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Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM PST
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Northview Golf Course 
6857 - 168 Street
Surrey, BC V3S 3T6

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Zana Gordon 
Fenestration Association of BC 

FENBC Technical Conference and AGM 2019 

730 am - 815 am - Registration and Hot Buffet Breakfast

815 am - 820 am - Opening Remarks - David Langton, Chairperson FENBC

820 am - 830 am - Introduction - David Vadocz, Chairperson FENBC Technical Committee


Join the panel and participate in the conversation. 

More information to follow soon!!

930 am - 945 am

Short break to move to breakout rooms

945 am - 1045 am

Stream 1 - Commericial (Room TBD)
What's up with Wired Glass?  Can it still be used in Canada?

What Alternative Fire Rated Glazings are Available -
Speaker Thomas Zaremba, Roetzel &Andress

This presentation will include:

  • When selecting a fire rated glass, what factors must be considered?
  • Human impact requirements - "Safe Breakage"
  • Wired Glass - Fire Rating? Human Impact Safety?
  • Alternatives to the use of wired glass in fire rated and hazardous locations

Stream 2 - Residential (Room TBD)
So you think you know how to install a window and door correctly? - Speakers - Mike Battisel, Cascadia Windows, Erick Schuler and Kevin Kiselbach, Building it Right.

Over the past several years, water penetration resistance testing of windows and window installations (ASTM E1105) has become mainstream on commercial and large residential construction projects. 

With the upcoming changes to the building codes related to energy conservation, window installation detailing will also need to be changed to accommodate different windows in different walls.  These detailing changes will create unfamiliarity and uncertainty for the window installation contractors. 

Why wait until you are installing windows on an actual jobsite to confirm whether or not your detailing works?  Mock-ups and E1105 testing can be performed in advance of construction projects to ensure the details really work. 

Constructive Home Solutions has a facility and educational course (CPD eligible) to provide hands-on training on how to detail window installations in various applications, with E1105 testing done to each of the mock-ups at various test pressures from 150Pa to 9600 Pa (yes 9600 Pa).

This presentation will outline the E1105 testing procedure, discuss various window installation techniques, and physically demonstrate E1105 testing on the portable test booth that is used in the facility.

1045 am - 1100 am

Short break to move to breakout rooms

1100 am - 1200 noon

Stream 3 - Commericial (Room TBD)
Vacuum Insulated Glass -
Speaker Arthur Huard, VIG Techcnologies

This presentation will include:

  • A review of current insulating glass performance values with today’s technologies.
  • What is vacuum insulating glass & is it ready for commercialization
  • Insulating glass performance values“standalone”
  • Hybrid vacuum insulating glass and performance levels
  • The R-10 curtain wall and window
  • Is there a VIG factory coming to your corner of the world?
  • Summary
  • Questions and Answers

Stream 4 - Residential (Room TBD)
Economic Opportunities in BC Energy Step Code:  A $3.3B market for high performance building products in Metro Vancouver - Speaker - Juvarya Veltkamp, Vancouver Economic Commission

The above will be a short 10 minute session followed by:

CEA Energy Hot2000 Modeling - with Einar Halbig, E3 Eco Group Inc.

Einar will present the following:

  1. Step Code review
  2. Understanding the Step Code “metrics”
  3. How Windows fit in the Step Code metrics
  4. Working with an Energy Advisor
  5. Case study- getting a house to Step 1, 2 and 3
  6. Wrap up and questions.

KEYNOTE LUNCH - How the New BC Energy Step Code will Impact Window Selection and Detailing

Adoption of the BC Energy Step Code is gaining traction with municipalities as a tool to incentivize and encourage a more energy efficient construction of residential and commercial buildings. The Step Code promotes increasing levels of energy efficiency with “net-zero ready” and passive house construction as the highest levels. The implementation of the Code affects the minimum thermal performance target for building enclosures and windows, as the targets steadily increase at the higher steps. This means that designers and builders will frequently begin to ask the local fenestration industry for higher performance window frames with better double, triple, quad or even vacuum glazing units to achieve required energy targets. This will also be coupled with guidance and details for the installation details to install the windows in higher R-value walls to minimize heat loss, creating new challenges for suppliers but also many opportunities for the residential and commercial glazing industry. Graham will cover these challenges and provide proven solutions along with case study examples of early Step Code projects.


Graham Finch is a Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist with RDH. He has a passion for technology and improving energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. Graham is actively involved in numerous projects ranging from building research studies to forensic investigations, building monitoring, hygrothermal modeling, and new construction across Canada and the US. He is regularly invited to present to industry groups on the latest building science topics and has co-authored several publications and practical industry guidelines on high performance building enclosures including the new BC Energy Step Code Builder’s Guide.

FENBC AGM and Open Discussion

FENBC Annual General Meeting will include an open discussion this year.  This members only event will allow FENBC members to participate in an open discussion.


730 am - Registration and Breakfast
830 am - Keynote Speaker -Code Talkers
945 am - Stream 1 and 2
1100 am - Stream 3 and 4
1200 noon - Buffet Lunch
1245 pm - Keynote Speaker - How the New BC Energy Step Code will Impact Window Selection and Detailing
200 pm - FENBC AGM
215 pm - Round table discussion
Wrap Up

NOTE:  Timing subject to change