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Educational Events

BC Housing presents and sponsors a number of events to help consumers make informed decisions, the residential construction industry be aware of best practices and the social housing sector stay on top of recent innovations and trends.

Building Smart

Building Smart seminars, workshops and webinars provide you with best practices, research and up-to-date building code information for the construction and design of homes in B.C.


Building Smart with Air and Vapour Barriers

This workshop is eligible for 3.0 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.

Registration closes at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
9 a.m. to 12 noon
Cost: $80 (including GST)

Attend on location:

Event attendees can join us at 8 a.m.
The Building Smart presentation begins at 9 a.m.
Brix Studio, Suite 102 – 211 Columbia Street, Vancouver (25-person limit)

Register for the on location event

Attend online:

Webinar attendees can login at 8 a.m.
The Building Smart presentation begins at 9 a.m.

Register for the online webinar

Topics include:

  • The use of air and vapour barriers in single and multi-unit residential buildings.
  • Challenges and options for improving durability, comfort and energy efficiency through effective barrier use.
  • Design and installation considerations for Part 9 and Part 3 buildings.

Presenters

  • Richard Kadulski is a Vancouver-based architect specializing in healthy, energy-efficient, solar, and climate-sensitive residential design. He is a current member of the National Research Council of Canada Standing Committee on Housing and Small Buildings (Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada). Richard is a trainer offering building industry and general public training. He is the editor of SOLPLAN REVIEW, Canada’s journal of energy conservation, building science and building practice.
  • Lorne Ricketts MASc, P.Eng., is a building 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 recently led a study on the airtightness of large buildings in North America—These results are the basis for updates to provincial and federal energy codes.

Building Smart with Safe and Durable Wall Assemblies

This half-day workshop is eligible for professional learning credits.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
8 a.m. to 12 noon (registration and breakfast start at 7 a.m)
BCBEC Members: Earlybird price $75 until January 20, 2017 (regular price $85)
Non-members: Earlybird price $90 until January 20, 2017 (regular price $100)
Students: $30

Topics include:

  • 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 is examined.

For more information, or to see the program and presenter bios, go to BCBEC


Building Smart with Radon Mitigation

This workshop is eligible for 3.0 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Attend on location:

Brix Studio, Suite 102-211 Columbia Street, Vancouver (25-person limit)
Cost: $70 (GST included)

Register for the on location event

Attend online:

Webinar attendees login at 8 a.m. Registration deadline 2 p.m., March 8

Register for the online webinar

Topics include:

  • Radon basics, testing solutions, cost estimates and mitigation options for new and existing construction.
  • The presentation showcases Canada’s largest community-wide radon testing project in Prince George, B.C. as well as study findings from two B.C. communities using various mitigation strategies.
  • We will also discuss facilitating homeowner understanding of radon health risks and the steps that can be taken beyond the current BC Building Code. The session concludes with the certification process for the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program.

Presenters

  • Britt Swoveland, B.A. RadonAware Program & Partnerships, British Columbia Lung Association
    Britt oversees research, education, public outreach, partnerships and special projects for the RadonAware Program. She has participated in community-wide radon testing projects, provincial radon awareness campaigns and in-field studies to assist in the advancement of provincial building code measures for radon protection.

  • David Innes, Radon Environmental Management Corporation
    David is an accomplished sales executive for new construction-related technologies. He is a Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program professional in radon measurement and mitigation.

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