Building Smart for High Performance Buildings

Building Smart for High Performance Buildings

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
7:30 am to 12:30 pm
BCBEC Members: $85 | Non-member: $100 | Students: $30 | Walk-up $100

Half-Day Workshop:


Join local and international industry experts as they share the latest research results, case studies, as well as successful design and construction practices. Learn about government initiatives to support more efficient, functional   and resilient buildings. The event will provide opportunities for discussions on current issues faced by industry practitioners such as:

  • cost effective and energy efficient homes
  • indoor air quality and thermal comfort
  • building envelope systems
  • window and roof installation

The workshop will focus on Part 9 and Part 3 residential construction.

This event includes a tradeshow. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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7:00 am Registration, Tradeshow and Breakfast Buffet
7:30 am Opening Remarks and Welcome - BCBEC
7.45 – 8:25 am Opening Session

BC Provincial and Washington State Policy Update

The BC Building and Safety Standards Branch and the Washington State Department of Commerce both have active initiatives to improve energy performance in new and existing buildings. Andrew and Chuck will compare their respective approaches to pursue net-zero energy ready construction by 2031/32. Other key initiatives will be highlighted, including the refresh of the BC Building Access Handbook, and increasing the functionality of buildings for people with disabilities.

Speaker: Andrew Pape-Salmon, P.Eng, M.Eng, Executive Director – Building and Safety Standards Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Andrew is responsible for the Building Act and building regulations such as the BC Building, Plumbing and Fire Codes. This includes the energy step code,the Homeowner Protection Act, and the Safety Standards Act. His most recent work focuses on building resilience, including seismic safety and climate change vulnerability assessment.

Speaker: Chuck Murray, BA, Senior Energy Policy Specialist – Washington State Department of Commerce, State Energy Office

Chuck  has served the State of Washington for 29 years, providing original field research, project implementation and policy development in the field of energy efficiency.

State legislation now requires incremental improvements in energy code stringency, mandatory building energy benchmarking and the first mandatory, statewide adoption of an Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings standard. Mr.Murray supports state capital funding for energy efficiency programs, including net zero, low income housing.

8:25 – 9:05 am Second Session

Exploring a Path to Cost and Energy Efficient Affordable Housing

Developing and operating affordable housing presents numerous challenges, including continuously escalating construction costs. This presentation will offer a disciplined and efficient building design approach; one that uses advanced wood framing, as well as more standardization of the typical methods involved with constructing affordable housing.

Speaker: Mike Steffen, AIA, LEED AD – Director of Innovation, Walsh Construction Co.,Oregon State

Mike is an architect, builder and educator with more than 30 years of experience in design and construction of the built environment. Mike’s experience as both an architect and builder provide him with a unique and valuable perspective on design and construction challenges, and solutions.

9:05 – 9:35 am Tradeshow and Coffee Break
9:35 – 10:05 am Third Session

Design Principles for Migrating Overheating and Improving Indoor Air Quality in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBS)

Learn how to prepare buildings for our future climate. Design principles and strategies that aim to reduce the risk of two significant climate-related issues will be shared. The first issue is overheating due to higher average temperatures and increases in extreme temperature events. The second issue pertains to indoor air quality issues related to increased wildfire events (as well as more localized sources of air pollutants)

Speaker: Lisa Westerhoff, Ph.D., MA, BA, EcoDistricts AP – Principal and Team Lead, Integral Group

Lisa works with a range of academic, government, and private sector actors to lend her expertise on performance gap issues related to green building, as well as sustainable planning.  She holds a PhD in urban sustainability and is proficient in sustainable neighbourhood and green building post-occupancy assessments. Lisa brings considerable experience in municipal climate change planning for emissions reductions and adaptation strategies.

Speaker: Chris Doel, P.Eng, M.Eng, C.Eng, MCIBSE, LEED Green Associate – Principal, Integral Group

For over 15 years Chris has been passionately working with clients to deliver cost effective and sustainable mechanical engineering solutions. He draws on extensive industry experience within the Canadian and European construction market. Chris’ areas of expertise include detailed mechanical system design of high-performance buildings, specifically those targeting Passive House.

10:05 – 10:35 am Fourth Session

The Vented Wood-Frame Roof Conundrum

Low-slope, vented, wood-frame roofs are used pervasively in low to mid-rise, wood-frame construction. However, in climates such as the Coastal Pacific Northwest, performance issues are relatively common. This presentation will discuss the results of an ongoing monitoring, testing, and hygrothermal modelling study assessing the performance of these roofs.

Speaker: Lorne Ricketts, MA.Sc., P.Eng. – Principal and Building Science Specialist, RDH Building Science Inc.

Lorne’s work focuses on new construction, investigation, research and education projects. Most commonly he is involved in designing advanced building enclosure systems, hygrothermal and thermal analysis, and testing and monitoring building performance. Lorne works with manufacturers, governments, and industry organization to advance the next generation of building systems.

Speaker: Patrick Roppel, MA.Sc., P.Eng. – Principal, Building Science Specialist, Morrison Hershfield

Patrick is a Building Science Specialist and manages the Building Performance Analysis department at Morrison Hershfield. He has over 15 years of consulting experience related to building science and building envelope energy efficiency. In recent years his work has focused on providing tools and guidance to help building professionals make practical design decisions related to constructability, thermal, structural, energy, and hygrothermal performance.

10:35 - 11:05 am Registration, Tradeshow and Breakfast Buffet
11:05 – 11:50 am Fifth Session

High Performance Buildings: Case Studies and Tower Renewal Strategies

Join representatives from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) for this two-part presentation to explore improved strategies for tower retrofits, and to examine key findings from Post-Occupancy Evaluations (POE) of a number of high performance, Part 3 buildings. The first session will look at costs, technical challenges and solutions with support from a new tower renewal strategy guide. The second session will dig deeper into the results

Speaker: Jason Takerer, MA - Senior Technical Researcher, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CHMC).

Jason oversees research projects with CMHC, and strives to advance affordable, energy efficient and innovative construction practices. He has worked in NRCan’s Office of Energy Efficiency, in technical roles with environmental non-profit organizations, and is an experienced high-performance home builder.

Speaker: Nina Dmytrenko, MASC - Technical Researcher, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CHMC).

Nina’s research focuses on developing a better understanding of the performance of new and existing housing with respect to energy efficiency and indoor environment. She conducts assessments on the cost-benefits of innovative technologies and practices used to improve housing sustainability.

11.50-12.30pm Sixth Session

Window Installation in Homes: Just the Facts

Canadian National Building Code includes reference to CSA A440.4 windows, doors, and skylights, however B.C has yet to adopt this standard. This presentation will share the results of a recent study where each of the supported installation and replacement methods for windows were constructed; each with varying degrees of quality and using both good and compromised windows.

Speaker: Murray Frank – Building Science Specialist, Constructive Home Solutions Inc.

Murray is a well-known Building Science Specialist  in B.C. and has been instrumental in developing an understanding of moisture problems, energy performance and sustainability as they relate to single family and multi-unit residential buildings.

12:30 pm Closing Remarks - BCBC

Location Details

The Italian Cultural Centre
3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC

Contact Information

Contact Name: Technical Education BC Housing
Phone: 778-452-6482