

FIRE RETARDANT WOOD PRODUCTS & APPLICATIONS

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU/HSW | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal | AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU

Description:

Wood is becoming an attractive and viable option again for use in residential, commercial and high rise applications, and additionally as exterior use under recent fire code and WUI (Wildland Urban Interface) regulation updates. We will look specifically at wood products that increase fire protection for home and commercial property owners without sacrificing the beauty and durability of natural wood. This enables architects and builders to craft exceptional natural wood structures, while ensuring their customers’ peace of mind.

This session primarily covers code legal “Class A” Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) products mandated its use in the construction today under ASTM E84 or NFPA 255, and CAN/UCL S102 or ULC 723. This includes extended tests under ASTM D2898(12week Accelerated Weathering with Rain and UV), required in many exterior applications.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Channel-Ex Corporation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain knowledge of the types of fire retardant treatments available and their strengths/weaknesses to assess project suitability.

  • Discuss potential widened project design options while increasing fire safety and use of sustainable wood products.

  • Learn about blind spots: potential risks and opportunities related to using fire rated wood use, versus building code, versus actual flame spread.

  • Learn why the latest fire retardant and fire resistant wood products are becoming a viable option and attraction again for application in residential, commercial and high rise applications.

FRIENDS IN LOW VOC PLACES

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal

Description:

Discover how water borne coatings can perform as well, if not better, than their solvent borne counterparts without their negative environmental impact. The seminar will discuss a wide range of water based products and how architects can enjoy a net gain by specifying them.

It will also address the role water borne coatings can play in enhancing the natural look and performance of wood products and how LEED and VOC mandates are leading our industry down the green road. The session will also address the advantages of factory coatings.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from CBR Products.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the history and difference between water versus solvent borne coatings.

  • Understand the applications, maintenance and implications of factory coatings versus site coatings.

  • Learn about new coatings that are available for concrete, masonry and the anti-graffiti applications.

  • Learn how to specify coatings, choose color selection and brush outs.

Innovations in Laminated Veneer Lumber

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU/HSW | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal

Description:

The seminar will give a short overview of the currently available products for mass timber construction and introduce Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL). LVL advanced product by laminating LVL into a structural panel product as an additional alternative for mass timber construction. LVL is an extremely stable and consistent engineered wood product, ecologically sourced, complies with LEED requirements, with an astonishing visual quality.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Brisco Manufacturing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Overview of engineered wood panel products.

  • History of LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)

  • LVL Panels; Properties, Sizes, Applications

  • LVL Columns and Beams; Properties, Sizes, Applications

  • LEED Certification

LODGES, CABINS & OFF-GRID RETREATS: designing and building with pre-fabricated Western Red Cedar interlocking system

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal | AAA 1 Structured LU

Description:

With the global imperative to move to a low carbon economy, the way buildings are designed, manufactured and built is a key component. In this session, we will look at the considerations for low embodied carbon and high carbon sequestering buildings, at pre-fabricated interlocking wood building systems and with a specific focus on lodges (e.g. cultural, golf, fishing, yoga), cabins, and off-grid retreat projects.

In particular, we will learn about the structurally durable and aesthetically beautiful material of choice: Western Red Cedar, which is sustainably sourced and processed in British Columbia. Further discussion will be around the architectural design guidelines of pre-fabricated interlocking building systems – perfect for building on islands, water-access lots or other remote locations, while leaving a low ecological impact.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Panabode International Ltd.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the designing and building advantages of using Pre-fabricated Interlocking Building Systems for Lodges, Cabin and Off-Grid Retreat projects. Particular attention will be made for off-grid and remote building considerations.

  • Learn about common log wood species, the particular benefits of using Western Red Cedar– including how the wood is sustainably sourced, the machine milling process, the air- drying method, and care and maintenance.

  • Learn why we need to consider more than operating emissions for designing low embodied carbon and high carbon sequestering buildings, and why wood is the material of choice.

  • Discuss the architectural design guidelines of interlocking building system packages – including design trends and styles, thermal properties, natural settling of logs, care and maintenance, and other building materials required to complete the enclosure.

Specifying of Western Red Cedar and Yellow Cedar Products

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU/HSW | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal

Description:

The all-natural beauty of Western Red Cedar and Yellow Cedar products from British Columbia adds value and prestige to construction projects. Architects, specifiers, engineers, designers, and homeowners are increasingly choosing these products as a sustainable building material.

This presentation will describe the aesthetic, durability and long-term performance qualities associated with both wood species. It will explain the cedar products, grades and finishes available in todays’ market, their appropriate uses, and guidelines for properly specifying them. It will give insight into the manufacturing, drying, and safety practices for working with cedar. Also explained will be coating applications, and the care and maintenance for these environmentally responsible building materials.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Power Wood Corporation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the appropriate and testable drying and grade requirements for various applications of cedar.

  • Understand the specifications and surface finishes for the various Western Red Cedar and Yellow Cedar products available in the market today.

  • Learn about the best coating application and maintenance practices for cedar, including natural weathering.

  • Learn about the manufacturing process of cedar products in British Columbia, and the safety practices for working with cedar.

The Truth About Wood: The Environmental Benefits of Specifying Certified Sustainable Wood Products

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU/HSW | AAA 1 Structured LU

Description:

Forests play an important role in our lives. On the negative, they can be a significant source of global greenhouse emissions and a contributor to climate change through deforestation and poor forest management. On the positive, certifying forests and managing them sustainably is one of the best strategies to help in the fight against Climate Change. This course will explain the environmental importance of sustainable forest management, forest certifications, chain-of-custody certifications, forestry carbon cycles, certified sustainable wood products, and how to spot greenwashing claims by some manufacturers.

People are trying to align their lifestyles with the concept of reducing their carbon footprint and wonder what they can do to make a difference in the age of Climate Change. The good news is that specifiers and influencers are in a position to make a positive impact by aligning their values with those of sustainability – putting pressure on manufacturers, who in turn put pressure on lumber suppliers, who in turn put pressure on loggers and landowners to value sustainability and sustainable forests. And by educating customers on the environmental benefits of specifying certified sustainable wood products, they are doing their part to align their customers’ values to make the world a better place for us and for our children.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Craft Artisan Wood Floors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role that forests play in our lives, and the important role they play in combating Climate Change.

  • Learn about the different third-party forest certification organizations and Forest Management Standards.

  • Learn about Chain of Custody certification and specifying for products made from sustainable wood sources.

  • Learn how to spot greenwashing claims made by some wood product manufacturers, and how to identify the manufacturers who are fully committed to sustainable sourcing.

Ventilated Doors- Next Generation: Maximizing Indoor Environmental Quality Between Enclosed Spaces

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU/HSW | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal

Description:

As buildings are increasingly designed for environmental, occupant health, and well-being in mind, there is a growing requirement for ventilation openings between enclosed spaces.  Ventilation pathways are notorious for transmitting sound, and there is also the challenge of creating airflow pathways without the complexity of modifying ceilings and walls to accept ducting, vents and grilles. This presentation reviews ventilation and acoustical challenges associated with creating comfortable interior environments. It also discusses the latest in ventilated door solutions that addresses these challenges.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Van Air Design.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore industry, environmental and health influences motivating the increased use of ventilation openings between spaces.

  • Compare common ventilation openings, analyze their requirements, and the implications they have on acoustics.

  • Learn about an integrally ventilated door and explain how acoustic design elements were incorporated to contribute to its acoustical attenuation.

  • Identify factors to be considered when specifying ventilation openings.

Advanced Timber Manufacturing

Learning Credit:

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal

Description:

How can an integrated approach to architecture and digital fabrication capitalize on convergent technologies to position Advanced Timber Manufacturing at the forefront of the construction industry?

Fraught with labor inefficiency, material waste, and environmental impacts, the AEC industry is on the cusp of a transformational shift which will forever alter the way buildings are constructed. Uniquely positioned to challenge the status quo of traditional construction processes in North America, this BC manufacturer is enabling digital fabrication to become an extension of the architectural design process. Through early engagement in design assist – a value-added approach to architecture where construction strategies, material properties, and fabrication principals are foregrounded as criteria during design – the relationship between the architect and the manufacturer is transformed to bridge the gap between design and construction. This seminar examines how off-site digital fabrication processes, linked with strategic industry alliances, can facilitate global project efficiencies, enhanced quality, and masterful project execution.

This session will be presented by industry professionals from Spearhead.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how an integrated design process and a component-based manufacturing strategy can enable informed design decisions and efficient project execution.

  • Recognize the benefits of an integrated project delivery approach compared to conventional project delivery practices.

  • Establish how strategic industry connections can facilitate the integration of traditionally isolated scopes of work.

  • Discover the architectural opportunities associated with the emergence of free-form fabrication capabilities in North America.