Mr. Stevens has extensive domestic experience in the area of sustainable housing. From 2000 – 2010 Mr. Stevens was the Director of the Canadian Housing & Construction Centre at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). During this time he was responsible for the AFRESH Home, a housing demonstration project showcasing some of the most innovative and sustainable ideas in housing to over 65,000 visitors.
Mr. Stevens was responsible for the ‘sustainable energy solutions’ retrofit of the AFRESH Home, which included the installation of additional photo-voltaic panels, a residential fuel cell, a ground-source geoexchange heating/cooling system, allowance for a plug-in electric vehicle, in-home battery storage, smart appliances, and various energy management systems. All of this resulted in a home capable of producing substantially more energy than it consumed with the excess energy being returned to the electrical grid.
Mr. Stevens has extensive international experience in a number of countries including Japan, Chile, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Russia, India, South Korea and Mongolia.
Since 2005 Mr. Stevens has worked in cooperation with Canada Wood in the delivery of annual training programs to delegations comprised of representatives from the Korea Wood Construction Association. The training programs provide participants with information specific to the construction of low and mid-rise multi-family wood-frame buildings.
Mr. Stevens has been working in cooperation with the government of Mongolia since 2006. During this time he has assisted them in the development of a new residential wood-frame building code, worked in cooperation with the Mongolian University of Science and Technology in the development and delivery of training programs, and provided technical assistance with respect to the design and construction of two wood-frame demonstration houses in Ulaanbaatar.
In February 2009 Mr. Stevens was presented with an Award of Honour in recognition of his valuable contribution to the introduction of Canadian wood-frame building technology to Mongolia and constructive cooperation with the government of Mongolia.
In 2005 Mr. Stevens was invited to Indonesia to discuss the use of wood-frame construction in the reconstruction of homes following the devastating December 2004 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. In April 2006 we were requested to return to Indonesia to meet with various Indonesian government officials as part of a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed with the Aceh/Nias Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency. Then in June of 2006, we provided technical and design support for wood-frame housing units to be constructed in Indonesia.
We are very proud to have participated in this important reconstruction effort to provide safe, cost-effective, and long-term housing solutions for those left homeless as a result of the earthquakes and subsequent tsunami in Indonesia.
Mr. Stevens has worked in cooperation with the Ministry of Construction China, Forestry Innovation Investment, the Council of Forest Industries, the Shanghai Construction and Management Commission, the Shanghai Real Estate Education Centre, the Shanghai Institute of Technology, Tongji University, and the Canfor Corporation.
Activities in China have included building code consultation, needs assessment and recommendations, delivery of professional development workshops, technology transfer, training program design and delivery, all of which were designed to assist China adopt the use of wood-frame construction.
Mr. Wayne Stevens, accompanied by Mr.Enrique Escobar (far left), Director of the Centre for Technology Transfer of the Chilean Wood Association (CORMA) meet with representatives from INACAP, one of Chiles largest private universities. The Maple Leaf Housing Centre, in cooperation with CORMA, has been working in cooperation with various departments within the Government of Chile to expand the use of wood in residential construction.
Activities in Chile have included an initial needs assessment and recommendations, a study-tour to Canada for representatives from the Ministry of Housing, development of a wood-frame housing guide for use in Chile, educational partnerships with Chilean universities, and the delivery of numerous technology transfer and training programs.