Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT

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Fenestration Association of BC Industry Conference 2019 

730 am - 815 am
Registration and Buffet Hot Breakfast

815 am - 830 am
Opening Remarks - FENBC Technical Committee Chairperson - David Vadocz (RDH Building Science Inc.)

Breakfast Keynote (830 am - 930 am)    
The Code Talkers - Moderator - Dave Goldsmith (Plygem), Panelist - TBD


Join the panel and participate in the conversation. 
More to follow soon

930 am - 945 am

Short break to transfer to breakout rooms

945 am - 1045 am

Stream 1 - Commercial
Mitigating Thermal Bridging

Current energy codes and standards and the drive to net-zero buildings requires that thermal bridging at interface of envelope components be accounted for in the design.  This presentation discusses thermal bridging through the envelope, and includes an overview of the Thermal Bridging Guide.  The presentation will include example details, with focus on glazing systems and their interfaces to adjacent assemblies.

    Speaker:  Andy Lang, Morrison Hershfield
    Stream 2 - Residential
    CEA Energy Hot2000 Modeling (NOTE NEW TIME SLOT)
    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.
    Speaker-  Einar Halbig, E3 Eco Group Inc

    1045 am - 1100 am

    Short break to transfer to breakout rooms

    1100 am - 1200 Noon

    Stream 3 - Commercial
    Passive House for Part 3 Buildings

    Passive House projects rely heavily on the glazing design to be successful. As we shift towards more Passive House and Step 4 projects,  much more will be expected from the glazing systems and their installation. This moderated panel will discuss the key elements to approaching high performance projects for glazing manufacturers and installers, including:

    1. Early project involvement through integrated design
    2. Understanding the project expectations for U-value and installation air tightness
    3. Changes to the architectural approach (layouts, window to wall ratios etc)
    4. Differences in detailing for Passive House envelopes

    The panel participates will bring their varied experience and perspectives to the discussion, including a building envelope specialist (Sophie Mercier, Morrison Hershfield), a passive house certified window manufacturer/installer (Chad Howden, Blackcomb Glass) and the Project Lead on the City of Surrey for their latest Passive House project (Scott Groves, City of Surrey). The session will be moderated by Neil Norris, Industry Consultant for Passive House Canada.

    Moderator:  Neil Norris, Passive House Canada
    Panelists:  Sophie Mercier, Morrison Hershfield; Chad Howden, Blackcomb Glass; Scott Groves, City of Surrey

      Stream 4 - Residential
      Building it Right

      An examination of lessons learned with residential window installation and a direction for the future. What works? What challenges do we face moving forward?  How do high performance building enclosures impact installation?  These are all valid questions and through our ongoing installation training and quality testing, much has been learned and new questions are raising to the surface. This presentation will drill into these questions and will review the new CSA A440.4-19 Window, Door, & Skylight Installation Standard and discuss if it may be time for BC to reconsider this National Code referenced Standard.  Included will be discussion about how a National Fenestration Installation Certification program through Fenestration Canada might bring consensus to this hot topic across all of Canada. 

      Speaker:  Murray Frank, Building it Right

      1200 Noon to 12:45 pm

      Lunch, Networking - View Exhibits

      1245 pm- 100 pm - in the main room

      Forecasting the Energy Step Code opportunity in Metro Vancouver: Demo of a Free Construction Tech Tool

      According to the Green Building Market Forecast (2019–2032), Vancouver’s suite of innovative green building policies, particularly the Zero Emissions Building Plan, and regional implementation of the BC Energy Step Code (ESC), have created a $3.3 billion market for green building materials.  Local manufacturers, installers, and suppliers, particularly of high performance fenestration products, stand to benefit enormously if they take advantage of this opportunity. The Vancouver Economic Commission has partnered with OPEN Technologies, a Vancouver-based tech startup, to create a demand forecasting tool to illuminate the economic opportunity presented by Energy Step Code implementation. In this session, OPEN Technologies will give a brief demo of the tool´s functionality and interactivity and share how everyone can access this free tool.

      Speaker:  Jenna McNeil, OPEN Technologies

      Lunch Keynote (100 pm - 145 pm)

      Bidding and Tendering from the Bidder's Perspective:  Beyond the Basics

      Bidding and tendering is one of the most important tasks for a contractor.  The law applicable to tendering and the ways in which tendering is conducted are constantly changing.  Understanding the risks and opportunities involved in bidding and tendering is critical for success. The purpose of this lecture is to go beyond procurement basics and provide attendees with a practical understanding of some of the key issues in bidding and tendering.  Topics to be covered include:

      • Tenders vs. Requests for Proposals: Explore the important differences between the two methods of procurement
      • Negotiations gone wrong: Review the risks of letters of intent when parties fail to reach agreement on material terms
      • What to do when you have made mistake: Arguing material non-compliance to escape a mistaken low bid
      • Post-bid: Review of the options available for an unsuccessful bidder

      Speaker:  David Volk, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP

      145 pm - 200 pm

      Short break to transfer to breakout rooms

      1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

      Stream 5 - Commercial
      Specifications - what's in them and how to navigate them

      More to follow

      Speaker: Panel Discussion- TBD 

      Stream 6 - Residential
      Cold Climate Window Installation for Performance and Durability

      Jon Eakes will present a nationwide window installation discussion, initiated at FenCon18 in Manitoba last year, continued at FenCon19 this year, which is following up on initial research done at the National Research Council from 2005 to 2013. The NRC raised questions about water penetration and cold climate window installations. They questioned some of our standard practices and suggested some non-intuitive new practices and few have taken note of their findings – until this ongoing effort including two new lab research projects. Jon believes that in studying the old and new complimentary research we can find the way to have easier, less expensive and more durable window installations in our cold climate

      Speaker- Jon Eakes

      245 pm - 300 pm

      Short break to transfer to breakout rooms

      3:00 pm to 3:45 pm

      Stream 7 - Commercial
      The Future of Glazing Looks Comfortable

      Much has been said lately about “High=Performance Buildings”, and current design trends are moving beyond durable design and energy efficiency to consider designing buildings for people.  Designing for the people IN the buildings allows them to achieve their greatest enjoyment of the space, and allows the building occupants to reach higher performance levels.  The choice of glazing is the element of the building enclosure that has the largest effect on occupant thermal comfort, which in turn has a direct effect on occupant enjoyment and productivity.

      This presentation shows the link between these ideas, and the key role that glazing selection plays. 

      Speaker- Alex McGowan, Senior Manager, Building Sciences at WSP

      Stream 8 - Residential
      BC Reference Procedure for using THERM to Determine Window Performance Values for use with the Passive House Planning Package

      This reference procedure was created specifically to clarify the differences between North American and Passive House window thermal energy performance standards, and to provide a way for North American window manufacturers and energy simulation practitioners to accurately determine the energy performance parameters required to qualify them for use in Passive House buildings designed to the International Passive House Standard (IPHS). It shows how the industry-standard and publicly available LBL THERM software, together with a Microsoft Excel worksheet, can be used to accomplish this in a manner recognized by the Passive House Institute.

      This methodology enables window manufacturers to report the performance of their existing products in Passive House terms, and to design next-generation windows for the growing Canadian and North American Passive House building market.

      Speaker-  TBD, RDH Building Science Inc.

      345 pm
      Closing Remarks - in main meeting room