Conference Sessions

Design for Resilience & Sustainability with Precast Concrete

Date & Time: Friday Feb 17, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Duration: 50 minutes
Location: Pegasus Room A
Registration: $50 + tax


This session will discuss considerations for the holistic design and construction of durable, long-lasting structures that are sustainable, safe and resilient. A building’s primary goal is to protect the lives, lifestyles and livelihoods of its occupants. Precast concrete has numerous qualities that can help buildings perform efficiently and offer occupants and communities healthy, flexible and useful spaces that can be effectively utilized over many years. Attendees will have the chance to see and hear case studies of projects that used precast concrete for durability, resilience, and sustainability, and examine important qualities and attributes to consider when specifying the material.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the concepts of resilience and sustainability with a focus on holistic design and long-term, lifecycle performance.
  2. Analyze how material choices made impact the safety and wellbeing of occupants over the life of the building and future design concepts.
  3. Explore opportunities where sustainability, resilience, durability and efficiency intersect.
  4. Identify how precast, prestressed concrete can contribute to designs that are sustainable, efficient, durable and resilient enough to protect the lives, livelihoods and lifestyles of occupants and communities.
  5. Examine case studies of sustainable, resilient and safe projects that effectively utilized precast concrete to achieve their goals.

Presented by

Malcolm Hachborn P. Eng.
Malcolm Hachborn P. Eng., President, M.E. Hachborn Engineering
Malcolm has over 30 years of structural design experience for concrete, steel and wood structures. He has experience in building science, manufacturing and construction. Malcolm has been involved in projects ranging from single creek crossings to multi-span prestressed concrete trapezoidal box structures for the 400 series highways in Ontario. He has been involved in the design of single-storey precast structures to 50-plus-storey residential projects. Malcolm has designed precast for water treatment facilities, multi-storey condominiums, large institutional projects (hospitals and courthouses) and multi-storey commercial and office structures. Malcolm has been involved in building science products for the past 25 years, from manufacturing to construction, and is active in promoting practical building envelope construction. Malcolm sits on several CSA technical committees for advanced materials and many of the committees for the Canadian and American Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institutes. Malcolm has authored many publications, including the CPCI Precast Concrete Design Manual, and the Architectural Precast Concrete Walls: Best Practice Guide.
Sponsored by:
Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute