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CSC Annual Conference: 2 Presentations

May 24, 2018

CSC Annual Conference

This year’s Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) Annual Conference is jam-packed with over 20 technical sessions! We’re proud to announce that we’ll be presenting two sessions on getting to net-zero and building envelope commissioning and LEEDv4.

View the complete schedule and register for the CSC Conference here.

Session 1:

Emerging Solutions, Products and Methods for Getting to Net Zero

Significant strides have been made in Canada with regards to the development of net-zero/zero carbon building policies and programs, ranging from provincial legislation to municipal policy to voluntary green building programs. These policies and programs have been primarily influenced using data-driven guidance, which has led to an in-depth understanding of the building strategies and technologies that are required to meet these high-performance targets, as well as limitations and challenges. These solutions and limitations will be discussed in detail, through the lens of products, systems and methods that may influence how contract documents are developed.

Presenter: Christian Cianfrone, Building Energy Specialist
Time & Date: Thursday, May 24 at 10:30 am.

Session 2:

Building Envelope Commissioning and LEEDv4.

The Commissioning process has historically attached itself to the active systems, leaving the primarily passive envelope systems undefined and unchecked. However, due to the significant changes in City and State Energy Codes across the US which are addressing envelope design requirements to meet air leakage control and thermal performance targets, a new light has been directed at the importance of commissioning the passive systems. The code changes are requiring designers and contractors to deliver higher performance of their buildings, especially from the building envelope. Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) is a topic that will enable designers to be prepared for not only the new changes being implemented in LEED v4, but also to stay current on how certain building envelope assemblies perform related to energy performance while ensuring long-term durability. Commissioning the building envelope is progressively recognized as an important element in achieving optimal building performance.

Presenter: Stevan Vinci, Senior Sustainability/Building Science Specialist
Time & Date: Thursday, May 24 at 1:45 pm

Register HERE to attend both sessions

Meet Our Building Science Professionals:

Christian Cianfrone, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C – Principal and Building Energy Practice Lead

With over a decade of focused experience, Christian is one of Canada’s industry leaders in building energy efficiency, energy code and energy simulation. Having worked on hundreds of projects across North America, Christian represents Morrison Hershfield on numerous technical committees. He sits on the Energy and Engineering Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the CaGBC, Chairs the USGBC Energy and Atmosphere TAG and has provided energy policy advice to some of Canada’s largest cities, including Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Christian has also been instrumental in developing and delivering professional education on current industry topics relating to energy efficiency, simulation, codes and ventilation.


Stevan Vinci, CET, LFA, LEED® AP BD+C, LEED® AP O+M, LEED® AP Homes, GGP – Senior Sustainability and Building Energy Specialist

Stevan serves as the Sustainability Practice Lead for MH’s Pacific Northwest offices. He has provided in-house training for MH staff in writing exams toward their LEED GA and AP with specialty credentials. Stevan is on MH’s LEED Certification Review Team, and he has completed over 110 LEED project certification reviews on behalf of the CaGBC to date. He serves as Faculty for the USGBC and CaGBC.