The Future of Building – Tall Timber Buildings
Date: Wednesday November 20, 2019 from 6:30 to 9:30pm
Location: Social Coffee & Tea Company, 77 West Beaver Creek Rd #1, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1K4
Convergence of technologies and modern engineering are changing the way we think of buildings
Wood buildings have traditionally been limited to 4-storeys under the National and Provincial building codes. But recent innovations in so-called ‘mass timber’ products have created new possibilities for much taller wood buildings, including a recently completed 18-storey student residence on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Products such as glued-laminated timber and cross-laminated timber are large format elements that are pre-fabricated, CNC machined and can be installed quickly on site in almost any weather conditions. These and other innovative wood products are at the centre of a transformation in the construction industry where we expect higher quality, offsite fabrication along with faster and quieter site work with less construction waste. And, mass timber is a carbon sink, acting to sequester carbon rather than releasing carbon into the atmosphere which would otherwise contribute to greenhouse gases. David will provide an overview of the shift in the construction industry with respect to engineering analysis for structural design and fire safety.
About the speaker:
David Moses, PhD, PEng, PE, LEED®AP
David is the founder of Moses Structural Engineers, a Toronto-based firm whose core purpose is to have a “Lasting Impact” on our cities and communities. David was born in Ottawa, went to Queen’s University for undergraduate and Master degrees then left to Vancouver to pursue a PhD in timber engineering. After 10 years of studying, working and skiing in BC, David returned to Ontario and in 2010 opened the doors to his own company. David is a recognized leader, designer, teacher, researcher, writer and invited lecturer. He has over 25 years of experience in timber engineering and has been involved in hundreds of structural engineering projects across Canada and the United States, including many firsts: the first Canadian and Ontario Cross-laminated timber (CLT) buildings, the first passive house in Canada and early CNC machining of heavy timber for construction.