What are 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 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.

List of Seminars

An Architect’s Introduction to BC’s Value Added Wood Industry

Learning Credit: 1 Core LU
Date:
Description: This is excellent as a first session to provide brief overviews of a variety of products from BC’s Value-Added Wood Industry many of which are covered in detail in the following sessions.

Summary

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 Lunch & Learn seminar 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.

We also offer follow-up sessions that focus on specific products or sectors including but not limited to: Engineered Wood Products (glulams, plywood, CLT’s), Millwork, Remanufactured Wood Products, Cabinets, Furniture, Reclaimed Wood, etc.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Better understand the breadth and depth of products from BC’s value -added wood industry
  2. Increase knowledge of environmental and green issues relative to BC’s value-added wood products
  3. Learn how to easily access information re products, services and technical information from BC’s entire value-added wood industry

BC Wood is a Registered Provider for AIBC and IDCEC Continuing Education Programs. The seminar is available in 1/2 hour or 1 hour lengths and qualifies for 0.5 or 1.0 core learning unit respectively for AIBC registered architects

BC Wood provides a catered lunch and the total sessions last for one hour and are open to all in the office who may wish to attend.

Acoustical Ceılıng and Wall Systems – What’s Available and How to Specify

Learning Credit: 0.5 Core LU
Date:
Description: The focus of this seminar will include the extensive variety of customized acoustical ceiling & wall systems available, how to specify and design, fire ratings available and much more.

Summary:

As part of its ongoing educational seminars for Architects & Designers, BC Wood is pleased to offer a Lunch & Learn seminar on the dynamics of BC’s Ceılıng and Wall Systems industry.

Acoustic and decorative wood ceiling & wall systems are used in commercial, institutional, and residential construction projects. This session will discuss the manufacturing, assembling and finishing processes, all of which are done in BC manufacturers’ facilities enabling complete quality control over the product.
The seminar will also discuss the extensive variety of customized ceiling & wall systems available including grilles, planks and kerf acoustic panels that can be manufactured to each specific project needs.

The focus of this seminar will include how to specify and design systems, the customization of ceiling and wall systems, fire ratings available and much more.

Learning Objectives:

  • How wood ceilings and wall systems can make a difference in a space.
  • What wood ceilings and wall systems are available on the market, acoustically and decoratively
  • How to specify a wood ceiling or wall system
  • Typical Applications for a wood ceiling or wall system.

BC Wood will be joined by Cathie Wilkins, Architectural Representative of Linea Wall and Ceiling Systems for this session.

A catered lunch in your offices is provided.

BC Wood is a Registered Provider for AIBC. This seminar is 30 minutes long and is approved for 0.5 Core Lus. It is open to all in the office who may wish to attend.

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT’s) & Glulams

Learning Credit: 1 Core LU
Date:
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. CLT’s are ideal for floor, wall, and roof systems making it the perfect structural solution.

Summary:

Cross Laminated Timber or CLT is the green choice for schools, health care facilities, public buildings, commercial buildings, industrial buildings and multi-family housing because of its cross-layered construction, reduced carbon footprint, and ready to assemble system.

Solid cross laminated timber panels are ideal for floor, wall, and roof systems making it the perfect structural solution.  Key features of CLT’s include

  • Sustainable Structural Alternate to Concrete and Steel
  • Its Strength an Light Weight Provide new Possibilities for
    Design and Architecture
  • Innovative Construction Opportunities

CLT is manufactured in a wide range of shapes, sizes and configurations for a variety of projects. They are used in applications where their strength, beauty and durability make them the ideal structural choice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about CLT’s including structural design, seismic, fire, vibration, & 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 CLTs 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

BC Wood will be joined by Ron McDougall of Structurlam Products who will be presenting.

A catered lunch in your office is provider and the session last for one hour. The seminar is approved by AIBC for 1 Core LU

Designing Timber Frame Structures

Learning Credit: 1 Core LU
Date:
Description: The focus for this seminar will be how to properly design, specify and construct timber frame projects to insure client’s complete satisfaction.  It will also cover integrating heavy timber into structures to enhance their architectural appeal while continuing to meet structural requirements.

Summary:

Timber continues its dramatic growth as a popular building material due to its many superior attributes including environmental, strength and technical qualities. Timber frame is a historical building method utilizing heavy structural timbers (the frame) secured with wood joinery primarily the mortise and tenon joint.

This seminar will discuss how to properly design, specify and construct timber frame projects to offer solutions that can be effectively used in design and construction for the most challenging of projects

It will also cover integrating heavy timber into structures to enhance their architectural appeal including the warmth that only wood can provide while continuing to meet structural requirements.

Also discussed will be the pros and cons of designing timber frame structures with SIP enclosure systems that can achieve maximum energy efficiency as compared to conventional “stick” building with standard insulation.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to specify heavy timber in architectural applications from both an appearance and structural perspective to insure clients’ satisfaction
  • Understanding cost effectiveness, (strength, robustness and aesthetics of traditional wood joinery
  • Learn when steel connectors and screws both hidden and visible should be implemented for structural integrity
  • Understand the pros and cons of SIP (structural insulated panels) versus conventional 2 x and batt insulation enclosure systems for both constructability and energy efficiencies

The speaker, Dave Petrina, is an expert on Timber Frame Designs.

A catered lunch in your offices is provided. The course lasts one hour and is open to all in the office who may wish to attend.

Designing With Reclaimed Wood

Learning Credit: 0.5 Core LU
Date:
Description: Designing and using reclaimed wood has increased in popularity in recent years in projects both large and small.   Demand for wood from deconstruction of iconic buildings is high but there are issues anyone designing or sourcing reclaimed should know.

Summary:

Designing and using reclaimed wood has increased in popularity in recent years in projects both large and small. Demand for wood from deconstruction of iconic buildings is high but there are issues anyone designing or sourcing reclaimed should know.

This presentation starts with an overview of the reclamation process and descriptions of the types of reclaimed materials which are commonly available, and then outlines the specific benefits and difficulties of reclaimed wood. The presentation concludes with some example success stories incorporating reclaimed material.

The presentation concludes with some example success stories incorporating reclaimed material, and, as some food for thought in going forward, a discussion on designing projects with end-of-life reclamation in mind.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the advantages of reclaimed wood (environmental, quality, aesthetic)
  • Discover some of the unique constraints when working with reclaimed wood
  • Learn how to plan a project incorporating reclaimed wood

BC Wood will be joined by key industry personnel on this topic.

A catered lunch in your office is provided and the session last for 30 minutes.

BC Wood is a Registered Provider with AIBC and this seminar is approved for 0.5 core LU. The seminars are open to all in the office who may wish to attend.

Engıneered Western Red Cedar Panels

Learning Credit: 0.5 Core LU
Date:
Description: The focus of this seminar will be how to properly design with, specify and integrate Engineered Western Red Cedar Panels in both commercial and residential projects to enhance their architectural appeal. The comparison to other cladding materials will be covered in this seminar.

Summary:

The western red cedar is British Columbia’s official tree. It is sometimes called arbor-vitae, Latin for “tree of life.” The wood is naturally durable and light in weight. Because of its resistance to decay and insect damage, the wood of large, fallen trees remains sound for over 100 years. Even after 100 years, the wood can be salvaged and cut into shakes for roofs. It is used for house siding and interior/exterior paneling as well as outdoor furniture, decking and fencing.

The focus of this seminar will be how to properly design, specify and integrate Engineered Western Red Cedar Panels in construction projects to enhance their architectural appeal. The comparison of Engineered Western Red Cedar Panels to other composite panels and cladding material, traditional lumber products as well as different areas where Engineered Cedar Panels can be used will be covered in this one hour seminar.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to specify Engineered Western Red Cedar Panels in architectural applications to ensure client satisfaction
  • Understanding cost, effectiveness and aesthetics of Engineered Western Red Cedar Panels versus artificial and composite material
  • Understanding the sustainability and possible contribution of of Engineered Western Red Cedar Panels to LEED projects.

BC Wood will be joined by key industry personnel on this topic.

A catered lunch in your office is provided and the session last for 30 minutes.

BC Wood is a Registered Provider with AIBC and this seminar is approved for 0.5 core LU.  The seminar is open to all in the office who may wish to attend.

Evolution of Water Borne Coatings & Factory Finishing

Learning Credit: 0.5 Core LU
Date:
Description: Discover how today’s water borne coating products can perform as well, if not better, than their solvent borne counterparts without their negative environmental impact. The session will also address factory coatings and including the advantages of factory coatings and why is pre-finishing becoming one of the fastest growing changes on specification sheets.

Summary:

When considering coatings it makes sense to apply environmentally benign products whenever and wherever possible. Discover how today’s water borne coating products can perform as well, if not better, than their solvent borne counterparts without their negative environmental impact.

The seminar will discuss the myths associated with water products and how architects can enjoy a net gain by specifying them. It will also address the roles 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 factory coatings and including the advantages of factory coatings and why pre-finishing is becoming one of the fastest growing changes on architectural specification sheets?

Learning Objectives:

  • Looking to the future of VOC compliance
  • Water verses solvent borne coatings
  • Factory coating verses site coating
  • New coatings for concrete, masonry and the anti-graffiti applications

BC Wood will be joined by key industry personnel on this topic.

A catered lunch in your offices is provided and the session lasts one hour.

BC Wood is a Registered Provider with AIBC’s Continuing Education Programs.

The seminar is 30 minutes in length and qualifies for 0.5 core learning units for AIBC registered architects.

A catered lunch in your offices is provided.

The seminars are open to all in the office who may wish to attend.

Factory Prefinishing Of Exterior Building Materials; A Sustainable Practice

Learning Credit: 1 Core LU
Date:
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.

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

BC Wood will be joined by key industry personnel on this topic.

A catered lunch in your offices is provided and the session lasts one hour.

BC Wood is a Registered Provider for AIBC and IDIBC Continuing Education Programs.  Each seminar qualifies for 1.0 core learning unit for AIBC registered architects and 1 core learning unit for IDIBC registered interior designers.

The seminars are open to all in the office who may wish to attend.

Fire Retardant Coatings and Factory Prefinishing for Interior Finishes

Learning Credit: 1 Core LU
Date:
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.

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 vs site finishing

For this seminar, BC Wood will be joined by a fire retardants expert from Fire Retardants Canada.

A catered lunch in your offices is provided.

BC Wood is a Registered Provider for AIBC. This seminar is 60 minutes long and is approved for 1.0 Core Lus.  It is open to all in the office who may wish to attend.

Hybrid Wood Curtain Wall Window Systems

Learning Credit: 1 Core LU
Date:
Description: Hybrid wood curtain wall window systems have been available in Europe for over 20 years. This thermally broken, self-draining system offers a wood interior and wood or aluminum exterior. It is the ideal option for contemporary residential and commercial applications. This system is certified for Passive House design in Europe and is now manufactured and available right here in BC.

Summary:

The seminar will feature the curtain wall systems introduction. Participants will also learn how wood can be incorporated into this and other window systems, using sustainably-sourced, engineered wood components that can be used for the exterior that will require little or no maintenance.

For this session, BC Wood will be joined by a representative of Unison Windows and Doors, a company that began in 1978. Unison works closely with the Wood Sciences Dept. of UBC and Germany’s Rosenheim Wood Technology Department. This link to cutting edge industry advances has helped keep this BC window company ahead of the curve, developing energy efficient and engineered wood window and door systems that exceed current standards.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How hybrid wood curtain wall systems can achieve maximum energy requirements for windows up to and including Passive House standards
  2. How a curtain wall system can be installed with no caulking but achieve greater air and water seals over traditional systems
  3. How to specify sustainable wood for window systems that require little or no exterior maintenance
  4. Learn how big solid wood windows can go and still achieve maximum structural integrity and safety

Innovations in Laminated Veneer Lumber

Learning Credit: 0.5 Core LU
Date:
Description: The seminar will introduce LVL As a mass timber product. LVL is an extremely stabile and consistent engineered wood product. Secondary laminated in a unique way this product offers a solid wood product, ecologically sourced with an astonishing visual quality.

Summary:

Mass Timber Construction is the hot topic of late in multi-story wood construction. In conjunction with BC’s “Wood First Act” this topic is even more a challenge in BC with limited sources yet a growing demand to the architectural community to utilize this new concept.

The seminar will give a short overview of the currently available products for mass timber construction and introduce LVL.

LVL is an extremely stabile and consistent engineered wood product. Secondary laminated in a unique way this product offers a solid wood product, ecologically sourced with an astonishing visual quality.

For this session, BC Wood will be joined by Kim-Jana Henze, Manager Product & Business Development, Brisco Manufacturing. Kim holds a Master of Science Degree in Wood Science and an Industrial Engineering Degree. Kim has spent the past 18 years in the building materials sector including senior engineering consultant, lean concepts, and process improvements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the history and evolution of LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
  • Learn about LVL Panels; their Properties, Sizes, Applications
  • Learn about LVL Columns and Beams; Properties, Sizes, Applications
  • Learn how LVL Mass Timber can earn LEED certification
  • Learn about the many non-structural products that can be made from LVL

BC Wood is a Registered Provider for AIBC’s Continuing Education Program. The seminar Lasts for 30 minutes and qualifies for 0.5 core learning units for AIBC registered architects

Mass Timber – Engineering, Fabrication, and Erection

Learning Credit: 1 Core LU
Date:
Description: With the advent of mass timber products which are economical and reliable, new applications are arising across all building and structure types. Knowing which mass timber product is most suitable for different situations is key to achieving buildable, performing, and cost-efficient structures. Also covered will be an emphasis on prefabrication of these timber panels complete with integrated services enables fast erection times and high quality control.

Summary:

Timber is in the midst of being rediscovered as a primary building material. With the advent of mass timber products which are economical and reliable, new applications are arising across all building and structure types.

Knowing which mass timber product is most suitable for different situations is key to achieving buildable, performing, and cost-efficient structures.

An emphasis on prefabrication of these timber panels complete with integrated services enables fast erection times and high quality control.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how constructing with prefabricated timber can increase design options and improve site safety
  • Learn about design concepts featuring a variety of mass timber products and prefabricated panels, including Cross-Laminated Timber, Nail-Laminated Timber, Stressed Skin, and Timber-Concrete Composites.
  • Learn about different design and construction systems for tall wood (platform & balloon framing, efficient connections) that can increase construction efficiencies and reduce costs
  • See how the use of BIM and Digital Fabrication in timber manufacture and production can refine building design, reduce material use and improve building safety

BC Wood will be joined for this session by timber knowledge expert Lucas Epp, Engineering Manager at StructureCraft Builders.

A catered lunch in your offices is provided and the session lasts one hour.

BC Wood is a Registered Provider for AIBC and AIA’s Continuing Education Programs.  This seminar qualifies for 1.0 AIBC Core LU and 1.0 AIA LU/HSW.