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Kurtis Topping
Read Jones Christoffersen
March 2015
Toby Lau
BC Hydro Power Smart
Jan 2015
Dave Ramslie
Integral Group
Jan 2015

Vancouver Luncheon:
Considerations for the Conservation of Heritage Masonry and Wood Windows

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenter: Kurtis Topping, BASc, EIT, RRO, Read Jones Christoffersen

Kurtis Topping, BASc, EIT, RRO is a Design Engineer with Read Jones Christoffersen, in their Vancouver office. Kurtis has been involved in a number of heritage conservation projects across British Columbia, with experience in the evaluation of heritage elements, and the design and implementation of heritage conservation strategies.

About the Topic:  
Considerations for the Conservation of Heritage Masonry and Wood Windows

As British Columbia's stock of heritage buildings continues to age and the focus shifts from demolition to conservation, the design of an appropriate conservation program is becoming increasingly important. By examining two heritage conservation case studies, this presentation will explore the different stages and influencing factors in developing an appropriate conservation strategy for heritage building envelope components. Topics for discussion include identification, assessment, and failure mechanisms of heritage building envelope elements, as well as maintenance of heritage building materials for conservation projects. Specifically, the presentation will focus on considerations for the conservation of heritage masonry and wood windows.


Victoria Luncheon:
Assessment, Renewals and Design of New and Existing Natatoriums
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Harbour Towers
Victoria, BC

About the Presenter:  Allan Martin, RRO, Principal – Morrison Hershfield

Allan Martin has been involved in the construction industry for over 25 years as a tradesperson, educator, contractor and consultant. Allan joined Morrison Hershfield (MH) in 2004 and brings considerable experience as a building science consultant to our Building Science group in Vancouver. Before joining MH, Allan was employed as a contractor specializing in building envelope. During this time, he oversaw the rehabilitation of podiums, walls, balconies, and roofs of numerous distressed buildings. As a tradesperson, Allan worked on a wide variety of projects including energy efficient custom homes and buildings, heritage buildings and commercial projects. Since joining MH, Allan has worked on many projects involving building envelope assessments, roofing and waterproofing, design, field review and contract administration.

Allan brings to each project excellent communication and problem solving skills, a strong commitment to client satisfaction and in-depth knowledge of envelope components and assemblies.

About the Topic:

Buildings that house swimming pools create conditions that require special design considerations to produce durable assemblies. We look at both renewals of existing buildings where poor performance and premature degradation have required replacement of assembly components, and the design of new natatoriums with improved systems to address these aggressive atmospheres.


2015 Half-Day Workshop:
Building Smart with Basements and Parkades
Thursday, February 19th, 2015
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC

Building Smart with Basements and Parkades Complete Program
(Updated February 5, 2015)

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

This half-day workshop will focus on the design, construction, maintenance and remediation of basements and parkades in residential buildings. Industry leaders will discuss code requirements, soil condition assessments, building systems, remediation strategies, and depreciation reports. Presentations will showcase recent research studies in single and multi-unit residential buildings.


Victoria Luncheon:
Demystifying Hazardous Materials
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Harbour Towers
Victoria, BC

About the Presenter: Michel J. Crépeau, B.Sc., CIH, ROH, CHSC – Total Safety

Michel J. Crépeau, B.Sc., CIH, ROH, CHSC is Technical Operations Manager with Total Safety Services Inc. (Total Safety) in Burnaby, BC. He has over 30 years of local, national and international experience in occupational hygiene/health & safety and environment, and has managed the development, implementation and performance of a wide variety of EHS programs. Michel's work experience includes federal, provincial, municipal and industrial risk assessments as well as hazard investigations. He has worked extensively in the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace occupational health hazards and frequently provides expert advice on hazardous materials assessments and remediation. Michel is registered with the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (ROH), certified with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (CIH) and certified with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CHSC). He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Chemistry) from the University of Ottawa and a Graduate Diploma (Occupational Hygiene) from McGill University.

About the topic:

Mr. Crepéau will address the regulatory amendments which come into effect Feb 1, 2015 with regard to the changes to Part 20 – Construction, Excavation and Demolition involving hazardous building materials. These changes include clarification of stakeholders' (employer and building owners'/representatives') responsibilities, and further explanation regarding the definition of “hazardous materials” and “qualified person.” The speaker will provide risk mitigation strategies for stakeholders, including information on how to recognize a poor quality hazardous materials survey and/or laboratory analytical results.


Vancouver Luncheon:
Improving Code Compliance for Energy Efficiency

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenters: Toby Lau, P.Eng. and Dave Ramslie, MSc, LEED-AP

Toby Lau, P.Eng. is the Codes & Standards Principal in the Power Smart group of BC Hydro. Toby and his team support the provincial and federal governments in the development and implementation of energy efficiency regulations as well as building energy codes. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Building Energy Efficiency for Buildings, which is responsible for the technical contents of the Canadian National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB). Toby also chairs the task group that developed the lighting and electrical power parts of the NECB.

Toby is a Past-President of the BC Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE). He holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. (Engineering) degrees from the University of London, England.

Dave Ramslie, MSc, LEED-AP is a Principal with Integral Group and has over a decade of experience in the green building industry, Dave is a leader on urban sustainability issues and policy. He is widely regarded as one of the most innovative policy makers in the Pacific Northwest, due to his track record of delivering effective programs and building lasting partnerships. As a pragmatic problem solver and a highly engaging public speaker, Dave has presented his findings to a variety of audiences.

About the topic:

In light of the new energy efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code that came into effect in December 2013, managing code compliance in Part 3 new construction with regards the thermal performance of wall assemblies has been highlighted by both industry and local governments as area of potential focus and collaboration. Recently an ad-hoc group consisting of the Provincial Government, BC Hydro, a selection of local governments with the assistance of the Integral Group completed some preliminary research on code compliance issues and some potential solutions. The purpose of this presentation is to review current findings with the Building Enclosure industry and collaboratively develop potential solutions. The study is based primarily on interviews with practitioners and builds on previous work which canvassed more broadly building officials and the professional associations. 



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