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Guido Wimmers

University of Northern British Columbia
Program Chair, Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design,
Dr. Guido Wimmers leads the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program at the University of Northern British Columbia at the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, BC. Sustainable and healthy design and engineering practices are at the program core. For the past 100 years, steel and concrete construction has dominated large building construction; it has only been in the last few decades that the industrial construction sector has started turning back to wood. The advantages of wood over concrete and steel structures are numerous, including cost, sustainability, seismic stability, carbon neutrality, health benefits, and life cycle impact.

Prior to moving to Canada in 2007, Guido was head of the building science department of Energie Tirol and worked on Passive House Projects in Austria, Germany, and Italy including large non-residential buildings and was involved in various research projects in the field of massive timber construction, extreme energy efficient buildings and prefabricated building envelopes. Guido was one of the initiators of the Austria House in Whistler, Canada’s first Passive House and first Cross-Laminated Timber application and has worked on truly sustainable projects all across Canada. He is teaching an intensive building science course focusing on high performance buildings across Canada and is also co-author of the City of Vancouver’s Passive Design Tool Kit. He is also involved in several research projects in the field of Passive House and high performing envelope components. Guido holds a master degree in architecture and a PhD in building science from the University of Innsbruck.