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January 2016

Vancouver Luncheon: Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction

January 21, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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About the Presenter: Jieying Wang, PhD., Senior Scientist, Building Systems Department - FPInnovations Jieying Wang is a Senior Scientist in the Structural, Durability, and Sustainability Group of the Advanced Building Systems Department at FPInnovations in Vancouver BC. Since she joined FPInnovations (then operating as “Forintek Canada Corp.”) ten years ago, her research has focused primarily on wood durability, moisture performance, and thermal performance of wood-based building envelopes. She worked with building science professionals in developing durable wall assemblies for cross-laminated timber…

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February 2016

2016 Half-Day Workshop: Building Smart with Air and Vapour Barriers

February 18, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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Presented by the British Columbia Building Envelope Council (BCBEC) and the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO), a branch of BC Housing. This half-day workshop focused on the use of air and vapour barriers in single and multi-unit residential buildings. A panel of building envelope experts shared building science principles, design considerations and practical installation details. Speakers examined challenges and options for improving the durability, safety, comfort and energy efficiency of buildings through the effective use of barrier materials. Building Smart with Air and Vapour…

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March 2016

Vancouver Luncheon: R-22 Walls and Insulating for the Future

March 17, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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About the Presenter: Lorne Ricketts, RDH Building Science Inc. Lorne Ricketts is a buildings science engineer (EIT) with RDH Building Science Inc. in Vancouver. He is actively involved in forensic investigation, building monitoring, new construction, and research projects. Lorne was recently the primary author for a guide to R-22+ Effective Walls produced for the HPO and the City of Vancouver to help select and design durable assemblies that achieve increasing thermal performance requirements. About the Topic:  R-22 Walls and Insulating for the…

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April 2016

APEGBC and BCBEC Event – Vancouver Half-Day Seminar: Part 5 – Beyond Air, Heat & Moisture

April 21, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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This half day seminar looks at the Part 5 requirements going beyond heat, air & moisture in the BCBC & VBBL. Speakers specialized in their respective fields will cover fundamentals and discuss criterias for the structural, acoustic & fire considerations for the building envelope. Seminar Presentations: THE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE OF THE BUILDING ENVELOPE Brizi Coetzer & Steve Meszaros  RWDI Consulting Engineers & Scientists April 2016 FIRE CONSIDERATIONS: COMBUSTIBLE CLADDING AND COMPONENTS OF EXTERIOR WALLS AND WALL CURTAINS Jun H. Kim & Andrew Harmsworth …

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May 2016

Vancouver Luncheon: Protecting Canadian Homes & Buildings from Toxic Radon Gas: What You Need to Know to Build Right and Save Lives

May 19, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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About the Presenter: Alan J. Whitehead, President & CEO - Radon Environmental Management Corp. For over 30 years Alan has served on the executive boards of a number of private and public sector companies, operating globally in a diverse range of industries. These sectors include environmental health and building sciences, mining exploration, chemicals and industrial minerals. He is President & CEO of Radon Environmental Management Corp and a founding board member and President of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists…

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June 2016

Vancouver Luncheon: The City of Vancouver’s Near Zero Emissions Building Plan and What It Means For The Building Envelope

June 16, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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About the Presenters: Christian Cianfrone, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C Morrison Hershfield, Principal and Building Energy Practice Lead  Christian is one of Canada's industry leaders in building energy efficiency and energy simulation, having worked on hundreds of projects across North America.  Christian sits on the CaGBC's Energy Technical Advisory Group and is currently the chair for the equivalent USGBC committee.  Christian has provided energy policy advice to some of Canada's largest cities, including Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, and was part…

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September 2016

2016 BCBEC Conference & AGM
Evolution of the Building Envelope: Past Experiences to Innovation

September 14, 2016
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6 Canada
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Conference Presentation PDFs: (Updated September 15, 2016) Please note: presentation pdfs have been posted here.   Wednesday, Sept. 14th, 2016 Fairmont Hotel Vancouver 900 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC 8:00 am - 4:45 pm This year, BCBEC has put together a compelling program for the 2016 Annual Conference and AGM. This one-day symposium provides the platform for industry wide knowledge exchange and thought-provoking conversation. BCBEC invites you to stay connected, current, and inspired. Take part in the discussion of lessons learned…

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2016 BCBEC Conference Speakers

September 14, 2016
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6 Canada
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Conference Program: Click on picture for larger pdf view with links  (Updated July 11, 2016)       Speakers' Bios and Detailed Conference Presentation Summaries: (Updated July 5, 2016) Graham Finch RDH Building Engineering Ltd. Graham Finch, MAsc, P.Eng is a Principal and Building Science Research Specialist with RDH. He leads RDH's building science research group and is actively involved in numerous projects ranging from building and building products research to forensic investigations, building monitoring studies, hygrothermal modeling, and new construction. Graham…

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Presentations for 2016 BCBEC CONFERENCE & AGM EVOLUTION OF THE BUILDING ENVELOPE: PAST EXPERIENCES TO INNOVATION

September 14, 2016
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6 Canada
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OSMOSIS AND BLISTERING OF LIQUID APPLIED WATERPROOFING MEMBRANES - WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED IN THE PAST DECADE Graham Finch  RDH Building Engineering Ltd. Sept 2016 HOW TO BUILD A GLASS HOUSE Leonard Planalto  Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. Sept 2016 BREAKING GLASS Mark Brook  BVDA Facade Engineering Ltd. Sept 2016 DRAINAGE CAPABILITIES & HEAT LOSS OF DIFFERENT INVERTED ROOF ASSEMBLIES Mathew Pel  Morrison Hershfield Ltd. Sept 2016 DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS - ROOF INSULATIONS Josh Jensen  JRS Engineering Sept 2016 A CASE STUDY:…

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October 2016

Vancouver Luncheon: Hazardous Materials in Buildings

October 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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About the Presenter: Geoffrey A. Clark, MSc, CIH, ROH - WorkSafe BC Geoff Clark is a Senior Occupational Hygienist at WorkSafe BC.  He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), a Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH) and holds a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia.  Geoff has conducted thousands of assessments in many areas of occupational hygiene, including asbestos, lead and silica exposure, confined spaces, mould and bacteria contamination and indoor air quality. He is a chief author of the “Safe Work…

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November 2016

Vancouver Luncheon: Hazardous Materials in Buildings

November 30, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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About the Presenter: Remi Charron, Ph.D., P.Eng, Assistant Chair & Associate Professor M.S. in Energy Management, NYIT-Vancouver Remi Charron obtained his Ph.D. in Building Engineering from Concordia in 2007, where his research focused on developing an optimisation tool for the early stage design of net-zero energy solar homes. He worked for three years as a senior researcher in sustainable housing at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), with many projects focused on their EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing demonstration initiative. He has been…

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January 2017

Vancouver Luncheon: Shou Sugi Ban – Exploring the Characteristics and Aesthetics of Charred Wood as a Cladding Material

January 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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About the Presenters: Jason Hirnschall, Dipl.Tech, LEED Green Associate, Morrison Hershfield Jason Hirnschall is a building envelope consultant at Morrison Hershfield. He has experience with design and field review for most aspects of the building envelope including roof and wall assemblies, glazing systems, and below-grade waterproofing. He has been involved with residential and commercial construction of both wood-frame and concrete buildings. Jason is a graduate of BCIT's Architectural and Building Technology program and the recipient of the BCBEC Education Foundation Achievement…

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February 2017

2017 Half-Day Workshop: Building Smart with Safe and Durable Wall Assemblies

February 2, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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Building Smart with Safe and Durable Wall Assemblies Brochure  Presented by the British Columbia Building Envelope Council (BCBEC) and BC Housing This half-day workshop focuses on the thermal and moisture performance of highly insulated wall assemblies for new and retrofit buildings. Industry experts discuss the latest research with practical solutions for building durable assemblies. The use of low permeance materials, insulation strategies, drainage systems, ventilation gaps, cladding attachments and the selection of curtain-wall components to enhance thermal performance are addressed.…

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March 2017

Vancouver Luncheon: A Loss Prevention Case Study Workshop

March 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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About the Presenters: Cameron Elder, Partner, Harper Grey LLP Cameron Elder is a Partner with Harper Grey and the Chair of the firm's Construction & Engineering Law Group.  Cameron's civil litigation practice is diverse, spanning the areas of health law, construction, commercial litigation, and real estate disputes.  He has appeared in all levels of BC courts. Cameron's construction law practice is focused on defending engineers and architects against error and omissions claims, and advising on risk management, including contracts, insurance,…

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April 2017

Vancouver Luncheon: NBC Code Tool for Above Grade Walls

April 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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About the Presenters: Les Yard, Technical Sales Representative - Western Canada Dow Building Solutions Les Yard is a Senior Technical Sales Representative for Dow Building Solutions covering Western Canada. Les is a frequent speaker and has co-authored a number of technical articles. Les is the current Past President of the British Columbia Building Envelope Council and the co-chair of the Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology. He has been a technical sales representative in the construction industry for over 20…

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May 2017

Vancouver Luncheon: CLT Firewall Penetration Performance

May 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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About the Presenter: Conroy Lum, Research Leader, Advanced Building Systems FPInnovations Conroy Lum is a structural engineer by training and oversees the work of the research groups on structural performance, durability, and sustainability in the Advanced Building Systems department of FPInnovations. His research contributions have been in the areas of developing methods for evaluating wood products and structural adhesives, and implementing such methods in standards to support product development and manufacturing. About the Topic: CLT Firewall Penetration Performance The results and…

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June 2017

APEGBC and BCBEC Event – Vancouver Half-Day Seminar: Air Tightness in Buildings

June 21, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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This half-day Seminar will be taking a holistic look at air barriers and air leakage.  First looking at the history of air barriers, we will review the science behind it and the significances and/or consequences of their introduction back in the late 70's early 80's.  We will then hear of the new City of Vancouver policy surrounding new buildings air tightness requirements, a policy that is somewhat mirrored in the BC step Code.  To complement this, we will also review…

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September 2017

Vancouver Luncheon: The Energy Step Code: BC’s ‘envelope first’ approach to Net Zero Energy Ready buildings

September 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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About the Presenter: Zachary D. May, MBA A/Director, Policy and Codes Development Building and Safety Standards Branch Zachary May is the acting Director of Policy and Codes Development with the Building and Safety Standards Branch. He is a member of the national standing committee for housing and small buildings (Part 9) with the National Research Council and participates in a number of provincial construction-related committees. In his role with the Building and Safety Standards Branch he leads a technical team responsible…

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November 2017

CCBST 2017

November 6, 2017 - November 8, 2017
Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7 Canada
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The 15th Canadian Building Science and Technology Conference (CCBST) was held from November 6th through 8th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, BC. This three day conference featured a multi-stream technical program for building science practitioners and researchers and much more! Attendees comprised of existing and new BEC members from across Canada with international attendees as well. The audience included representatives from builders, developers, architects, engineers, renovators, trade contractors, warranty providers, building suppliers, manufacturers, government and industry associations, etc.…

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CCBST 2017 – Picture Gallery

November 6, 2017 - November 8, 2017
Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7 Canada
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The 15th Canadian Building Science and Technology Conference (CCBST) was held from November 6th through 8th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, BC. This three day conference featured a multi-stream technical program for building science practitioners and researchers and much more! Attendees comprised of existing and new BEC members from across Canada with international attendees as well. The audience included representatives from builders, developers, architects, engineers, renovators, trade contractors, warranty providers, building suppliers, manufacturers, government and industry associations, etc.…

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