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February 2020

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

February 10, 2020 - February 14, 2020
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: Building Envelope Guide for Houses

February 27, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brix Studio, 102-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z8 Canada
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Part 9 residential home construction is evolving, and the BC Housing Building Envelope Guide for Houses has now been updated to reflect many new and expanded industry methods. These additions have been carefully developed to reflect proven techniques, and high-performance assemblies that support the advances in energy efficiency, seismic provisions and a new, complete section on Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) construction for houses. The focus of this expanded guide is to ensure that all detailed, 3D, step-by-step instructions are consistent…

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March 2020

WOOD WORKS! BC PRESENTS – FOR PROJECT TEAMS: WOOD CONSTRUCTION COSTING BEYOND 2020 – DRILLING DOWN THROUGH DETAILS

March 4, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, 900 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5 Canada
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Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Waterfront Ballroom 900 Canada Place Vancouver, BC Registration and light breakfast: 7:30 AM Workshop starts: 8:30 AM Lunch: 12:00 PM Afternoon presentations: 1:00 – 4:00 PM With BC’s recent early adoption of the 2020 national building code, there will soon be a surge of taller mass timber buildings in planning and construction. As the new code, objectives, innovative systems and construction capabilities advance wood construction, it’s become increasingly important to understand how wood building projects differ in…

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WOOD WORKS! BC PRESENTS FOR CONTRACTORS, ESTIMATORS AND TRADES ONLY: AN EVENING OF COSTING DETAILS FOR WOOD CONSTRUCTION

March 4, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, 900 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5 Canada
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Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Waterfront Ballroom Foyer 900 Canada Place Vancouver, BC Registration: 4:00 PM Workshop starts: 4:30 PM (includes light refreshments) Dinner: 6:00 PM for 45 minutes, stand up cocktail reception, cash bar Event: 6:45 – 8:30 PM This evening session provides a learning opportunity specific to contractors, estimators and trades. Presentations by experts will give a concise and intense examination on the differences in pricing wood projects relative to other materials. This is a condensed version of the broader…

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ZEBX PRESENTS – THERMAL BRIDGING TRAINING: HOW-TO WORKSHOP FOR PRACTITIONERS

March 5, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
BC Hydro Dunsmuir Auditorium, 333 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 5R4 Canada
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Hands-on workshop presenting language, calculation methodologies and supporting tools for assessing thermal bridging within BC energy codes. About this Event The building performance landscape in BC has changed, with a renewed focus on building envelopes. The BC Building Code, the Vancouver Building Bylaw, as well as standards like Passive House and Canada Green Building Council's (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building all require the evaluation of thermal bridging performance. A wholistic approach to building envelope thermal performance is now leading design processes,…

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April 2020

BC HOUSING PRESENTS BUILDING SMART USING AN INTEGRATED DESIGN PROCESS

April 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brix Studio, 102-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z8 Canada
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Integrated Design Process (IDP) is a collaborative design approach that is intended to optimize performance, cost, occupant comfort and resilience of a residential building. It involves engaging the builder and their team of designers, mechanical contractor and energy advisor at the conceptual design stage. IDP examines the needs and performance of a building throughout its lifecycle; from design, construction through to operation, with the goal of ensuring that multiple objectives of the builder are met. The seminar will: Explore the…

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May 2020

BC HOUSING PRESENTS BUILDING SMART – DELIVERING THERMAL COMFORT IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

May 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Thermal comfort leads the way as a key concern amongst residents of every building type. Poor design can result in discomfort and greater energy consumption as occupants compensate by altering their thermostats in drastic ways. Join us to learn about how people perceive thermal comfort and the tools and techniques you can employ, with your design and building team, to reliably deliver optimal passive and active comfort solutions regardless of the extreme weather conditions. Guest Speaker Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L.…

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October 2020

CodeCHEK and FRR & STC, Hosted by Wood WORKS! BC

October 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Presented by Marc Alam, Manager, Codes & Standards – Fire, at the Canadian Wood Council, this webinar will cover two new free online tools for checking wood design and construction building code conformance: Codices and FRR & STC tools. CodeCHEK allows designers, builders, as well as building and fire officials to determine if and when light wood-frame, heavy timber, mass timber and/or encapsulated mass timber construction can be used in a variety of building types within the current building codes.…

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November 2020

The 2020 Virtual National Wood Solutions Conference

November 16, 2020 - November 20, 2020
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Wood WORKS! annual wood design and building event is going virtual and national this November The annual Wood Solutions Conference is dedicated to showcasing innovative advancements and applications for wood products and building systems in design and construction. Leading-edge speakers will inform and inspire you at the 2020 Virtual Wood Solutions Conference. Distinguished speakers will inform and inspire you, and wood product experts at the virtual exhibit hall can advise you, at the 2020 Wood Solutions Conference. This virtual conference…

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January 2021

BC Housing Presents Building Smart: Improved Earthquake Performance and Resilience for New Buildings

January 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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How do we build better performing buildings to minimize the financial burden, community disruption and reduce recovery time after an earthquake? We all want buildings that are habitable and functional post-earthquake. Explore options to improve seismic resilience. This starts at the schematic design phase, while being mindful of costs and building performance parameters. Discussion topics will include: Structural design consideration for new buildings by code for earthquakes Review of possible revisions to Part 4 in the next National Building Code…

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BC Housing Presents Building Smart: Basement Flood Prevention

January 26, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Flooding can come from many different sources: a river spilling its banks, a sewer backing-up, or extreme rainfall overwhelming storm drains. The result is water, often contaminated, being directed to where it can damage structures and infrastructure. This includes damage to building interiors, electrical works and landscaping. Flooding can also have a significant negative impact on the well-being of residents. Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and magnitude of flood events. While it’s not possible to completely avoid…

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June 2021

BC Housing presents Building Smart – Cooling Strategies for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

June 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Are you thinking of installing a heat pump or air conditioning unit? Learn about alternative strategies to address overheating concerns, and how to proceed if you decide to use a heat pump. This webinar will explore cooling solutions in multi-unit residential buildings, as well as: how to select the right contractor types of heat pumps heat pump design options installation considerations, including specifications for penetrating the building envelope This virtual event will be of interest to building and condo owners,…

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September 2021

BC Housing presents Building Knowledge – Best Practices for Accessory Dwelling Units

September 15, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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In many communities across BC, there continues to be an increased demand for rental housing and housing diversity. Despite the introduction of policies and zoning that support secondary suites and accessory dwelling units (ADUs), there has been a slow uptake of these housing options. A recent report Accessory Dwelling Units: Case Studies and Best Practices from BC Communities conducted by WCS Engagement and Planning, and BC Housing, examined the main barriers limiting the construction of this built form in B.C.’s…

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November 2021

The Future of Construction is….Prefabrication! Hosted by Wood WORKS! BC

November 16, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, 900 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5 Canada
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ATTEND IN PERSON FOR NETWORKING AND MEALS; ATTEND VIRTUALLY FOR IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO THE SESSION RECORDING!   About this event The future of construction is increasingly moving toward more advanced prefabrication systems. Labour shortages, building performance expectations and regulations, new materials, and the growing ability to integrate the design process directly with the manufacturing facilities, is enabling buildings to be built smarter, faster, better performing and, more cost-effectively. This workshop will bring together manufacturers, end-users, contractors, and researchers to highlight…

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December 2021

Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia Present THE ROLE OF BUILDING ENCLOSURE IN AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO DEEP RETROFITS

December 7, 2021 @ 8:50 am - 11:00 am
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This webinar will provide an overview of the role of building enclosure within an integrated process for delivering energy and emissions reductions in existing Part 3 buildings. The webinar will present an overarching approach to deep retrofits that encourages practitioners to consider all of a building's systems, needs and priorities in a holistic way. It will introduce and present linkages between the holistic approach and the impending Engineers and Geoscientists BC Practice Advisory on Climate Change Considerations for Building Enclosure…

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April 2022

BETAC Presents Two-Day Training Course Large Building Airtightness Testing

April 28 @ 8:00 am - April 29 @ 5:00 pm
Red River College Polytechnic, 2055 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0J9 Canada
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Building Envelope Technology Access Centre (BETAC) PresentsTwo-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 of RRC Polytech…

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May 2022

BCIT Building Science Open House

May 11 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
High-Performance Buildings Lab, BCIT Burnaby Campus, 3700 Willingdon Ave
Burnaby, V5G 3H2 Canada
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The BCIT Building Science class of 2022 will hold their Open House on Wednesday, May 11 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 Canada Way east of Willingdon Avenue in Burnaby (Map Diagram Below). Come and meet the graduating students, share beverages and snacks, and check out the latest student research and the Building Science program. Topics include: Performance Analysis of Vacuum…

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RDH Learn Building Science presents: From Risk to Readiness

May 17 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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From Risk to Readiness:Practical Solutions for Meeting the Existing Building Retrofit Challenge About this event: Building investors are demanding action on environment, social, and governance matters, and governments are tightening energy and emissions regulations for existing buildings toward net-zero carbon goals. Meanwhile, many of our older buildings are being stressed by increasingly extreme weather events, and many are no longer meeting occupant needs. How can building owners and operators manage their portfolios and prioritize planned renewal work to best respond…

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June 2022

RDH Learn Building Science presents: Trending Toward Tighter Buildings

June 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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About this presentation: The increasing demand for energy efficiency in buildings is driving a renewed focus on low air leakage rates. A high-quality air barrier is an essential part of an energy-efficient building in any climate zone, and air barriers come with many added benefits such as improved control of the building’s interior air quality, comfort, acoustics, and durability. Testing the air barrier is the only reliable way to determine the effectiveness of the installation, but airtightness testing on large…

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BC Housing presents Building Smart – Climate Ready Housing Design

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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BC Housing’s Mobilizing Building Adaptation and Resilience (MBAR) initiative aims to prepare the building design and construction industry to cost-effectively meet the challenges of our changing climate. Join us to learn about the emerging functional needs of buildings and the new Climate Ready Housing Guide, which will be released soon. Building professionals can use the guide to adapt residential buildings to climate stressors and shocks. It will also help protect investments throughout a building’s lifespan. Understanding these concepts can help…

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