How Mass Timber Buildings will Disrupt the Façade and Window Industry

Start Date: Thursday, October 29th, 2020
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
RSVP Date: Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
Registration: Register Online

Graham Finch of RDH Building Science will cover an overview of large mass timber building construction methods and explore new considerations for the design of façades and fenestration selected for these buildings.  Mass timber structures consist of prefabricated components such as CLT panels and glulam and other engineered timber columns and beams which go together precisely and quickly. Moreover, fire protection requirements for taller mass timber buildings under construction mean that floors below may need to be encapsulated prior to completing floors above. As a result of this fast paced erection and sensitivity to moisture during construction there is a need for the façade and roofing to be installed in lock-step with the structure. This need leads to the design of new prefabricated panelized wall systems with factory-installed windows and doors along with conventional window-wall and unitized curtainwall systems installed more rapidly during erection. This disruption from conventional practices creates an opportunity for BC’s window suppliers to lead the way in new wall systems and spin-off to other prefabricated façade elements such as bolt on balconies and exterior shading devices.

LO1  Observe mass timber construction techniques and the impact this has on the building enclosure and façade systems
LO2  Differentiate between the requirements for low-rise and high-rise mass timber structures and potential for prefabricated facades.
LO3  Compare material selection and designs of prefabricated wall assemblies and windows suitable for mass timber buildings
LO4  Identify opportunities for the window and glazing industry in BC to lead the way in façade systems tailored to the needs of rapid mass timber construction

This seminar will be of interest to a wide audience within the building industry, though will be specifically focused to FENBC members with a focus on opportunities for the window and glazing sector in this new building sector.

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