HolzChat Webcast recorded on July 24, 2020 at 12pm Eastern USA
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Engineered Timber Housing: 
Modernizing the Construction Industry

The construction industry needs to modernize.
While construction sector growth is often good, efficiency is not. Unlike many other large sector industries such as agriculture, automotive, or electronics, productivity gains in construction have been almost flat for more than 50 years. This means higher prices, more waste, labor shortages, slower pace of addressing demand, and an inability to address modern-day issues like climate change.

In this HolzChat, we talk with Peter Rose and Florian Meier about engineered timber construction, modularization, and mass timber as strategies for simultaneously modernizing the how and where of housing construction, along with why mass timber construction can be a large win for the environment.

In this episode:
  • How other industries approach productivity through engineering
  • A history of home prefabrication
  • Engineered timber: types, manufacturing, and applications
  • Mass timber modular building examples and carbon storage
Guest Peter Rose (FAIA, FRAIC)  is a recognized leader in the architectural design profession. Since beginning his practice in 1978, Rose has received numerous awards for residential, institutional, and urban design projects. The scale of his projects has varied from large urban design projects, such as the Old Port of Montreal Waterfront Master Plan, to smaller renovations and additions. In addition to his professional practice, Rose has maintained a long-term involvement in architectural education. He was Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design from 1991 to 2010, and has also taught at Princeton University, McGill University, and the University of Toronto. He frequently serves on student design reviews and related symposia. Rose received the Master in Architecture degree and Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. He is licensed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Quebec.
Host Ilka Cassidy is a Philadelphia area architect, Passive House Consultant, and cofounder of Holzraum System LLC.  She grew up in Germany and received her Diploma of Engineering/ Architecture degree from the RWTH Aachen. In 2005, She co-founded C2 Architecture in Philadelphia.
Host Steve Hessler is a heavy timber structural designer and project manager, a Passive House Consultant, and a cofounder of Holzraum System LLC. Since 2008 Steve has been combining 3D modeling, integrated project delivery and building science principals to design and manage off-the-grid, net-zero, and passive house projects.

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Guest Florian Meier (MS)  is an Associate Director with Knippers Helbig and is leading the New York Office.  Florian was trained at the Technical University of Munich, with a focus on computational formfinding methods and structural optimization. Florian has experience in a variety of materials and innovative fabrication technologies. Among other projects, his portfolio includes the granite stone vault of the Sean Collier Memorial in Cambridge (Höweler + Yoon Architecture), the 150 ft. spanning steel and glass dome of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles (Renzo Piano Building Workshop) and a 5-story mass timber student dormitory in Houston (Barkow – Leibinger). He is co-teaching a structures class at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture / Cooper Union, New York, focusing on the collaboration between architects and engineers, innovative building technologies and materials.