2017 THERMAL PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS SEMINAR SERIES
PRESENTED BY RDH BUILDING SCIENCE LABORATORIES
The thermal performance of buildings plays an important and increasingly significant role in the energy efficiency requirements contained in Canadian building codes. However, understanding and meeting these requirements has also become increasingly complex for building designers. At the same time, it has become clear that important decisions regarding basic enclosure assembly design and window area need to be made early in the design process to result in the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and comfortable building.
Presented across Canada by RDH Building Science Laboratories experts, this half-day seminar series will provide up-to-date information on new thermal control requirements (and those on the horizon) and how to meet and exceed these requirements with concrete products and systems solutions.
We will discuss key aspects of building performance including different definitions of R-value; the strengthened thermal bridging restrictions and the design challenges they may present; compliance paths for thermal performance; and how precast concrete, concrete masonry, insulated concrete forms, and cast-in-place concrete design options for enclosure systems meet and exceed thermal performance requirements. Practical examples will be used to illustrate key decision points and explain why they matter.
Seminar attendees will receive a downloadable version of the guide “Meeting and Exceeding Building Code Thermal Performance Requirements” developed by RDH’s John Straube, PhD, P.Eng.
Attendees will earn Professional Development Hours (PDH). A certificate of completion indicating the number of hours will be issued after the seminar. In British Columbia, this seminar has also been approved for 3 PD credits by BC Housing.
Aaron Grin, P.Eng., M.A.Sc., is an Associate and Senior Project Engineer at RDH Building Science Inc., where he is actively involved in residential and commercial design reviews, forensic investigations, construction verification, and on-site performance testing. As a researcher, he is primarily interested in the building science behind low energy, durable, sustainable buildings; his published research covers issues ranging from advanced thermal performance measurement to structural analysis of high performance wall assemblies. He is also a lecturer at the University of Waterloo and a regular presenter at industry seminars, workshops, and conferences.
Brian Hubbs, P.Eng., is a Managing Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist at RDH. With over 20 years’ experience as a consultant practicing exclusively in the field of building science, Brian is recognized by his peers as being a practical façade engineer and researcher. He has a unique blend of theoretical and hands-on knowledge gained from completing hundreds of building enclosure forensic investigations and rehabilitation projects as well as from design consulting and construction review of building enclosures for new buildings. Brian has extensive experience with all high-rise façade systems, components, and materials. An engaging and vibrant presenter, he regularly speaks at seminars, conferences, and guest lectures on a range of building science topics, including precast concrete and cast-in-place concrete construction.
Alex Lukachko, M.Arch., is a Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist with RDH. He manages the firm’s Toronto region and consults with clients in Canada and the United States, including building material manufacturers, constructors, and architecture firms. Alex also teaches the integration of energy, building science and design concepts in the architecture programs at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. Alex has active research interests in the development of future building enclosure systems and the design of high performance, low environmental impact buildings. In particular, he is interested in the link between architectural design and quality assurance that ensures high building performance. These interests are part of a long-term pursuit of effective (and measurable) sustainable building practices.
Chris Schumacher, M.A.Sc., is a Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist at RDH, with over 20 years’ experience in building science. As a consultant, Chris regularly conducts field investigations and large-scale retrofit assessments. He has a special interest in historical buildings and has consulted on many projects for universities and other large institutional and commercial facilities. His research includes multiple projects focused on thermal performance, investigating both materials and assemblies using measured data and modeling. Chris is a frequent speaker at industry events, where his combined interests allow him to bridge the gap between building science research and application.
John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng., is is a Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist at RDH, as well as a cross-appointed faculty member in the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is also a prolific writer and a noted public speaker. As one blogger wrote after attending a keynote speech: “he clearly loves what he does.” Dr. Straube’s leadership as a building scientist and an educator has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in Building Science Education from the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC) and the Professional Leadership Award from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA).