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June 20, 2012 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
About the Presenter: Murray Frank, Constructive Home Solutions
Murray Frank is a founding director and Past President of BCBEC and has been an instructor in building science at colleges and universities in Vancouver and Victoria. Mr. Frank’s combined technical expertise and practical experience help advance the understanding of construction and design issues in the various climates across the varied environments throughout Western Canada and North America. Constructive Home Solutions Inc. performs building envelope design and assessments.
About the Topic:
Everything affects everything.
Making a home work as a system requires good design, great construction and diligent maintenance. If design, construction and maintenance do not respect the complex and often fragile “sum of the parts” that make up a modern home, that home can quickly fail to deliver a safe, comfortable, and sustainable living environment.
In Canada, homes began as simple structures that provided defense against predators and the hostile climate, and comfort was achieved by placing a huge hearth inside the home to consume massive energy. The evolution of homes in Canada is striving for ever-increasing comfort and safety while reducing the footprint on the environment. Homes are becoming increasingly complex as a result of answering this call.
This presentation will explore energy conservation, details for improved durability, advanced mechanical options, and renewable energy choices. The focus will be on balancing these choices based on homeowner priorities as well as the legacy of design and construction choices over the life of the structure. The construction industry is poised at the eve of significant change and this presentation will help builders and homeowners alike in the big picture of how homes work as a system and how that system is evolving.