This webinar is part of the Wood Structures Academy
Cities need to develop innovatively to meet the immense housing demands of their growing populations. Often, the proposed solution is centered on replacing old with new – with little regard to environmental, social, or cultural impacts of demolishing existing buildings. A novel approach is to build on top of the existing fabric of our cities, dovetailing new and existing. Today, advancements in engineered wood products and digital fabrication technologies have coupled to offer design and construction professionals incredible opportunities to meet these challenges. By using innovative wood systems, that are much lighter than alternative materials, it is possible to realize taller and high performing structures, with lower embodied carbon and environmental impacts.
This AIA accredited continuing education course is tailored for architects and engineers seeking advanced knowledge in the design and implementation of vertical extensions above existing buildings using innovative wood systems. This course delves into the intricacies of overbuild design, exploring the unique challenges and opportunities presented by using light weight wood systems to increase housing density within the existing building stock while maintaining the context and fabric of urban areas. Participants will gain valuable insights into the integration of overbuilds with existing buildings, addressing structural, aesthetic, and regulatory considerations.
- Define the Structural Considerations - Learn the fundamental principles of structural engineering for overbuilds using wood systems, including load distribution, material compatibility, interfacing new and existing, and lateral design considerations, also explore case studies of successful overbuilds constructed with wood, analyzing their structural design and identifying key factors that contribute to their cost-effective application, specifically increasing building areas while avoiding significant remediation to the existing supporting structure.
- Navigate Regulatory Challenges and Compliance - Gain insights into local building codes, zoning regulations, and permit processes related to designing vertical extensions, also develop strategies for navigating regulatory challenges and ensuring compliance with building standards, fire safety codes, and environmental regulations when implementing overbuilds constructed with wood.
- Integrate Sustainable Design Practices in Overbuild Projects - Explore sustainable design strategies specific to wood overbuilds, including the use of light weight lower-carbon mass timber systems, also examine how the prefabricated wood components used in vertical extensions compare to traditional construction methods, increasing efficiencies on-site while reducing the impact to surrounding neighborhoods.
- Enhance Aesthetic Integration and Community Engagement - Learn the benefit of how vertical extensions can help add to the existing fabric of a city, also explore design approaches that enhance community acceptance and engagement, considering cultural, historical, and contextual factors in the development of visually appealing and community-friendly overbuild projects.