Wood Buildings –moving to Mainstream in Canada

In Canada we are uniquely placed to be able to build with wood in a way that is more environmentally sensitive and can help meet the new challenges of climate change and urban growth.  Pushing the boundaries of wood as a structural material will reduce the carbon signature of buildings as well as providing livable, affordable and culturally appropriate solutions for our urban environment.  This presentation will investigate the use of timber construction in several different case studies from the University of British Columbias’s campus, including the 18 storey Brock Commons student residence.

Session Details

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 10:30am - 12:00pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU HSW
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Session Speaker(s)

Penelope Martyn, AIBC

Green Building Manager, UBC

Penny oversees the development and implementation of green building policies and procedures for new buildings at the University of British Columbia. She is a register Architect and brings her experience working on sustainable buildings in private practice to her role on campus. Her work covers campus academic buildings and residential projects in the neighbourhoods.
In private practice penny worked on research, design and construction of leading sustainable institutional projects. She worked on the first LEED platinum building in Canada, the Gulf Island National park Operations Centre, in Sidney BC, as well as the VanDusen Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver BC, which is LEED platinum and targeting Living Building Challenge Certification.

Angelique Pilon, PMP, MArch, LEED AP BD+C

Research Manager, UBC Sustainability Initiative, University of British Columbia

Angelique develops and manages the USI portfolio of research and education projects focused on advancing sustainable buildings and urban development and creating cites of the future. She also oversees outreach and communications related to the research, including the development of case studies, reports and other documents to inform sustainable practices and policies. Angelique holds a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and has professional experience in firms in both Canada and the United States. She is a certified Project Management Professional and a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Building Design and Construction.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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