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Innovative Zero Emissions Wood Buildings | Victoria

Single-day Course
  • 2019-09-26 08:30:00 | 2019-09-26 16:00:00
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  • 2019-09-26 08:30:00 | 2019-09-26 16:00:00
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Location Title: theDock Victoria (Coworking Space)
City: Victoria
Cancellation Period: Please contact ZEBx for course cancellation information (

September 12 Update -  Location Change

Due to increased demand, this course has moved to a larger location. The course will now be held at:


VICA has partnered with ZEBx (Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence) to deliver a collaborative, technical workshop focused on identifying solutions for innovative wood technologies. Join us!

  • Collaborate with experts across industry sectors
  • Resolve persistent barriers
  • Streamline the adoption and design process for wood buildings in BC

What participants will take away from the workshop:

​Workshop participants will collaborate across industry silos to test and identify effective solutions for designing high-performance wood buildings in BC that may include a range of design details, technical references, spec language and/or regulatory approaches.

This is a working session. We have assembled a selection of technical and regulatory challenges gathered from consultation with practitioners working on complex high-performance multi-family, commercial and institutional projects.

Case study projects include:

  • Hybrid mixed-use MURB
  • Multi-tenant office
  • Seniors Housing
  • Mixed-use Retail / Commercial

By the end of this workshop you will have the opportunity to:

  • Share knowledge and exchange ideas with colleagues across industry sectors;
  • Establish best practice solutions (e.g. to standardize where many interpretations or alternative solutions currently exist);
  • Validate approaches from elsewhere for application in BC;
  • Develop affordable / constructible / simplified solutions to situations of complexity, redundancy or expense;
  • Pinpoint regulatory or technical challenges that stand in the way of widespread application of a wood solution and pathway to resolution;
  • Highlight opportunities for academic or applied R&D to resolve intractable barriers to the widespread adoption of wood; and
  • Solve pressing design problems currently standing in the way of high-performance buildings.

Course fee includes:  Lunch, digital certificate provided upon successful course completion, and course material provided by the instructor in-class.

Registration: ZEBx is coordinating registrations for this workshop on the Eventbrite website - click the link below to register now!

Course Credits Information
Gold Seal Credits:
1 Gold Seal Credit
AIBC (Architectural Institute of BC) Credits:
6 LU's
Course Instructor Information

Workshop Facilitator

Helen Goodland, BA Hons. Dip Arch MBA RIBA, Principal - Brantwood Consulting

  • Helen brings over 30 years of experience working with governments, public owners, developers and builders to advance innovative high–performance building projects in Canada and around the world. As an architect, policymaker and business strategist, she not only helps public owners and private developers put in place the policies, metrics and business systems necessary to engage with and benefit from modern methods of construction, but she also supports project teams with the market and/or technical research and advice necessary to achieve innovative and high-performance solutions. Helen frequently assists governments and public agencies of all levels to research and develop regulatory tools and programs to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and lower the overall environmental footprint of buildings.


  • Helen serves on the Canadian Construction Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Taskforce and is chair of the United Nations Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative’s Materials Technical Advisory Committee, which is developing an international protocol for reporting on the life cycle impacts of buildings. She is on the National Zero Waste Council’s Construction task force and she is also a member of the BCIT School of Architectural Technology degree program advisory committee. Helen is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has an MBA from the University of BC. She is one of the BC Sustainable Energy Association’s climate action heroes and has been nominated as a YWCA woman of distinction. In 2017, she received the VRCA’s Outstanding Woman in Construction Award. Helen will lead the technical development of the workshop and facilitate the sessions. She will also be responsible for the technical outputs.


Experts in Residence

  • Mark Porter, LEED AP, F.I.Struct.E., P.Eng., Struct. Eng. ENV SP, National Practice Lead - Associated Engineering
  • Mark Taylor, P.Eng., G.S.C, President, Mark Taylor Construction Advisory Services Ltd.
  • Christian Cianfrone, P.Eng., Executive Director - ZEBx