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Tuesday February 21, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM PST
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Sheraton Guildford 
15269 - 104 Avenue Surrey, BC V3R 1N5  



Zana Gordon 
Fenestration Association of BC 


FENBC Technical Conference 2017 

BC Stretch Codes and Step Codes - the effect on Windows under Part 3 and Part 9

A representative from the Building Safety Standards Branch will be discussing the coming of the BC Stretch Codes and Step Codes and the effect they will  have on windows under Part 3 and Part 9.  What is the relationship between the stretch codes and the step codes?

Speaker:  Zachary May, Building Safety and Standards Branch
AIBC Core Learning Units - .5 LU's
BC Housing - .5 CPD credits

BC Windows Labelling Requirements in the Energy Efficiency Standards Regulation (EESR)

Rylan Nowell will be discussing the findings of the EESR labelling inspection tour this past fall and proposed next steps.

Speaker:  Rylan Nowell,  Technical Advisor - Ministry of Energy and Mines

AIBC Core Learning Units - .5 LU's
BC Housing - .5 CPD credits

Update High Performance Window Certification Program (HPWCP)

The HPWCP will encourage manufacturers to test and certify a new window product or product line to two different performance levels:  ENERGY STAR Most Efficient or Passive House certification.

Funding for the Program is provided through the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund.  Established in 2017, the ICE Fund is designed to support the province’s energy, economic, environmental and greenhouse gas reduction priorities and advance BC’s clean energy sector.

The Program was designed in accordance with, and to advance, the goals and objectives of the: Climate Leadership Plan, Jobs Plan, and Energy Efficient Buildings Strategy.

Speaker:  David Langton, Chairperson - FENBC

AIBC Core Learning Units - .5 LU's
BC Housing - .5 CPD credits

Improved Fenestration in MURB's 6 Storeys and Under in Vancouver.

Join Chris Higgins from the City of Vancouver  in a discussion on the requirements for residential windows for new Vancouver buildings 6 storeys and under.  Chris will also discuss the proposed U-values and their impact on residential fenestration.

Speaker:  Chris Higgins, City of Vancouver

AIBC Core Learning Units - .5 LU's
BC Housing - .5 CPD credits

Net Zero Ready Building and Homes

This presentation will provide a summary of new Provincial and Federal policies towards net zero ready buildings and home - both new and existing, how they compare to that of other leading jurisdictions and key strategies to meet these goals.

Speaker:  Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze MSc, LEED AP
Karen Tam Wu
Pembina Institute

AIBC Core Learning Units - .5 LU's
BC Housing - .5 CPD credits

When Triple Pane Windows Actually Save Buildings Money (as Well as Emissions)

For many years in the construction industry, the perception was that windows were the weakest link among building envelope thermal components. And in fact, they are-—no argument there. When you dissect a wall assembly into its components, windows do have the lowest R-values and can’t compete against insulation. This story, however, is not about competing with insulation; it’s about complementing insulation and finding opportunities to improve the whole wall effective R-values in ways that benefit builders, homeowners and the environment.

This session will present a case study that examined the impact that fenestration had on the overall building envelope and how higher Window to Wall Ratios (WWR), coupled with high performance windows could influence more than just the building envelope.

Speaker:  Lisa Bergeron, Government Relations Manager, JELD-WEN of Canada

AIBC Core Learning Units - .5 LU's
BC Housing - .5 CPD credits

Mega Trends - Health & Wellness, SmartHomes, and Energy Efficient Window Systems.

The future of windows are dynamic, smart, and connected. With over 1.5M sqft of electrochromic glazing installed and tens of thousands of occupants living and working beside dynamic glass, these innovative Internet connected nano coatings are creating smarter buildings, happier, healthier, and more productive occupants, alongside best-in-class energy efficiency. Join Guthrie Cox as he speaks to the role of Dynamic Glass and it’s contributions to these three mega trends, Health & Wellness, Smart Homes, and Energy Efficiency, that are significantly evolving the built environment.

Speaker:  Guthrie Cox, President  (Canada) View Dynamic Glass

AIBC Core Learning Units - .5 LU's
BC Housing - .5 CPD credits

The Tradition and Science of Window Installation and the Evolution with More Highly Insulated Walls

The preparation of window rough openings and installation of windows into walls is as much a tradition in detailing and aesthetic as it is the science of properly managing the applied building enclosure and structural loads. It is also one of the most critical interfaces that is widely discussed and debated within the building enclosure industry. In British Columbia we acknowledge the need for primary and secondary moisture control, thermal continuity, and airtightness at the window interface as well as an understanding and appreciation for the window performance and installation requirements of NAFS and field testing. British Columbia is also leading the way in terms of energy-efficient building standards, and we are witnessing passive house steadily gaining public and industry interest—all of which impact the selection and installation of windows into walls.  New windows and installation accessories are being imported from overseas and marketed locally, which may or may not be appropriate for local use or meld with existing practices.  As a result of this evolution, new techniques for installing windows in more highly-insulated walls are being developed, trialed, and constantly advancing in the pursuit of greater thermal efficiency while evolving traditions and balancing the science.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize and discuss detailing fundamentals for the preparation of window rough openings and the installation of windows.
  2. Become more familiar with the impact that window installation details have on the overall thermal efficiency of the building enclosure.
  3. Understand, some of the techniques for the more efficient installation of window frames into highly insulated walls, and how to properly incorporate more efficient insulation strategies along with adequate control of air and water.

Speaker:  Graham Finch, Principal, RDH Building Science Inc
AIBC Core Learning Units - .5 LU's
BC Housing - .5 CPD credits

"NAFS and Commercial Products" White Paper

Commercial fenestration product suppliers are often challenged to provide site-glazed products with NAFS labels, or to test products to a standard that does not apply to them. Al Jaugelis will discuss the limited application of the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) to commercial fenestration products, and will introduce attendees to the FENBC white paper created to help architects correctly apply NAFS to products within the scope of the standard, and to use other appropriate specification measures for products outside the scope of the standard.

Speaker:  Al Jaugelis, RDH Building Science Inc.

AIBC Core Learning Units - .5 LU's
BC Housing - .5 CPD credits

FENBC Spandrel Modeling Guide

Building codes regard fenestration spandrels as opaque walls and require building designers to determine their effective U-values. Fenestration manufacturers and glazing contractors are often called upon to provide such data. Today, it is difficult to compare data from various sources because there is no industry-standard methodology.

To address this problem, FENBC received funding from BC Housing (formerly Homeowner Protection Office) to develop a standard methodology based on NFRC 100 that would allow the various parties engaged in determining effective spandrel R-values. Daniel Haaland and Lorne Ricketts of RDH Building Science will provide an update on the intended use and the status of this project.

Speaker:  Daniel Haaland , RDH Building Science Inc.

AIBC Core Learning Units - .5 LU's
BC Housing - .5 CPD credits


900 am - Registration
930 am - Welcoming Remarks
945 am - BC Stretch Codes and Step Codes
1015 am - BC Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations
1030 am - HPWCP Update
1045 am - Break
1100 am - Improved Fenestration in MURB's 6 Storeys and under in Vancouver
1130 am - Net Zero Ready Buildings and Homes
1215 pm - Buffet Lunch
115 pm - FENBC AGM
130 pm - When Triple Pane Windows Actually Save Builders Money
200 pm - Mega Trends - Health & Wellness, SmartHomes and Energy Efficient Window Systems
230 pm - The Tradition and Science of Window Installation and the Evolution with more Highly Insulated Walls
300 pm - NAFS and Commercial Products
315 pm - FENBC Spandrel Modeling Guide
Wrap Up

NOTE:  Timing subject to change