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Past Seminar Presentations & Documents for 2016

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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

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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