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Past Seminar Presentations & Documents for 2006

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DURABILITY AND HYGROTHERMAL PERFORMANCE OF BUILDING ENVELOPE
Dominique Derome
Concordia University

Nov 2006

CHANGES TO THE PART 5 AND PART 9 OF THE BUILDING CODE AND THE IMPACT ON THE BUILDING ENVELOPE INDUSTRY
(3 different documents)
Bob Thompson and Jeff Vasey
Office of Housing & Construction Standards of B.C.

Oct 2006

Part 5 Section 1

Part 5 Section 2

Part 9

HPO UPDATE AND IT'S COMMITMENT TO MAINTENANCE
John Bell, M.E.S.
Homeowner Protection Office (HPO)

Sept 2006

BUILDING RESEARCH COUNCIL UPDATE
John Bell
BRC Representative

May 2006

ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF WALL-TO-WINDOW INTERFACE DETAILS TO MANAGE RAINWATER
Michael Lacasse, IRC
Silvio Plescia, CMHC

May 2006

MONITORING OF RAINSCREEN WALL ASSEMBLIES: EXPLORING FINDINGS OF CONDENSATION
Brian Hubbs
RDH Building Engineering Ltd

May 2006

THE DIRT ON GREEN ROOFS: WHAT ARE YOU REALLY GETTING OUT OF YOUR ROOF?
Jamie McKay
Morrison Hershfield

May 2006

GREEN ROOF BEST PRACTICES
Maureen Connelly
BCIT

May 2006

NINTENDO ENGINEERING: WHERE ARE WE WITH OUR MODELING?
Achilles Karagiozis
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

May 2006

RAINSCREEN PERFORMANCE MONITORING: CONTINUING RESEARCH
Graham Finch
University of Waterloo

May 2006

ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT INDOOR ENVIRONMENTS AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO WALL PERFORMANCE
Mark Lawton
Morrison Hershfield

May 2006

DRAINAGE AND DRYING: THE YIN AND YANG OF MOISTURE IN CLADDING SYSTEMS
Barry Craig
CMHC

May 2006

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MOISTURE CONTENT AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF GYPSUM SHEATHING
Alex McGowan
Levelton Engineering Limited

May 2006

INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF VAPOUR RETARDERS IN THE DRYING RESPONSE OF WOOD FRAME WALLS
Anik Teasdale-St. Hilaire
Morrison Hershfield

May 2006

LEGAL ISSUES TO CONSIDER IN DELIVERING SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS
Ujjval Vyas
Foran Glennon Palandech & Ponzi PC

May 2006

ENERGY TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN BC RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION
Innes Hood
Sheltair Group

May 2006

STUDY OF POURED-IN PLACE CONCRETE WALLS: UPDATE ON CURRENT TRENDS
Brian Hubbs
RDH Building Engineering Ltd

May 2006

WINDOWS BEST PRACTICE GUIDE: UPDATE ON DEVELOPMENT
David Ricketts
RDH Building Engineering Ltd

May 2006

MITIGATING SKILL SHORTAGE RISKS FOR CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES
Brian Clewes
Industry Training Authority

May 2006

Green Roofs
Thursday, November 30th, 2006

The Ambrosia Centre, Victoria, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

About the topic: Green Roofs Technology

In the urban regions of British Columbia, increased population and infrastructure is resulting in an unsustainable increase in storm-water runoff and energy consumption. Green roofs have been used around the world for centuries, particularly in Western Europe, yet little is known about how they perform in localized climates. There is a pressing need to obtain objective evidence that the perceived benefits of this technology are valid in our region. BCIT's Centre for the Advancement of Green Roof Technology was established to: conduct applied research on how green roofs perform within Vancouver's temperate rainforest; support process and technology innovation within the growing regional green roof industry and provide practical training opportunities on various aspects of green roof technology. This presentation will include research results on the performance of the Centre's dedicated research roofs - reviewing storm-water runoff characteristics, thermal performance and associated energy savings.

About the presenter: Maureen Connelly is the Research Program Head for the British Columbia Institute of Technology's Centre for the Advancement of Green Roof Technology and a faculty member in the department of Architectural & Building Engineering Technology. Combining a science background with a professional affiliation as an architect, Maureen has developed and managed the Centre with an applied research focus on advancing the environmental benefits of green roofs in our region. Maureen received the BCIT Applied Research Award for outstanding contribution in terms of advancement of knowledge, advancement of economic and societal well-being, through the application and implementation of new technology.

 

Update in Research
Friday, November 24th, 2006

Plaza 500, Vancouver, BC
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dominique Derome, PhD (building engineering), architect, engineer, is an associate professor in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University. She is an Architect with 20 years of experience. She finished her PhD in building engineering in 2000 at Concordia where she teaches since 1995. Her research interest is the impact of heat, moisture, and air transfer on the performance of the building envelope due to different climatic loads, with special attention is given to experimental and modeling studies of wood-framed systems. She studies the durability of walls and roofs where the presence of moisture may induce biological, physical, or chemical deterioration. She will talk about water uptake in wood, rain infiltration redistribution in walls and drying rates of wetted components.

John Straube, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the department of Civil Engineering and School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. He has completed is PH.D in 1998 and since then has been deeply involved in the areas of building enclosure design, moisture physics, and whole building performance as a consultant, researcher and educator. Research interests include driving rain measurement and control, pressure moderation, ventilation drying, energy and full scale natural exposure performance monitoring of wall systems. He will be talking about the Vancouver test hut (see Buildingsciencevancouver.com) and will report on recent results and discuss why and how the hut came into being.

Glass, Glazing and Window Energy Performance
Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Victoria, BC

About the topic: Glass and glazing systems need to be understood when selecting the appropriate products to address the needs of any project. In Victoria projects vary from clear glass to triple-glazed, double low-emissive glazing with inert gas-filled sealed units. This presentation discusses the implications of glass selection as it affects the building's energy performance. The visible transmission of light, as well as the invisible range needs to be considered when specifying fenestration.

About the presenter: Alex McGowan is a professional engineer practicing in Victoria in the building envelope field. He has served on the ASHRAE Technical Committee 4.5 (Fenestration) and CSA-A440.4 (Window Installation) Committee. He is also the author of the software "FRAME", which formed the basis for CSA A440.2 Standard for Window Energy Performance.

 

Changes to the Part 5 and Part 9 of the Building Code
and the Impact on the Building Evelope Industry
Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Plaza 500, Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The speakers will beBob Thompson and Jeff Vasey of the Office of Housing & Construction Standards.

Bob Thompson's subject will be "Changes to the Part 5 and Part 9 of the building Code and the impact on the building Envelope Industry".

Robert (Bob) Thompson, is the Senior Codes Administrator, Building Policy Branch, Office of Housing and Construction Standards Province of BC. Since obtaining a Diploma Of Technology – Building (1970) from BCIT, Bob has held titles as Building Standards Officer, Sr. Building Standards Officer, Acting Director, and Sr. Codes Administrator. Bob is the senior technician providing guidance to the team of code administrators who maintain the provincial building code. Bob has also previously acted as a Building Inspector & Plan Checking Supervisor for the District of Burnaby, a Building Code Consultant for the Office of the Fire Commissioner, Province of BC, and a Building Code Consultant for an Architectural Firm.

Over the past seven years, Bob has spent considerable time providing advice to senior staff on various technical and policy issues involving premature building envelope failure, better known as "leaky condos".

Bob is on various committees, such as:
  • Review Committee on "Building Requirements for Persons with Disabilities" for the B.C. Building Code (Section 3.7)
  • Building Code Advisory Committee for the 1985 B.C. Building Code.
  • Secretary for Building Code Appeal Board
  • Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes
  • Canadian Commission on Construction Materials Evaluation
  • NBC Standing Committee on Fire Safety and Occupancy
  • Provincial/Territorial Subcommittee on the Building Code (current)
  • CCBFC/PTCBS Task Group on Implementation of a New Code Development System
  • ULC Advisory Council (current)
  • ULC Air Barrier Standard Committee

Jeff Vasey will be addressing the "Modernization Project"

The provincial government has committed to rationalize the building safety system, resulting in a set of recommendations for an integrated, more efficient system, balancing safety concerns, social impact and economic interests, now know as the Modernization Strategy.

The Modernizations Strategy is planned to bring all facets of the building safety system together so that it will work more effectively. This modernized system will be better equipped to address emerging issues like rapidly changing building technology and rising construction costs. A more consistent, coordinated building safety system will create efficiencies reduce delays and building project costs.

Jeff Vasey is the current Director of Building Policy Branch, ministry of Housing, responsible for coordinating Consistent Code Compliance & Enforcement Processes. The project is intended to improve compliance with standards for building safety and to establish more efficient, predictable regulatory processes.

HPO Update and it's Commitment to Maintenance
Presented by John Bell, M.E.S.
Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Ambrosia Centre, Victoria, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

About the topic: The Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) was established in 1998 to administer the requirements set out in the Homeower Protection Act. Since then, thousands of dwelling units have been repaired with financial assistance for owners who required interest-free reconstruction loans to repair their homes. The HPO's mandate goes beyond providing financial assistance. It also includes licensing of residential builders and building envelope renovators, monitoring the performance of the home warranty insurance system, and education and training initiatives for consumers and industry, including property managers. Some of these initiatives aim to optimize the performance of the building envelope components of multi-unit residential buildings. Mr. Bell will discuss maintenance manuals that guide the end user through the service life of a building. To assist with understanding of the maintenance issues, HPO recently produced a number of descriptive and illustrated bulletins to help inform owners on the key points in maintaining their buildings. The documents are useful to designers, owners, developers and contractors to pass on to the purchasers and users of their built environment as well as to provide some background information on the content of the maintenance manuals the owners are expected to follow.

About the presenter: John Bell is the manager of research and education with the Homeowner Protection Office. He has been with the HPO for 5 years, prior to which he has worked for BC Housing, the Ministry of Housing in Victoria and also CMHC (Victoria Branch). He has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto, where he studied housing and planning. Please join the BCBEC members and guests in his informative presentation that will update us on where the HPO is now in fulfilling its multi-tasked mandate.


When Codes Are Driving Changes!
Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Plaza 500, Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Oliver Drerup has been a residential building contractor for twenty seven years.
Mr. Drerup has been involved with the 'R2000 Project' since its inception. He held the position of Co-ordinator of Technology for the Canadian Homebuilders Association from 1987-1990. He has played a pivotal role in establishing a similar program in Alaska and has consulted to a variety of national and international clients as a curriculum designer and trainer. A sought after lecturer, public speaker and facilitator, Mr. Drerup has delivered technical and business training, demonstration projects and energy efficient Canadian residential housing around the world. Mr. Drerup is currently employed as a senior consultant in Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's International Division.

Mr. Drerup will be speaking about his recent experiences representing the Canadian house building industry in the UK and Ireland where code changes are driving significant alterations in the way buildings are constructed.

2006 BCBEC Full-Day Symposium/AGM
From Research to Reality
Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver, BC

In this fast-paced construction industry, you need to stay current on new trends to ensure the effectiveness and durability of your buildings. There are many topics to investigate, and virtually no time to get up to speed.

From Research to Reality is your one-stop solution for finding out about: wall-to-window interfaces and rainwater, reainscreens and condensation, indoor environments and wall performance, green building, the latest on drainage and drying, vapour retarders and the drying of wood frame walls, energy trends, the Windows Best Practice Guide, poured-in-place concrete walls, and more.




Ventilation Systems for Houses and Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Plaza 500, Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In 1980 David Hill opened Eneready Products Ltd., a small BC company that manufactures and supplies effective low capacity ventilation equipment and accessories.

David has spoken at over 30 U.S. and Canadian housing conferences and been a supplier/designer of the HVAC system to Richard Kadulski's BC's Advanced House. He repeatedly stresses that appropriate layout and high quality installation workmanship are equally important to the selection of good equipment in providing effective ventilation. David is an associate member of Canadian Home Builder's Association serving on numerous technical committees; and is a member of ASHRAE and founding member of the Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling Industry Association, where he is Chairman of its Ventilation Committee.

 

Dr. Eric Burnett
Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Plaza 500, Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Eric Burnett's career began in South Africa as a structural engineer. So how did he end up in Canada as one of the most influential personalities in building science? This is a story best left to the man himself... In this luncheon meeting, Dr. Burnett looks back on his career and the development of building science during the last four decades. Dr. Burnett will offer a few practical examples of research that was incorporated in everyday practice.

Dr. Straube and Dr. Burnett's new book, BUILDING SCIENCE FOR BUILDING ENCLOSURES can be ordered when registering for this luncheon meeting. Books will be distributed at the registration desk. Dr. Burnett will be available for a book signing at the end of the luncheon.

 

Parkades...let them leak...Wise advice?
Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Plaza 500, Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The lower mainland is peppered with buildings that have been constructed atop a concrete parkade structure. More often than not, the parkade extends beyond the footprint of the building and has been waterproofed with an improperly applied, black, cheap, thin, liquid waterproofing membrane and covered with soil. In some instances removal of the soil to address leakage would bankrupt the Owners of the building. Is it worth it to do so? Will the leakage corrode the reinforcing steel of the slab?

Speaker: Dave Mathieson of Nu-Tech

Speaker: Roger Steers of Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

 

Points of view regarding CCDC documents and contracts...
Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Plaza 500, Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) developed the standard Canadian construction contracts. CCDC documents are drafted to fairly balance the various interests of the parties involved in a construction project. The CCDC members that develop these contracts are the national organizations representing the Engineering, Architecture, Legal and Construction associations.

In building envelope remediation, General and Supplementary conditions are usually appended to CCDC documents by the Consultant. Are these conditions fair or do these conditions unfairly biased against the Contractor?



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