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Minnesota BEC Annual Meeting: Air Barrier Performance & Pitfalls

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We’re excited to join this year’s Minnesota Building Envelope Council’s (BEC) Annual meeting! It will take place on Tuesday, April 23rd at Jax Cafe in Minneapolis.

 

Morrison Hershfield’s Lee Durston, Principal / Senior Building Science Consultant, will co-present this year’s session Air Barrier Performance & Pitfalls.

This presentation will cover:

Performance

  1. Attributes of the building envelope.
  2. What is required for a successful air barrier installation
  3. What energy can be saved and HVAC equipment downsizing realized on a given project

Pitfalls

  1. Things that could go that actually do go wrong on a given project.
    1. Connections
    2. Weather
    3. Compatibility
    4. Etc.
  2. Case studies on the good, bad and the ugly.

More information can be found here.

BC Housing Building Smart Webinar: Key Considerations for High Performance Walls

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Our very own Patrick Roppel (Principal / Building Science Specialist), will be co-presenting this 3-hour online webinar for BC Housing, titled Building Smart: Key Considerations for High Performance Walls. It will take place on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. PST. More information and registration here.

Session Overview:

This session will help broaden the common understanding of how high-rise residential buildings can meet the next generation of net-zero or net-zero ready standards that are applicable to all climate zones in Canada and build upon current design requirements and construction practice. It will illustrate solutions for higher levels of performance in Part 3 buildings, as required by Passive House, BC Energy Step Code, and the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan.

Half of the session will be dedicated to the review of typical wall assemblies and will explore practical solutions for designing and building to the effective R-values required for higher levels of the BC Energy Step Code. Parapet, clear wall, window, slab and door full size mock-up details will be reviewed step-by-step to emphasize constructability, durability, moisture control and fire protection.

The session will also outline useful guides and tools available to the design and construction community to help meet multiple objectives, including reducing energy consumption, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing resiliency and passive survivability.

This event is presented in collaboration with ZEBx, BCIT and other industry stakeholders.

PM Springfest: WHO’S SUPPOSED TO PAY FOR THAT? Managing Capital Budgets & Projects in Mixed-Use Developments

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PM Springfest brings together building owners, operators, developers and property managers for a full day of education sessions! Seminars from leading experts focus on how to reduce operating costs, capital projects and budgets, cost-effective maintenance solutions, and more! We’re excited to be participating in this year’s session! This year’s PM Springfest will take place on Wednesday, March 27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s South Building.

Amy Heppler, Principal / Building Science Engineer, will present Who’s Supposed to Pay for That? Managing Capital Budgets & Projects in Mixed-Use Developments. This session will begin at 8:30 a.m.

More information and registration can be found here.

Presentation Overview:

Mixed-use developments sound great! Condo residents can pop downstairs to the grocery store, office workers have a food court handy for lunch, everyone can access the subway easily through a tunnel, and that parking garage has space for everyone! Property Managers know the reality though – no matter how much thought the Developer put into the documents, you’re always finding new grey areas, and projects no-one budgeted for. This session will examine the special challenges of capital work in mixed-use developments where ownership boundaries are unclear, responsibilities are shared, and access sometimes requires easements. The presentation will examine typical areas of overlapping use and benefit and different ways of budgeting for and managing shared repair and replacement projects.

WABO Annual Education Institute: Air & Moisture Barriers

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The Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) annual Education Institute training sessions will take place March 25-28, 2019 in Lynnwood, Washington. Our team is excited to take part in training the state’s Building Code Officials on the building envelope!

More information and registration can be found here.

Medgar Marceau, Principal / Senior Building Science Engineer, will present Air & Moisture Barriers: What to Look for in Drawings and On Site.

Presentation Overview:

The presentation will review the purpose of the building envelope and describe the concept of continuous control layers to protect the building envelope. We will describe the building envelope control layers for controlling water penetration, air leakage, heat flow, and water vapor diffusion. Emphasis will be on “continuity” of the control layers, what to look for in the drawings and in the field to verify that continuity of the control layers has been maintained. Numerous construction details, material samples, and construction photos, will be used to show examples of the concepts. This presentation will explain the difference between air barriers, water barriers, and vapor barriers and show how the design of the envelope can incorporate some or all of these functions into a single material. We’ll also discuss implication of improper placement of control layers or consequences of improper material selection.

This session will take place during the afternoon session on Tuesday, March 26.

About our Presenter:

Medgar Marceau, P.E., CDT
Principal / Senior Building Science Engineer

Medgar has a unique mix of building envelope, energy modeling and life-cycle assessment (LCA) experience. In addition to Medgar’s building science expertise, he has extensive knowledge in whole building energy simulation and material science including infrared thermographic analysis, modeling of air and moisture transfer through envelope systems, air leakage, and mass transfer. Medgar’s sustainability goal is to help designers increase building durability and reduce building energy consumption.

CSC Building Expo: The Building Envelope as a System – A Balanced Approach

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We’re excited to be presenting at this year’s CSC Building Expo in Toronto! This year’s conference will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building.

More information on the conference and registration can be found here.

Presentation Overview: The Building Envelope as a System – A Balanced Approach

One fundamental method to achieve deep green buildings is to optimize the envelope’s mechanical and electrical systems. The envelope should be considered as a system where heat, light and air flow in both directions, not viewed simply as a barrier between the interior and exterior. The envelope can be designed to reduce energy loads and impact health and productivity through natural light and control of indoor environment. This can help achieve credits across multiple LEED categories.

This presentation will review the impacts and opportunities associated with the building envelope when pursuing a deep green building. The presentation is based on our experience with multiple large Canadian commercial buildings, each targeting net zero carbon. We will present a methodology to use parametric analysis with whole building energy modelling to explore and understand the energy and carbon impacts of envelope options. The methodology and tools are straightforward and easily understood by architects and owners, and can enable designers to invest more wisely in their envelope. Our presenter will provide attendees with a better understanding of how the envelope can contribute to energy reductions.

This session will take place on Wednesday, February 27 at 3 p.m.

About our Presenter:

Mark Lucuik, Director of Sustainability
Mark is a practicing engineer who has been involved in the field of sustainability since the early 1990’s. Mark is a past long serving member of the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council (past Vice-Chair), sits on the Board of the Athena Institute, and was a founding board member of the Ottawa Chapter of the CaGBC. Mark was past co-chair of the LEED Canada Steering Committee for the Canada Green Building Council, and was a past member of several CaGBC committees and task groups. Mark’s expertise in LEED, Building Envelopes, and the embodied material effects of building materials have allowed him to work on over one hundred green buildings in Canada and the United States. Mark helps design and construction teams achieve their green goals, including LEED, efficiently. Mark is a firm believer in the benefits of green construction, and the necessity of change to reflect our changing climate. Mark demonstrates these beliefs by considering environmental effects in all professional and personal decisions. Mark lives in a LEED Platinum house.

AEE Canada East Full-Day Seminar: Envelope and Heritage Restorations

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Trane Eastern Canada and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Canada East are partnering to host the full-day seminar, focusing on Carbon Neutrality for Existing Buildings.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Session Overview:

Envelope is more than windows and doors. How can we improve the performance of envelope systems while respecting building science and preservation guidelines?

Join David Kayll as he explores how to improve the insulation of heritage building restorations while respecting the historic nature of the facility and helping to meet carbon neutral targets.

This session is the third of the day and will begin at 10:15 a.m.

About our Presenter:

David Kayll, Director / Building Science Specialist
David is a senior engineering specialist delivering engineering consulting to public and private organizations, specialist support to building designers, and design on renovation and new construction. He has completed projects across Canada, including Canada’s North. David is a senior project manager for Eastern North America Building Specialty Services and is involved in energy and building science/envelope projects from Texas to Manitoba to Easter Canada.  Trained and experienced in the theories and practices of energy systems, building science and the building envelope/enclosure, David has worked in the various aspects of the industry from R&D to practical application of technical solutions to problems.

Greenbuild: The Building Envelope as a System – A Balanced Approach

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We’re excited to be presenting at this year’s Greenbuild Expo! Greenbuild is one of the largest international conference and expos specifically dedicated to sustainability in the built environment. The conference brings together professionals in the architecture, construction, engineering and planning community for four days of education sessions, workshops and networking. This year’s conference will take place on November 14-16, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

More information on the conference and registration can be found here.

Presentation Overview: The Building Envelope as a System – A Balanced Approach

One fundamental method to achieve deep green buildings is to optimize the envelope’s mechanical and electrical systems. The envelope should be considered as a system where heat, light and air flow in both directions, not viewed simply as a barrier between the interior and exterior. The envelope can be designed to reduce energy loads and impact health and productivity through natural light and control of indoor environment. This can help achieve credits across multiple LEED categories.

This presentation will review the impacts and opportunities associated with the building envelope when pursuing a deep green building. The presentation is based on our experience with multiple large Canadian commercial buildings, each targeting net zero carbon. We will present a methodology to use parametric analysis with whole building energy modelling to explore and understand the energy and carbon impacts of envelope options. The methodology and tools are straightforward and easily understood by architects and owners, and can enable designers to invest more wisely in their envelope. Our presenters are two senior Building Envelope Specialists and LEED Fellows who will provide attendees with a better understanding of how the envelope can contribute to energy reductions.

This session will take place on Friday, November 16 at 8 a.m.

About our Presenters:

Mark Lucuik, Director of Sustainability
Mark is a practicing engineer who has been involved in the field of sustainability since the early 1990’s. Mark is a past long serving member of the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council (past Vice-Chair), sits on the Board of the Athena Institute, and was a founding board member of the Ottawa Chapter of the CaGBC. Mark was past co-chair of the LEED Canada Steering Committee for the Canada Green Building Council, and was a past member of several CaGBC committees and task groups. Mark’s expertise in LEED, Building Envelopes, and the embodied material effects of building materials have allowed him to work on over one hundred green buildings in Canada and the United States. Mark helps design and construction teams achieve their green goals, including LEED, efficiently. Mark is a firm believer in the benefits of green construction, and the necessity of change to reflect our changing climate. Mark demonstrates these beliefs by considering environmental effects in all professional and personal decisions. Mark lives in a LEED Platinum house.

Jamie McKay, Sustainability and Building Envelope Commissioning Specialist
Jamie is a Building Science and Sustainability Consultant at Morrison Hershfield, specializing in high performance Building Envelope design and Commissioning. He has worked for MH for over 18 years, starting in Vancouver, BC and then moving to Ottawa, ON in 2009. Jamie has acquired a wide range of knowledge in sustainable design and building science through his project experience at Morrison Hershfield, lecturing (US / Canada) and teaching (Carleton University, British Columbia Institute of Technology). His specialties include sustainable design, high performance building envelopes, Owner’s Advocacy, LEED Building Durability Planning and LEED V4 Building Envelope Commissioning. Jamie received his LEED Fellow designation in 2014 and was the Chair of the CAGBC Materials Technical Advisory Group (2017-2018 and member 2009-2018), and a member of the CAGBC Steering Committee of the Canadian Green Building Council (2017-2018). Jamie received his BECxProvider and CxA+BE accreditation from the University of Wisconsin in June of 2017.

CaGBC Ontario Awards Night

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The CaGBC Ontario Awards Night Gala brings together more than 250 industry leaders and supporters in Toronto. The Gala features an opening networking reception, keynote speaker, gala dinner and presentation of the Green Building Excellence and Leadership Awards at the elegant Arcadian Court.

Join Morrison Hershfield’s Sustainability Disruptor, Eric Corey Freed, as he delivers the evening’s keynote and acts as MC for the Awards Night Gala.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Morrison Hershfield also has TWO projects nominated for awards of excellence:

ONE60 Elgin has been selected as a finalist for Excellence in Green Building – Existing Buildings (for our client H&R REIT)
Seneca College has been selected as a finalist for Excellence in New Construction (Commercial and Institutional) – (for our client EllisDon & Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology)

More information about awards finalists can be found here.

CONSTRUCT: Two Presentations and a Panel

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Advance your techniques in developing and evaluating architectural detailing concepts while understanding lessons learned from recent developments in net zero energy, carbon pricing and financial risk models. We’re pleased to announce that our Building Science team will be presenting two sessions and participating in a panel at this year’s CONSTRUCT Conference! This 3-day conference will take place from October 3-5, 2018 in Long Beach, California.

Conference and registration information can be found here.

Presentation Overview – Performance Anxiety: Confessions from the Building Envelope

How does the design of the building envelope actually perform? This program will explore this question and show a comprehensive depiction of building performance as it relates to the building envelope. The innovative strategies presented will analyze the relationship between building envelope assembly, materials, and detailing and the actual performance of the envelope assemblies observed from in-field observations and performance testing. The performance aspects related to the building envelope will address water penetration, condensation, thermal performance, and air leakage. This will help designers make informed decisions as well as identify and assess areas of high priority earlier in the design process when it comes to meeting project performance goals. With experience working on hundreds of Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) and envelope testing projects over the last decade, we have seen what works and what doesn’t. Our in-depth discussion of recent architectural concepts will compare design/details versus actual field performance.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Outline advanced techniques to develop and evaluate architectural detailing concepts related to air, moisture, and thermal performance
  • Identify effective and progressive methods to accomplish building envelope mock-up and field performance testing
  • Specify performance testing to effectively verify the OPR
  • Describe how products and architectural details actually perform when tested through review of case studies

This session will be presented by Stevan Vinci, Building Envelope Commissioning Specialist, and Rick Ziegler, Senior Building Science Consultant. It will take place on Wednesday, October 3 at 9:20 a.m.

Panel Overview – A Look Ahead at 2019: Trends and Challenges in the AEC Industry

Get together with your peers and a group of thought leaders to discuss the hot topics, emerging trends, challenges and opportunities facing the AEC industry. What lessons, new wisdom, and better tools should we take with us to help us face the challenges in 2019?  The topics will vary depending upon the audience and could range from materials and construction processes to women in architecture, augmented reality to offsite/modular construction trends and everything in between.  This is an open forum where the exchange of ideas, opinions and information is encouraged.  Ask questions of the panel of thought leaders or share your own insights.  We will crowdsource the topics of interest to the audience just prior to the event, so the content will be fresh and timely.

Stevan Vinci, Building Envelope Commissioning Specialist, will act as a panelist for this session. It will take place on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 a.m.

Presentation Overview – An Optimistic Report from the Dystopian, Apocalyptic World of 2030: Innovations in Net Zero Building

In the last decade, carbon levels increased 20 parts per million (from 380 to 403), the population grew by one billion, global temperature increased by half a degree Celsius, and 25 percent more people moved into our cities. The world is rapidly changing and will be a very different place by 2030. In this talk, we’ll explore dozens of disparate trends in technology, sustainability and the construction industry and connect the dots to get a glimpse into how we can save the world AND save our businesses at the same time. You’ll learn how to stack emerging trends to forecast opportunities in the green building space. Climate change is redefining the design parameters and project demands for building design. Uncertainty in the future will require solutions that measure and manage energy, water and health outcomes in innovative ways. During this energetic and entertaining session, participants will engage in a collaborative process to better address systemic barriers to healthy, high-performing, sustainable, resilient buildings. Together, we’ll acknowledge the challenges and complexities facing project teams pursuing net zero / zero carbon projects and how to identify the risks amplified over and above a conventional development. Hear from an award winning architect in a lively discussion that will change how you look at the future, regardless of how bleak it may be!

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the lessons learned from recent developments in net zero energy, carbon pricing and financial risk models, and how to apply them to their upcoming projects
  • Identify the key financial barriers facing these projects, and how to find creative ways to communicate these opportunities to the owners
  • Discover how advances in automation, energy storage, biophilia and climate planning will change how building owners set requirements for their projects
  • Describe innovative strategies being used on current projects to design and build low carbon communities

This session will be presented by Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor. It will take place on Friday, October 5 at 8:45 a.m.

13th North American Passive House Conference: 2 Workshops + Core Presentation

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Learn the differences between SF, MF and Commerical/Institutional PHIUS+ Projects and understand the differences in large building MEP design approaches between code and PHIUS+ buildings with Prudence Ferreira, Passive House Practice Lead. She will be co-presenting two Pre-Conference Workshops and a Core Curriculum Session at this year’s annual North American Passive House Conference in Boston! Pre-Conference Workshops will take place September 19 and 20, the Core Conference will follow on September 21 and 22.

Prudence’s Core Curriculum presentation on the topic of WUFI and Hygrothermal Modeling Protocols will take place on Friday, September 21 at 4:15 p.m.

More information on the conference and associated workshops can be found here.

Overview – Pre-Conference Workshop: Advanced PHIUS + 2018 Commercial/Large MultiFamily WUFI Passive Energy Modeling

Passive building has moved quickly into larger multifamily and commercial building typologies over the past two years and it has become apparent that larger buildings require critical additional skills from the CPHC. Prudence and Maren both have been on the forefront of passive commercial and larger scale multifamily design in their practice and will present an overview and step by step guide of how to best set up the energy models for these larger building typologies. Don’t miss this class if you are moving into bigger buildings, it will prove invaluable!

This session will take place on September 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register here.

Overview – Pre-Conference Workshop: PHIUS + MEP Design for Large Multifamily and Commercial Projects

This workshop will take a look at successful systems design for PHIUS+ projects. Galen as the mechanical engineer on the project and Prudence as the lead CPHC have worked together on large scale passive multifamily and commercial projects and will share their lessons learned and their protocols that they developed for those projects and that they found to work best. They have pioneered what is often lamented about: a successful integrated design process of MEP design and passive building envelope optimization.

This session will take place on September 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register here.

About our Presenter

Prudence Ferreira, Passive House Practice Lead
Prudence is a senior member of Morrison Hershfield’s Building Performance Analysis team and serves as the firm’s Passive House Lead. She has modeled over 1.2 million square feet of passive projects including over 170 thousand square feet of non-residential and 920 dwelling units to date.  Ms. Ferreira is also a Certified Instructor for the Passive House Institute US and regularly teaches the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training, WUFI Passive modeling, and Advanced Hygrothermal Analysis around the US. She has trained over 600 CPHC’s, is a core contributor to CPHC training curriculum and credential exam. Prudence served on the PHIUS Board of Directors from 2011-2018 and is a founding member of the PHIUS Technical Committee. Ms. Ferreira has consulted on passive house projects across 7 different climate zones including sub-arctic, tropical and high altitude (Himalayan) locations.