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January 2019

BCBEC Vancouver Luncheon: Building Smart with Site and Foundation Drainage

January 17 @ 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Karen Savage, P.Eng., FEC, Horizon Engineering Inc. Diane Meehan, EIT, Horizon Engineering Inc. James Higgins, AScT, RDH Building Science Inc. Karen Savage, P.Eng., FEC Karen is the founding principal of Horizon Engineering, is the BC/Yukon delegate to the Engineers Canada Qualification Board, Chair of EGBC Professional Practice Committee (2016-present), and has served as an EGBC Councillor and ACEC Board Member. She has 30+ years of experience practising in geotechnical engineering and thinking about how water moves through…

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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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BCBEC and BC Housing present 2019 Half-Day Workshop: Building Smart with High Performance Building Design

February 26 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 The Italian Cultural Centre Society 3075 Slocan Street Vancouver, BC 7:00 am -  8:00 am    Registration, Breakfast & Tradeshow 8:00 am - 12:00 pm  Workshop Presented by the British Columbia Building Envelope Council (BCBEC) and BC Housing This workshop will focus on innovation and building design considerations required for multi-unit buildings. It will explore concepts and design rules of thumb to achieve higher standards for livability, high-performance sustainability with carbon neutrality, and durability of assemblies. Industry leaders will discuss…

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March 2019

BCBEC Vancouver Luncheon Seminar: R30+ Effective Roofs in Residential Construction in B.C.

March 21 @ 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, MASc, P.Eng., RDH Building Science Inc. Lorne Ricketts, MASc, P.Eng. is a Principal and Building Science Specialist with RDH Building Science Inc. and specializes in new construction, investigation, research, and education projects. Recently, Lorne led the development of the Illustrated Guide to R30+ Effective Vaulted & Flat Roofs in Residential Construction.   ABOUT THE TOPIC:  An increased level of thermal performance is becoming necessary as part of energy performance improvements required by the BC Energy…

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April 2019

BCBEC Vancouver Luncheon: When to hold them and when to fold them

April 25 @ 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: Tony Gioventu, Executive Director Condominium Home Owners' Association of B.C. (CHOA) Tony Gioventu is the Executive Director of the Condominium Home Owners' Association of B.C. (CHOA), a consumer association in British Columbia with over 200,000 members comprising strata corporations, owners, and business members who serve the strata industry. In addition to serving on numerous boards and committees for government agencies and industry associations, Tony is the weekly columnist for The Province, The Times Colonist, and syndicated media…

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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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BCBEC Vancouver Luncheon: The Heights, a Passive House Journey

May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Scott Kennedy, P.Eng., B.ArchCornerstone Architecture Scott is a professional engineer as well as a graduate of the UBC School of Architecture. He also has LEED accreditation. He has been a principal of Cornerstone Architecture since 1988. In 2013 he attended a Passive House course at UBC to understand what it takes to create a low energy building that actually performs as predicted. It has inspired him to attend International Passive House Conferences in Europe and become a…

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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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BCBEC & Engineers and Geoscientists BC present a Half-Day Seminar: High Performance Energy Retrofits for Existing Buildings

June 20 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3E4 Canada
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Time:    7:30 AM –   8:30 AM  Registration and Breakfast    8:30 AM –   8:45 AM  Introduction from BCBEC and Engineers and Geoscientists BC    8:45 AM –   9:45 AM  Pursuing Passive: NYC Large Scale Retrofit Study by Yetush Frank, Building Energy Exchange    9:45 AM –10:00 AM  Coffee Break 10:00 AM –10:30 AM  Zero Emissions Building Retrofit Action Plan by Micah Lang, City of Vancouver 10:30 AM –11:30 AM  Higher Performance Buildings by David Taguchi and Ryan McNamara, RDH Building Science Inc. 11:30 AM –12:00 PM …

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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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September 2019

BCBEC Vancouver Luncheon – Simple is Best: How to Achieve High Performance Construction Economically

September 19 @ 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: Rod Nadeau, Vidorra Developments Ltd. Rod Nadeau is one of the Principals of Vidorra Developments, Whistler. He has worked in the development and construction industry since 1979. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting from Concordia. Rod is the founding President of the Sea to Sky Chapter of the CHBA, he has been involved in the R2000 program building several demonstration homes including an EnviroHome and an R2000 MURB in 2003, a member of the…

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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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BCBEC Vancouver Luncheon – Meeting Increased Energy Demands with Aluminum Window Wall

October 17 @ 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: Amber Mengede, Technical Manager, Starline WindowsNFRC Certified Simulator Amber attended BCIT in 2012 to take the Architectural and Building Engineering Technology (ABET) Program. Amber completed the program with honours and was awarded both the VRCA's Economics / Construction Operations Award and placed first place for the "Most Professional" category in the Construction Institute of Canada Bid Completion. Upon graduation Amber worked for a window company as a Project Manager and Technical Sales Rep and joined Starline Windows…

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