Wednesday, March 10, 2021   10:45am-5pm EST
Thursday, March 11, 2021   12-5pm EST

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Wednesday March 10

10:45-11am   Welcome Panel for Attendees

Meet the CWC and Wood WORKS! hosts and moderators of the Wood Wellness Summit

11am-11:55am   Harmony with Nature: Biophilic Design

Dr. Silke A. Krawietz (ARB) Dr.-Ing. Arch. CEO & Founder, SETA Network I London | Rome, Synthesis of Environment · Technology · Architecture, Strategy Innovation and Foresight Consulting

The positive impact of nature, through biomimicry and biophilic design concepts, on well-being, health and happiness is essential in buildings and cities. Through her professional work and studies Dr. Silke Krawietz is advocating, designing, and advising how to live, work and relax in Harmony with Nature.

Biophilia is the ‘innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life’, as defined by Edward O. Wilson. In this webinar Silke will outline the importance and the benefits of biophilic design in the built environment for improving health and well-being. Biophilic Design supports physical, emotional, mental well-being and experiences in nature create a relaxation response. With the increase of urbanization, we widely lost the connection with nature and natural surroundings. In this webinar biophilic design elements and patterns will be presented and their application in architectural projects. Particular focus will be given on wood construction examples, underlining the benefits of wood material as construction material.

About the presenter:

Dr. Silke A. Krawietz, PhD, M.Sc., B.Sc. is a thought-leader and advisor in strategy, foresight, innovation and disruptive technologies. Dr. Krawietz is a certified Biophilic Design Specialist, accredited by and member of the International Living Future Institute, USA. She is a registered architect at ARB and RIBA, London. Dr. Krawietz studied architecture at the Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt, Germany and earned a doctorate with Honours in Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) at the TU Darmstadt. She has been Interim Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Catania and teaching in several Master courses at the LUISS Business School and LUISS University (Faculty of Economics) in Rome, Italy.

Dr. Krawietz is CEO & Founder of SETA Network, a Strategy, Innovation and Foresight Consulting based in London and Rome. Through SETA Network she is member of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Constructions, Paris. Moreover, she is a Governing Board member of REEEP – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, Vienna. Dr. Krawietz has a high-level network with European institutions, such as the European Commission and is well-connected with international institutions such as UN Environment, UNFCCC and other major institutions active in the fields of sustainability, climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energies. Moreover, she is collaborating with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT InnoEnergy), a body of the European Union.

12-1pm   Using Wood Where We Live, Learn, Work and Relax — an Austrian experience

Dr. Herwig Ronacher, Architect, DI, Architekten Ronacher

There are many attributes of timber that have significant opportunities and advantages to designers — aesthetics, ecology, energy efficiency, building biology, economics, building physics and strength. It is a wonder more timber is not being incorporated in structures which are actually well suited to its use. While this presentation examines the practical applications of timber in a variety of commercial and institutional structures in Austria, it explores how wood was used to express some emotional and creative elements as well. Dr. Ronacher’s presentation delves into how wood in structures can contribute to reduce the environmental impacts of our built environment from both structural and non-structural applications. Dr. Ronacher believes if we want to strengthen our understanding of the role wood can play in our world we need to study and optimize traditional wood designs, learn from our early mistakes and constantly improve industrial technologies of fabrication and construction practices. Architect Herwig Ronacher from Austria shows a multiplicity of both public buildings like schools, offices and health care facilities on one hand and recreational / hospitality buildings, spa facilities and swimming pools on the other — all built with timber.

About the presenter:

Dr. Herwig Ronacher is from Gmünd, in the Carinthia province of Austria within the Eastern Alps, which is noted for its mountains and lakes. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Vienna but also worked in the office of university professor E. Hiesmayr. He also served as a University assistant at TU Graz where his dissertation was about the combination of wood in massive construction. In 1984 he was accredited as an Architect in Austria and has practiced continuously for almost 35 years. His is both a passionate advocate and knowledgeable practitioner of wood in design. Since he began his practice he has been involved in the planning, design and construction of more than 450 buildings, most of them constructed in wood. He is regularly asked to present and has given talks at conferences in Austria, Europe and Japan, and now Canada.

1:10-2:10pm   Constructing Health: The Elements of Enriched Environments

Tye Farrow, FRAIC, B.Arch., M.Arch.U.D., M.Neuro.Sci.App.Arch., OAA, MAIBC, AIA Assoc, LEED AP, Senior Partner, Farrow Partners Architects

What if we were dedicated to building places that cause health?

This is the challenging question that Tye Farrow asks in this webinar – and he provides evidence to help you answer it.

Traditionally, most human cultures had a wholistic approach to wellbeing. This comprehensive view encompassed mental, physical and spiritual health and social well-being and considered the effects of physical environment in addition to diet and lifestyle.

Today, ‘health’ has become synonymous with ’health care’ as the western, evidence-based model extinguished the older view.

However, recent research has confirmed that where one lives has more impact on one’s health and wellbeing than the medical system (beyond episodes of serious disease, of course). In this webinar Tye discusses the concept of ‘activated optimal health’, which is driven by space, and the elements of our physical space. It connects recent research on space and architecture’s effect on the mind and our ability to thrive.

About the presenter:
Senior Partner at Farrow Partners Architects, Tye Farrow holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and a Master of Neuroscience Applied to Architecture and Design from the University of Venice, the first Canadian architect to obtain this degree.

2:20-2:50pm   The Business Case for Beauty in Commercial Construction

Dennis Cuku, Director of Everyday Happenings, Revision One Performance Partners

This session features the design and project execution of the Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce – a 30,000 sq ft mixed‐use commercial building in Edmonton, Alberta. The project intention was to create the ideal workplace for the Mosaic Family of Companies and the surrounding communities. This project began a grassroots movement— a complete re‐envisioning of the way commercial construction is done and a design rethink of the spaces in which people work.

About the presenter:
Dennis wants to live in a world filled with thriving small businesses; where employees are not merely tools for making profit, where the office is a place to self-realize and find meaning, and where meeting agenda’s come printed in dark chocolate. He operates on the manifesto that Normal is Broken – believing strongly that capitalism need not come at the expense of human values, environmental sustainability or personal happiness.  Dennis was programmed to be a mechanical engineer and has since developed some expertise in corporate culture change and business optimization. Over the past 20 years, he has founded several start-ups. His most recognized project, The Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce in south Edmonton, was completed in 2015 and is Alberta’s crown jewel of sustainable building and engineered community. His true passion lies in the arena of sustainability – in the form of the built environment as well as the methods and strategies for strengthening communities and improving quality of life. He enjoys “professional fun” and endeavors daily to expedite the abolishment of status quo.

2:50-3:20pm   High Performance Buildings – Focus on the Business Case

Chris Corps, CEO, Pivotal IRM

Design and materiality have both conscious and subconscious impacts on occupants and users. The new Riverview Hospital demonstrated that a building can improve patient care, reduce medical costs and patient incidents and even advance treatment completion. As a result, the concepts of Riverview have been incorporated in mental health facilities though out British Columbia.

About the presenter:
Chris is a land economist who has led multiple international initiatives including restructuring senior’s care for the province of BC and embedding sustainability into international financial standards.

3:30-4:30pm   Healthy, Human Centred, High Performance Design

Tomas Gaertner ARB RiBA Director Architect Passivhaus Designer CEPH, SE3Design

Buildings today often contain inherent chemical, physiological and biological risks as a result of materials and construction processes. On average we spend about 90% of our time indoors and 30% of our time in bedrooms. With these exposure times even low concentrations of potentially harmful substances can affect our health in the long term and cause chronic diseases. More vulnerable inhabitants like children and elderly persons are particularly exposed to this risk.

Simultaneously national building codes and regulations have fallen behind WHO international standards for health and wellbeing.

Building Biology is the holistic study of the interrelationships between humans and their man-made environment. It is the science of creating healthy, life enhancing buildings. The Institute of Building Biology and Sustainability was founded in Germany in 1983 and from this the Building Biology Standard (Standard der Baubiologischen Messtechnik / SBM) was developed. This standard (most recently SBM-2015) gives an overview of the physical, chemical and biological, risks encountered in different parts of a building. The Building Biology movement is growing with over 6000 architects, doctors, surveyors and material suppliers trained internationally to create interiors which promote life within the built environment.

This session will outline the 25 building biology principles, give an overview of design strategies to meet this challenging standard, how other UK performance-, eco- and health standards compare and which of them are useful when assessing materials and products.

About the Presenter:

Tomas worked as an Architect in Germany before moving to the UK in 2007 to join a multidisciplinary practice of Architects and Mechanical Engineers. As a director and lead architect he was responsible for the practice’s large scale, multi residential, commercial, care and leisure facility Passivhaus projects and also lead on some of the practice’s government funded climate change research projects.

Tomas’ passion is finding creative and innovative responses to deliver healthy, socioecological and life enhancing environments. In 2018 he joined SE3Design as managing director and principal architect. SE3D are an integrated design lead team of architects, project managers, cost consultants and Passivhaus designers. Tomas is a regular speaker at conferences like the UK Passivhaus conference, AECB conference and Ecobuild and has been working regularly with the RIBA to deliver the sustainability seminars on their Core CPD programme since 2018. He is a chartered member of the RIBA and ARB, Certified Building Biologist IBN and Certified Passivhaus Designer CEPH. 


Thursday March 11

12-1:05pm   Building Wellbeing with Community Architecture: A case study of two projects

Carol Phillips B.E.S., B.Arch., OAA (BCDS), AAA, AIBC, NSAA, FRAIC, LEED AP, SCUP
Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Carol will be showcasing two highly sustainable, mass timber buildings currently about to begin construction.  Both projects utilize similar design principals but are distinct in that one is a higher end, high occupancy, tall building while the other is a lower density, office space.  Both aspire to create a sense of community and contribute to the health and wellbeing of their communities through strong material identity, democratic approach to daylight and view and a palpable sense of commitment for the building’s occupants through legible sustainable design.  Her lecture will focus on the topics of the use of mass timber and the innovation required to achieve the spans for higher occupancy, the optimal dimensions for workplace planning, designing for wellness in the work environment and creating choices for building users.

About the Presenter:

Carol is a Partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects and design leader for many of the firm’s most valued projects. Recognized for her beautiful and crafted designs, Carol was named a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2014. Carol is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and holds professional designations in 4 Provinces.  She regularly lectures, teaches and serves as critic at various Schools of Architecture. Carol has been active in sharing her discoveries to the national design and construction community on the topic of the leading edge low-carbon, mass timber projects currently under her leadership. Carol sits on the design review panel for projects in the City of Markham and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

Carol’s drive to connect communities to nature through sustainable innovation is equally matched by her focus to connect people to each other through the latent social potential in every project.  Her collaborative approach to work begins with understanding a community and context and have resulted in projects of varied scales that are grounded in ideas specific to place, executed with strong material presence. 

1:15-2:15pm   Timber Solutions for Living and Learning

Eleanor Brough, Architect, Associate, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

The session will focus on some of SWA’s recent projects, drawing on the practice’s experience in new build and extension projects in both urban and rural settings. In a year where the home as a place for living, learning and working has become increasingly important we will look parallels between our education and residential projects. We will look at how the selection of structural timber solutions and timber finishes has responded to the clients’ briefs as well as site and programming constraints.

We will also explore how community build was incorporated at Mellor Primary School and the way in which projects such as Mellor and Sandal Magna Primary School have supported the Schools’ sustainable pedagogy.

About the Presenter:

Eleanor Brough is a graduate of Cambridge University and University College London and has worked for twelve years with SWA delivering a number of award-winning buildings. In 2016 she won the RIBA North West Project Architect of the Year Award for her work on Mellor Primary School, an exemplar rural school project. She has expertise in the education, housing and cultural sectors and currently heading up an urban regeneration project in Nottingham, UK and a Forest School Nursery in Yorkshire.

2:25-3:25pm   Heavy Timber
The Future of Living, Learning Communities

Jana Foit, Architect AIBC, LEED AP Principal, Perkins&Will, Vancouver and
Andrew Frontini Architect, OAA, FRAIC, LEED BD + C Design Director, Perkins&Will, Toronto

Using case studies from the Vancouver and Toronto portfolios of Perkins&Will, Jana and Andrew will share their experiences designing public and institutional building using wood as the primary source of structural and material expression. The presentation will explore the potential for wood to support health, community, and a strong connection to nature in civic, educational, and residential architecture.

About the Presenters:
Jana Foit leads the Higher Education practice in the Vancouver studio of Perkins&Will. She has worked on a variety of high performing institutional projects ranging from science buildings to student housing. As a champion of mass timber as a primary structural material, she is passionate about exploring low carbon materials and design strategies to reduce the carbon impact of the built environment. 

Andrew Frontini is passionate about the design of public buildings where communities form and flourish. Andrew’s designs have been widely published and are the recipients of numerous regional, national, and international awards. Andrew is a Principal and the Design Director of Perkins&Will’s Toronto and Ottawa studios.

3:35-4:35pm   Leveraging Advanced Analysis Tools to Promote Healthy Buildings

Matt Smith M.A.Sc., M.Eng., P.Eng. Associate, Fire & Structural, Entuitive and
Tristan Truyens P.Eng. LEED Green Associate, BEMP, CEM, Building Performance Analysis Lead, Entuitive

Today’s buildings benefit from a range of advanced analysis tools during the design stage to enhance the wellness of their occupants. This webinar will demonstrate how simulation can be used to maximize performance through analysis of thermal comfort, ventilation effectiveness, and daylight availability. Specific to mass timber, the webinar will also demonstrate how designers can maximize the amount of exposed timber and use more natural timber products, further enabling the biophilic benefits of this material.

About the Presenters:

Tristan leads the Advance Performance Analysis team at Entuitive and has been engaged in the thermodynamic simulation of buildings for over 16 years. Since migrating to the world of sustainable design over a decade ago, he has applied his talents to improving the energy efficiency of our built environment. Tristan is a licensed Engineer in the Provinces of Alberta and Ontario and is certified by ASHRAE as a Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP). He has also qualified as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) giving him a comprehensive understanding of not just high-performance building design, but also operation.

Matt is an Associate at Entuitive with over nine years of experience in the engineering industry. His focus is on structural and fire safety engineering, with a keen interest in resilience stemming from his time in the UK where he worked in the field of security engineering conducting full-scale blast testing. He leads Entuitive’s fire engineering service and is regularly consulted throughout the company on fire safety topics. He is a member of the ASCE Fire Protection Committee, the CSCE Fire Behaviour and Safety of Structures Technical Committee, and the working group for Annex K of CSA S16 Design of Steel Structures.   



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