BCBEC Foundation
 Building Research Committee
          -Past Seminar Presentations & Documents
  BCBEC Email News Signup
 Contact Us

Home >Seminars

Victoria Luncheon

Urban Building Performance for Sustainability and Resilience

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
Harbour Towers
345 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

About the Presenter:
Dr. David N. Bristow, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering University of Victoria

Dr. David N. Bristow is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria where he runs the Cities and Infrastructure Systems Lab. He teaches on infrastructure resilience, smart cities and sustainability in civil engineering. David holds Doctorate and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto.

His research concerns systems planning and decision making through advancement and integration of theory, methodology and practice in systems engineering and risk management via ecological, network, control system, optimization and thermodynamic approaches from first principles. David's application areas of expertise include infrastructure systems of systems; buildings; critical infrastructure; and whole cities with emphasis on sustainability, risk and resilience.

About the Topic:  Urban Building Performance for Sustainability and Resilience

Cities and their people, buildings, and organizations function within a global system. They are a major driver of global changes changes that often alter and bring new risks. These risks include hazards, such as natural disasters; global change, such as climate change; and altered exposure, such as the increasing concentration of value in cities. Design and integration of buildings for sustainable and resilient cities suited to the macro and micro realities is an increasingly recognized need, requiring a deep understanding of the interrelationships among urban systems, inhabitants, and the local and global context. Consideration of how the interplay between sustainability and resiliency can lead to trade-offs or synergies is desired. This talk delineates the progress towards identifying and managing interrelationships that affect the capacity of cities and their buildings to flourish. In particular, an overview of the context is presented. Then, the fundamentals of operational resilience planning are imparted. Next, a method for supporting detailed design and testing of resilience plans is explained. Finally, the opportunity for advancing our ability to balance investment in sustainability and resiliency of buildings is highlighted.


Location: Harbour Towers: 345 Quebec Street Victoria, BC
Parking: 4 levels of underground parking

Students: $30.00
Pre-registered BCBEC Members: $40.00
Pre-registered Non-Members: $45.00

All Walk-up's: $50.00*
*All walk-ups - cheques only (no cash) and seating may be subject to availability and/or delay.


Please note:

This luncheon seminar qualifies for 1.0 Core Learning Unit. To receive credit, enter a valid AIBC Registration Number during the online registration process.


Registration for November 23rd Victoria Luncheon:

To register for this event online: Register Online NOW!


Vancouver Luncheon

Building Envelope for Smart Buildings

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
The Italian Cultural Centre Society
3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

About the Presenter:

Remi Charron, Ph.D., P.Eng
Assistant Chair & Associate Professor
M.S. in Energy Management

Remi Charron obtained his Ph.D. in Building Engineering from Concordia in 2007, where his research focused on developing an optimisation tool for the early stage design of net-zero energy solar homes. He worked for three years as a senior researcher in sustainable housing at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), with many projects focused on their EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing demonstration initiative. He has been a member of various committees and teams including the R-2000 and Energy Star for Houses renewal committees, the Canadian Centre for Housing Technologies Research Committee and the Sustainable Housing Technology Roadmap team. A certified Passive House Designer, Remi has been offering consulting services in housing research and education for 5 years. He joined NYIT-Vancouver in September 2016 as the Assistant Chair and Associate professor for the Master of Science in Energy Management.

About the Topic: Building Envelope for Smart Buildings

Smart homes and buildings are on the rise. Their transition from a future concept to reality is accelerating with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT). As for the IoT, its rise is being driven by three areas: the cloud which enables data storage, processing and remote access; evolving and proliferating smart devices (e.g. phones, watches and tablets) that provide a good user interface platform; and finally the development of inexpensive sensors with wireless capability. This presentation will examine how smart buildings and IoT technologies can impact the building envelope. Simple concepts such as integrating sensors to assist with fault detection, to more advanced concepts of integrating smart building envelope components (e.g. electrochromic windows, controllable vents, etc.) to allow for the dynamic operation of the building envelope as a part of an energy management control system will be examined.


Please note:

All WALK-UPS (non pre-registered attendees) must pay a blanket price of $65.00, including Students and Members.

This luncheon seminar qualifies for 1.0 Core Learning Unit. To receive credit, enter a valid AIBC Registration Number during the online registration process.


Registration for November 30th Vancouver Luncheon:

To register for this event online: Register Online NOW!


Upcoming Luncheons:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Victoria 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Vancouver 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm




Disclaimer: The policy of BCBEC is to discourage the use of its name in any activity where product
endorsement or certification of competence is implied or expressly stated.

1410 - 55th. Street
Delta, B.C.
V4M 3K5
Phone: 604-294-0037
Fax: 604-943-3541