Prefab Symposium 2022 Video Bundle


Rent for 9 months the full suite of videos from the 2022 Prefab Symposium held virtually in September of 2022. It includes 3 full days of sessions from multiple presentation rooms.

See below for the full list of the 44 videos included in this bundle!

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Unpacking Prefabrication - An Architect, Developer & Manufacturer’s Perspective

This panel discussion navigates the viewpoints and experience of advancing prefabricated building envelope systems for Multi-Family Residential projects. The speakers will place a spotlight on the areas for consideration from initial concept development, material considerations, and pre-construction planning to the delivery process.

The Sugar Cube House - A Case Study on How Prefab and Passive House Can Help Solve the Housing Crisis

The Sugar Cube house is a custom-designed single-family home on Vancouver Island that illustrates how neighbourhoods can efficiently increase housing density. The homeowners wanted to downsize from their heritage home and build a smaller Passive House home on their subdivided lot.

A Comparison Between Custom-Built and Prefabricated Construction Systems for Housing

This session will compare conventional custom-built construction to prefabricated construction for a range of Passive House housing projects that are in the design phase. The comparison will encompass quality control, materials costs, labour, embodied carbon, and disposal/reuse at end of life.

What's Included:

Day 1 Session Videos

Day 2 Session Videos

  • Prefabricated Timber / Hybrid Buildings with Passive House Potential
    Presented by: Wojciech Niedzwiedz - Senior Building Services Consultant, Clemens Hehle - Architectural Consultant


    Have you ever wondered how to build fast, smart, and sustainable at the same time?

    Find out how we do it at CREE Buildings.

    Together, with our network of strategic partners we are revolutionizing the construction industry by building a future defined by knowledge sharing, collaboration, and respect for nature and its resources.

    We are sustainability-oriented system-building providers and suppliers of regenerative, timber-based, and prefabricated building solutions.

    CREE Buildings will provide an exclusive insight into its innovative lean DfMA-process, which results in a drastic reduction of energy and material consumption based on completed high-quality buildings in a passive house standard.

  • Future of Construction: Going Beyond Traditional Manufacturing
    Presented by: Ramtin Attar - Promise Robotics Inc.


    This talk will focus on why democratization of industrialization and automation remains the key enablers to industry transformation, unlocking growth and cultivating a NetZero economy. Furthermore, we will cover the important role that Artificial Intelligence and Industrialized Robotics play in changing the economics of automation towards the economics of production in construction.

  • A Comparison Between Custom-Built and Prefabricated Construction Systems for Housing
    Presented by: Sandra Lester - Affecting Change Inc.


    Conventional construction involves fastening and assembling individual components on cold, dusty, wet, and dangerous job sites, using costly materials and labour. How do prefabricated construction systems compare? What advantages do the prefabricated systems have over conventional construction for housing? I will compare conventional custom-built construction to prefabricated construction for a range of Passive House housing projects that are in the design phase. They include: a remote tiny off-grid Chaptuan; a small 3-bedroom single family home; plus a small MURB. The comparison will encompass quality control, materials costs, labour, embodied carbon, and disposal/reuse at end of life.

  • Thermally Broken Structural Wall Panels
    Presented by: Mark Wille - US ENGINEERED WOOD


    The type of insulation a project requires changes. The air barrier and vapor barrier strategies will also change. The thickness of a wall and how it is cladded will change. What does not change is the need for a Thermal Break ad Continuity for the windows and doors to achieve the best effective R value. Thermally Bridges and Cavity Insulation is a thing of the past. Continuous Insulation of your choice now runs through the assembly and stud. Adding elements to the outside is easier with a dedicated 2.5″ Flange. This assembly is also Structurally 3 times as strong as conventional studs. Engineered Wood will allow your performance goals to be reached.

  • Off-Site Manufacturing of Low and Mid-Rise Timber Buildings - Market Potential in Germany and Opportunities for Canadian Medium Sized Homebuilders
    Presented by: Dr. Stefan Bockel - WEINMANN Holzbausystemtechnik GmbH


    Low and mid rise timber construction have been noticeably growing within the last decade. Driven by a demand for affordable and sustainable living, these constructions constantly grow in width and height. While single and double family are often built on-site, prefabrication and automatization become even more important when producing low to mid rise buildings. Hence this segment can also be interesting for medium sized homebuilders, when multiple challenges and opportunities are being carefully reviewed.

  • The Importance of Panelization in Rural Passive House Projects: A Passive House Consultant's Self-Build Journey from Design through Occupancy
    Presented by: Dan Wood - Dan Wood Design and Renovations


    This presentation will review our new home build in Golden, BC and why using structurally insulated panels became an integral part of the design and construction.

  • Adourable: Passive-House-Renovation in Southern France
    Presented by: Mischa Witzmann - KARAWITZ


    Transformation of a traditional townhouse in Bagnère de Bigorre, southern France, into a modern guesthouse in passive house standard.

    We treat technical and architectural questions, as well as the philosophical-ethical problems of dealing with the energetic renovation of old buildings: How far should we go?

    The project is in planning stage and has not yet been realized.

  • Prefab Envelope for Tall Mass Timber
    Presented by: Phil Silverstein - Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Milos Begovic - Acton Ostry Architects, Lori O'Malley - PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Mohammed Dawoud - Ennova Facades


    Limberlost Place (formerly the Arbour) is a 10 storey tall, mass timber academic building set to transform George Brown College’s Toronto waterfront campus. The project is also targeting operational zero carbon, demonstrating a holistic commitment to the reduction of carbon emissions. Its pre-fabricated envelope system is crucial to achieving these targets. The envelope is designed to provide excellent thermal performance, regulate natural ventilation, facilitate daylight harvesting and enable a rapid panel installation to protect the mass timber structure from the elements. This workshop will walk through the technical decisions, construction coordination and technologies used to design and manufacture a high performance pre-fabricated façade system.

  • Energy Modelling for Modular Building Construction
    Presented by: Riley Beise - Focal Engineering


    This discussion aims to look at the energy performance side of modular building design, both as a design and code consideration, as well as practical considerations based on Focal’s energy modelling of modular projects under Vancouver Bylaw, BC Step Code, and NECB energy modelling standards.

    Focal has worked with NRB and Nomodic modular builders on over 60 projects across BC and Alberta for different use cases and design requirements. Consistent modular design elements across many projects can allow for reliable energy performance and expectations, but can also have some design challenges versus conventional builds.

  • Logistics Define Design: Wawakapewin First Nations Project Case Study
    Presented by: Deborah Byrne - Quantum Passivhaus, Renée Champion - Quantum Passivhaus


    Quantum Passivhaus serves ALL of Ontario. But what happens when your client is more than a 40 hour drive north from your production facility? Adding to that challenge, the location is in the Arctic climate region and requires ice road access that is only open a few months per year. Where do you house the construction crew? Will we use Quantum Passivhaus’ typical panel approach or try to create a modular design? This session will cover the logistics of a Quantum Passivhaus project with the Wawakapewin First Nations and how it will inform the design and passive house strategy.

  • The Prefab Advantage
    Presented by: Kyle Moen - BC Passive House, Mathieu Fraile-Tremblay - BC Passive House


    BCPH will discuss choosing prefab for your project and making it a success.

    Key elements will include:

    Architecture – Designing for prefab at both a massing and detail level.

    Engineering – Achieving efficiency at the shop drawing and manufacturing levels.

    Prefab options – Systems used by BCPH from light frame panels through to mass timber / insulated panel hybrids.

  • Manufacturing Informed Design: The Route to Utilizing Prefab Construction
    Presented by: Jeremy Clarke - Simple Life Homes


    Construction is one of the last industries being overhauled by technology. If we are to meet the need for housing in the coming decades, we need to act like it and double down on methods of construction that will help us build more and build better. In this session, we’ll share what we’ve learned about implementing a prefabricated product line into the existing residential and multi family design and building process. We’ll discuss the do’s and don’ts at each stage and identify critical elements of a successful project, including Design-assist contracts, integrated teams, boots on the ground and more. The audience should leave this session inspired, with a clear understanding of how they can work with one of their local prefab manufacturers to build more and build better.

  • Expediting Modular Housing for People Experiencing Homelessness in Toronto
    Presented by: Matt Armstrong - City of Toronto, City Planning Division - Strategic Initiatives Unit, Matt Hilder - City of Toronto, Housing Secretariat Office, Kevin Hutchinson - Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc.


    In response to the urgent need to provide housing for people experiencing homelessness, the City of Toronto is prioritizing approvals and using pre-fabricated modules to expedite the construction of new homes with supports. Since 2020, with funding from the Federal Government, the City has overseen 7 projects, some of which went from planning to occupancy in under a year. This session consists of a presentation from staff from the City’s Housing Secretariat and City Planning Divisions, and the City’s consultant Montgomery Sisam Architects. Join this session to learn about the planning and permitting of these homes to provide dignity and support for individuals exiting homelessness.

  • Market Preparedness for Volumetric Modular Passive House in Canada
    Presented by: Melvin Lau - Ryder Architecture


    While pre-fabricated panelized buildings are scaling up in Canada, volumetric buildings are less common. To scale up volumetric, modular passive houses, the industry needs to build teams and develop skills with Passive House targets integrated through a series of projects.

    Due to the unique complexities of volumetric, modular construction, consultants, contractors, and fabricators need to be well coordinated before scaling up Passive House efficiently and cost effectively. Starting with the base infrastructure, with Passive House design and construction in mind, fewer changes are needed to reach certification. At Ryder Architecture, we use the term ‘Gorilla Passive House’ as a methodology to follow Passive House principles for non-Passive House buildings, especially when there is a pre-determined construction budget. We will outline our strategies with current fast-track, supportive housing projects, and how they can be applied to a wider scope.

  • MCH: Built for Life
    Presented by: Jake Chicoine - MCH Group Inc., Ben Chicoine - MCH Group Inc.


    Most people don’t want a home. They want a better life. One that is healthy, sustainable, natural, easy to build, and worry free. MCH doesn’t just build passive. We build homes for life. We exist to change people’s life through CLT housing. We know how life changing a good home can be. From virtually eliminating the time spent on home maintenance, to providing more healthy environment to live in, a CLT home can both change (and literally lengthen) your life. The construction industry is at a tipping point and we’ve been waiting for it . Over the past 12 years we have tried all types of wall systems, have work through the constraints of the Quebec building code and have landed on mass timber to design our own pre-fabricated MCH air-tight building envelope. This session is about sharing the innovation behind this passive house wall system and its simplicity in order to influence the construction industry towards a better future.

  • Unpacking Prefabrication: An Architect, Developer & Manufacturer’s Perspective
    Presented by: Sam Pidlubny - Collecdev, Raymond Chow - gh3* Inc, Andreas Lueth - Sto Canada Ltd., Facilitator: Royston Rebello - Director of Business Development


    Today’s environment demands new methods for design and building that promote sustainability and contribute to lasting building performance. This panel discussion navigates the viewpoints and experience of advancing prefabricated building envelope systems for Multi-Family Residential projects. This session brings together an Architect, Developer and Manufacturer to discuss their experience in enclosing Nordic Condos using a sustainable prefabricated envelope solution. The speakers will place a spotlight on the areas for consideration from initial concept development, material considerations, and pre-construction planning to the delivery process.

  • Ins-and-Outs of Mass Timber Prefab Wall Anchoring Systems
    Presented by: James Higgins - RDH Building Science


    With façade anchors being one of the key features of a successful prefab wall system, we need strong industry understanding in terms of installation, tolerance adjustment, dead and live load support, and even balconies. This session will provide a deep technical dive into the engineering concepts, fabrication, installation, and usage of large mass timber panel anchoring systems, based on RDH’s extensive experience designing them. Clear illustrations and photos from product development and building projects will be used to educate participants who may be procuring, designing, or using intermittent façade anchors to support prefab panels.

  • Modular Prefab Façade from Design-Assist process to Construction; Institutional Higher Education Case Studies
    Presented by: Bojana Jerinic - Perkins&Will, Slavica Puzovic - Perkins&Will, Cillian Collins - Perkins&Will


    This session will review two Part 3 Institutional case studies projects that are leveraging prefabrication as part of their delivery.

    UBC Gateway is a high-performance academic building that is being designed to meet LEED v4 BD+C Gold and CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building – Design Certification. Being a structural hybrid composed of glulam, steel and concrete, most of the main building structure and façade is fully prefabricated off site. Both hybrid floor structure and façade were designed through a highly collaborative design-assist process.

    BCIT Student Housing is a 12 storey building that is designed to meet BC Energy Step Code 4 and is aiming to demonstrate compliance with LEED Gold. Repetitive and cellular nature of the program makes this building highly modular. Starting at L02 the building structure, combination of steel and heavy timber, as well as envelope panels will be fully prefabricated off site and installed using crane.

Day 3 Session Videos


In the rapidly evolving world of sustainable construction, prefabrication or offsite construction is becoming one of the pre-eminent strategies to save on time, waste, and the environment. For us to collectively achieve our carbon emissions targets towards net-zero construction, and as building codes shift, prefab will be key in new construction and deep energy retrofits, allowing for highly-productive, economical projects at scale across Canada.

Whether you are a design professional, building scientist, contractor, developer, government official, or financial decision-maker, Passive House Canada’s Prefab Symposium will provide case studies and best practices across Canada, and share how you can integrate an innovative prefab strategy into your core business practices.