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July 3, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

About the Panelists:

Alex McGowan, P.Eng., is Levelton’s Vancouver Island Group Leader for Building Science with 25 years experience.  He is a licensed professional engineer in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, and a member of the BC Building Envelope Council, the Ontario Building Envelope Council, and ASHRAE.  He is the author of dozens of technical papers and journal articles related to building envelope performance, windows, and energy conservation in buildings.  Mr. McGowan is a member of several ASHRAE and ISO Technical Committees and is the author of the Material Properties chapter in the ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals, and of the book “Energy-Efficient Residential and Commercial Windows Reference Guide”.

Andrew Pape-Salmon is a Senior Energy Specialist with RDH Building Engineering Ltd. with expertise in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas management for buildings and communities, including engineering, economics, and government policy. He is a Director with BCBEC and is the Grassroots Government Activities co-Chair for ASHRAE-VI.

Bob Thompson has been involved with Codes and standards since 1973 when he started work as a building inspector for the City of Burnaby. He holds a Diploma in Building Technology from BCIT. In addition to Burnaby, during his 40 year career, he has worked in an architectural firm, the BC Fire Commissioner’s Office and the Building & Safety Standards Branch, where he has been since 1989. He is currently a Senior Codes Administrator.  In addition to maintaining the BC Building Code he is involved with several committees and task groups working on the model National Building Code and its referenced standards.

Doran Musgrove is a registered architect with over 35 years of experience and a LEED accredited professional.  He is also a member of the Building Officials Association of BC (BOABC) and has assisted many of the local municipalities as a building inspector.  Having worked ‘both sides of the counter’, he is keenly aware of both his professional, as well as municipal obligations for a successful project.

Don Pedde has been involved in the building industry for twenty-nine years and has experience in the building trades, in an architect’s office, and now in local government.  He is a Registered Building Official, a member of the BOABC, and currently serves as a Senior Building Official with the District of Saanich.

About the Panel:

The ASHRAE standard 90.1 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (2004) has been a requirement of the BC Building Code (BCBC) since September 2008.  Background information on aspects of the standard is available through the Homeowner Protection Office in the Builder Insight Bulletin #7 .  Several recent studies have been conducted on compliance, showing issues surrounding the building envelope.  One survey of industry professionals and building inspectors illustrated a lack of awareness, expertise and clear responsible party for compliance.  In April 2013 the BCBC was updated to reference ASHRAE 90.1 (2010) and the National Energy Code for Buildings (2011) with a December 20, 2013 effective date, providing a choice of either standard for compliance.

This panel discussion aims to inform questions of compliance with ASHRAE 90.1 (and NECB in the future) with perspectives from four key constituencies – including an architect, consulting engineer, building official and provincial government official.  The moderated discussion will include questions in the following areas:

  • Role of each professional group in supporting compliance with ASHRAE under the BCBC
  • Interactions between professional groups (notification, sub-contracting, signoffs, Letters of Assurance, etc.)
  • Design, construction and commissioning processes (scheduling, roles and responsibilities)
  • Gaps in knowledge that could be addressed by education/training



July 3, 2013
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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