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November 2018

Passive House Presents – 110: Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings – New Westminster

November 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Room S1620, Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave.
New Westminster, BC V3M 5Z5 Canada
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In August 2017 the Federal Government released Build Smart – Canada’s Building Strategy, providing a pathway for Canada to build drastically better buildings. This policy initiative aims to make high-performance energy-efficient buildings the norm by 2030. The international Passive House Standard is identified as one way to achieve that target. Becoming trained in Passive House design and construction, and/or becoming a certified Passive House professional will position professionals for future building expectations and help to lead the way in the…

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December 2018

BC Housing Presents: Building Smart with 2018 BC Building Code Changes – Vancouver, BC

December 5, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brix Studio, 102-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z8 Canada
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Learn about changes in Part 9 of the BC Building Code that will come into force at the end of 2018. These changes will include new provisions for stairs, guards, sound transmission and seismic requirements, accessibility, energy and water efficiency standards, and other design elements. This session will explore a variety of approaches to comply for each of the coming changes. The focus will be on the requirements that apply to single family and low-rise residential buildings. The seminar was…

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BC Housing Presents: Building Smart with 2018 BC Building Code Changes – Surrey, BC

December 12, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Surrey Arts Centre – Studio Theatre, 13750 - 88th Avenue
Surrey, BC V3W 3L1 Canada
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Learn about changes in Part 9 of the BC Building Code that will come into force at the end of 2018. These changes will include new provisions for stairs, guards, sound transmission and seismic requirements, accessibility, energy and water efficiency standards, and other design elements. This session will explore a variety of approaches to comply for each of the coming changes. The focus will be on the requirements that apply to single family and low-rise residential buildings. The seminar was…

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January 2019

BC Housing Presents: Building Smart with 2018 BC Building Code Changes – Vancouver, BC

January 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brix Studio, 102-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z8 Canada
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Learn about changes in Part 9 of the BC Building Code that will come into force at the end of 2018. These changes will include new provisions for stairs, guards, sound transmission and seismic requirements, accessibility, energy and water efficiency standards, and other design elements. This session will explore a variety of approaches to comply for each of the coming changes. The focus will be on the requirements that apply to single family and low-rise residential buildings. The seminar was…

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February 2019

BC Housing Presents: Building Smart with 2018 BC Building Code Changes – Vancouver, BC

February 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brix Studio, 102-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z8 Canada
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Learn about changes in Part 9 of the BC Building Code that will come into force at the end of 2018. These changes will include new provisions for stairs, guards, sound transmission and seismic requirements, accessibility, energy and water efficiency standards, and other design elements. This session will explore a variety of approaches to comply for each of the coming changes. The focus will be on the requirements that apply to single family and low-rise residential buildings. The seminar was…

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May 2019

BCIT Building Science Open House

May 8 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
High-Performance Buildings Lab, BCIT Burnaby Campus, 3700 Willingdon Ave
Burnaby, V5G 3H2 Canada
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We would like to invite all members of BCBEC to attend the BCIT Building Science Open House. The BCIT Building Science class of 2019 will hold their Open House on Wednesday, May 8 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The graduating students will be displaying their Term Projects in the High-Performance Building Lab (Building NW3) located just off of Canada Way east of Willingdon Avenue in Burnaby (maps below). Come and meet the graduating students, share beverages and snacks, and…

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BC Housing Presents: Building Smart with Insulating Walls and Roofs

May 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brix Studio, 102-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z8 Canada
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How do you attach cladding over exterior insulation? Do unvented roofs work? Is spray foam the solution? Join the authors of BC Housing’s guide to R22+ effective walls and guide to R30+ effective roofs for a morning of learning about how to insulate wood-frame walls and roofs.   Presenters will discuss methods for building higher R-value assemblies to provide attendees with the information necessary to meet increasingly stringent energy code requirements. The presentation will focus on wood-frame assemblies for low-rise…

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BC Housing Presents Building Smart with Airtightness Testing: Building Preparation

May 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brix Studio, 102-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z8 Canada
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Why do we need to prepare the building for airtightness testing? What does this involve? Are there guidance and tips? Potential heat loss due to air leakage through an enclosure with moderate or poor airtightness has a significant and measurable impact on the required heating energy for a building. An enclosure that has good or exceptional airtightness can provide major energy savings. Building codes require that building enclosures include continuous air barriers; the integrity of those air barriers can only…

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June 2019

BC Housing Presents Building Smart: Introduction to Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

June 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brix Studio, 102-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z8 Canada
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This seminar is part of the “Building Smart by Designing for People” series that focuses on creating healthy, safe, adaptive and enriching living environment for building occupants. How do People Respond to Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)? IEQ is an integrated study of an occupant’s response to the built environment. That being one’s ability to sense and perceive the quality of air, thermal, sound, light, odors and vibrations. It also includes a study of imperceptible elements such as asbestos, radon or…

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BCIT and City of Vancouver Present: CESA 1500 – Passive House Tradesperson Course – Building Envelope Specialization

June 10 - June 14
British Columbia Institute of Technology, 3700 Willingdon Ave.
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2 Canada
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In cooperation with BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment, the City of Vancouver is giving skilled builders and tradespersons in their communities the opportunity to take this course on Passive House construction at a reduced cost. This five day course provides the knowledge and practical hands-on skills that building contractors, designers, consultants and advanced students need to build to the Passive House standard; an internationally recognized ultra-low energy standard. This course focuses on building enclosure optimization and provides a…

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Passive House Canada Presents 120C: Exam Preparation for Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam (In-class) – Vancouver

June 15 @ 8:30 am - June 16 @ 4:30 pm
BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Room 410
Vancouver, BC V6B 3H6 Canada
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The Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam is challenging, even for experienced architects and building professionals, so thorough preparation is essential. This two-day exam preparation course is specifically designed for those who have completed courses 120A and 120B (or equivalent), and who wish to write the exam to become a Certified Passive House professional. It gives participants the tools required to write a successful test. Overviews of each topic that could potentially be tested in the exam will be presented and participants…

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Passive House Canada presents Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam – Vancouver

June 28 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
BCIT Downtown Campus, Rooms 280/282/284, 555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3H6 Canada
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There are two methods of becoming a certified Passive House Designer or Consultant: through submission of a certified Passive House project, or by passing the standardized international exam. Examination dates are fixed by the Passive House Institute (PHI) and offered by Passive House Canada in cooperation with PHI. Certified Designers and Consultants will be listed on our website, as well as the international database. For information on certification via project design and documentation please see PHI’s Project Qualification page. The…

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July 2019

Passive House Canada presents 110: Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings – Vancouver

July 5 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Room 410
Vancouver, BC V6B 3H6 Canada
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110: Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings   Course description An Introduction to the Passive House High Performance Buildings provides an overview of the core principles of Passive House design and building energy efficiency regulations in Canada. The course also covers the history of energy efficient buildings, energy consumption data and environmental impact, case studies and the economics of creating high performance buildings.   Recommended for Anyone wishing to understand the basics of Passive House high performance buildings, including:…

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ZEBx presents: CleanBC Building Innovation Fund Webinar

July 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

On May 9th, 2019 the Province launched the CleanBC Building Innovation Fund. The Fund supports the development of advanced technology and innovative low-carbon solutions across the B.C. building sector, with the intent to accelerate the availability and affordability of advanced building designs, construction methods, and technologies. The application intake closes on 11:59 PM, July 31, 2019   If you are interested in hearing more about this exciting funding opportunity, the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources will be holding…

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October 2019

Ecocity World Summit 2019

October 7 - October 11
Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Canada
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Are you passionate about building and living in sustainable cities? We invite you to join us at the Ecocity World Summit 2019 taking place October 7 - 11, 2019 in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Ecocity World Summit is the longest running international conference on sustainable cities. Ecocity 2019’s theme Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities will be explored through insightful presentations, educational field trips, interactive workshops and collaborative discussions. Register by June 14, 2019 to take advantage of the early registration…

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BC Housing Presents Building Smart: Designing Building Enclosures in Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Construction

October 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brix Studio, 102-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z8 Canada
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Building Smart: Designing Building Enclosures in Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Construction Join us for this Building Smart seminar to learn about industry best practices for designing efficient, durable wood-frame building enclosures in new construction. Explore the latest edition of the Building Enclosure Design Guide now available online.   Speakers will discuss the behaviour of wood as a material, the fundamentals of heat, air and moisture control, durability principles, and current building code energy provisions for the building enclosure. Practical enclosure details, assemblies…

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BETAC Presents Three-Day Training Course Large Building Airtightness Testing

October 16 @ 8:30 am - October 18 @ 4:30 pm
Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology, 2055 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0J9 Canada
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Building Envelope Technology Access Centre (BETAC) PresentsThree-Day Training Course Large Building Airtightness Testing WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: Differences between residential and commercial tests Building science and driving forces of air leakage Testing standards and code requirements Test considerations and planning Required materials and equipment First-hand experience with setup and use of blower door equipment Trouble-shooting common problems encountered during testing This workshop concludes with a full live test at the Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure (CARSI) at Red…

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November 2019

Wood WORKS! BC present 2019 Wood Solutions Conference

November 5
Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
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The event will be an exceptional learning opportunity on the very latest innovations and information on wood products and building systems – PLUS – attendees will be among the first to be informed about the early BC adoption of the 2020 NBCC which will increase the maximum height limit for wood buildings to 12 storeys, along with the opportunities and possibilities in this exciting new era of wood construction. Topics will include key drivers in building and design, including enhanced…

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BCIT and City of Vancouver Present: CESA 1500 – Passive House Tradesperson Course – Building Envelope Specialization

November 12 - November 15
British Columbia Institute of Technology, 3700 Willingdon Ave.
Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2 Canada
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In cooperation with BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment, the City of Vancouver is giving skilled builders and tradespersons in their communities the opportunity to take this course on Passive House construction at a reduced cost. This five day course provides the knowledge and practical hands-on skills that building contractors, designers, consultants and advanced students need to build to the Passive House standard; an internationally recognized ultra-low energy standard. This course focuses on building enclosure optimization and provides a…

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BC Housing Presents Building Smart with Sound Principles and Noise Control in Homes

November 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brix Studio, 102-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z8 Canada
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Building Smart with Sound Principles and Noise Control in Homes This three-hour webinar will examine site assessment for noise sources and provide strategies to reduce noise intrusion including: Building enclosure design and construction to reduce community and traffic noise transmission into homes – including wood-frame exterior walls, window IGU selection and framing details Noise control between units – through common walls and floors as well as practical strategies and construction details to create quiet spaces inside homes Acoustics ratings such…

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