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Shou Sugi Ban – Exploring the Characteristics and Aesthetics of Charred Wood as a Cladding Material

Jason Hirnschall
Morrison Hershfield

Michael Aw
BC Building Science Ltd.

Preston Wu
RDH Building Science Inc.

Jan 2017

Vancouver Luncheon:
NBC Code Tool for Above Grade Walls

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenters:

Les Yard, Technical Sales Representative - Western Canada
Dow Building Solutions

Les Yard is a Senior Technical Sales Representative for Dow Building Solutions covering Western Canada. Les is a frequent speaker and has co-authored a number of technical articles. Les is the current Past President of the British Columbia Building Envelope Council and the co-chair of the Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology. He has been a technical sales representative in the construction industry for over 20 years the last 14 with Dow Building Solutions. Les has been recognized as a top performer within The Dow Chemical Company. In 2006 he received the Pinnacle Award recognizing the top 4 percent of the Dow corporate sales family. Les was also a key organizer responsible for Dow Chemical Canada's sponsorship of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver-Whistler.


Keith Calder, Technical Director Canada
Jensen Hughes

Keith Calder provides leadership with his expertise in building codes, fire safety standards, specialized fire protection systems, and performance-based design. He focuses on assisting clients with alternative solutions for complex and innovative designs. In particular, he specializes in the use of computer fire modelling to assess new construction design with regard to smoke control and people movement. He has led our computer modelling team on our most significant transportation projects, including the Canada Line project in Vancouver, LRT and Airport expansion projects in Calgary, and Sentosa Tunnel and International Cruise Ship Terminal projects in Singapore. Mr. Calder has developed a vast knowledge of the application of current and historical building codes, which assists with conducting complicated design audits, specifically, where the design and construction of a facility or group of integrated structures spans several decades and editions of the applicable codes. Complementing his design expertise, Keith has a wide background in forensic fire investigation. He has investigated and analyzed many fire and explosion incidents, and has conducted forensic audits of building design and construction. An active researcher, he continues to coordinate and assist with our ongoing live burn research program.

About the Topic:  NBC Code Tool for Above Grade Walls

As a global leader, many industry stakeholders have been subtly encouraging Dow to help bridge the gap between building and energy codes.  Dow has helped to support the code and innovation agenda in the US and many have wanted to see something similar in Canada.  The rub is that the Canadian Building Code is challenging.  Although the model NBC code cycle is updated every 5 years (continuous process) and there has been significant effort and improvements over the past few cycles, the code itself remains complex.  Regional differences in terms of how much of the NBC is adopted and modified by each province offer additional challenges to the designer, code consultants, code officials and manufacturers alike.  Adding complexity to this are differing professional opinions, interpretations of the code, local municipal silos and varying degrees of AHJ involvement ….

Dow recognized that industry need for a means to navigate this complexity so that construction professionals could clearly understand and state with confidence what the code said.  Luckily a world-leading code consultant, Jensen Hughes had the depth and concurrent interest in the Canadian code environment.  Dow and Jensen Hughes have partnered to develop a code tool based originally on the upcoming NBC2015 that provides clarity on what the code states and clearly provides the answer as to when and under what conditions foam plastics can be used in above grade walls.  The results are revealing and initial response has indicated that this is a deep unmet need in the industry.

The tool has been demonstrated with selected national architects, engineers, code development people to validate a Canadian response to its legitimacy and value.  Based on industry feedback it was clear that there was a strong immediate demand for the tool to be used and as a result current versions of ABC, BCBC, VBBL, OBC and QBC have been added. 

Presentation Agenda:

1.  Code Tool Development and History (Static Tool and Web Tool) Yard

2.  Code Tool Introduction and Use (Design Utility and Limitations) Calder

3.  Introduction to Dow Above Grade Wall Assembly Options (Interactive Wall Presentation and Dow Wall Energy and Cost Analysis) Yard

 

Victoria Luncheon:
NBC Code Tool for Above Grade Walls

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Harbour Towers
Victoria, BC

About the Presenters:

Les Yard, Technical Sales Representative - Western Canada
Dow Building Solutions

Les Yard is a Senior Technical Sales Representative for Dow Building Solutions covering Western Canada. Les is a frequent speaker and has co-authored a number of technical articles. Les is the current Past President of the British Columbia Building Envelope Council and the co-chair of the Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology. He has been a technical sales representative in the construction industry for over 20 years the last 14 with Dow Building Solutions. Les has been recognized as a top performer within The Dow Chemical Company. In 2006 he received the Pinnacle Award recognizing the top 4 percent of the Dow corporate sales family. Les was also a key organizer responsible for Dow Chemical Canada's sponsorship of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver-Whistler.


Keith Calder, Technical Director Canada
Jensen Hughes

Keith Calder provides leadership with his expertise in building codes, fire safety standards, specialized fire protection systems, and performance-based design. He focuses on assisting clients with alternative solutions for complex and innovative designs. In particular, he specializes in the use of computer fire modelling to assess new construction design with regard to smoke control and people movement. He has led our computer modelling team on our most significant transportation projects, including the Canada Line project in Vancouver, LRT and Airport expansion projects in Calgary, and Sentosa Tunnel and International Cruise Ship Terminal projects in Singapore. Mr. Calder has developed a vast knowledge of the application of current and historical building codes, which assists with conducting complicated design audits, specifically, where the design and construction of a facility or group of integrated structures spans several decades and editions of the applicable codes. Complementing his design expertise, Keith has a wide background in forensic fire investigation. He has investigated and analyzed many fire and explosion incidents, and has conducted forensic audits of building design and construction. An active researcher, he continues to coordinate and assist with our ongoing live burn research program.

About the Topic:  NBC Code Tool for Above Grade Walls

As a global leader, many industry stakeholders have been subtly encouraging Dow to help bridge the gap between building and energy codes.  Dow has helped to support the code and innovation agenda in the US and many have wanted to see something similar in Canada.  The rub is that the Canadian Building Code is challenging.  Although the model NBC code cycle is updated every 5 years (continuous process) and there has been significant effort and improvements over the past few cycles, the code itself remains complex.  Regional differences in terms of how much of the NBC is adopted and modified by each province offer additional challenges to the designer, code consultants, code officials and manufacturers alike.  Adding complexity to this are differing professional opinions, interpretations of the code, local municipal silos and varying degrees of AHJ involvement ….

Dow recognized that industry need for a means to navigate this complexity so that construction professionals could clearly understand and state with confidence what the code said.  Luckily a world-leading code consultant, Jensen Hughes had the depth and concurrent interest in the Canadian code environment.  Dow and Jensen Hughes have partnered to develop a code tool based originally on the upcoming NBC2015 that provides clarity on what the code states and clearly provides the answer as to when and under what conditions foam plastics can be used in above grade walls.  The results are revealing and initial response has indicated that this is a deep unmet need in the industry.

The tool has been demonstrated with selected national architects, engineers, code development people to validate a Canadian response to its legitimacy and value.  Based on industry feedback it was clear that there was a strong immediate demand for the tool to be used and as a result current versions of ABC, BCBC, VBBL, OBC and QBC have been added. 

Presentation Agenda:

1.  Code Tool Development and History (Static Tool and Web Tool) Yard

2.  Code Tool Introduction and Use (Design Utility and Limitations) Calder

3.  Introduction to Dow Above Grade Wall Assembly Options (Interactive Wall Presentation and Dow Wall Energy and Cost Analysis) Yard

 

Victoria Luncheon:
A Loss Prevention Case Study Workshop

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Harbour Towers
Victoria, BC

About the Presenters:

Cameron Elder, Partner, Harper Grey LLP

Cameron Elder is a Partner with Harper Grey and the Chair of the firm's Construction & Engineering Law Group.  Cameron's civil litigation practice is diverse, spanning the areas of health law, construction, commercial litigation, and real estate disputes.  He has appeared in all levels of BC courts.

Cameron's construction law practice is focused on defending engineers and architects against error and omissions claims, and advising on risk management, including contracts, insurance, and pre-litigation dispute resolution. Cameron advises owners, general contractors, and consultants on commercial and real estate disputes involving CPLs, builder's liens, easements, restrictive covenants, purchase and sale disputes, and strata disputes.

Rob McLeod, CIP, CAIB

Rob has practiced commercial insurance for several years. He focuses on professional liability protection for architects, engineers, law firms, and realtors. Rob's experience working with clients in different industries, like manufacturing and building ownership, allows him to provide his clients with full protection for their property, income interruption, and liability risk exposures.


About the Topic: A Loss Prevention Case Study Workshop

Case study of a real project that turned into a $20 million claim arising from a defective wall system. It highlights a prime architect, its interior design and mechanical subconsultants in the development of multimillion dollar hotel complex on a university campus.

Learning Objectives:

  • Study an actual claim to identify the sources of risk and actions that could have mitigated the situation;
  • Consider how poor communication can lead to project disputes;
  • Explore the breakdowns in business practices that led to the claim and learn strategies to avoid such error;
  • Reflect on the lessons learned and identify potential weaknesses in your firm—and develop practice improvement steps.

 

Vancouver Luncheon:
A Loss Prevention Case Study Workshop

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenters:

Cameron Elder, Partner, Harper Grey LLP

Cameron Elder is a Partner with Harper Grey and the Chair of the firm's Construction & Engineering Law Group.  Cameron's civil litigation practice is diverse, spanning the areas of health law, construction, commercial litigation, and real estate disputes.  He has appeared in all levels of BC courts.

Cameron's construction law practice is focused on defending engineers and architects against error and omissions claims, and advising on risk management, including contracts, insurance, and pre-litigation dispute resolution. Cameron advises owners, general contractors, and consultants on commercial and real estate disputes involving CPLs, builder's liens, easements, restrictive covenants, purchase and sale disputes, and strata disputes.

Rob McLeod, CIP, CAIB

Rob has practiced commercial insurance for several years. He focuses on professional liability protection for architects, engineers, law firms, and realtors. Rob's experience working with clients in different industries, like manufacturing and building ownership, allows him to provide his clients with full protection for their property, income interruption, and liability risk exposures.


About the Topic: A Loss Prevention Case Study Workshop

Case study of a real project that turned into a $20 million claim arising from a defective wall system. It highlights a prime architect, its interior design and mechanical subconsultants in the development of multimillion dollar hotel complex on a university campus.

Learning Objectives:

  • Study an actual claim to identify the sources of risk and actions that could have mitigated the situation;
  • Consider how poor communication can lead to project disputes;
  • Explore the breakdowns in business practices that led to the claim and learn strategies to avoid such error;
  • Reflect on the lessons learned and identify potential weaknesses in your firm—and develop practice improvement steps.

 

2017 Half-Day Workshop: Building Smart with Safe and Durable Wall Assemblies
Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC
Building Smart with Safe and Durable Wall Assemblies Brochure

Presented by the British Columbia Building Envelope Council (BCBEC) and BC Housing

This half-day workshop focuses on the thermal and moisture performance of highly insulated wall assemblies for new and retrofit buildings. Industry experts discuss the latest research with practical solutions for building durable assemblies. The use of low permeance materials, insulation strategies, drainage systems, ventilation gaps, cladding attachments and the selection of curtain-wall components to enhance thermal performance are addressed.

 

Vancouver Luncheon:
Shou Sugi Ban – Exploring the Characteristics and Aesthetics of Charred Wood as a Cladding Material

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenters:

Jason Hirnschall, Dipl.Tech, LEED Green Associate, Morrison Hershfield

Jason Hirnschall is a building envelope consultant at Morrison Hershfield. He has experience with design and field review for most aspects of the building envelope including roof and wall assemblies, glazing systems, and below-grade waterproofing. He has been involved with residential and commercial construction of both wood-frame and concrete buildings. Jason is a graduate of BCIT's Architectural and Building Technology program and the recipient of the BCBEC Education Foundation Achievement Award in Building Science.

Michael Aw, Dipl. T., BC Building Science Ltd.

Michael Aw is a recent graduate (2016) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) where he achieved his diploma in Architectural Building Technology, specializing in the field of building science. Michael has a strong working knowledge of building science theory and application and recently has joined the team of professional engineers and technologists at BC Building Science Ltd. (BCBS) in 2016. Michael now works as a Project Consultant on a variety of new construction and renovation projects, which include low and high rise buildings throughout the lower mainland. Some examples of the various scopes of service Michael provides include: conducting assessments and reviews, performing various tests of building enclosure assemblies, conducting site reviews and writing reports. In this role, Michael is a critical part of BCBS's team in aiding the construction industry in designing and construction more durable, energy efficient, building envelope systems and assemblies.

Preston Wu, Building Science Technologist at RDH Building Science Inc.

Preston Wu is a Building Science Technologist on the Repair, Renewal, and Rehabilitation team at RDH Building Science Inc. His work includes investigations, testing of building enclosure assemblies, condition assessments, and developing appropriate solutions for existing buildings. In the field, Preston conducts reviews to ensure that construction is undertaken in conformance with contract documents. Since joining RDH in 2016, he has had the opportunity to work on a variety of buildings and complexes, from residential to commercial, high-rise to low-rise, and combustible and non-combustible. Preston graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology with an Architectural Building Technology Diploma and has a strong knowledge of building science theory and application. He won first place in the 2016 Capstone Competition hosted by BCBEC for his project on Shou Sugi Ban Charred Wood Siding in Coastal BC.

About the Topic:
Shou Sugi Ban – Exploring the Characteristics and Aesthetics of Charred Wood as a Cladding Material

The technique of fire treating wood cladding is receiving growing attention as a means of adding a unique visual design to a building fa ç ade. Originating in ancient Japan, Shou Sugi Ban has been used for centuries as a means of protecting wood siding from insects, rot, and fire. Today, it is being used as a high-end designer product.

While attending BCIT's Architectural and Building Technology program, Jason, Michael, and Preston investigated the weatherability of charred wood siding to better understand its performance in a coastal climate.  Accelerated weather testing was performed using different combinations of char depth, wood species and finish treatments. With collaboration from FP Innovations, RDH Building Science, and Intertek their capstone research project was awarded first place by BCBEC in 2016.

This presentation is intended to be a high-level overview on the use of Shou Sugi Ban, the outcome of their research, and the benefits and drawbacks of this alluring product.

 

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