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February 27, 2009 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 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 LEEDÂ® 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.