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Facade Tectonics Forum VANCOUVER: Beyond Glazing + Big Glazing

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Join us at façade Tectonics Forum in Vancouver! We’ll have two team members participating in panel discussions titled Big Glazing: The Escalating Challenge of a Centuries-long Trend and Beyond Glazing: Trends, Drivers and What Lies Beyond the Horizon. This Forum is a full-day symposium, providing several educational sessions focused on the evolving considerations and practices of building façade glazing.

Registration information for Façade Tectonics Forum: VANCOUVER can be found here.

Big Glazing – Presentation Overview:

The trend of ever larger lites of glass in the building envelope extends back to the Roman Empire and the first use of window glass in architecture. Increasing complexity accompanies this trend: larger glazing units are more challenging to produce, handle, transport, support and install. This ongoing amplification of complexity is itself a trend in architectural glass development, which now involves extensive post-processing of raw flat glass by heat treating, coating, laminating, and printing, and the use of glass in an increasing array of complex assemblies including insulating, laminated, photovoltaic, electrochromic, spectrally-selective and decorative products. Where are these trajectories headed? What are the considerations that practitioners must account for in using “big glass?”

Yvon Chiasson, Senior Building Science Consultant, will participate in this panel discussion at 8:15 a.m.

Beyond Glazing – Presentation Overview:

Architectural glass presents multiple trajectories into the future, all with potential contribution to a transformative change in the built environment. These trajectories involve the development of glass as a material and as part of a façade assembly, and the evolution of expression of glass in buildings and their façades—both as a vehicle for transparency, translucency and reflection, and as a performative material facilitating daylight and view. In addition, despite the long-running trends of ever more and ever larger lites of glass in the building skin, escalating performance requirements are driving the consideration and use of alternative façade materials.

Stéphane Hoffman, Principal/VP of Façade Engineering, will participate in this panel discussion at 4:15 p.m.

About our Panelists:

Yvon Chiasson, Senior Building Science Consultant
Yvon has over 18 years of consulting experience and works with Morrison Hershfield’s FaçadeEngineering team. He has experience with a number of different envelope materials, years of involvement with R&D, and technical sales of building envelope systems. Utilizing his years of background in the glazing industry, Yvon’s work often brings him to the table with glazing manufacturers to evaluate different systems, as well as to witness manufacturing and testing for enhanced Quality Assurance. Yvon has managed projects for various commercial, high-rise, and institutional buildings, both private and public sector clients.

 

Stéphane Hoffman, Principal / VP Facade Engineering
As Professional Engineer with a Master’s degree level education that combines structural engineering, building science and architecture, Stéphane brings a well-balanced consulting approach to the building envelope; blending scientific analysis with an understanding of aesthetics considerations.  Stéphane leads Morrison Hershfield’s Façade Engineering and Building Performance Analytics Teams focusing on conceptual design of cladding and glazing systems on projects throughout North America.

Utah Energy Code & Advanced Building Science Training

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Learn Strategies for Improving the Building Envelope while Meeting Commercial Utah Energy Codes at the upcoming Utah Energy Code & Advanced Building Science Training. Morrison Hershfield’s Building Envelope experts Chamonix Larsen and Rick Ziegler, along with Salt Lake County Building Official Brent Ursenbach will provide a detailed overview of commercial energy code requirements related to the building envelope and discuss strategies to reduce thermal bridging and improve wall performance. Onsite training includes a tour with the building envelope contractor NOORDA at their facility and an in-depth analysis of how they have helped their clients avoid high-risk details that lead to leaks and moisture problems.

This training will include two half-day sessions on June 26 and a half-day of on-site training on June 27.

Register and view the complete schedule here.

About Our Speakers:

Chamonix Larsen, AIA, LEED AP, Building Science Consultant
Chamonix is licensed architect with 13 years of industry experience. Her technical experience includes project management, design consultation and building envelope commissioning.  She has served as an owner’s representative for energy efficiency, LEED certification, whole building commissioning, and the development and implementation of the State of Utah High Performance Building Standard.  Chamonix has worked for clients in both private and public sectors, on renovation and new construction design. She is well versed in energy efficiency programs and high performance building project strategies used by state and municipal government entities.

Rick Ziegler, PE, Building Science Regional Manager
Rick has over 10 years of experience as a building envelope consultant.  His wide-ranging experience covers new and existing buildings in numerous regions of North America, Europe, and Asia.  His work includes building envelope assessments and investigations, envelope design and specifications, shop drawing and submittal reviews, field testing, mockups, and construction review.

ASHRAE 2018: Modeling of HVAC Systems Interactions with the Building Envelope

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Learn about the ways HVAC and the Building Envelope systems are interconnected and how to efficiently collaborate during the design process in our session Modeling of HVAC Systems Interactions with the Building Envelope at the 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference June 23–27, 2018.

Presentation Overview:

A building’s HVAC system and building envelope are intimately linked. Many envelope systems used for new construction and retrofit have poor thermal performance characteristics which can impose unexpected limitations on interior environmental set points and thermal comfort. Climate and indoor air moisture conditions can create high risks for building systems. Early collaboration between HVAC and envelope designers will enable the selection of systems and operational requirements that can mitigate problems, improve durability and ultimately result in a better performing new or retrofitted building.

Peter Adams will be presenting at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 25 as part of Seminar 25 in room 371AB.

Learn more about the conference and register here.

About the Presenter:

Peter Adams, P.Eng, Principal, Senior Building Envelope Engineer
Peter has specialized in the field of building science since 1992. Peter has conducted work on hundreds of properties involving many aspects of building performance.

Peter has made numerous presentations on building envelope, Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx), indoor air quality, and mold related topics, and currently teaches Building Science and related topics at the University of Toronto and at the University of Wisconsin. Peter has authored many articles for publication in various trade magazines and journals.

 

CaGBC Building Lasting Change 2018: Two Presentations

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On June 5-7th, take advantage of learning the latest knowledge and insights from Canadian and global experts in green building design and retrofits, market transformation, technology transformation and more at the at CaGBC Building Lasting Change Conference!

Register here

A Regional Emphasis: Rapid GHG Reductions and Resilience in the Built Environment

Presentation Overview:

Explore how extreme climate-driven events in urban population centers may trigger governments and policy makers to take action to mitigate risks associated with the impact of climate change. With the collaboration of policy makers in local municipalities and provincial government, this presentation intends to dissect the actions being taken and challenges being faced by various provincial and municipal government fronts such as the introduction of new minimum energy performance requirements in building codes, implementation of carbon tax, and greater emphasis on durability, resiliency and urbanization strategies aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.

Presented by: Kalum Galle, Senior Sustainability Specialist
Wednesday, June 6
2:45 p.m.
Room 206 C

Pushing & Predicting Passive Performance: Tips, Tricks and Tools from Retrofits to Resilience

Presentation Overview:

Pushing the passive envelope performance has been an increasing focus for deep green retrofits and projects seeking higher building performance. Practitioners are looking at the role of whole building rating systems, such as LEED Version 4, coupled with other energy or wellness focused rating systems, such as Passive House, WELL Building Standard, Net Zero, RELi, or Carbon Neutral/Positive programs to assist in pushing towards exceptional building performance. This presentation discusses the substantial changes and the importance of envelope design; from Lifecycle Assessment and Building Envelope Commissioning to new products like thermal clips, advanced glazing, double façades and dynamic cladding. The presenters will also discuss new tools and techniques that can be used to better predict performance from thermal bridging, new processes to commission the envelope and methods to increase durability and resilience. The two presenters, both LEED Fellows and Sustainability and Building Science Consultants, will include lessons learned from 20+ years of LCA work, 10+ years of LEED Durable Building projects in Canada, and 5 years of Building Envelope Commissioning work.

Presented by: Jamie McKay, Sustainability and Building Science Specialist, and Mark Lucuik, Senior Sustainability Specialist
Thursday, June 7
10:15 a.m.
Room 206 D

Kalum Galle, B.Arch. S GSI, LEEP AP BD+C, Senior Sustainability Specialist
With more than eight years of experience in the field of sustainable development, Kalum brings valuable experience in various building rating systems and construction coordination. Kalum provides sustainable design guidance and energy efficiency solutions for innovative green building design strategies. Through Integrated Design Process, he has worked with commercial, residential and educational clients in all phases of the LEED® process from concept design through to construction and certification. Kalum is on MH’s LEED Certification Review Team and has completed over 50 LEED project certification reviews on behalf of the CaGBC to date.

Jamie McKay, P.Eng., Sustainability and Building Science Specialist/LEED Fellow
Jamie McKay is a Building Science and Sustainability Consultant at Morrison Hershfield. He has over 25 years of sustainable building experience with a prime focus on projects in Central and Eastern Canada. He has worked on LEED and Green projects in the area of Building Science, specializing in high-performance building envelope design and has taught and lectured across Canada on the subject.

Mark Lucuik, P.Eng., Senior Sustainability Specialist/LEED Fellow
Mark has acquired a wide range of knowledge in sustainable design and building science through his experience and private work and through research in wood products and roofing materials and environmental embodied effects. Having achieved LEED Fellow status in 2013,  he is one of a very short list of North Americans with the most prestigious designation for LEED Professionals. This recognizes his exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of Sustainability Professionals.

 

 

BECOR Sustainable Renewal of Residential Buildings: Holistic Sustainability, Going Beyond Energy

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The Building Envelope Council Ottawa Region (BECOR) is a full-day Technical Series conference held in Ottawa, ON. This year’s theme is Opportunities for Sustainable Renewal of Residential Buildings. On May 31, 2018, join experts to learn about sustainability factors beyond calculable metrics of energy and carbon reduction and how they affect our built environment and human wellness.

Register here.

Presentation Overview:

Our current challenge to adapt and rehabilitate older properties into sustainable, passive and soon-to-be regenerative buildings, presents an incredible opportunity. The focus on calculable metrics like reducing carbon and energy consumption (payback, NPV, ROI) is necessary to justify decision making and project initiation but is too narrow. What about the people who live inside these buildings? How do we leverage this work to improve indoor air quality, thermal comfort, resiliency, resource consumption and waste, durability and health and wellness?

Please join two LEED Fellows and Building Sustainability Champions, Mark Lucuik and Jamie McKay, as they discuss the importance of and opportunities for identifying, incorporating and implementing less tangible and less-measurable sustainability goals. In concert with other energy efficiency strategies during their presentation Holistic Sustainability, Going Beyond Energy .

About our Presenters:

Jamie McKay, P.Eng., Sustainability and Building Science Specialist/LEED Fellow
Jamie McKay is a Building Science and Sustainability Consultant at Morrison Hershfield. He has over 25 years of sustainable building experience with a prime focus on projects in Central and Eastern Canada. He has worked on LEED and Green projects in the area of Building Science, specializing on high-performance building envelope design and has taught and lectured across Canada on the subject. Jamie also has “secret” level of clearance (level II) with CISD.

Mark Lucuik, P.Eng., Senior Sustainability Specialist/LEED Fellow
Mark has acquired a wide range of knowledge in sustainable design and building science through his experience and private work as well as  and through research in wood products and roofing materials and environmental embodied effects. Having achieved LEED Fellow status in 2013,  he is one of a very short list of North Americans with the most prestigious designation for LEED Professionals, recognizing exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of Sustainability Professionals.

 

 

CSC Annual Conference: 2 Presentations

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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 to attend both sessions: HERE

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.

2018 ABAA Conference: Energy and Air Barriers – Navigating the New Codes

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Presentation Overview

Over the past decade, energy codes have brought a number of changes with respect to improving the performance of the building envelope both in design and construction. Most notable is the increasing importance placed on air‐leakage through the enclosure and how this often unknown value affects many of the energy efficiency metrics that define the performance of the building. Currently, there are multiple codes and standards requiring varying levels of air tightness as well as varying levels and methods of verification. As the requirements and performance implications become better understood, common design and construction practices will experience shifts toward better performance as was experienced in the early years of the USACE requirements on which the private sector codes are based.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the theory and historical progression of air tightness requirements and understand the metrics that provide the baseline for levels of air tightness.
  2. Understand the basic phases of holistic enclosure consulting related to air barriers.
  3. Understand validity, impact, and relevance of the wide range of air tightness codes and standards.
  4. Understand air leakage performance verification testing.

J. Lee Durston and Rick Ziegler are jointly presenting Energy and Air Barriers – Navigating the New Codes at this year’s ABAA National Conference. The ABAA Regional Managers’ session will take place at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9th.

Register to attend the 8:00 am session in room 257A.

About the Presenters:

J. Lee Durston, BS, CBST II – Principal, Building Science Specialist

Lee Durston is a Building Science specialist with over 13 years of experience in a variety of project types including military, mid-rise, natatoriums, government, hospitality and multi-family residential.  He serves on the US Department of Defense High Performance Building Envelope Task Force and is a contributing editor for the USACE Air Leakage Testing Protocol. He is a contributing author for the International Energy Agency Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Annex 46 “Energy and Process Assessment Protocol”.  Lee provides industry training for Building Envelope related professionals, contractors, architects, developers, and has developed specific training programs for Navy Facilities Command (NAVFAC) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

Rick Ziegler, PE, RRC, RRO – Principal

Rick has over 10 years of experience as a building envelope consultant. His consulting experience is broad and covers new and existing building in numerous regions of North America, Europe, and Asia.  His work includes building envelope assessments and investigations, envelope design and specifications, shop drawing and submittal reviews, field testing, mockups, and construction review.  Rick has worked on both new construction and rehabilitation projects across a number of market sectors such as commercial office, healthcare, higher education and government. He was also a contributor to the State of Utah’s high performance building standard.

NHICE: A New Era of Energy Codes in Canada

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Christian Cianfrone, Building Energy Specialist, is presenting New Era of Energy Codes in Canada at the first International Conference on New Horizons in Green Civil Engineering (NHICE). This three-day conference takes place on April 25-27 in Victoria, British Columbia. The session will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26.

Presentation Overview:

As local, provincial and federal governments commit to deep greenhouse gas reductions, building energy codes are adapting to support these outcomes. In addition to greenhouse gas reductions, developing durable, comfortable and resilient buildings are priorities for jurisdictions. Critical to the development of these new energy codes is identifying the appropriate metrics and administrative requirements to achieve all the desired objectives. Using the City of Toronto’s Zero Emissions Building Framework and the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan as examples, this presentation will show how a combination of global best practice research, big data analysis, and stakeholder engagement can lead to a robust energy policy over the long term.

Register to attend the New Horizons in Green Civil Engineering, here.

About the Presenter:

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.

Perth Tiny House & Green Home Festival: Passive House Performance & Materials

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Jamie McKay, Sustainability and Building Science Specialist, will be presenting at this year’s Tiny House & Green Home Festival at Algonquin College’s Perth Campus.

Jamie will be speaking on the topics of Passive House performance and materials. This session will provide advice on less conventional material choices (high performance walls, windows, roof design, air barriers, vapour barriers, insulation, controlling rain, etc…) plus free internet tools, tricks and techniques to achieve high performance envelopes. This session will take place at 10:30 a.m.

About the Tiny House & Green Home Festival

The festival aims to inspire and explore options to reduce the ecological footprint in constructing and furnishing homes. The theme is energy efficient, sustainable and affordable housing.
There will be several tiny houses for public viewing, speakers addressing Green Living, Social Housing and New Technologies topics, exhibitors promoting related services and products, background music, food and kids’ activities for a festive atmosphere geared to entertain families and individuals of all ages.
There’s still time to purchase a ticket.

About the Presenter

Jamie McKay, P.Eng., LEED Fellow
Jamie McKay is a Building Science and Sustainability Consultant at Morrison Hershfield. He has over 25 years of sustainable building experience with a prime focus on projects in Central and Eastern Canada. He has worked on LEED and Green projects in the area of Building Science, specializing on high performance building envelope design and has taught and lectured across Canada on the subject. Jamie also has “secret” level of clearance (level II) with CISD.

BEC Houston: BECx, Energy and Air Barriers

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Lee Durston, Principal / Senior Building Science Consultant, will present Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx), Energy and Air Barriers: Continuity is Key at the Building Enclosure Council (BEC) Houston April Symposium! This presentation will take place at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, April 20th.

Presentation Overview:

Over the past decade, energy codes have brought a number of changes with respect to improving the performance of the building enclosures both in design and construction.  Most notable is the increasing importance placed on air-leakage through the enclosure and how this often unknown value affects many of the energy efficiency metrics that define the performance of the building.
Through a review of multiple case studies of current enclosure commissioning/consulting and whole building air leakage testing, including high-rise, multi-family, and historic renovation, this presentation will review the codes and standards for validity, impact, and relevance.  Additionally, the metrics of air-leakage as part of the overall energy model will be discussed along with the implications of what varying levels of acceptable air leakage can have on material selection, construction type, level of quality control and even complexity of performance testing.

Register here.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand BECx and the basics of holistic commissioning related to air barriers.
  • Review the theory and historical progression of air tightness requirements and understand the metrics that provide the baseline for levels of air tightness.
  • Understand validity, impact and relevance of the wide range of air tightness codes and standards.
  • Understand air leakage performance verification testing.

About the Presenter:

J. Lee Durston BS, CBST II
Lee is a Building Science specialist with over 13 years of experience in a variety of project types including military, mid-rise, natatoriums, government, hospitality and multi-family residential.  He serves on the US Department of Defense High-Performance Building Envelope Task Force and is a contributing editor for the USACE Air Leakage Testing Protocol. He is a contributing author for the International Energy Agency Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Annex 46 “Energy and Process Assessment Protocol”. Lee provides industry training for Building Envelope related professionals, contractors, architects, developers, and has developed specific training programs for Navy Facilities Command (NAVFAC) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)