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Past Seminar Presentations & Documents for 2015

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ROOF MEMBRANE SUBSTRATES: THEIR IMPACT ON ROOF MEMBRANE PERFORMANCE AND BUILDING ENVELOPE TECHNOLOGY
John Rose
Siplast
May 2015
FACADE DESIGN FOR EFFECTIVE THERMAL PERFORMANCE ADDRESSING NEW CODE REQUIREMENTS & OPTIONS TO MEET ASHRAE 90.1
John Kubassek and Darren Smith
Engineered Assemblies
April 2015
CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE CONSERVATION OF HERITAGE MASONRY AND WOOD WINDOWS
Kurtis Topping
Read Jones Christoffersen
March 2015
IMPROVING CODE COMPLIANCE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Toby Lau
BC Hydro Power Smart
Jan 2015
IMPROVING CODE COMPLIANCE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Dave Ramslie
Integral Group
Jan 2015

Victoria Luncheon:
Building Enclosures for Tall Wood Buildings
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Harbour Towers
Victoria, BC

About the Presenter: Warren Knowles, P.Eng – RDH Building Engineering Ltd.

Warren Knowles is an engineer with a wide range of building science experience, particularly in recognizing the potential opportunities to optimize the performance of both existing and new building projects. He enjoys working with building owners and other project team members to collaboratively determine creative, yet simple solutions to help make their buildings better.

Warren originally became interested in building science many years ago while working in a cold climate and saw the need to make buildings more durable and energy efficient. He has more recently enjoyed the benefits of working in sunny Victoria while continuing to learn new aspects of building science.

Warren has been fortunate enough to have lead projects that have gained industry recognition including:

•  APEGBC Sustainability Award
•  Canadian Green Building Council and Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine, first ever Technical Achievement Green Building Award
•  National Institute of Building Sciences, Sustainable Buildings Industry Council's Beyond Green™ Award, 1st Place recipient in the Innovations for High-Performance Buildings Category
•  Fenestration Association of BC, Project Excellence Award

Warren is the Managing Principal responsible for RDH's Vancouver Island offices. He is also a supporter of BCBEC, including as a Past President, one of the founding directors of the BCBEC Foundation, and a past director of NBEC. 

About the topic: Building Enclosures for Tall Wood Buildings

The construction of mass timber and taller wood structure buildings is becoming more common in North America. The increased exposure to weather and new timber construction methods pose unique challenges for the design and construction team, but also presents new opportunities to build long lasting, energy efficient, useable buildings. The presentation shares ideas on building enclosure design and detailing for these wood buildings and will include a few examples including North America's new tallest wood building located in Prince George, BC.

Learning Highlights:
•  Understand different tall wood building structures and integrated building enclosure elements and how they differ from traditional wood-frame buildings
•  Understand design and detailing fundamentals for durable and energy efficient tall wood building enclosures.
•  Understand issues faced during the construction of tall wood and mass timber buildings and how to prevent them.

Vancouver Luncheon:
Service-Life Performance of Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs) in Building Envelope Construction

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenter: Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya, PhD, P.Eng – University of Victoria

Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya, PhD, P.Eng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Civil Engineering Program) at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. His research interests are in energy and moisture performance of building materials and envelope systems. Presently he is working on next generation thermal insulation materials (VIP, Aerogel, Bio-foam etc.) and systems, and their integration in the built environment construction. Phalguni has authored/co-authored about 150 technical publications and reports, co-edited two ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) STPs (Special Technical Publications) 1495 & 1519 and edited one conference proceedings (see http://www.ivis2011.org). At present he is the Technical Co-Chair of the upcoming, October 2016, ASTM International Symposium on Advances in Hygrothermal Performance of Building Envelopes: Materials, Systems and Stimulations, and elected member of the ASTM C16 Executive committee C16 on Thermal Insulation.

About the Topic:  
Service-Life Performance of Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs) in Building Envelope Construction

Building energy code updates and stringent energy efficiency requirements arising from global movement towards heavily insulated net-zero building construction have created a historic opportunity to integrate vacuum insulation panels (VIPs), having 5 to 10 times higher R-value/inch than traditional thermal insulation, in building envelope construction. However, one of the biggest challenges faced by the manufacturers, researchers and building envelope designers is to recommend a long-termthermal-resistance (LTTR) value for VIPs based on expected service-life of the construction. This presentation will outline the issues related to the LTTR of VIPs, present observations from field and laboratory studies, and summarize global initiatives to address this question.

 

Vancouver Luncheon:
Roof Membrane Substrates: Their Impact on Roof Membrane Performance and Building Envelope Technology

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenter: John Rose, Manager - Lightweight Insulating Concrete, Siplast

John Rose is the Manager for Siplast Lightweight Insulating Concrete Roof Insulation Systems. His career spans over 30 years in the roofing and the fire protection industry. Prior to joining Siplast in 1995, he worked for W. R. Grace involved with roofing, waterproofing and fire protection products in marketing and technical field services. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Penn State University. John is a member of the American Concrete Institutes Technical Committee 523 on Low Density Concretes and ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. He is on the board of directors of the National Roof Deck Contractors Association and a member of the Ontario Canadian Building Envelope Council.

About the Topic:  
Roof Membrane Substrates: Their Impact on Roof Membrane Performance and Building Envelope Technology

A discussion on roof insulation in sustainable building envelope design and the role lightweight insulating concretes systems contribute to that concept. The specific topics of energy efficiency, sustainability and environmental responsibility will be discussed. Also included in the presentation:

  1. Engineering design properties such as composite construction, acoustics, fire resistant construction, wind uplift and thermal properties for roof membrane substrates.

  2. The history of LWIC.

  3. Different types of roof insulation and component characteristics.

  4. Mass effect of insulations and LWIC.

  5. American Concrete Institute guidelines for LWIC.

  6. Sustainability of roof insulation systems and performance characteristics.

  7. Structural lightweight concrete issues in roofing applications.

Victoria Luncheon:
Building Science at UVic: Energy-Efficient & Sustainable Built Environment
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Harbour Towers
Victoria, BC

About the Presenter: Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya, PhD, P.Eng – University of Victoria

Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya, PhD, P.Eng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Civil Engineering Program) at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. His research interests are in energy and moisture performance of building materials and envelope systems. Presently he is working on next generation thermal insulation materials (VIP, Aerogel, Bio-foam etc.) and systems, and their integration in the built environment construction. Phalguni has authored/co-authored about 150 technical publications and reports, co-edited two ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) STPs (Special Technical Publications) 1495 & 1519 and edited one conference proceedings (see http://www.ivis2011.org). At present he is the Technical Co-Chair of the upcoming, October 2016, ASTM International Symposium on Advances in Hygrothermal Performance of Building Envelopes: Materials, Systems and Stimulations, and elected member of the ASTM C16 Executive committee C16 on Thermal Insulation.  

About the topic: Building Science at UVic: Energy-Efficient & Sustainable Built Environment

Buildings consume more than 40% (60% in urban areas) of our national energy demand. Increasing energy efficiency in every aspect of our daily lives is considered to be the key to mitigating the causes of global warming and climate change. Responding to this scenario, the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Victoria (UVic) has started an initiative to advance teaching and research capabilities that will help to develop and adopt next generation energy-efficient and sustainable materials, systems & technologies in built environment construction. This presentation will start with highlighting the issues related to design and development of energy-efficient and sustainable building envelope systems, and the required infrastructures for research and training on next-generation building envelope technologies. In addition, this presentation will also introduce the importance and challenges of high performance thermal insulations in both new & retrofitted building envelope constructions.

 

Vancouver Luncheon:
Facade Design For Effective Thermal Performance Addressing New Code Requirements & Options To Meet ASHRAE 90.1

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC

About the Presenters: John Kubassek, Engineered Assemblies and Darren Smith, Business Development Western Canada, Engineered Assemblies

John Kubassek founded Engineered Assemblies in 2007. A unique background with experience from the "ground up" gives John the understanding of how systems are brought together from Design to Installation.   John enjoys leading a team of the industry's best individuals with a focus on Design, Supply and Installations of many types of sustainable and modern Façade systems.   John's strong values in partnership, collaboration and value in people form the foundations upon which the company is built and continues to grow.

Darren Smith's passion for development and creative design are backed by 6 years in the facade industry. Darren enjoys finding creative solutions for value engineering; creating a balance between architectural vision and constructability costing. His experience includes projects of all sizes; ranging from small retrofits to large commercial projects. Since joining EA in 2013 Darren has worked on numerous projects, naming Shannon Estates and Nanaimo Library among his favourites.

About the Topic:  
Facade Design For Effective Thermal Performance Addressing New Code Requirements & Options To Meet ASHRAE 90.1

An industry dilemma was created when building codes changed. Attaining sustainable results through traditional resources is difficult and misguided. The building code changes specify higher R Values, replacing R Value with effective R Value. To attain an effective R value one must consider the effects of thermal bridges of studs, girts, window frames, etc. This presentation will provide an understanding of ASHRAE 90.1, the importance of an effective R value, how to reach it and how to design with thermally broken facades.

 

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.

View the online webinar (video) of the Half-Day Workshop on Basements and Parkades here.

 

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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