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Josh Jensen
JRS Engineering Ltd.

Nov 2009

Maria Spinu

Oct 2009

Bill McEwen
Masonry Institute of BC

Sept 2009

Chris Schumacher
Building Science Corporation

Sept 2009

Chris Corps
Fidelis Resource Group Inc.

Sept 2009

Allan Dobie
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Sept 2009

Chris Mattock
Habitat Design and Consulting Ltd.

Sept 2009

Kim Pressnail
Department of Civil Engineering - University of Toronto

Sept 2009

Curt Hepting
Enersys Analytics Inc.

Sept 2009

John Lovatt
Architectural and Building Engineering Technology - British Columbia Institute of Technology

Sept 2009

David Hill
Eneready Products Ltd.

Sept 2009

Steven Tratt
(Division of Canam Building Envelope Specialists Inc.)

June 2009

B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

May 2009
(Part 1 of 2)
Dave Ricketts
RDH Building Engineering Ltd.
Apr 2009
(Part 2 of 2)
Mike Steffen
Walsh Construction Co.
Apr 2009

Part A

Part B

Part C

Halsall Associates Limited
Feb 2009
Morrison Hershfield Limited
Jan 2009


Vancouver Luncheon:
Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Roofing: What You May Not Know...
Plaza 500, Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Whether for new construction or re-roofing, there are many considerations involved when designing a roof. Numerous design nuances and issues exist that—when overlooked—can detrimentally affect both roof performance and ease of project completion. This presentation will provide an overview of critical items that many designers may not be aware of, but which should be accounted for when designing roof assemblies. These critical items run from simple wording within specifications sections to how the roofs are tied into other building envelope components, such as air and vapour barriers.

Josh Jensen, AScT, RRO, RRC, joined JRS Engineering in 2003. A Registered Roof Observer (RRO) and RCABC-accepted Inspector, he recently became the second person in BC to obtain status as a Registered Roof Consultant (RRC). Josh provides specialist roof consulting services for all types of roofing systems, for any application. His strengths include investigation, systems and integrations design, field review and inspection. He currently leads JRS' roofing division, and was recently made an Associate of the firm.


Vancouver Luncheon:
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Fundamental Physics of Heat, Air and Moisture Management
Plaza 500, Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Maria Spinu joined Dupont in Wilmington , Delaware in 1990 and she currently leads Building Science and Sustainability for DuPont Building Innovations. Maria is a member of 90.1 ASHRAE Committee, CSI, BEC/AIA, etc. and Dupont is a cornerstone partner of AIA. Maria works with the Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) Project, a global initiative of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Maria has published many papers, is the author of 15 patents and has been an invited speaker at many regional, national and international conferences on building science and sustainability.

As many design options and material choices for a given function requires a better understanding of the physics behind proper envelope design, Maria will be presenting the fundamental physics of Heat, Air and Moisture management through the building envelope and the role of Water, Air and Vapor Barriers in achieving moisture managed envelope design. Recent code trends in North America and their consequences on the capacity of the building envelope to manage incidental moisture intrusion will also be discussed. The seminar will conclude with highlights of design tools for moisture analysis and recommendations for specifying and detailing durable building envelopes.

BC Building Envelope Council
One-day Conference & AGM
"Building the Future"
Tuesday September 22nd, 2009
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Vancouver, BC

This one-day conference by the BC Building Envelope Council will cast a look forward to new technologies and research at the leading edge of the construction industry. Experts and researchers will share the latest methods and trends the building industry is moving towards; from green building updates and mechanical system strategies to test hut research results.
Conference & AGM Schedule


Victoria Luncheon:
The Effective Use of Daylight in Buildings
Monday, September 21st, 2009
The Ambrosia Centre, Victoria, BC
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

About the presenter:

Tony Grice is a Senior Engineer with Applied Engineering Solutions who specializes in sustainable buildings, day lighting and electric lighting design. Some of his interesting lighting projects include: Alberta Pavilion at Expo 86, Canterra Office Tower, Sunlife Office Towers, Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre ( a world class heritage site in Alberta) , Jasper Train Station, Calgary Olympic Saddledome and many more. Tony was elected as one of the top ten leaders in the Alberta Construction Industry in 2005 by Alberta Construction Magazine and he's one of the original founders of the Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium 1999-2005. His Lighting Design Awards include: 1983 - Grant Mac Ewan College; 1990 - Parkland Library; 1991 - Lago Lindo School; 1992 - St. Mathews Lutheran Church – Special Citation. He has prepared a number of lighting courses and is currently preparing “Day lighting and Electric lighting” sections of the Syllabus course for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

About the Topic:

Today's building designs are often required to conform to an increasing number of performance levels and standards for providing energy efficiency, controlling air and water migration, avoiding condensation, and providing good lighting through the optimized use of artificial and natural day-lighting. Windows that were selected for their water tightness and thermal resistance ratings are also being selected (or rejected) on the basis of the amount of daylight they will admit into the living space. There are limitations to how much of the natural daylight can be successfully admitted into our interior spaces, so we need to employ methods that optimize the utilization of the available light, and artificial lighting methods that will properly compliment the daylight throughout the year. To tackle these issues requires both a theoretical approach and great amount of experience to achieve the desired results. Tony is well versed on this subject and has a wealth of experience from an impressive project record. Please join the members and guests of the Vancouver Island B C Building Envelope Council and take in this informative presentation on fulfilling today's diverse and sometimes, competing requirements for day lighting design


Vancouver Luncheon:
Building Air Leakage
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Plaza 500, Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Steven Tratt is in charge of material sales and services for the Zerodraft division of Canam Building Envelope Specialists Inc. Zerodraft manufactures and distributes a comprehensive range of weatherization materials including one and two component polyurethane foam insulating air sealants, door and window weather-stripping, fire stopping systems and air tightness testing equipment. Steven has had over 25 years experience in sales and marketing. He has had considerable experience training Building Envelope Retrofit Contractors in both Canada and the U.S.A. and has presented to Associations including Construction Specifications Canada, Construct Canada, Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario, Toronto Better Buildings Partnership and Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association. In the U.S. he has trained and presented at National and Regional Affordable Comfort Conferences and Certified Contractors Network (CCN) conferences. Steve is currently involved in organizing and presenting seminars for Architects and Engineers throughout Canada and the Eastern United States .

Steve will be speaking about how uncontrolled air leakage, through the building envelope, can lead to condensation, moisture damage in hidden cavities, rain penetration, poor indoor temperature and humidity control, and unnecessary heat loss in winter or heat gain in summer.


Victoria Luncheon:
Windows, Doors & Skylights,
How Do We Comply With the New Regulations?
Monday, May 25th, 2009
The Ambrosia Centre, Victoria, BC
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

About the presenter :

Andrew Pape-Salmon is the Director of the Energy Efficiency Branch with the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. He is responsible for implementing the Province's Energy Efficient Buildings Strategy (EEBS) which includes the LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program, support for green provisions in the BC Building Code, the development of regulated standards for equipment and manufactured building components under the Energy Efficiency Act, a net zero energy homes and buildings program and last but not least the Community Action on Energy and Emissions Program.

About the Topic:

Andrew's topic this month is specific to the regulation of energy efficiency of windows, doors and skylights that form part of the building envelope. This is a follow-up of the overview of the changes in the regulation of energy efficiency for buildings which Andrew presented about 18 months ago. Now the regulations are in place and his presentation will help us to understand and implement them in our design and construction of buildings. His talk will focus on the changes in regulations for fenestration systems as they apply to both new and existing buildings. It will provide a detailed overview of the specific changes in the regulations, and steps required to test and label the products to comply with them. Please join the members and guests in learning more about the new laws that govern the energy efficiency of our buildings and the steps we need to take to comply.


Vancouver Luncheon:
New Window Regulations
Thursday, May 21st, 2009
Plaza 500, Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Andrew Pape-Salmon is the Director of the Energy Efficiency Branch with the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. He is responsible for implementing the Province's Energy Efficient Buildings Strategy (EEBS) which includes the LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program, support for green provisions in the BC Building Code, development of regulated standards for equipment and manufactured building components under the Energy Efficiency Act, a net zero energy homes and buildings program and the Community Action on Energy and Emissions Program.

Andrew will be speaking about new regulations for windows, site-assembled glazing, doors and skylights for new and existing buildings.  He will provide a detailed overview of the regulations, along with steps required to test and label products.

Vancouver Luncheon:
Mid-Rise Wood Frame Buildings - APEGBC
Bulletin & Experiences from the Pacific Northwest
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
Plaza 500 , Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Province of British Columbia, through the Building and Safety Policy Branch, has made changes to the BC Building Code that allow for the construction of wood frame structures for up to 6 stories.  This change from 4 to 6 stories introduces additional complexities for the design and construction team particularly with respect to the structure, fire protection systems and the building enclosure.

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) received funding from the Province to produce a technical bulletin that alerts practitioners to the unique complexities associated with 6 story wood frame construction.  Dave Ricketts, from RDH Building Engineering Ltd., will present a summary of the APGEBC bulletin related to the building envelope.  

Mike Steffen of Walsh Construction Co. will review issues associated with the design and construction of mid-rise wood frame buildings within dense urban settings in Oregon and Washington, based on his experience.  While this talk will be primarily focused on building enclosure design and construction, related structural, mechanical and fire resistance issues will be covered as well.     

Mike Steffen, LEED® AP, AIA, CSI is Vice President and General Manager of Walsh Construction Co./OR, based in Portland, Oregon.  Walsh is a Pacific Northwest general contractor specializing in all types of multi-unit housing, renovation, educational facilities, and resorts - with a commitment to being a leader in the construction of energy-efficient, healthy and durable buildings.

Victoria Luncheon:
Exterior Insulation Finish Systems - A Critical Review
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
The Ambrosia Centre, Victoria , BC
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

About the presenters :

Chris Chown has been involved in many sectors of the construction industry for the past 30 years. He has focused on exterior finish systems for the last 15 and recently became the Western Canada Regional Sales Manager for Dryvit Systems Canada. He has hands-on involvement in EIFS and acrylic-cement coatings, including technical services, marketing, distribution and system development. Currently he is involved with the national listing program for contractors and conducts training programs for qualified applicators. He enjoys being involved with the architectural community and building envelope design, through lunch-and-learn presentations. Chris will demonstrate his broad knowledge of the systems by including in his presentation interesting projects such as the 1.6 km Whistler Sliding Center built for the 2010 Games and other challenging exterior envelope restoration projects.

Martin Gevers is the director of BCBEC for Vancouver Island. He was a charter member at BCBEC's inception in 1988 when he was construction technology advisor with the NRC's IRAP Program. He developed and taught BCIT's Building Science Option for most of the 1990's and returned to engineering as a senior building envelope consultant with Levelton Consultants Limited, where he has worked for the last 10 years.

About the Topic:

EIFS covers a lot of our real estate, so it needs to be understood. The presentation will begin with Martin Gevers, reviewing some past experiences with EIFS and using those experiences to pose questions to Chris that we face as owners, designers, and contractors who deal with the product in its various forms. Topics such as achieving conformance to the Building Code requirement for capillary breaks and drainage will be discussed. Chris will also focus on some of the failures and successes of the past so that attendees can learn to differentiate appropriate and inappropriate techniques and applications of the systems. The presentation is designed to answer questions about: servicing old EIFS, different EIFS assemblies, components and accessories, as well as unusual applications. Please join the members and guests for lunch by taking in this informative presentation on the evolution and use of EIFS.


Vancouver Luncheon:
Design and Construction of Metal and Zinc Architectural Panels
Thursday, March 19th, 2009
Plaza 500 , Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The presentation is intended as an information primer for Designers , and Installers on the use, detailing and design considerations when using architectural metal and zinc specifically in exterior and interior applications. A number of internationally recognized signature building solutions featuring RHEINZINK lead the presentation followed by a brief history of zinc, its development and current manufacturing technology. The material standards for zinc, quality standard certifications, environment aspects and testing results of the material are explored. For roofing and cladding systems, the presentation reviews joining techniques and connections in metal and the implications of these conditions. The building physics portion of the seminar includes moisture, ventilation and condensation as these relate to building envelopes. Additional design considerations covered include: expansion and contraction, fastenings, standard details, compatibility, patination and roof drainage systems.

This seminar is presented by Georg Koslowski , Architect and Director of Technical Services – Canada , for RHEINZINK America, Inc . Mr. Koslowski is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author and authority on architectural metal.


Victoria Luncheon:
The Mechanical Engineer's Approach to the Envelope
Friday, February 27th, 2009
The Ambrosia Centre, Victoria, BC
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

About the presenter:

For the past 28 years, Tom Wilson, P. Eng has worked for large multi-discipline consulting engineering firms. He started his professional career as a junior designer in Winnipeg and in 1990 he moved to our West Coast environment where he joined Keen Engineer as a project manager. He became a principal of Keen and assumed the responsibility of their local Victoria office in 2000. Later Tom joined the AME Group as a director responsible for the operation and management of the firm. Tom's extensive knowledge of the building and mechanical design industry and his specialized skills in plumbing, fire protection, HVAC and controls experience have been employed in many sustainable designs. He is also a LEED® Accredited professional who has participated in numerous projects in a broad spectrum of the construction market. The projects include innovative strategies ranging from natural ventilation, earth tube, solar/thermal chimney, solar water, storm water harvesting/reuse, geothermal and in-slab heating designs.

About the Topic:

The presentation will focus on the Mechanical Engineer's approach to assisting the design team to fulfill the requirements and optimize functions of the building envelope. He will begin by discussing the mechanical engineer's first goal: maintaining proper indoor air conditions, and what those conditions are. This will be followed by a discussion on penetrating the envelope with mechanical services (pipes, ducts, and equipment). He will discuss examples of pipes and ducts through the roof; roof curbs and sleepers; ducts, pipes and louvers through various wall constructions as well as pipes below grade. He will also discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the priorities of other disciplines (whether complementary or competing) for their place in the envelope as well as sequencing and schedule challenges. Please join the members and guests for this informative presentation by a local professional with many years of experience in integrating the building enclosure with its mechanical systems.


Vancouver Luncheon:
Contingency Reserve Fund Studies and Capital Planning
Thursday, February 19th, 2009
Plaza 500, Vancouver , BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Contingency Reserve Fund Planning for Stratas is a hot topic in BC as our legislation is weak, resulting in the need for special levies to manage repairs and replacements. Reserve Fund planning is a form of Capital Planning which has been embraced by many commercial and institutional property owners for years. In Alberta , Ontario and Nova Scotia , Reserve Fund Studies are mandatory for all Strata type properties. Some feel that BC is suffering from a "Reserve Fund Crisis" as much as our past (or on-going) "Leaky Condo Crisis". Proper Reserve Fund planning helps to ensure that adequate funding is available to cover future repair and replacement costs.

Kevin Grasty is a project manager for Halsall Associates Limited working out their Vancouver office. Kevin specializes in capital planning, contingency reserve fund studies, pre-purchase and warranty reviews. Kevin is a member of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC.


Vancouver Luncheon:
Evaluating Real 'R' Values of Exterior Insulated Wall Assemblies
Thursday, January 29th, 2009
Plaza 500, Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Patrick Roppel , P.Eng. is a building science engineer and project manager with Morrison Hershfield in the Vancouver office. Patrick specializes in the analysis of building envelope performance through research and heat-air-moisture modeling.

Thermal performance of the building envelope has not been a high priority in the past in our temperate climate; however the requirements of sustainability programs such as LEED, energy codes such as ASHRAE 90.1 and new regulations are leading architects to ask for building envelope systems that provide high levels of thermal resistance.

Morrison Hershfield has begun to catalogue the effective thermal resistance of some typical building envelope assemblies used in high-rise residential buildings. They have evaluated the impact of slab edge detailing and a variety of secondary structural elements needed to support the cladding. This session will present work that they have completed and briefly discuss a current project where a catalogue of thermal performance values for building envelope details for mid- and high-rise buildings using time-transient dynamic 3D heat transfer software will be produced.


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