Building Smart for High Performance Buildings

Building Smart for High Performance Buildings

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
BCBEC Members: $80 | Non-member: $100 | Students: $30

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 is eligible for professional learning credits.


7:00 am Registration, Tradeshow and Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am Opening Remarks and Welcome - BCBEC
8:10 – 8:50 am Opening Session

BC Provincial and Washington State Policy Update

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

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

8:50 – 9:30 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.

9:30 – 10:00 am Tradeshow and Coffee Break
10:00 – 10:30 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

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

10:30 – 11:10 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.

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

11:10 – 11:55 am Fifth Session

Window Installation in Homes: Just the Facts

Canadian National Building Code includes reference to CSA A440.4 windows, doors, and skylights, however British Columbia 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.

11:55 – 12:00 pm Closing Remarks - BCBC

Location Details

The Italian Cultural Centre Society
3075 Slocan Street
Vancouver, BC

Contact Information

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