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February 29, 2008 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
About the presenter:
Dr. Bob Humphries obtained his Bachelor of Science in (Honours, Physics) at the University of Alberta in 1967; a Master of Science (Nuclear Physics) at U of A in 1969, Doctor of Philosophy in Meteorology at McGill University in 1974. As a Canadian Certified Environmental Practitioner (CCEP) his work in air quality modeling projects have generated a great quantity of wind-driven rain data in a number of locations of interest to designers and builders of building enclosures. He has over 30 years of experience in air quality modeling and assessment, meteorology, research, project management, and marketing to clients throughout Canada, the United States, South America, China and Europe. He has presented the findings of his climatic variation research many times in the past and attendees have asked the BCBEC Executive repeatedly to have Dr. Humphries present updated information since those early, very popular presentations.
About the Topic:
The changes in climate over time and the significant differences in climactic loads due to only slight variations in geographic locations are typically not well known and often completely misunderstood. The natures of the impacts of these changes on our built environment are important to the designers and constructors of our buildings. Research already undertaken in BC and elsewhere provides valuable climatic data on which our designs should be based. The impact of â€˜global warming’ is complex with dramatic implications on the climatic loads on the building envelope. In pondering the future with a meteorologist, a number of concerns come up. Will today’s designs stand up to tomorrow’s loads? Should we design for warmer and/or wetter conditions? What about wind speeds? Will the windows and air barrier details in place be sufficient? Please come and join the members and guests in this informative presentation and discussion on the local variations and the potential changes in weather patterns on our buildings.