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Our live event on November 24 is now sold out. But if you preregister by the 24th, you can still get free access to the recording!  If you miss the preregistration window, you will be able to purchase access for $25 USD.

Please note that live event registrants will also be able to access the recording. You do not need to register twice.

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What We'll Talk About:

Wood-frame construction is still the default for new low- and mid-rise multi-unit residential buildings, and conventional framing and materials can still meet the higher insulation and airtightness requirements coming into place all over North America. But as expectations rise, attentive detailing work and planning become critical for achieving an enclosure that is thermally efficient, airtight, buildable, durable, and affordable. In this session, an experienced wood-frame enclosure designer and co-author of the new, updated 2020 Building Enclosure Design Guide for Wood Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings will share practical detailing examples for insulation, air barrier, and moisture barrier continuity across the whole building, in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. This session will give designers and builders the tools to both meet current building codes and adapt to the future of wood-frame residential construction.

You'll Learn About:

  • The basics of wood as a building material and how it plays a role in wood-frame construction
  • Barriers that make properly detailing and constructing conventional wood-frame buildings challenging.
  • The importance and value of well-thought-out and clearly conveyed enclosure details, especially in terms of constructability and cost.
  • Concepts you can use when planning and detailing typical transitions, window and door openings, and penetrations.


Continuing Education Credits:

1 LU|HSW
1 Core LU

*This program also meets the criteria for OAA structured learning hours. For more information, please see here

Associate and Building Science Technologist

James Higgins

James combines his theoretical expertise with a practical approach to solving complex design and construction problems. His work includes forensic investigations, building monitoring, façade design, and field review and testing services for new construction and existing buildings.

James also takes an active role in industry education, leading and contributing to many industry guides and training programs, including The Building Enclosure Design Guide for Wood Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings and Illustrated Guide - R22+ Effective Walls in Residential Construction in B.C. He is known for his ability to create and use effective visuals to support clear, actionable explanations of complex concepts.