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Carol Frketich
CMHC BC Market Analysis Centre
April 2014
Wilf Scheuer
Pro-Starr Mechanical
April 2014
Peter Moonen
Canadian Wood Council
March 2014
Pierre E. Gallant
Morrison Hershfield
Jan. 2014


Building Construction Market Update
Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Delta Ocean Pointe Resort
45 Songhees Rd
Victoria, BC
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Greg Baynton, Vancouver Island Construction Association
Wilf Scheuer, Pro-Starr Mechanical
Carol Frketich, CMHC BC Market Analysis Centre

Andrew Pape-Salmon P.Eng., MRM, RDH Building Engineering Ltd.

About the Presenters:

  • Greg Baynton is the CEO of the Vancouver Island Construction Association, representing 500 members of the construction community on Vancouver Island.
  • Wilf Scheuer is the founder and president of Pro Star Mechanical Technologies Ltd which has been in operation on Vancouver Island for over 25 years. Wilf has been a long term member of ASHRAE, past VP of the Mechanical Contractors Association and holds multiple mechanical trade certifications.
  • Carol Frketich is CMHC's spokesperson on the B.C. economy, providing commentary on labour market and economic trends and their impact on housing markets across the province. Carol is a member of the Association of Professional Economists of British Columbia.
  • Andrew Pape-Salmon is a Senior Energy Specialist with RDH Building Engineering Ltd. with expertise in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas management for buildings and communities, including engineering, economics, and government policy. He is a Director with BCBEC and the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance.

About the Topic:

What is driving investment in construction for new and existing buildings on Vancouver Island? This includes equipment and space upgrades, existing building renewals, re-development and new construction. Four perspectives will be provided equipment supplier, construction industry representative, government and building envelope professionals. Specific market drivers will be highlighted, including macro-economic factors, business practices in the new economy, the changing face of construction, codes and standards and other regulations and investment by the private and public sectors. These translate to housing starts, non-residential construction, building stock renewal, equipment replacement, tenant improvements and other activities. Market statistics will be provided, along with commentary on the technical attributes of investment, where applicable.

This panel is being presented as part of the ASHRAE - Vancouver Island 2014 Trade Show :


An Introduction to the Wall Thermal Design Calculator
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
The Italian Cultural Centre Society

3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

About the Presenter:  Peter Moonen, Canadian Wood Council

Peter Moonen is a third generation British Columbian who, like many in the province, has his roots in the forest sector. A technical communications specialist, he has spent the last 23 years in the forest industry, dealing with internal and external communications pertaining to regulatory, environmental, sustainability, economic, production and operational issues.

He is Coordinator of Sustainability and Special Projects for WoodWORKS!, a program developed by the Canadian Wood Council to build a strong wood culture in Canada through education, training and awareness. He regularly presents on achieving greater sustainability and the appropriate use of wood in Asia, Europe and throughout North America to design professionals, educators and building officials. He also works to support various industry associations, export marketing groups and government departments as well as working with visiting delegations.

He is also participated as an organizer and session facilitator at the UN Timber Committee and is a reviewer specializing in wood and the green economy for the Forest Products Annual Market Review published by the UN Timber and Forestry section.

Between 2002 and 2008, he was also Vice-President of Thinwood Forestry Limited, a manufacturer of unique, high-quality Canadian custom-sawn veneers for the structural, millwork, furniture and flooring sectors.

He was the founding president of the B.C. Wood Co-op, an organization of more than 600 small and medium woodworking businesses producing a variety of value added wood products. He is also currently a Director of Sechelt Community Projects Inc., the community forest in Sechelt, B.C.

He was Co-chair of the Howe Sound Round Table, formed in 1991 to address social, environmental and economic issues in the Howe Sound Corridor between Vancouver and Whistler. He has also worked extensively with local, regional and provincial government bodies to develop economic solutions for resource-dependent communities in British Columbia.

In addition to a degree in Marine Biology and Zoology, he studied forestry at UBC and Journalism and Public Affairs in Alberta. He lives in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast of BC.

About the topic:

1.  Purpose of Wall Thermal Design Calculator:

  • To provide designers with climate-zone appropriate insulated wall assembly solutions:
  • easily comparable with prescriptive energy efficiency requirements (NECB, NBC, Provincial) with a climate specific durability assessment
2.  How to use the Wall Thermal Calculator
  • Step 1: Select components
  • Step 2: Select Results
  • Step 3: Read about your wall assembly  (Reff, Rnom, and Durability)
3.  Live demo of site.

2014 Half-Day Workshop: Building Smart with Energy Efficiency
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
The Italian Cultural Centre Society

3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC
7:00 am - 12:10 pm

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 energy efficiency in new and retrofit buildings. Industry leaders will provide insights into key issues, including insulation strategies, high performance walls and energy-efficiency code requirements. The workshop will also examine some of the challenges and options being explored in multi-unit residential and institutional buildings.


Workshop Presentations:

Dr. Michael A. Lacasse
National Research Council of Canada

NRC - Construction's High Performance Building Program - Advances in Glazing and Building Envelope Technologies

Wall Energy Rating for Wall Assemblies - Approach and Future Work

Mark Hartman
City of Vancouver

  Path to a Green City

Jonathan Meads
Concert Properties

  Challenges for a Developer

Brittany Hanam
RDH Building Engineering Ltd.

Deep Energy Retrofit of a High-Rise
Multi-Unit Residential Building

Orion Henderson
University of British Columbia


Green Building Strategies at UBC


Victoria Luncheon:
The Final Countdown - Now What?
Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Harbour Towers
Victoria, BC

About the Presenter: Tony Gioventu, Condominium Home Owners' Association of B.C.

Tony Gioventu is the Executive Director of the Condominium Home Owners' Association of B.C. (CHOA). Tony brings 30 years of experience in management, real estate development, construction, building operations, governance and strata property legislation to this position. In addition to acting as the editor of the CHOA Journal, a quarterly magazine published by CHOA with a province wide distribution of 13,000 copies, Tony is also the weekly Condo Smarts columnist for The Province, The Times Colonist, The Kelowna Daily Courier, and "24". Tony is the co-host of the AM650 Talk About Strata show, and has served as a director/committee member for the Homeowner Protection Office, BC Building Envelope Council, Canadian Standards Association, The Real Estate Council of BC, and continues to play an active role in research and development of building standards, legislation for strata corporations and consumer protection. Since 2002 Tony has written over 600 columns and information bulletins that are exclusively dedicated to strata living.

CHOA is a non-profit association that has been assisting strata owners since 1976. With offices in New Westminster, Victoria and Kelowna CHOA provides service to its 155,000 members throughout the province, promoting an understanding of strata living and the interests of strata property owners. On average the association fields 250 calls a day from owners, strata council members, managers, agents plus general inquiries, and delivers over 100 seminars annually on a variety of strata related topics including operations and administration.

About the Topic:

"The Final Countdown" The deadline for Depreciation Reports for affected strata corporations in BC was December 13, 2013. How did we do, and where do we go from here? A review of the legislative framework, the challenges facing strata corporations and depreciation planners, the myths of the industry and how strata corporations are interpreting and implementing their depreciation reports into useful planning and operations tools.


Vancouver Luncheon:
CCDC Documents
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenter:
Pierre E. Gallant, Architect, AIBC, AAA, FRAIC Morrison Hershfield Principal, Vice-President

Pierre brings to Morrison Hershfield over 30 years of experience. He has been involved in building designs from concept to details, through the construction process. His design work has included new commercial, institutional and residential complexes as well as major building retrofits for the control of air and water leakage. His strengths include the technical co-ordination of the design team as well as significant understanding and experience dealing with authorities having jurisdiction. Pierre has been on the CCDC for the last 8 years. He is one of three architects on this national committee.

About the topic:

The presentation will explain what is CCDC (Canadian Construction Document Committee), its mandate and its process to obtain consensus based contracts and other documents used throughout Canada.  The presentation will give an overview of all current and proposed contracts as well as their respective characteristics. 

The presentation will discuss myths about the documents and the use of supplementary general conditions.  CCDC documents have been endorsed by the province and several municipalities.


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