Lessons Learned from the “Wet Coast”: How Catastrophic Building Enclosure Failures and Building Science Changed Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Residential Construction


 What This Presentation Covers:

The presentation aims to remind participants of the depth and breadth of building enclosure failures that led to unprecedented changes in the wood-frame multi-unit residential building sector. The presentation will feature numerous industry publications highlighting the resources available for professionals, trades people, and building owners as they set about designing and constructing or rehabilitating wood-frame multi-unit residential building enclosures. The presentation will also touch on the guidance available to construct high-performance buildings and the QA/QC and verification procedures that support achieving both minimum and beyond code minimum performance objectives.  

 You'll Learn About:

  • The root causes and consequences of multi-unit residential building enclosure failures and what the industry has learned from them.
  • Industry resources and guidelines supporting the design and construction of durable, airtight, and watertight building enclosures for new wood-frame multi-unit residential buildings.
  • Where to find industry resources and guidelines supporting the rehabilitation of wood-frame multi-unit residential building enclosures.
  • The importance of changed mindsets and perspectives on the use of QA/QC processes and confidence testing/verification procedures to achieving desired building enclosure performance outcomes.


  • Format: 1 hour recording + quiz. Downloadable slides are included.
  • Audience: This session will be of interest to architects and other building industry professionals in Canada and the US with an interest in wood-framed multi-unit residential buildings.

Continuing Education Credits: 

This presentation is delivered by Michael Kramer