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November 4, 2022 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Building Resilience for a Changing Climate

Friday, November 4th, 2022
JW Marriott Parq
39 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC
7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Updated November 9, 2022 2:30pm



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2022 BCBEC CONFERENCE & AGM Presentations:

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2022 Conference & AGM Presentations


   8:00 –   8:15 am WELCOME DELEGATES
   8:15 –   9:05 am High Performance Enclosure Details and Constructability Morgan McDonald
Ledcor Construction
Dan Geddes
Flynn Canada
   9:05 – 10:00 am Building Resiliency – It’s Not Just a Mechanical Issue Marie-France Venneri
& Marc Trudeau

AME Group
  10:00 – 10:15 am


 10:00 – 10:30 am MORNING BREAK & TRADESHOW
 10:30 – 11:15 am Updated code Changes for New Large Buildings in Vancouver Patrick Enright
City of Vancouver
 11:15 – 11:30 am


 11:30 – 12:30 pm AGM, TRADESHOW & LUNCH
 12:30 –    1:15 pm KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Office in a Rowboat: Taking Teamwork to the Extreme
Julie Angus
Adventurer, Co-Founder & CEO of Open Ocean Robotics
 1:15 – 1:30 pm NETWORKING
   1:30 –   2:15 pm Impacts of Overland Flooding on Below-Grade Structures Karen Savage & Diane Meehan
Horizon Engineering
   2:15 –   2:45 pm Resilient Building Deep Retrofit Strategies: Making The Case For A Multi-Unit Residential Building Dr. Mohammad Fakoor
Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
   2:45 –   3:15 pm AFTERNOON BREAK & TRADESHOW
  3:15 –   3:45 pm How Hot is Too Hot: Lessons Learned About Multi-Family Overheating Monte Paulsen
RDH Building Science Inc.
   3:45 –   4:15 pm Glazing renewal – the finite life of IGUs is like death and taxes, you can’t avoid it! Mark Salerno
& Kevin Day

Sense Engineering
   4:15 –   4:30 pm CLOSING REMARKS
   4:30 –  6:00 pm SOCIAL & CASH BAR


Speakers’ Bios and Detailed Conference Presentation Summaries:

8:15 – 9:05am

Morgan McDonald, CPHT | Director of Operations
Ledcor Construction

Morgan McDonald supports high performance building projects and sustainability with Ledcor Construction. He also leads Ledcor Construction’s Innovation Lab. Morgan has a background in renewable energy, carbon finance, and sustainability education. He is active in the community, participating on numerous boards and committees associated with low carbon buildings and the energy transition. Morgan is a Certified Passive House Tradesperson and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University.

Dan Geddes, CPHT | Business Development Manager
Flynn Canada

Dan Geddes works in preconstruction, focusing on high performance envelopes. Projects usually consist of commercial and institutional projects in a design assist capacity, with a focus on the higher tiers of step code and passive house. Dan is also an integral member of the R&D team at Flynn for the development of Speedwall™ modular wall assembly. Dan also guest lectures at BCIT at the high-performance lab, focusing on constructability and Passive House assemblies. The first half of his career was spent in the field in architectural sheet metal.

Presentation: High performance enclosure details and constructability

This is a contractor’s perspective on practical approaches and best practices for achieving high performance outcomes on building enclosures for large buildings. Ledcor and Flynn will reference case studies including 825 Pacific (7-storey commercial Passive House project, completed in 2021) and BCIT Tall Timber Student Residence (12-storey Step 4 project, under construction).

9:05 – 10:00am

Marie-France Venneri, P.Eng., LEED AP | Principal
AME Group

Marie leads a team of mechanical engineers that predominantly design Residential and Mixed-use Developments throughout Canada. In addition, Marie and her team have further experience in Commercial, Post-Graduate Educational facilities, and Healthcare facilities. Marie strongly believes in collaboration, understanding the design intent and the client’s needs. Throughout each phase of the project, she ensures the design quality is maintained through clear and consistent communication.

Marc Trudeau, P.Eng., Architect AIBC, BEMP, CPHD, LEED AP BD+C | Principal
AME Group

Marc leads a team of engineers who provide Building Performance Analysis services. Marc participates in the full project life cycle from workshops and design assistance analysis through to permit compliance energy analysis and project certification. Projects include whole building energy and greenhouse gas modelling, passive house consulting, embodied carbon calculations, thermal comfort analysis, and daylight simulations. As a Professional Engineer and Architect, Marc understands the value of multi-disciplinary collaboration in achieving results.

Presentation: Building Resiliency – It’s Not Just a Mechanical Issue

The building code has evolved with energy targets such as TEUI, TEDI, and MEUI that capture the holistic performance of the building. We will discuss how the mechanical aspects of building design inter-relate with these targets, building resiliency, and the design of the envelope. Topics include: how load calculations are completed, design in future weather for comfort, shading, envelope requirements of major mechanical equipment, and ventilation.


10:30 – 11:15am

Patrick Enright, P.Eng. Senior Green Building Engineer
City of Vancouver | Sustainability Group | Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability

Presentation: Upcoming Code Changes for New Large Buildings in Vancouver

This presentation will cover upcoming changes to Vancouver’s Building By-law for ‘Part 3’ buildings, coming into effect in July 2023 and January 2025. To reduce carbon emissions from new construction and enhance climate resilience, these changes require zero emissions heating and hot water systems, filtered outdoor air, mechanical cooling, and low carbon, sustainable building materials. This presentation will help the audience understand what is changing, when, and how they can be better prepared to comply with code while building sustainable, resilient new buildings.

12:30 – 1:15pm

Keynote Speaker

Julie Angus
Adventurer, Co-Founder & CEO of Open Ocean Robotics

Julie is an accomplished adventurer, scientist and bestselling author of Rowboat in a Hurricane, Rowed Trip and Olive Odyssey. She is the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland and a recipient of the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award.

Presentation: Office in a Rowboat: Taking Teamwork to the Extreme

Julie will deliver an engaging and entertaining account of the two years she spent circumnavigating the globe with her partner by human power, focusing on strategies the two used to foster teamwork. It doesn’t get more stressful than living, eating, and working within the confines of a rowboat for months on end and Julie will share strategies for fostering harmonious and productive dynamics. She dissects the essential components of effective teamwork including conflict resolution, motivation, and communication.

1:30 – 2:15pm

Karen Savage, P.Eng., FEC | President
Horizon Engineering Inc., Part of RAM

Karen has been providing geotechnical engineering services to the British Columbia building industry for three decades, with emphasis on the Lower Mainland. Her hands-on approach and strong knowledge of local soil conditions has been appreciated by stakeholders in residential developments, commercial developments, and civil infrastructure works. She is a technical resource consulted by many municipalities with respect to policy relating to geotechnical issues. As well as providing traditional geotechnical design services for foundations, excavations, shoring systems, and pavements, Karen also provides insight into stormwater management, especially as it relates to surface and sub-surface drainage, stormwater infiltration, and sediment and erosion control. Karen is the lead author on BC Housing’s Builder Guide to Site and Foundation Drainage and has acted as an Expert in legal and insurance cases.

Diane Meehan, P.Eng. | Geotechnical Engineer
Horizon Engineering Inc., Part of RAM

Diane has been working as a geotechnical engineer for 7 years. She has experience in geotechnical engineering including stormwater management design, surface and sub-surface drainage considerations, drainage remediation, soil gas management, excavation shoring, foundation design, field investigation, laboratory testing, and construction reviews. Diane has worked on a wide variety of projects including single- and multi-family residential developments, commercial developments, renovations, natural hazards, and insurance and legal claims, and is a co-author on BC Housing’s Builder Guide to Site and Foundation Drainage.

Presentation: Impacts of Overland Flooding on Below-Grade Structures

Flooding is generally looked at by professionals on a regional level, with emphasis on coastal or inland events. On a site level, there is generally less emphasis or understanding of flood resilience measures that could be incorporated into a building design, or of the potential impacts that a site may experience from a flood event. Additionally, climate change is making urban flood events (i.e., due to extreme rainfall or sewer backup) more probable, even at sites that would not otherwise be subject to typical coastal or inland flooding. This presentation will generally explore some considerations at a site / building level for below-grade structures that may be exposed to natural or urban overland flood events.

2:15 – 2:45pm

Mohammad Fakoor PhD, CEA, P.Eng., CPHD, LEED® AP BD+C, CEM | Associate
Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

Dr. Mohammad Fakoor is the technical lead for the building performance team at RJC Engineers, and his work involves project work, technical review, and education for energy modelling, airtightness testing, research, and carbon life cycle analysis. Mohammad has worked on a variety of projects including emerging solar energy applications, energy efficiency of residential/commercial/industrial buildings, carbon life cycle assessment (LCA) analysis for concrete/steel/timber structures, and building enclosure airtightness testing. This multifaceted work requires combined expertise in heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid flow, HVAC, and building science. A published author and lecturer, Mohammad actively contributes to his field through practice and research with his work extensively cited in pertinent literature.

Presentation: Resilient Building Deep Retrofit Strategies: Making The Case For A Multi-Unit Residential Building

This project was done in collaboration with Pembina Institute and BC Housing for ASK Wellness Society. The project is located in Kamloops, and several deep energy retrofit strategies have been explored to decarbonize the building. A Climate Risk Assessment (CRA) was conducted to identify hazards and events that could affect the building/asset and its occupants so design interventions could be incorporated to mitigate their impacts.

3:15 – 3:45pm

Monte Paulsen
RDH Building Science Inc.

Monte Paulsen is RDH’s first Climate Change Specialist. He researches how buildings need adapt so occupants can survive extreme weather. Monte previously led the RDH Passive House team, which has consulted on or certified close to one hundred projects, including homes, offices, affordable mid-rise buildings, and luxury high-rise buildings. Monte is a founding board member of Passive House Canada, a co-founder of Passive House Accelerator Live (every Weds afternoon) and creator of the “Pattern Language from Passive House” workshop.

Presentation: How Hot is Too Hot: Lessons Learned About Multi-Family Overheating

Monte will present a case study looking in depth at factors that led to overheating at a small multi-unit building in northern BC. Factors include climate change, heat island effect, solar gains, internal heat gains, mechanical heat gains, and poor ventilation. The presentation will also discuss climate factors that led to the 2021 heat wave and expected future frequency, and it will introduce a new method for modelling heat waves.

3:45 – 4:15pm

Mark Salerno | National Leader, Sustainability & Energy Services
Sense Engineering

Through his 30+ year career, Mark has become a recognized leader driving sustainability and innovation in Canada’s building market through key roles across the public, private, non-profit and education sectors. Close to 25 years at Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) has positioned him as a solutions-oriented leader, and a passionate partnerships and coalition builder.


Kevin Day | Principal
Sense Engineering

Kevin has over 30 years of building science, enclosure engineering and restoration experience across Canada and the USA. He has worked on countless buildings, encompassing new construction as well as building renewal and structural rehabilitation projects. Kevin is recognized as an expert on building performance and durability, as well as energy efficiency and green building technology.
Presentation: Glazing renewal – the finite life of IGUs is like death and taxes, you can’t avoid it!

The demographic of early adoption of IGUs for buildings in the 70s and 80s has run its course (life cycle), leading to ongoing replacement (like-for-like) or comprehensive reglazing, which is both costly and not a great ROI. Parameters for glazing renewal have key considerations (solar, thermal, comfort, energy, sustainability, durability) and the means to manage these will be explored.


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