What are Buildings: Art + Science Events? This new series, co-hosted by the Grand Valley Society of Architects and RDH Building Science, will delve into current issues in the building industry from different perspectives, highlighting architectural and building science challenges and solutions. 

The Arbour – The Growth of Tall Wood

Veronicca Madonna, Principal, Moriyama and Teshima Architects

Presented on November 13, 2019 at Lancaster Smokehouse


As one of the first tall wood buildings in Ontario, the design for the Arbour instills generous spaces for wellbeing and sustainability. The building's very name evokes green growth and shelter. Its form and façade will be shaped and refined to maximize access to natural light and fresh air. Two solar chimneys located on the east and west facades will be used to create a sustainable system of natural convection, drawing air up and through the building from operable windows. This presentation will review the methodologies of design including the sustainable and structural innovations that are inherent in The Arbour’s design.

Mass Timber + Moisture Protection

Jesse Moore, Building Science Engineer, RDH Building Science

Presented on November 13, 2019 at Lancaster Smokehouse


One advantage of wood as a building material is that it can dry out after wetting, but there are limits to this capacity. As we build more mass timber structures in Ontario, we need to consider protection from moisture exposure before, during, and after construction. Jesse will talk about wood wetting and drying and then discuss the steps that should be taken early in the project to integrate moisture protection into the design and construction process.

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