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Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

October 22, 2014 – 8:00 am - October 24, 2014 4:30 pm


New Orleans, LANew Orleans, LA


WoodWorks is offering 5 presentations eligible for continuing education credit in the Education Lab (Booth 2445).

Conference Hours:

Wednesday, Oct. 22 – 8-9 a.m.; 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 2-4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23 – 8-9 a.m.; 9:30-10:30 a.m.; 2-3 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 24 – 8-9 a.m.; 9:30-10:30 a.m.

WoodWorks Education Lab Schedule

Wednesday, Oct 22

11:00-12:00  Comparative Life Cycle Assessment: Multi-Story, CLT Apartment in Quebec
12:30-1:30   Mid-Rise and Beyond – Wood Construction in the Vibrant Urban Environment

Thursday, Oct 23

10:30-11:30  Resilient Communities by Design
11:45-12:45  School Building as Teacher: Design for the Future
1:00-2:00      Healthy Buildings: The Case for Visual Wood


Comparative Life Cycle Assessment: Multi-Story, CLT Apartment in Quebec

Blane Grann FPInnovations, Scientist in the Durability and Sustainability group at FPInnovations

Cross laminated timber (CLT), in combination with other engineered wood products, is creating new opportunities for the use of wood as a structural material in taller building systems. This presentation examines the results of a life cycle assessment (LCA) comparing the environmental performance of a multi-story CLT apartment building in Quebec with a similarly designed concrete slab building. While the carbon benefits related to the use of wood in building systems has been well documented, LCA also highlights potential trade-offs in other impact categories. Results from this assessment underscore the importance of adopting LCA in the design phase, rather than as a post-hoc assessment tool, to identify specific opportunities to improve life cycle environmental performance.

Blane Grann is a Scientist in the Durability and Sustainability group at FPInnovations, where he uses life cycle assessment to explore environmental indicators in the forest products sector. Driven by a sense of adventure, a deep interest in environmental systems thinking, and inspiration from the adoption of life cycle thinking to address environmental issues at the European policy level, he recently pursued his master’s degree at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in the field of Industrial Ecology. Earlier in his academic career, he received a BSc in Environmental Science, Economics, and Physics from Dalhousie University, and, around the time he was considering a career in health care, a BHK specializing in exercise science from the University of British Columbia. 

Healthy Buildings: The Case for Visual Wood

David Fell – FPInnovations

Recent studies, along with evidence emerging from Europe and Asia, suggest that the use of wood indoors lowers stress reactivity of the sympathetic nervous system—which is associated with lower blood pressure, lower heart-rate, lower psychological stress, lower susceptibility to illness, and a better ability to focus attention. This is relevant both in the context of evidence-based design, which studies the effects of building design on occupants (among other things), and biopholic design, which considers the general affinity humans have for nature and addresses it through design elements and materials. This presentation will provide an overview of the evidence and mechanisms through which wood can affect human health, and its increasing use in educational, office and other environments.

David Fell is the Research Leader for Market Research at FPInnovations in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has worked as a market researcher in the field of building products for close to 20 years. In recent years he focused on the visual applications of wood inside and outside of buildings, which led to his most recent field of study, the health effects of wood and other natural materials in the built environment. David completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia in the field of environmental psychology. He also holds a Master of Science degree in wood science from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in marketing from the University of Alberta. 

Resilient Communities by Design

Erik Kneer – Holmes Culley

The presentation will examine how the structural engineering community is using performance-based design to rethink our assumptions of green building. This unique methodology involves a marriage between the science of hazard loss estimation and environmental life cycle assessment (LCA). The benefit of using this performance-based design is to minimize the potential environmental impacts of our buildings. Case studies will be presented that offer valuable lessons to designers in working toward improved design strategies that minimize the potential environmental impacts of our built environment.

Erik Kneer is a founding member and past Chair of the Structural Engineers Association of California’s (SEAOC) Sustainable Design Committee, where he co-authored two papers on the engineer’s role in sustainability: “Structural Engineering Strategies for Sustainable Design” and “Consideration of Building Performance in Sustainable Design: A Structural Engineer’s Role.” He has presented on sustainable design at numerous events, including the AIA National Conference, Greenbuild and EcoBuild America, and to organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, Structural Engineers Association (SEA) of California , and SEA of Oregon. Publications also include “Disaster Resilience as Sustainable Design” and “Advocating for Resilient Public Policy,” published in Structural Engineer Magazine. Erik serves on the USGBC California Advocacy Committee’s Council of Experts and participated in the development of LEED v4 through the USGBC Northern California Chapter’s Regionalization Committee. He continues to advocate for resilient communities through his involvement with the City of San Francisco’s Earthquake Safety Implementation Program and as a co-author of FEMA’s upcoming P-798 document entitled, “Reduction of Buildings’ Environmental Impact through Resilient Design.”

School Building as Teacher: Design for the Future

Randall Walter – Bensonwood

Built and opened to students in 2012, Burr and Burton Academy’s Mountain Campus is an innovative model for place-based environmental education. From campus design and construction to curriculum design and execution, all elements of the process have worked to maximize the success of the program mission: to be a catalyst for student growth as individuals, members of communities, and citizens of a sustainable world. Presenters will discuss design concepts that helped the campus achieve “net zero” targets, as well as biophilic design, student experiences monitoring the buildings’ energy performance, living in and caring for the space, and the ripple effects of student experiences. Planned dialog between presenters will bring to life the design, construction and active use process, including initial design goals, site evaluation, review of LEED criteria, design process charette, site schedule and assembly of the building, occupation, and daily and seasonal changes during the first two years of operation. Exhibits will include resource maps showing the distance and local impact of native materials on fabrication and architectural detailing, while showcasing advanced building strategies such as off-site fabrication of the insulated shell, detailed material recycling and waste stream separation and recycling of all site waste, minimal site disturbance during the build phase, renewable energy exploration and implementation. Embedded pedagogical aspects of the building will also be highlighted, including declination angles, biomorphic-inspired framing, tactile surface installations, local material celebrations, salvaged wood and insulation strategies, building reuse examples, and the recycled content of building materials. Data gathered by students tracking daily “resources in/resources out” underscores the connection between the goals of the program and the building’s ongoing significance and positive impact on daily routines. This award-winning project exemplifies how a school design can benefit both students and education professionals. Emphasis on the connections between effective learning environments, innovative green design, and the natural environment are at the heart of the educational program and creative process for this building.

Randall Walter, AIA LEED AP, is an award-winning architect and Company Steward of the design/build firm, Bensonwood. From high-performance homes to schools, restaurants, studios and barns, Randall has created over 200 custom buildings throughout the US. With a background in design/build that began with furniture and years of experience with off-site fabrication of theatrical sets, Randall spearheaded the development of a 3D design system for design and construction, which has been his focus during the last 10 years, resulting in an innovative design/build system to allow for rapid, creative design exploration with predictable results and known costs. Randall earned a Bachelor of Architecture and French from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. He is an adjunct professor of Architecture at Keene State College, teaching design studios, architectural history and a biennial design/build practicum.

Mid-Rise and Beyond – Wood Construction in the Vibrant Urban Environment

Scott Breneman – WoodWorks

The use of wood-frame construction for mid-rise projects is innovative in its ability to achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives. Wood is a code-compliant solution to the issue of how to cost-effectively increase density while creating vibrant urban environments. A renewable resource, it can also help meet the sustainability requirements of even the most stringent green building rating systems, while offering the additional benefit of carbon sequestration. The innovative use of wood is in fact changing the skyline. Increasingly, five- and six-story wood buildings are rising up among traditional concrete and steel shells as designers and developers embrace timber’s vast potential for lower costs, faster installation, and a significantly lighter carbon footprint. Through the use of case studies, this session will showcase recently completed projects that illustrate this trend. Topics will include current code allowances for mid-rise wood buildings, design strategies and environmental performance.

Scott Breneman is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California and Senior Technical Director of the Architectural and Engineering Solutions Team of WoodWorks. Scott received a bachelors and masters from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. His doctoral research entailed novel methods to reduce seismic damage to mid-rise and high-rise frame buildings. Scott has experience with structural design of new single family, multi-family and mixed-used buildings; the seismic rehabilitation of institutional buildings in California; and high-end analysis and technology development. Scott is the 2013-2014 Vice President/President-Elect of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California and is member of the SEAOCC sustainable design and existing buildings committees.


Morial Convention Center

900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA  70130

WoodWorks Education Lab is Booth #2445

Education Lab Credits:

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 1 HSW credits per session.

Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation.

Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


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22 October 2014 @ 8:00 am
24 October 2014 @ 4:30 pm
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Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA United States

WoodWorks offers a wide range of in-person and online training opportunities, from Wood Design Symposiums that include concurrent seminars and a trade show, to half-day workshops, lunchtime seminars and webinars.