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  1. 1. CONFERENCE PROGRAM Your guide to sustainable disaster relief housing Held at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa,
  2. 2. SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE 7:30 am BREAKFAST PANORAMA ROOMTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 8:00 SESSION 1 - DEFINING THE NEED Patrice Tardif, FPS - President-Elect CONFERENCE COMMENCES PANORAMA ROOM Welcome and Introduction EXHIBITION HALL OPENS MEZZANINE 8:05 Jim Dangerfield, FPInnovations Keynote: Disaster Relief - Exploring the Rebuilding Challenge 9:00 Serge Koskinen, CIDA The Role of the Canadian International Development Agency 9:30 COFFEE BREAK EXHIBITION HALL 10:00 Minister Yawata, Japanese Embassy Pursuing Recovery Following the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami 10:30 Speaker to be announced 2011 Chilean Earthquake Response Strategies 11:00 Speaker to be announced, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Overall Coordination of Canadian Response Post Disaster 11:30 QUESTION PERIOD noon LUNCH EXHIBITION HALL 1:00 pm Alain Plouffe, SOCODEVI Requirements Prior to Rebuilding Efforts 1:30 Avi Friedman, McGill School of Architecture CONFERENCE SESSIONS PANORAMA ROOM SESSION 2 - IDENTIFYING Innovative, Low-Cost, Pre-Fab Wood Structures 2:00 Martin Rodrigue, MaisonsLaprise Shelter Solutions in Haiti SOLUTIONS 2:30 COFFEE BREAK EXHIBITION HALL Welcome to Ottawa, Canada 3:00 Jeff Armstrong, Kott Lumber/DAC Draped in natural splendor and Panelized Solutions for Cold-Climate Housing brimming with a relaxed urban vibe, 3:30 Helen Griffin, Canadian Wood Council Ottawa is a truly unique destination Building Codes, How They Can Help offering visitors a wealth of experiences 4:00 Paul Morris, FPInnovations Preservative Treatment & Design Specifications for Disaster Relief Housing they won’t find anywhere else, including Ontario’s only UNESCO 4:30 Sarah Shima, Canadian Co-Operators Association of Canada The Role of Credit Unions in Post Disaster Rebuilding World Heritage Site, The Rideau Canal. 5:00 As Canada’s capital and Ontario’s RECEPTION EXHIBITION HALL second largest city, Ottawa is a 7:00 Terry Robinson, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation showcase of national sites, monuments BREAKOUT Training as an Essential Element of Reconstruction SESSIONS and symbols where visitors can 7:20 Pat Donahue, University of Minesota Plug and Play Housing experience the best of our country, all 7:40 Graham, Savage, Business New Brunswick in one place. Ottawa is alive in culture, Manufactured Housing Capabilities in New Brunswick home to the country’s most impressive line-up of national museums, 7:30 BREAKFAST PANORAMA ROOM outstanding performing arts groups and venues, and a year-round calendar 8:00 Judy Plante, FacilitatorFRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 Review of Sessions 1 & 2, Introduction of Working Plenary Sessions of festivals and events. SESSION 3 - REFINING THE RESPONSE 8:15 William Lawton, U.S. Department of Commerce - US Southcom Keynote: Initial Stages of Structure & Methodology for Public/Private CONFERENCE SESSIONS PANORAMA ROOM Cooperation in Disaster Relief & Humanitarian Assistance Programs Expert Panel: CIDA, USAID, US Dept. of Comm. 9:15 Charles Setchell, USAID/OFDA Keynote: Prefabricated Shelters: Points to Consider 10:15 COFFEE BREAK EXHIBITION HALL 10:30 Tim Reinhold, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Keynote: Rebuilding after Disasters: A Loss Mitigation Perspective Expert Panel: SOCODEVI, Desjardins 11:30 Judy Plante, Facilitator Conference organized by Review of Session 3 11:45 Michael Green, mgb ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN Forest Products Society Closing keynote: Post-Disaster Solutions - Housing and Beyond, New Building Approaches in Wood International Office and FPS Eastern Canadian Section 1 2011 Sustainable Disaster Relief Housing Conference
  3. 3. PROGRAM DETAILSTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 277:30 BREAKFAST - PANORAMA ROOM Morning Session 1: DEFINING THE NEED í PANORAMA ROOM This session will open with a keynote speaker to introduce the topic followed by a panel of four experts dealing with the needs resulting from various climatic, geographical and political realities. Experiences following several recent catastrophic events will be presented.8:00 Patrice Tardif, FPS - President-Elect Welcome and Introduction8:05 Jim Dangerfield, FPInnovations Keynote: Disaster Relief - Exploring the Rebuilding Challenge Jim A. Dangerfield, Ph.D., retired from his position as Executive Vice President of FPInnovations in July 2011. FPInnovations is Canada’s leading forest products research institute. It conducts research, provides technical services and carries out technology transfers in the areas of wood harvesting, wood products, pulp and paper, nanotechnology, bioenergy generation and chemical production. With a staff of approximately 500, it has research laboratories in Québec City, Montréal and Vancouver, and technology transfer offices across Canada. Jim has played an important role in structuring the new organization. Prior to taking on his role at FPInnovations, Jim served as Vice President, Forintek, and had a leadership role with Forintek in both Eastern and Western Canada. He has worked extensively with industry in commercializing technology developed at Forintek. He also was responsible for setting up the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, as a spin-off from R&D initiated at Forintek on lifecycle analysis of buildings and building products. He received a Ph.D. in Microbiology, a M.Sc. degree in Soil Genesis, a Bachelor of Science with a major in Soil Science and a minor in Plant Science from the University of Alberta.9:00 Serge Koskinen, CIDA The Role of the Canadian International Development Agency Originally trained as a lawyer, Serge Koskinen manages the Natural Disaster Response Unit in CIDA’s International Humanitarian Assistance program. He has worked on all recent major disaster responses including the Indian Ocean Tsunami, the 2006 Pakistan earthquake, the Sichuan earthquake and Cyclone Nargis in 2008 and the Haiti earthquake in 2010. CIDA is the Government of Canada’s operational lead for international humanitarian assistance in response to natural disasters and complex emergencies. Within CIDA, issues of humanitarian concern are addressed by the International Humanitarian Assistance (IHA) Directorate. IHA is the Agency’s principal conduit for humanitarian assistance to developing countries, and is mandated to help save lives and alleviate human suffering resulting from conflict and natural disasters in developing countries by providing an appropriate, timely and effective response. IHA’s programming responds to humanitarian needs in all sectors, including shelter. While the focus is generally on the provision of emergency shelter (tents, tarps, etc.), following catastrophic events, such as the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, IHA may support transitional shelter construction through its implementing partners in the UN, the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement and the NGO community.9:30 COFFEE BREAK - EXHIBITION HALL10:00 Minister Yawata, Japanese Embassy Pursuing Recovery Following the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami Fumio Yawata is Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Canada. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Yawata served as a Minister at the Embassy of Japan in Berlin, Germany. Yawata graduated from Kobe Foreign Language University. The Minister will inform the conference attendees of the situation of Japan after the Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11 and what challenges the government faced and how they are tackling the challenges to pursue the recovery. The Minister will also describe what the Japanese government has done to supply temporary housing and also to repair the damaged houses. Ottawa, Canada 2
  4. 4. 10:30 To be announced at the conference, Chilean Representative 2011 Chilean Earthquake Response Strategies11:00 To be announced at the conference, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) Overall Coordination of Canadian Response Post Disaster11:30 QUESTION PERIODNOON LUNCH - EXHIBITION HALL Afternoon Session 2: IDENTIFYING SOLUTIONS í PANORAMA ROOM This session will include a panel of seven experts who will address various topics dealing with the building systems available; shipping, delivery and erection considerations; and the financing and coordination of relief efforts to arrive at timely and affordable sustainable solutions.1:00 Alain Plouffe, SOCODEVI Requirements Prior to Rebuilding Efforts Alain Plouffe, is Technical Director of the Society for International Cooperation and Development (SOCODEVI). Mr. Plouffe is an engineer (University of Sherbrooke), he has a Masters in Business Management Cooperative (IRECUS-Université de Sherbrooke) and a 2nd cycle degree in Project Management of Engineering and Urbanism project (Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal ) He has worked in international cooperation since 1984. He has lived and worked in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia where he held various roles in simple and complex projects, in small and large projects, with private, bilateral and multilateral donors. SOCODEVI and M. Plouffe’s expertise lies in their ability to support people and local authorities so they can organize and implement sustainable solutions in food production and processing, forestry, financial services and housing. In the aftermath of disasters, there are many emergencies. The large number of challenges and stakeholders makes the choices of priorities difficult. It’s not easy to distinguish what should be done first to implement sustainable solutions. Many technical options are available. It is often in the planning of the rebuilding programs that we meet the most complex problems.1:30 Avi Friedman, McGill School of Architecture Innovative, Low-Cost, Pre-Fab Wood Structures Avi Friedman, Ph.D., Professor of Architecture at McGill University, founder of the Affordable Homes program at McGill: Dr. Friedman is known nationally and internationally for his housing innovation and was selected by Wallpaper magazine in 2010 as one of ten people worldwide who would “most likely change the way we live.” Among this practicing architect’s numerous awards are the Manning Innovation Award and the United Nations World Habitat Award. Dr. Friedman’s talk is entitled “Innovative, Low-Cost, Pre-Fab Wood Structures.” Developing concepts for wood-based, prefabricated, lower-cost dwellings has been the focus of Avi Friedman’s work in the past two decades. In Canada, through the development of the Grow and the Next Homes he demonstrated that mass customization is possible in the design of affordable housing. In Mexico, he unveiled a prototype called La Casa a la Carta which accommodates local life style and economic needs. These units can also be used as solutions in cases of disaster relief and will be illustrated in his presentation.2:00 Martin Rodrigue, MaisonsLaprise Shelter Solutions in Haiti Mr. Martin Rodrigue’s career has always been driven by his interest in sciences, environment, people and cultures. He graduated from University Laval in Quebec City after completing the Environment and Forestry Management Program. He also holds a University degree in Anthropology from the same institution. Before he joined Laprise Mr. Rodrigue was in charge of large scale operations with the timber industry, working for the private sector and with different First Nation governments. He also managed several projects as a consultant, implementing Sustainable Forestry Management Systems for some of Canada’s largest timber product manufacturers and auditing Quality and Environmental Management Systems for some well established groups such as Hydro Quebec. In the past Mr. Rodrigue also contributed to the development of the tourism industry in different regions of the 3 2011 Sustainable Disaster Relief Housing Conference
  5. 5. province. Mr. Rodrigue joined Laprise in the spring of 2008 to develop sales with Habitaflex. His understanding of the structural properties of timber, his large network of contacts, his sales experience along with his background in the tourism industry, are great assets for the company. His international experience enables him to work in French, English and Spanish. Moreover his easy going personality and his capacities soon convinced Laprise to extend his mandate to the other divisions. So far, Mr. Rodrigue has secured distributorships and exports in different regions of North and South America, The Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Australia. Laprise Homes, a leading manufacturer of prefabricated homes since 1989 and part of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies has just completed the delivery of nearly 7000 transitional shelters to the Canadian Red Cross Society, as part of its program aiming to provide lodging to the many people left homeless in Haiti by the January 12th 2010 earthquake. This presentation will outline the main steps of this ambitious project as experienced by a manufacturing company, from the tender documents to the delivery of shelters, all while meeting the great challenge of identifying solutions that will fulfill the needs of the end users.2:30 COFFEE BREAK - EXHIBITION HALL3:00 Jeff Armstrong, Kott Lumber/DAC Panelized Solutions for Cold-Climate Housing Jeffery Armstrong, a trained architect and founder of DAC International: Mr. Armstrong’s experience is in the development of quickly-erected, energy efficient, panelized homes that have been shipped around the world. DAC, along with its technologies and expertise, were purchased by KOTT lumber where Mr. Armstrong continues with his contributions and his passion. According to a recent housing survey, the requirement for social housing in Nunavut dwarfs all other jurisdictions in Canada. In July 2009, the Nunavut Housing Corporation (NHC) put out a public tender for just over 140 social housing units to be built in 19 communities across Nunavut. DAC International (a division of Kott Group) developed a unique panelized solution designed to meet the energy performance requirements specified by NHC while dealing with the practical challenges that are unique to building in the north. In September 2010, the first units were delivered to Pangnirtung, Nunavut and by the end of the construction season in January, all but a handful of the building shells had been erected. This presentation will trace the project from the RFP stage, through design development, manufacturing and ultimately provide feedback from the builders on site.3:30 Helen Griffin, Canadian Wood Council Building Codes, How They Can Help Helen Griffin, P.Eng., has over 20 years of working experience with the forest industry. Helen worked in the U.K. as a consultant to COFI on market access issues from 1989 to 1992. This was followed by 14 years with Weyerhaeuser Ltd., in both Canada and the U.S.A., in their Sales and Marketing Groups. There she worked with the sawmills, the customers and various industry and customer associations. Helen joined the Canadian Wood Council as Vice President, Codes and Engineering in 2006. The Canadian Wood Council represents the Canadian wood products industry through a national federation of associations. The CWC’s vision is a “Wood First” culture in North America where wood products are recognized as the sustainable building material of choice for residential and non-residential construction. CWC provides technical and knowledge transfer services relating to codes, standards and regulations. Without these services, the wood products industry would be vulnerable to a long-term, non-recoverable loss of market share. CWC’s focus is on increasing the use of wood products in construction.4:00 Paul Morris, FPInnovations Preservative Treatment & Design Specifications for Durable Disaster Relief Housing Dr. Paul Morris is Group Leader – Durability and Protection at FPInnovations, Canada’s National Forest Products Research Institute. His team at FPInnovations meets client needs for research in short-term protection of wood during harvesting, transport and storage, and long-term durability in service. The latter includes durability by nature, durability by design and durability by treatment. Paul has twenty eight years experience in wood preservation research since obtaining his PhD from Imperial College of London University. He has authored or co-authored over 300 papers, technical reports, contract reports and other publications. As a member of the International Research Group on Wood Preservation he maintains awareness of new technologies under development throughout the world. He also participates in collaborative research and test method development. His areas of expertise include international wood preservation standards, treatment of Canadian wood species, and factors affecting the durability of wood products. Paul is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Wood Science at the University of British Columbia. Ottawa, Canada 4
  6. 6. Light wood frame is ideal for rapid provision of medium- to long-term shelter after natural disasters. However disasters often occur in tropical regions with severe decay and termite hazards for wood. In extreme northern climates high occupancy loads and the requirement for substantial insulation can result in condensation and mould growth if wall and roof systems are not carefully designed. The desire of aid organizations to maximize the number of shelters delivered tends to drive down the allowable cost dictating simplified designs with fewer moisture management features. It may also be difficult to control the quality of construction in some regions. Once built, “temporary” structures are commonly used for much longer than their design life. All these factors mean the wood used typically needs to be preservative treated. Selection of preservative and treatment process must take into account the regulations in the exporting and receiving countries, the potential for human contact with the treated wood, the building design, the wood species and the local decay and termite hazard. Preservative penetration and retention requirements will be described. Simple design features that reduce moisture and termite problems will be discussed. Examples will be provided from the response to the 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia and the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti.4:30 Sarah Shima, Canadian Co-Operators Association of Canada The Role of Credit Unions in Post Disaster Rebuilding With over ten years of international development experience, Sarah Shima has most recently worked on Sri Lankan reconstruction efforts with the SANASA credit union movement. With experience in Asia, the Americas, and Africa, Ms. Shima has also worked with the Canadian Co-operative Association on projects in micro-insurance, agriculture, micro-enterprise, and national policy development. A generalist with broad knowledge, Ms. Shima’s areas of experience include: partnership and organisational development; results-based management; sustainable community development; ecology and environmental issues; climate change; democratic governance; and community conflict resolution. Post-disaster reconstruction can lead to an exacerbation of existing problems if not carefully managed. Especially in the case of international organizations providing disaster relief housing, donor dependency, slow rates of reconstruction, community conflict, and corruption are challenges that must be met for housing construction to meet the needs of the beneficiaries. Locally-owned and managed financial institutions, such as credit unions, can provide the established structure necessary to overcome these challenges, and help vulnerable groups, such as women with young children and young adults, receive housing assistance as soon as possible. This presentation will discuss the best practices and lessons learned of partnering with credit unions to provide disaster relief housing, developed through five years of housing reconstruction efforts following the 2005 Sri Lankan tsunami.5:00 Cocktail Reception – Hot and Cold Hors-‘oeuvres - EXHIBITION HALL This two-hour event will provide an opportunity to network with exhibitors, speakers and participants. Library and Peace Tower, Ottawa 5 2011 Sustainable Disaster Relief Housing Conference
  7. 7. Evening Session: BREAKOUT SESSIONS í LE SALON Three break-out sessions will give exhibitors the opportunity to share their relief-effort experiences.7:00 Terry Robinson, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Training as an Essential Element of Reconstruction Terry Robinson is the National Director of Housing Export at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, where he coordinates a team of 28 trade consultants and technical staff in assisting the Canadian housing industry to expand and diversify their export of housing products and systems to markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Terry is originally trained as an architect. His career has included 24 years at CMHC in technical research, industry training and export development, and 8 years in the private sector in architectural practices and in energy and environmental consulting. In rebuilding after a disaster, governments and aid agencies are generally more receptive to housing solutions that involve local labour. Canada’s wood-based housing systems offer many advantages, both as a reasonably affordable solution to housing needs and as a means of creating local employment. However, most countries, particularly in the developing world, have limited familiarity with wood-frame construction and have many concerns over its long-term durability. Therefore, the delivery of wood-based housing from Canada must be paired with systematic training to ensure that the housing is built successfully and will be adequately protected from fire, moisture, hurricanes, termites and earthquakes. This break-out session will highlight some of the Canadian training resources available, including CMHC’s International Training Team, Canada Wood training programs, community colleges and aboriginal housing capacity development, along with examples of how these have already been applied in various parts of the world. A discussion will then be facilitated on how these resources can be best utilized in future reconstruction efforts, as part of a comprehensive solution from Canada, in order to secure contracts for Canadian suppliers and to ensure successful implementation.7:20 Pat Donahue, University of Minnesota Plug and Play Housing Patrick Donahue is director of the Secondary Wood Products Program within the Forestry/Forest Products Division of the Center for Applied Research and Technology Development at the University of Minnesota. He is a wood scientist with a broad product development background that includes wood chemical modification, hardwood lumber and dimension, a wide range of laminating, engineered wood flooring, interior millwork, fenestration, cabinetry, office furniture, small diameter timber processing and wood frame housing systems. Pat also has an extensive background in sales and marketing with over 13 years of experience in managing industrial sales and marketing developments. He has been trained in a number of continuous improvement methods and various creativity tools. The Natural Resources Research Institute has teamed up with European connector technology company Knapp Verbinder to develop a unique systems approach to ready to assembly self contained relief housing structures. The resulting structures are both ready to assemble and ready to dissemble. Making the deployment and redeployment possible. These plug and play methods feature wood framed closed wall techniques to minimize and streamline field construction labor activities. The roof decks and floor decks are also closed systems with the connector detail hidden once assembled. This breakout session will review the project activities and demonstrate the system in greater detail.7:40 Graham Savage, Business New Brunswick Manufactured Housing Capabilities in New Brunswick Graham Savage is a Wood Products Specialist who completed a BScF (Resource Mgmt) and an MF (Resource Economics) in 1984 at UNB Fredericton. He has worked for the Province of Newfoundland in the Dept of Forest Resources & Lands and the Executive Council. He worked for the Canadian Forest Service in Fredericton as a Resource Economist with lots of time spent in Nova Scotia. He worked in the private sector on a joint venture with a Norwegian company for a North American import-export & manufacturing operation in NB. He has worked as a Business Consultant and currently serves as a Technical Specialist in Wood Products Manufacturing for the Province of New Brunswick, Department of Business NB. An overview of the manufactured housing industry will be provided which will include product offering today, with a focus on disaster relief appropriate products which are currently available. The supply chain will also be presented, and finally emerging products and capabilities which could be introduced to meet disaster relief requirements by the industry will be explored. Ottawa, Canada 6
  8. 8. PROGRAM DETAILS, continuedFRIDAY, OCTOBER 287:30 BREAKFAST - PANORAMA ROOM Morning Session 3: REFINING THE RESPONSE í PANORAMA ROOM This session will include three working plenaries, each with a keynote speaker and an expert panel. A facilitator will engage panellists and participants in developing options for preparedness strategies to help mitigate delays in the delivery of solutions for regions at risk. Following the working plenaries, a keynote speaker will close the conference with a broader view on disaster relief building needs and wood’s potential role.8:00 Judy Plante, Facilitator Review of Sessions 1 & 2 Introduction of Working Plenary Sessions WORKING PLENARY #18:15 William Lawton, U.S. Department of Commerce - US Southcom Keynote: Initial Stages of Structure & Methodology for Public/Private Cooperation in Disaster Relief & Humanitarian Assistance Programs Expert Panel: CIDA, US AID, US Dept. of Comm. Originally sent to the U.S. Southern Command as the Department of Commerce representative on the Haiti Task Force, Bill Lawton is now the DOC liaison officer embedded in the J9 Business Engagement division. He has more than 20 years in Government Service, twelve with the Commercial Service. He has also worked an equal amount of time in the private sector directing international marketing at both U.S. and foreign firms. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Lawton served as Senior Trade Specialist at the Fort Lauderdale Export Assistance Center. Before this he was the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Vladivostok Russia and the Commercial Consul at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, China. In his last position in the private sector he worked as a Director of International Marketing in the offshore oil and gas industry. Prior to these positions he was employed in the tourism industry for Holland America-Westours and Princess Cruises eventually ending up as the planning manager for Society Expeditions. He has worked in many countries in Africa and Asia before joining the Foreign Commercial Service and being assigned to Shanghai. He served in the U.S. Navy with the Riverine Patrol Force in Vietnam and then aboard the Polaris Submarine U.S.S. George Washington Carver (SSBN 656) out of Holy Loch, Scotland. In this portion of the program, Bill Lawton, will first outline why a US Combatant Command requested a Commercial Officer and how he functioned during the Haiti and Chile earthquake disasters. He will show how this evolved into a permanent role in HA/DR situations and discuss why it might be of interest to the forest products industry.How to get more and better private sector involvement? Bill will outline the theme that corporate social engagement is moving well beyond altruistic philanthropy. He will delineate the role that the industry might have in programs that are beginning to emerge on both a local level, such as the Caribbean Port Resiliency Program (PREP), and on a national level through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center’s (BCLC) Business for Good Map, as well as its International Business Corps. Outaouais River, Ottawa 7 2011 Sustainable Disaster Relief Housing Conference
  9. 9. WORKING PLENARY #29:15 Charles Setchell, USAID/OFDA Keynote: Prefabricated Shelters: Points to Consider Expert Panel: CMHC, CWC, Maison Laprise, FPInnovations, Kott Lumber Charles A. Setchell is Senior Shelter, Settlements & Hazard Mitigation Advisor for the USAID Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance. Mr. Setchell has 35 years of experience in managing the process of physical, social, and economic change, both in the US and abroad. This professional experience is rooted in undergraduate (University of California, Davis) and graduate (University of California, Berkeley) degrees in urban and environmental planning, as well as doctoral studies in urban planning at MIT. Since his arrival at OFDA in 1998, Mr. Setchell has helped respond to all major international disasters/crises, designing and implementing shelter and settlements projects and disaster risk reduction activities in numerous countries, as well as promoting “DRR” through the integration of relief and development activities. He makes presentations at training courses, meetings, and conferences on a regular basis, and has published on a wide variety of topics. Responding to large-scale shelter needs in the wake of natural disasters and humanitarian crises is challenging in the extreme, for adequate, habitable, safe, private, and secure shelter is fundamental to social and economic recovery. But shelter is more than “four walls and a roof,” and needs are diverse, requiring careful, on-the-ground assessment of the capacities, resources, opportunities, and disaster impacts in affected communities. Pre-fabricated shelter is often proposed as a solution to large- scale, diverse needs, but this form of shelter also introduces a number of concerns that can undermine timely and appropriate responses. The session keynote will discuss some of the points to consider when thinking about pre-fabricated shelters as a post-disaster shelter solution.10:15 COFFEE BREAK WORKING PLENARY #310:30 Tim Reinhold, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Keynote: Rebuilding after Disasters: A Loss Mitigation Perspective Expert Panel: SOCODEVI and Canadian Co-Operative Association Tim Reinhold earned BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech in 1973, 1975 and 1978, respectively. He began his professional career as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in 1978 and later continued at NIST as a research structural engineer. At NIST he worked as support staff for development on national seismic standards, analyzed winds for Hurricane Frederic, participated in several large failure investigations and organized an International Workshop on Wind Tunnel Modeling for Civil Engineering applications. From 1983 to 1985 he worked for the Canadian firm Morrison Hershfield Theakston and Rowen that later became RWDI where he worked as a project engineer on wind tunnel and snow investigations for structures throughout North America. In 1995 he joined Applied Research Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina where he headed up their wind tunnel modeling efforts. In 1990, Dr. Reinhold joined the Danish Maritime Institute as chief engineer for aerodynamics. He participated in the commissioning of their 14-meter wide boundary layer wind tunnel and helped direct wind studies for the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark and the European Southern Observatory in Chile. In 1992, Dr. Reinhold joined the faculty of the Civil Engineering Department at Clemson University and rose to the rank of Professor. The presentations and discussions at this conference clearly show that there is much more that needs to be considered in developing effective sustainable relief housing than simply shipping in tents or moving in mobile homes and travel trailers. Relief housing is frequently used for extended periods of time and in developing countries may become a part of the permanent housing in the country. Consequently, the housing needs to be designed for the climate and risks that exist where it will be used, must provide a healthy environment, and must be culturally acceptable by individuals, families, and communities. Building codes are important because they provide basic requirements for assuring a measure of strength and safety. However, we should not lose sight of the fact that they are minimum requirements and we need to look closely at their strengths and weaknesses in terms of providing durable sustainable housing. At the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety we have spent considerable time researching and evaluating the performance of existing homes and the influence of modern building codes in reducing damage and losses. Modern codes that lead to engineering based designs of buildings do a good job of providing the needed structural resistance for anticipated future events. However, they do not necessarily address non- Ottawa, Canada 8
  10. 10. structural issues that can lead to poor overall performance, continuing losses and risks of displacement. This presentation will deal with a number of these hazard-specific issues.11:30 Judy Plante, Facilitator Review of Session 3 Closing Keynote í PANORAMA ROOM‘11:45 Michael Green, mgb ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN Post-Disaster Solutions - Housing and Beyond, New Building Approaches in Wood Michael Green, Architect and founder of mgb ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN: Mr. Green’s building design expertise ranges from residential to commercial, from single family homes to international airports. His preoccupation is with safe, cost-effective and carbon neutral solutions to the world’s building challenges and champions mass timber solutions for all. Architect Michael Green is dedicated to bringing attention to some of the overwhelming challenges in world architecture today. Michael is championing a shift to new ways of building with Mass Timber products that will meet today and tomorrow’s building challenges in a safe, cost-effective, and carbon neutral manner. His FFTT approach to Mass Timber construction has been engineered to efficiently build mid- and high-rise buildings up to 30 storeys in height. Michael will present how new wood approaches to building represent a critically important shift in the world’s urban landscapes and an effective safe solution for disaster relief and post disaster reconstruction. Michael will speak to how the large scale buildings necessary to address the scale of need after major disasters require a new scale of solution. Prefabricated large structures offer cost-effective and efficient options for the complex challenges after a disaster and provide a permanence necessary for long-term community regrowth. Confederation Square with the beautiful facade of the Central Chambers, Ottawa 9 2011 Sustainable Disaster Relief Housing Conference
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  12. 12. The National Arts Centre, Ottawa, OntarioThe Forest Products Society is an international not-for-profit technical associationfounded in 1947 to provide an information network for all segments of the forestproducts industry. The Society’s Vision is to be the world leader in technicalinformation transfer to further the socially beneficial use of wood and fiber resources.The Society’s Mission is to foster innovation and research in the environmentallysound processing and use of wood and fiber resources by disseminating informationand providing forums for networking and the exchange of knowledge.To become a member, please visit or call +1 608 231 1361. Forest Products Society 2801 Marshall Ct Madison, WI 53705 United States of America (p) +1 608 231 1361 (f) +1 608 231 2152