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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.

CEA 2019: Transportation Connects Alberta

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Join Morrison Hershfield at this year’s Transportation Connects Alberta Conference, hosted by CEA, celebrating the significant socio-economic return on transportation investments in the Province of Alberta. We are proud to sponsor, attend and support members of the Morrison Hershfield family while they present on three topics during the speaking sessions.

CLICK HERE to review more information about who will be attending from Morrison Hershfield.
For information about the conference and to register CLICK HERE.

Transit Design for Future Uncertainties

Presented by: Rebecca Stanzeleit
April 1st @ 3:30 PM in Forum 1: Transit – Light Rail
April 2nd @ 9:10 AM in Forum 1: Transit – Light Rail

As populations grow, the need for transit infrastructure to meet demands will rapidly increase. However, predicting the future of transit ridership is difficult with  many factors impacting our population, such as the pace of economic recoveries, the price of fuel, demographic changes, climate change and technological innovations. This uncertainty dictates the need for the consideration of multiple scenarios and the flexibility of transit infrastructure needs to be introduced at the design stage. Should uncertainties prevail, these provisions for the future could provide significant savings and avoid the risk of large investments from becoming obsolete.

Peak to Prairies: Whistler’s Cloudraker Skybridge and Winnipeg’s Taché Promenade Belvedere

Co-presented by: Scott Loptson & Andrew Neilson
April 1st @ 3:30 PM in Forum 2: Bridges
April 2nd @ 9:10 AM in Forum 2: Bridges

At Whistler’s Peak, the Cloudraker Skybridge spans an impressive 130 m on four cables across Whistler Bowl to the Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk lookout and is amongst the highest elevation suspension bridges in North America. Key challenges include: rock anchorage, long span with minimal cable sag, extreme environmental exposure, construction access, and achieving the client’s desire for a thrilling tourist attraction. In the heart of Winnipeg’s historic Old St. Boniface on the east bank of the Red River, the 100 m long Taché Promenade Belvedere pedestrian bridge meanders through riverbank cottonwoods to provide a gathering place and spectacular view of the Forks and Winnipeg’s downtown. At the water’s edge, challenges include floods, ice jams, unstable soils, species at risk, and meeting the vision for a universally accessible pedestrian experience integrated into the community and natural setting. Aspirations, constraints and design innovations of these two unique Western Canada pedestrian bridges will be explored.

Construction of the “Confederation Line” LRT in the City of Ottawa

Presented by: Rob Orchin
April 1st @ 4:00 PM in Forum 1: Transit – Light Rail
April 2nd @ 9:40 AM in Forum 1: Transit – Light Rail

In 2013, construction of the $2.1 Billion “Confederation Line” LRT commenced in the City of Ottawa. The project included construction of a downtown tunnel and conversion of a 10km dedicated Transitway to LRT. This conversion required the full closure of sections of the City’s Transitway, which was accommodating up to 180 buses per hour per direction. The first sections of Transitway were closed in 2013, with the full extent of the affected Transitway closed by April 2016. One of the major challenges of the Project was to plan for and implement alternative BRT measures designed to minimize impacts on OC Transpo services and costs.  To address this, extensive forward planning was done and “reference concepts” were developed prior to Project Award. A “Traffic and Transit Management Plan” was jointly developed, and implemented by the City and contractor. The objective of this plan was to minimize the costs and disruptions to the City’s transit network during the construction of the LRT.  The first part of the plan was to ensure mobility during construction – as the Transitway forms the backbone of the City’s network, and need to keep transit operating efficiently through the conversion to ensure ongoing high ridership. The second part was to provide an Alternative BRT, to be fully functional prior to any closures of sections of the existing Transitway. The third part was to define LRT construction requirements, focused monitoring of transit and traffic performance including the application of a concept called “Mobility Matters” requiring detailed scheduling of all BRT changes and financial incentives to minimizing any disruptions to the BRT system. The Project Specifications included requirements for a comprehensive Traffic and Transit Management Plan (TTMP), which brings together these three principles. This presentation will look at the development of the Plan, what worked well, what challenges were faced, and recommended actions.

About The Presenters

Rebecca Stanzeleit, EIT, Project Coordinator, Transit: Rebecca is a Civil Engineering graduate from McGill University working towards her Professional Engineer designation in Ontario. Since graduating, Rebecca has primarily worked on transit infrastructure projects. Her involvement in large scale transportation projects has allowed her to develop solid relationships with stakeholders and clients in the transit industry. She has also gained experience in transit and rail design and continues to diversify and build her engineering work experience. Currently, Rebecca is working as a Project Coordinator on the Metrolinx Electrification Program.


Scott Loptson, P.Eng., Department Manager Structures: Scott was lured into the bridge business to pursue graduate research on high-performance concrete for the Confederation Bridge. He has been involved in the inspection, assessment and design of bridges (and culverts and retaining walls) for over 22 years with projects stretching from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, NL. Graduating from the University of Calgary, he worked several years in Edmonton and is part of multiple previous and ongoing projects in Alberta. Scott was Project Manager and co-Lead Engineer for the Whistler Cloudraker Skybridge and is currently Department Manager for Morrison Hershfield’s Transportation Structures team in Alberta, BC and the Yukon.

Andrew Neilson, Deputy Lead Structures: Andrew started in engineering as a student surveyor for highway projects in central Alberta, eventually completing an M.Sc. in structural engineering at the U of A. Over the last 12 years he’s been fortunate to live in four Canadian cities, and over that time has provided technical and teamwork leadership on projects of all sizes across Western Canada, Ontario and Yukon. Andrew was Morrison Hershfield’s Design Project Manager and Lead Bridge Engineer for the Taché Promenade Active Transportation Renewal and Belvédère Saint-Boniface. He is based in Calgary during the week and can be found on a Kananaskis backcountry trail on the weekends.

Rob Orchin, P.Eng., Senior Transportation Engineer: Rob has 37 years of transportation engineering experience, with a focus on urban traffic and transportation field, primarily in the delivery of services to the public including traffic operations and safety, transit operations, alternate modes transportation planning, parking operations, and public works. From 2012 to 2018, his specific focus was as a member of the City of Ottawa team overseeing the implementation of the first stage of LRT – the Confederation Line, where he led a team of professionals in the development and implementation of alternative Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) facilities to permit the closure of approximately 10 kilometres of Transitway, for conversion to LRT. In late 2018, Rob left the City of Ottawa to join Morrison Hershfield. Rob is a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

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. The presentation will describe the building envelope control layers for controlling water penetration, air leakage, heat flow, and water vapor diffusion. The presentation will emphasize “continuity” of the control layer and what to look for in the drawing 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. The presentation will 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.

2°C Symposium: Keynote + Panel

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Organized by COTE AIA|LA, the 2°C Symposium is an opportunity to learn essential technologies, strategies and tools that address climate change at a critical time for our collective future. We’re excited that our very own Sustainability Disruptor, Eric Cory Freed, will be presenting a keynote and participating in a panel at this year’s event!

The 2°C Symposium will take place on Friday, March 1, 2019 in Los Angeles. More information here.

Keynote Overview – Building as a Conscious Act: Finding Opportunity in Health, Resiliency and Community

An inspirational look at the global crises facing the world and lessons from work with hundreds of municipalities, agencies, and companies to reduce their carbon, boost their performance, slash their operational expenses, and provide healthy spaces for everyone.

This session will take place at 8:45 a.m.

Panel Overview – The Carbon Panel: The Pathway to a Carbon-Negative World

We need new models that inspire the everyday hero and provide unprecedented prosperity based on sustainable strategies. This panel will explore the way forward to a carbon negative planet, reversing global warming and healing the planet’s ecosystems.

This session will take place at 9:20 a.m.

 

About our Presenter:

Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor
With over 25 years licensed architect experience, Eric has helped architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country. He has been a regular contributor for Greener Buildings, KBB Home, Sustainable Industries Journal, Luxe, Natural Home, Metropolitan Home and dozens of other publications, and lectures around the country at over 50 events a year.

Eric has served on the boards of the Human Health Initiative, the Inland Empire Chapter of the USGBC, Architects/Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), West Coast Green, as well as the advisory boards of over a dozen other organizations. He was a founding board member and Chair of the Coachella Valley branch of the US Green Building Council, and served on the Sustainability Commission for the City of Palm Desert where he drafted visionary sustainability policies. He has received awards from several Mayors and worked with dozens of municipalities around the country to help implement sustainable policies.

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.

Regional Resiliency: Planning for a Successful Future

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Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor, will join a panel of local Central Oregon leaders for this special session, Regional Resiliency: Planning for a Successful Future.

Attendees will be introduced to new processes and approaches to strategic planning that will focus on opportunities to build a collaborative stakeholder community resiliency plan to prepare for projected population growth.

This session will take place on Thursday, February 21, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bend, Oregon.

Can’t make it over the mountains to Bend? You can still listen in! Audio from this session will be broadcast live on KPOV radio (88.9 FM).

JLC Live Residential Construction Show: 2 Presentations

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JLC LIVE Northwest showcases over 70 building product manufacturers, 5 LIVE building clinics and over 40 conference sessions, making it one of the Northwest’s largest regional trade events! JLC LIVE will take place on November 28-30 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

We’re excited to be presenting at this year’s JLC LIVE. Eric Corey Freed will be presenting two sessions, “An Optimistic Report from the Dystopian, Apocalyptic World of 2030” and “Tapping into Nature’s Technology: Growing Buildings”.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Session Overview – An Optimistic Report from the Dystopian, Apocalyptic World of 2030

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.

During this energetic and entertaining session, we’ll train and engage attendees 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.

This session will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 2:00 p.m. More information here.

Session Overview –  Tapping into Nature’s Technology: Growing Buildings

The way buildings are built today has remained relatively unchanged for nearly two hundred years.  The $9 trillion a year global construction industry is responsible for nearly 60% of climate change emissions, a third of landfill waste and a shocking array of negative health effects.  Even the most advanced construction projects in the world continue to use ancient techniques of modular assembly, relying on painstaking human effort to construct dead & ancient materials of wood, steel and concrete. Construction is driven by standards and codes to ensure economy and safety, but in the process fail to protect people from larger risks. This sessions attendees will learn:

1. Identify the value of exponential thinking in approaching your design problems
2. Discover the methodology to the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings and how such innovations were formulated
3. Uncover new ways to approach healthy materials that avoids trying to be less bad, and into something regenerative
4. Develop a roadmap for your own projects and the future of Living Buildings

This session will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 a.m. More information here.

About our Presenter

Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor
Eric is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As Sustainability Disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn’t know were holding them back. Eric’s past roles include Vice President of the International Living Future Institute and Chief Community Officer of EcoDistricts, both nonprofits pushing innovative new paradigms for deep green buildings and communities. Eric is the author of 11 books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies.” In 2012, he was named one of the 25 “Best Green Architecture Firms” in the US, and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.” In 2017, he was named one of Build’s American Architecture Top 25. He holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.

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.

DCD > Canada | Toronto: AI, Retrofits & Upgrades – Making Your Infrastructure Fit For New IT Demands

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DCD > Canada | Toronto’s AI, Retrofits & Upgrades – Making Your Infrastructure Fit For New IT Demands is a one day conference that covers a wide range of topics from power to cooling, design to build, colo to cloud, growth to investment, automation to control and networks to interconnect.

AI forms the central theme for the conference: its accommodation in pursuit of business goals in IT services, and its application to monitoring and managing data centers. With the Toronto data center investment is heavily focused on retrofits and refurbishments of aging facilities and their equipment, to achieve energy efficiency and/or to support higher densities, this helps enterprises and IT service providers alike deliver digital transformations.

Sean Smith, Principal and Director of Business Development for Morrison Hershfield’s Mission Critical department, will be attending and available throughout the conference to speak with you. Meet with Sean to explore ways Morrison Hershfield can assist with your next project or simply to discuss our MCF team’s recent and ongoing projects. Schedule a meeting with Sean: HERE

Click HERE to register for the event.

Sean Smith, P.Eng. – Principal and Director of Business Development

Sean is a Principal with Morrison Hershfield and has been with the firm for almost 20 years. He has worked in both Canada and the U.S.  In his role, Sean is part of the leadership team for Mission Critical Facilities and is involved in business development, general management, project management, design, analysis, field review, and construction management for a wide variety of data center, telecommunications and other critical facility projects.