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Past Seminar Presentations & Documents for 2016

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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN BUILDINGINGS

Geoffrey A. Clark
WorkSafe BC

Oct 2016

OSMOSIS AND BLISTERING OF LIQUID APPLIED WATERPROOFING MEMBRANES - WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED IN THE PAST DECADE

Graham Finch
RDH Building Engineering Ltd.

Sept 2016

HOW TO BUILD A GLASS HOUSE

Leonard Planalto
Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

Sept 2016

BREAKING GLASS

Mark Brook
BVDA Facade Engineering Ltd.

Sept 2016

DRAINAGE CAPABILITIES & HEAT LOSS OF DIFFERENT INVERTED ROOF ASSEMBLIES

Mathew Pel
Morrison Hershfield Ltd.

Sept 2016

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS - ROOF INSULATIONS

Josh Jensen
JRS Engineering

Sept 2016

A CASE STUDY: STUDIO BELL, HOME OF THE NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE

Nicole Parsons &
Scott Baxter

WSP Canada Inc.

Sept 2016

THE ENVELOPE AND PASSIVE HOUSE: AN ARCHITECT'S VISUAL DESIGN PROCESS

Joseph Kardum &
Herman Kao

Koka Architecture + Design Inc..

Sept 2016

THE CITY OF VANCOUVER'S NEAR ZERO EMISSIONS BUILDING PLAN AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE BUILDING ENVELOPE

Christian Cianfrone
Morrison Hershfield &
Sean Pander
City of Vancouver

June 2016

PROTECTING CANADIAN HOMES & BUILDINGS FROM TOXIC RADON GAS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BUILD RIGHT AND SAVE LIVES Alan J. Whitehead
Radon Environmental Management Corp.
May 2016

THE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE OF THE BUILDING ENVELOPE Brizi Coetzer &
Steve Meszaros

RWDI Consulting Engineers & Scientists
April 2016

FIRE CONSIDERATIONS: COMBUSTIBLE CLADDING AND COMPONENTS OF EXTERIOR WALLS AND WALL CURTAINS Jun H. Kim &
Andrew Harmsworth

GHL Consultants Ltd.
April 2016

R-22 WALLS AND INSULATING FOR THE FUTURE Lorne Ricketts
RDH Building Science Inc.
March 2016

Slideshare

HALF-DAY WORKSHOP ON BUILDING SMART WITH AIR AND VAPOUR BARRIERS British Columbia Building Envelope Council (BCBEC) and
Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), a branch of BC Housing
Feb 2016

Online Webinar

MID-RISE WOOD FRAME CONSTRUCTION Jieying Wang
FPInnovations
Jan 2016

Vancouver Luncheon:
Hazardous Materials in Buildings

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenter:
Remi Charron, Ph.D., P.Eng, Assistant Chair & Associate Professor
M.S. in Energy Management, NYIT-Vancouver

Remi Charron obtained his Ph.D. in Building Engineering from Concordia in 2007, where his research focused on developing an optimisation tool for the early stage design of net-zero energy solar homes. He worked for three years as a senior researcher in sustainable housing at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), with many projects focused on their EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing demonstration initiative. He has been a member of various committees and teams including the R-2000 and Energy Star for Houses renewal committees, the Canadian Centre for Housing Technologies Research Committee and the Sustainable Housing Technology Roadmap team. A certified Passive House Designer, Remi has been offering consulting services in housing research and education for 5 years. He joined NYIT-Vancouver in September 2016 as the Assistant Chair and Associate professor for the Master of Science in Energy Management.

About the Topic: Building Envelope for Smart Buildings

Smart homes and buildings are on the rise. Their transition from a future concept to reality is accelerating with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT). As for the IoT, its rise is being driven by three areas: the cloud which enables data storage, processing and remote access; evolving and proliferating smart devices (e.g. phones, watches and tablets) that provide a good user interface platform; and finally the development of inexpensive sensors with wireless capability. This presentation will examine how smart buildings and IoT technologies can impact the building envelope. Simple concepts such as integrating sensors to assist with fault detection, to more advanced concepts of integrating smart building envelope components (e.g. electrochromic windows, controllable vents, etc.) to allow for the dynamic operation of the building envelope as a part of an energy management control system will be examined.

 

Victoria Luncheon:
Urban Building Performance for Sustainability and Resilience

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
Harbour Towers
Victoria, BC

About the Presenter:
Dr. David N. Bristow, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering – University of Victoria

Dr. David N. Bristow is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria where he runs the Cities and Infrastructure Systems Lab. He teaches on infrastructure resilience, smart cities and sustainability in civil engineering. David holds Doctorate and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto.

His research concerns systems planning and decision making through advancement and integration of theory, methodology and practice in systems engineering and risk management via ecological, network, control system, optimization and thermodynamic approaches from first principles. David's application areas of expertise include infrastructure systems of systems; buildings; critical infrastructure; and whole cities with emphasis on sustainability, risk and resilience.

About the Topic:  Urban Building Performance for Sustainability and Resilience

Cities and their people, buildings, and organizations function within a global system. They are a major driver of global changes – changes that often alter and bring new risks. These risks include hazards, such as natural disasters; global change, such as climate change; and altered exposure, such as the increasing concentration of value in cities. Design and integration of buildings for sustainable and resilient cities suited to the macro and micro realities is an increasingly recognized need, requiring a deep understanding of the interrelationships among urban systems, inhabitants, and the local and global context. Consideration of how the interplay between sustainability and resiliency can lead to trade-offs or synergies is desired. This talk delineates the progress towards identifying and managing interrelationships that affect the capacity of cities and their buildings to flourish. In particular, an overview of the context is presented. Then, the fundamentals of operational resilience planning are imparted. Next, a method for supporting detailed design and testing of resilience plans is explained. Finally, the opportunity for advancing our ability to balance investment in sustainability and resiliency of buildings is highlighted.

 

Vancouver Luncheon:
Hazardous Materials in Buildings

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenter: Geoffrey A. Clark, MSc, CIH, ROH - WorkSafe BC

Geoff Clark is a Senior Occupational Hygienist at WorkSafe BC.  He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), a Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH) and holds a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia.  Geoff has conducted thousands of assessments in many areas of occupational hygiene, including asbestos, lead and silica exposure, confined spaces, mould and bacteria contamination and indoor air quality. He is a chief author of the “Safe Work Practices for Handling Asbestos” book and the “Lead-Containing Paints and Coatings” book. His main focus, at present, is to help prevent workers from contracting occupational diseases.

About the Topic:  Hazardous Materials in Buildings

Construction and renovation workers come across many hazards during their everyday work. Some of these, including asbestos, lead, silica and mould can cause occupational diseases which may result in permanent injury or death. During the course of this session we will look at some of the hazardous materials typically found in buildings and the responsibilities that building owners, consultants and contractors have to deal with them. For example, how are hazardous materials sampled and identified? Who is qualified to prepare survey and clearance reports? What must contractors do to protect their workers during the removal of these materials? Remember, there are Occupational Health and Safety Regulations that must be followed when dealing with these hazards and new Regulations will come into effect in 2017.

 

2016 BCBEC Conference & AGM
Evolution of the Building Envelope: Past Experiences to Innovation
Wednesday, Sept. 14th, 2016
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC

This year, BCBEC has put together a compelling program for the 2016 Annual Conference and AGM.  This one-day symposium provides the platform for industry wide knowledge exchange and thought-provoking conversation.

BCBEC invites you to stay connected, current, and inspired.  Take part in the discussion of lessons learned drawn from past experiences, setting the stage for advanced solutions and innovation.  Topics will include discussions on new liquid applied waterproofing membrane research, upcoming implementation of stretch codes, forensic investigation of glass failures, requirements on structural glazing, roofing insulation considerations, and case studies on high-profile building envelope projects.  Material is put together by industry professionals, government officials, and leading experts.  

Conference Presentations PDF/PPT: BCBEC Seminars Archive Page

 

Victoria Luncheon:
Protecting Canadian Homes & Buildings from Toxic Radon Gas: What You Need to Know to Build Right and Save Lives

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Harbour Towers
Victoria, BC

About the Presenter:
Alan J. Whitehead, President & CEO, Radon Environmental Management Corp.

For over 30 years Alan has served on the executive boards of a number of private and public sector companies, operating globally in a diverse range of industries. These sectors include environmental health and building sciences, mining exploration, chemicals and industrial minerals. He is President & CEO of Radon Environmental Management Corp and a founding board member and President of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST). Alan also serves on the boards of the Coalition of International Radon Associations (COIRA) and Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR). Through his leadership at Radon Environmental and as President of CARST, Alan is dedicated to the prevention of radon-induced lung cancer and is passionate in making change happen.

About the Topic:  

  • Radon Gas - What it is, how it enters a building structure, health risks.
  • Radon mapping - where it is prevalent in Canada and in BC (National and BC map's)
  • Radon detection and measurement options
  • Latest BC building code requirements for radon prevention in new construction
  • Radon mitigation methodologies/options.
  • New performance v prescriptive mitigation technologies, for new and existing builds (homes and commercial buildings)

 

Vancouver Luncheon:
The City of Vancouver’s Near Zero Emissions Building Plan and What It Means For The Building Envelope

Thursday, June 17th, 2016
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenters:

Christian Cianfrone, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C
Morrison Hershfield, Principal and Building Energy Practice Lead 

Christian is one of Canada's industry leaders in building energy efficiency and energy simulation, having worked on hundreds of projects across North America.  Christian sits on the CaGBC's Energy Technical Advisory Group and is currently the chair for the equivalent USGBC committee.  Christian has provided energy policy advice to some of Canada's largest cities, including Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, and was part the Near Zero Emissions Plan consultant team.  Christian has also been instrumental in developing and delivering professional education on current industry topics relating to energy efficiency, simulation, codes, and ventilation.

Sean Pander, M.Sc, P.Eng
City of Vancouver Green Building Program Manager

Sean is a professional engineer with a background in urban planning.  He was the senior energy and climate planner for the City of Vancouver between 2003 and 2009 during which time he established and led the team that developed and implemented Vancouver's Climate Protection Action Plan, its Green Building Strategy, as well as overseeing the early development of its district energy strategy.  In 2010, he oversaw the development of the city's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. 

Sean currently leads the City of Vancouver's Green Building Team tasked with developing strategies, programs, policies and regulations to a) ensure all new buildings in Vancouver use only 100% renewable energy by 2030 and b) that all existing buildings decrease energy use and emissions by 20% by 2020.

About the Topic:  

In July, city staff will submit a report recommending adoption of the Near Zero Emissions (NZE) New Building Plan. This will guide changes to the Green Rezoning Policies and Vancouver Building Bylaw which establishes mandates for greenhouse gas and energy performance of new construction. The City of Vancouver will present the proposed time-stepped greenhouse gas and energy use limits for new buildings in Vancouver, including the role of incentives, tools for building industry capacity, and the plan for implementation.  As the NZE Plan focuses on improvements to the building envelope, examples of solutions will be presented, as well as identified gaps that the industry will need to fill to meet the future 2030 targets.

 

Vancouver Luncheon:
Protecting Canadian Homes & Buildings from Toxic Radon Gas: What You Need to Know to Build Right and Save Lives

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenter:
Alan J. Whitehead, President & CEO - Radon Environmental Management Corp.

For over 30 years Alan has served on the executive boards of a number of private and public sector companies, operating globally in a diverse range of industries. These sectors include environmental health and building sciences, mining exploration, chemicals and industrial minerals. He is President & CEO of Radon Environmental Management Corp and a founding board member and President of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST).

Alan also serves on the boards of the Coalition of International Radon Associations (COIRA) and Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR). Through his leadership at Radon Environmental and as President of CARST, Alan is dedicated to the prevention of radon-induced lung cancer and is passionate in making change happen.

About the Topic:  

  • Radon Gas - What it is, how it enters a building structure, health risks.
  • Radon mapping - where it is prevalent in Canada and in BC (National and BC map's)
  • Radon detection and measurement options
  • Latest BC building code requirements for radon prevention in new construction
  • Radon mitigation methodologies/options.
  • New performance v prescriptive mitigation technologies, for new and existing builds (homes and commercial buildings)

 

APEGBC and BCBEC Event - Vancouver Half-Day Seminar:
Part 5 – Beyond Air, Heat & Moisture

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Vancouver, BC

This half day seminar looks at the Part 5 requirements going beyond heat, air & moisture in the BCBC & VBBL.

Speakers specialized in their respective fields will cover fundamentals and discuss criterias for the structural, acoustic & fire considerations for the building envelope.

 

Vancouver Luncheon:
R-22 Walls and Insulating for the Future

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenter: Lorne Ricketts, RDH Building Science Inc.

Lorne Ricketts is a buildings science engineer (EIT) with RDH Building Science Inc. in Vancouver. He is actively involved in forensic investigation, building monitoring, new construction, and research projects. Lorne was recently the primary author for a guide to R-22+ Effective Walls produced for the HPO and the City of Vancouver to help select and design durable assemblies that achieve increasing thermal performance requirements.

About the Topic:  R-22 Walls and Insulating for the Future

R-22 thermal performance is now required by the Vancouver Building By-Law for Part 9 wall assemblies, and R-value requirements elsewhere are consistently increasing as the industry looks to construct more energy efficient buildings. Lorne will discuss various assemblies which meet the R-22 wall requirement without compromising other aspects of building enclosure performance such as moisture management, air leakage, and durability, and will also present the pros and cons of various different cladding attachment options when using exterior insulation.

 

Half-Day Workshop on Building Smart with Air and Vapour Barriers
Thursday, February 18th, 2016
The Italian Cultural Centre Society

Vancouver, BC
Building Smart with Air and Vapour Barriers Brochure
(Updated February 5, 2016)

Presented by the British Columbia Building Envelope Council (BCBEC) and the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), a branch of BC Housing.

This half-day workshop focused on the use of air and vapour barriers in single and multi-unit residential buildings. A panel of building envelope experts shared building science principles, design considerations and practical installation details. Speakers examined challenges and options for improving the durability, safety, comfort and energy efficiency of buildings through the effective use of barrier materials.

View the online webinar (video) of the Half-Day Workshop on Air and Vapour Barriers here.

 

Vancouver Luncheon:
Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction

Thursday, January 21st, 2016
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenter: Jieying Wang, PhD., Senior Scientist, Building Systems Department - FPInnovations

Jieying Wang is a Senior Scientist in the Structural, Durability, and Sustainability Group of the Advanced Building Systems Department at FPInnovations in Vancouver BC. Since she joined FPInnovations (then operating as “Forintek Canada Corp.”) ten years ago, her research has focused primarily on wood durability, moisture performance, and thermal performance of wood-based building envelopes. She worked with building science professionals in developing durable wall assemblies for cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction to facilitate its use in North America. She has been heavily involved in projects on differential movement in mid-rise wood construction and the application of non-load-bearing wood walls in concrete structures. In recent years she has also focused on thermal and durability performance of the building envelope with increasing levels of thermal insulation. She led the projects in developing two design guides for energy efficient building enclosures of MURBs and high-performance houses. She played an important role in developing the Technical Guide for the Design and Construction of Tall Wood Buildings in Canada, and more recently the Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook. Jieying has also been extensively involved in developing durability-related building codes and standards in China and Korea for the export market of Canadian wood products. Jieying obtained her PhD in Wood Science from Beijing Forestry University in China in 2000 and worked at the University of Toronto as a post-doctoral research fellow from 2002 to 2005.

About the topic: Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction

The growing interest in wood-frame construction as well as the growth in the urban population prompted the regulatory authorities of many provinces to allow taller buildings in areas that were traditionally low-rise construction.

FPInnovations' Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction Handbook consists of ten multi-disciplinary chapters, which have been prepared to facilitate the design and construction of mid-rise wood-frame construction (5- and 6-storey). The handbook captures in a single document the skills of many experts and specialists, and provides practical solutions by making use of the most recently developed technical and research information to assist designers, architects, and engineers.

The presentation will highlight the required design considerations for vertical differential movement in mid-rise wood frame construction. Field measurement of vertical movement as well as wood moisture content changes is used to validate and improve predictions in design. Detailing at critical interfaces is emphasized to reduce differential movement and mitigate its potential impact. 

 

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