Speaker Information

We are no longer accepting new speaker applications. This winter, we will re-open the Call for Speakers for IWBC 2020.
Confirmed speakers, please use the Speaker Submission form to submit your bio, head shot and presentation details. If you are a confirmed speaker and have a simple presentation topic change, please send it directly to Lisa Kelly

Registration for IWBC
Speakers please use this link to register for the conference. You will need to enter the code which was sent to you in your confirmation email. If you forgot the discount code for the pass, please email Shelley Griffin. Online registration closes on November 1st.

Hotel Reservations
We have negotiated for a block of rooms at four hotels, including the Seaport hotel which is the headquarters hotel. October is peak season in Boston so we encourage you to make your reservation as soon as possible. To receive the special negotiated rate (and to be considered part of our block) use the hotel links on our website to make your reservation. The hotel cutoff date is October 10th but they could sell out prior to that.

Deadline for Changes
If you need to change the title of your presentation or make any corrections, the deadline to do so is September 10th.

Feel free to contact Shelley Griffin or Lisa Kelly.

Tracks and Topics
Track 1
Systems as Solutions
Track 2
Integrate, Collaborate, Digitize
Track 3
Potential, Performance and Practicalities
Session 1
The Case for Mass Timber Construction
What are the sweet spots for mass timber construction? What structure types? What range of story heights?
Standardization & Mass Customization
How to combine the efficiency of offsite manufacturing without sacrificing design freedom
Environmental Impact
Timber as a sustainable building materiat. How can wood reduce environmental degradation? How carbon offset can be monetized.
Session 2
The Case for Modular Construction
The relative economics of volumetric modular in both light frame and with CLT shells. What does speed mean to the developer?
Integrating the Supply Chain
Integration of design, procurement, offsite fabrication, delivery and site assembly
Building Codes & Fire Safety
Impact of new tall wood ICC and BC codes. Code acceptance of light frame offsite construction. Fire safety: how to mitigate the impact of fire on life, safety & property
Session 3
The Case for Panelized Construction
In what situations do panelized solutions make more sense than modular
Offsite Robotics & AI
Automation and robotics for the offsite construction industry
Financing Offsite Construction
The hurdles that early adopters face in finding institutional sources of capital to finance their projects
Session 4
Wood-based Hybrid Construction
How offsite wood-based construction can integrate with non-wood building systems?
Generative Design & Offsite Construction
What will be the impact of generative design on the built environment?
Educating GCs, Architects and Engineers
How to change negative perceptions
What is taught; what needs to be taught


Any questions, please contact info@iwbcc.com