Building Enclosures for 5 & 6 Storey Mid-Rise Wood Buildings - Graham Finch

  • October 26, 2017
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Manitoba Museum - Festival Hall - 190 Rupert Avenue
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Building Enclosures for 5 & 6 Storey Mid-Rise Wood Buildings - Lessons Learned & Evolving Best Practices

The design and construction of wood frame building enclosures continues to evolve in response to code changes, energy efficiency requirements, past performance, new materials and many other industry factors. One of the latest evolutions has stemmed from the allowance for 5 and 6-storey wood frame buildings in parts of Canada and the US combined with the increased stringency on the thermal performance and airtightness of building enclosures. These taller buildings face a number of challenges different from low-rise wood frame buildings built before, including increased environmental loads from wind and rain, stricter energy code requirements, and unique maintenance and operating considerations. This seminar will cover lessons learned and many of the recent trends in materials, details and enclosure assemblies for creating durable and energy-efficient mid-rise wood frame buildings.  

Graham Finch, MASc, P.Eng

RDH Building Engineering Ltd. Victoria, BC, Canada

Graham is a Principal and Building Science Specialist with RDH. He has a passion for technology and improving energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. He leads RDH’s building science research group and is actively involved in numerous projects ranging from building research studies to forensic investigations, building monitoring, hygrothermal modeling, and new construction across North America. Graham has co-authored several publications and practical industry guideline documents on wood building enclosures including the Guide for Designing Energy-Efficient Building Enclosures, the Guide for Tall Wood Buildings in Canada, and the Building Enclosure Chapters for the CLT Handbook and the NLT Design and Construction Guide. 

The MBEC AGM will be taking place prior to this seminar, at 2:30PM. Graham Finch will then start his presentation afterwards, at approximately 3:00PM.

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