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PBEC: Mass Timber for Building Enclosures on the Path to Net Zero Carbon Emissions

September 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm UTC-5

PBEC: Mass Timber for Building Enclosures on the Path to Net Zero Carbon Emissions

We’re helping the Portland Building Enclosure Council (PBEC) kick-off the new year of programs at their September Meeting! The September meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 10 at 12 pm/noon.

Join Eric Wood, Mass Timber Specialist, as he explores how Timber can integrate with the Building Envelope and help your project achieve performance goals.

Session Overview: Mass Timber for Building Enclosures on the Path to Net Zero Carbon Emissions

The building envelope is an integral part of architectural expression and is quickly becoming the innovative system utilized to realize carbon emission reduction goals. More and more the building envelope’s roofing, glazing, and waterproofing assemblies include Mass Timber.  These assemblies are critical for ensuring durability but challenged to increase envelope performance without creating environmental barrier deficiencies.

On the path towards Zero Carbon Emissions, the implications of building envelope performance are increasingly harder to ignore, as the traditional trade off of efficiencies from the MEP systems can no longer account for the poor envelope performance.  Instead, the full potential of each is needed to leverage increased carbon offsets.  Mass Timber is carbon sequestering, rather than carbon intensive, and capable of replacing steel and concrete as a buildings structural frame and enclosure.  Mass Timber is also far less conductive than concrete or steel, pivotal for reducing thermal bridging.

New simulation models have derived in part from the increased pressure energy codes place on envelope performance, as well as from the advances in research and increased capability of computer simulations to analyze envelope assemblies.  Mass Timber’s inherent level of precision is a compelling reason for furthering digital innovation by combining simulation data with 3D digital fabrication.  Structural, manufacturing, and prefabrication designers can employ new digital tools to visualize and explore innovative structural connections while ensuring strategic integration with the building structure and the major MEP building systems.

Mass Timber digital design is becoming the solution for proving constructability, predictability of schedule, and sustainability while delivering an ideal process and data necessary for compiling a comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).  Ultimately, LCA confirms the potential for achieving zero carbon emissions when building with Mass Timber, while building with wood provides a renewed capacity for architectural aesthetic expression and envelope performance.


September 10, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm UTC-5
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Portland Building Enclosure Council (PBEC)
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