Find out an exceptional lineup at this year’s summit, tailored specifically for professionals in the building and construction industry. Our program is designed to equip builders, architects, engineers, and construction managers with cutting-edge knowledge, innovative practices, and essential skills to excel in their fields.

[Breakfast & Delegate Registration]

7:30am-8:30am

Wildfire Resilient Housing

8:30am-10:00am

Speaker Bios:

FireSmartBC- TBC

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ILRC)

Dan Sandink | Director of Research

Dan Sandink is the Director of Research at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. Since joining ICLR, Dan has authored or co-authored more than 50 technical reports and articles on topics related to protecting Canadians and their property from the impacts of extreme rainfall/urban flooding, high wind, wildland-urban interface fire, and hail. Dan’s writing has also focused on public disaster risk perceptions, public adoption of household disaster risk reduction practices, the role of insurance in managing disasters, climate change adaptation and vulnerability assessment, building materials and products designed to mitigate disaster risk at the household level, among many other topics.

 

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Lucas Coletta Project Leader | LEEP – CanmetENERGY

Lucas Coletta is a project leader with the Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships (LEEP) Team. His primary focus is the technical development and industry adoption of the NRCan cost benefit analysis tool (CBAT). He develops technical resources aimed at addressing the affordability and construction of energy efficient homes across Canada. Lucas and the LEEP team work with industry to bring energy advisors, home builders, and policy makers together to trial CBAT, assess its usefulness, and capture suggestions for future development.

 

RDH Building Science

James Bourget | ABET, RRO®, CPHT

James has over 30 years of industry experience, specializing in condition assessments, design and detail development, and field review on Existing Buildings projects. As an approved roof inspector with the Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia, James has developed expertise in the investigation, design, and field review of complex and specialty roof renewal and replacement projects. Over the years, he has established a multifaceted skill set and familiarity with various trades’ practices, including masonry, carpentry, concrete finishing, painting, and plastering. As part of an initiative to support the implementation of the BC Step Code, James delivers hands-on airtightness training to builders and contractors. He also shares his knowledge of the building enclosure as an instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

 

Graham Finch | Dipl.T., M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Graham is an industry leader in measuring, evaluating, and modeling of the thermal and hygrothermal performance of building enclosure systems. His master’s degree research and thesis focused on the in-service performance of rainscreen wall assemblies in the Pacific Northwest, and the research has resulted in several publications and practical recommendations for the construction industry. He is a leader in knowledge sharing and is regularly invited to present at conferences and speaking opportunities around North America on a range of building science topics. He also contributes to the education of the industry through the development and delivery of best practice guidelines and bulletins.

 

Robin Urquhart | MBSc., CEA

Robin has over 15 years of relevant experience  and specializes Northern construction projects, energy efficient design, building guide development, wildfire resistant construction and radon mitigation He provides services in project management, building enclosure design, investigation, diagnostic and whole building air tightness testing, construction field review, forensic enclosure investigation, detail design review, and condition assessments. With a background in carpentry and as a certified energy advisor, he is committed to the North and ensuring that buildings are built to perform well and stand the test of time.

[Coffee Break]

10:00am-10:30am

Wildfire Resilient Housing – continued

10:30am-12:00pm

Speaker Bios:

FireSmartBC- TBC

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ILRC)

Dan Sandink | Director of Research

Dan Sandink is the Director of Research at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. Since joining ICLR, Dan has authored or co-authored more than 50 technical reports and articles on topics related to protecting Canadians and their property from the impacts of extreme rainfall/urban flooding, high wind, wildland-urban interface fire, and hail. Dan’s writing has also focused on public disaster risk perceptions, public adoption of household disaster risk reduction practices, the role of insurance in managing disasters, climate change adaptation and vulnerability assessment, building materials and products designed to mitigate disaster risk at the household level, among many other topics.

 

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Lucas Coletta Project Leader | LEEP – CanmetENERGY

Lucas Coletta is a project leader with the Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Local Energy Efficiency Partnerships (LEEP) Team. His primary focus is the technical development and industry adoption of the NRCan cost benefit analysis tool (CBAT). He develops technical resources aimed at addressing the affordability and construction of energy efficient homes across Canada. Lucas and the LEEP team work with industry to bring energy advisors, home builders, and policy makers together to trial CBAT, assess its usefulness, and capture suggestions for future development.

 

RDH Building Science

James Bourget | ABET, RRO®, CPHT

James has over 30 years of industry experience, specializing in condition assessments, design and detail development, and field review on Existing Buildings projects. As an approved roof inspector with the Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia, James has developed expertise in the investigation, design, and field review of complex and specialty roof renewal and replacement projects. Over the years, he has established a multifaceted skill set and familiarity with various trades’ practices, including masonry, carpentry, concrete finishing, painting, and plastering. As part of an initiative to support the implementation of the BC Step Code, James delivers hands-on airtightness training to builders and contractors. He also shares his knowledge of the building enclosure as an instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

 

Graham Finch | Dipl.T., M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Graham is an industry leader in measuring, evaluating, and modeling of the thermal and hygrothermal performance of building enclosure systems. His master’s degree research and thesis focused on the in-service performance of rainscreen wall assemblies in the Pacific Northwest, and the research has resulted in several publications and practical recommendations for the construction industry. He is a leader in knowledge sharing and is regularly invited to present at conferences and speaking opportunities around North America on a range of building science topics. He also contributes to the education of the industry through the development and delivery of best practice guidelines and bulletins.

 

Robin Urquhart | MBSc., CEA

Robin has over 15 years of relevant experience  and specializes Northern construction projects, energy efficient design, building guide development, wildfire resistant construction and radon mitigation He provides services in project management, building enclosure design, investigation, diagnostic and whole building air tightness testing, construction field review, forensic enclosure investigation, detail design review, and condition assessments. With a background in carpentry and as a certified energy advisor, he is committed to the North and ensuring that buildings are built to perform well and stand the test of time.

[Lunch Break]

12:00pm-1:00pm

CSA F280 HVAC Requirements for Part 9 Buildings

(A) 1:00pm-2:30pm

 

Todd Backus will discuss the requirements for CSA F280 heating and cooling load calculations required by the BCBC under article 9.33.5.1. The new requirement for maintaining 26°C outlined in sentence 9.33.3.1. 2) of the BCBC will be covered, including Todd’s interpretation of the appropriate modeling techniques and common errors that are found in heat loss & heat gain calculations. Sizing heating and cooling equipment according to CSA F280 standards is the foundation of proper HVAC design and ensures that the correct capacity mechanical systems are installed.

 

Speaker Bio:

Todd Backus, P.Eng. | Manager – Programs Development | TECA

Todd Backus has worked in the HVAC industry since 2003. He completed his red-seal ticket as a sheet metal worker in 2009. As the owner/operator of Backus Mechanical, he specialized in forced air system installation & design for custom homes.

In 2019, Todd graduated from BCIT with a degree in mechanical engineering. Afterwards, he worked as a mechanical consultant for Rocky Point Engineering designing HVAC, plumbing, & fire suppression systems. In 2023, Todd completed his Professional Engineering certification and joined TECA as the Manager of Programs Development.

New Seismic Hazard Mapping for Metro Vancouver: Opportunities for Uptake and Use in the Built Environment

(B) 1:00pm-2:30pm

 

This session will provide a short overview of the new seismic hazard maps that have been produced over the past decade for Metro Vancouver. It will then provide an overview of the associated EGBC Professional Practice Guidelines. It will conclude with an overview of the potential opportunities and challenges associated with the uptake and use of the maps and associated geodata. Are you interested in contributing to building resilience in this beautiful region? This session is for you to better understand how new and improved seismic hazard information can be integrated into your role as a building official or business planning as a builder.

 

Speaker Bio:

Jessica Shoubridge, MAP |  Founder & Principal | Thrive Consulting

Jessica Shoubridge is the Founder and Principal of Thrive Consulting (Climate and Resilience Planning). She is a professional planner with over 10 years of experience working as a project manager, and facilitator of strategies and actions that aim to reduce climate and natural hazard risk and build resilience in Southwest BC. She has worked across all orders of government, the private and nonprofit sectors to connect the dots between best available climate projections, natural hazard science and open risk models and the proactive actions and finance required to reduce such risks at the local, regional, provincial and national scales.

Before starting her consultancy, Jessica led the development of the City of Vancouver Earthquake Strategy, where she advocated for and worked towards open, integrated, multi-hazard risk modelling and holistic policies for existing buildings to inform a city-wide approach to enhancing resilience. She has worked with communities and on projects that have been recognized as leading edge by the United Nations (District of North Vancouver Sasakawa award), the federal government (Natural Resources Canada Award for Collaboration – DNV Community-wide Earthquake Risk Analysis), and the Planning Institute of British Columbia (New Directions in Planning- Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy). Jessica applies this experience and knowledge of global best practice to inform solutions that are locally-owned and is passionate about working to build resilience in Southwest BC, the Cascadia bio-region and beyond. She has a masters degree in Planning (Disaster Risk Management) from the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), UBC.

Jessica has been the program lead since the 2017 Symposium.

 

Allison Chen, P.Eng., P.E. | Practice Advisor, Professional Practice, Standards & Development | EGBC

 

[Coffee Break]

2:30pm-3:00pm

TBA

3:00pm-4:30pm

[Breakfast & Delegate Registration]

7:30am-8:30am

TBA

8:30am-10:00am

[Coffee Break]

10:00am-10:30am

Single Exit Stair Buildings

10:30am-12:00pm

 

The session will focus on a building code change request to allow for a single exit stair in smaller multi-unit residential buildings of up to three storeys in Part 9, and six storeys in Part 3 of the National Building Code of Canada with appropriate fire and life safety requirements. The code change request was developed by LGA Architectural Partners and David Hine Engineering Inc. and is a recommendation of the Task Force on Housing and Climate, the 2023 National Housing Accord, the 2022 Ontario Housing Affordability Task Force and the City of Toronto’s 2010 Midrise Performance Standards.

 

Speaker Bios:

Conrad Speckert | Intern Architect, BAS, M.Arch | LGA Architectural Partners Toronto, Canada

Conrad joined LGA as project manager for ‘ReHousing the Yellowbelt,’ a research collaboration with the University of Toronto to study the gentle densification of residential neighbourhoods. He is a graduate of McGill University with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo and previously worked for architects in Vancouver, Berlin and Tokyo. Conrad has a passion for building code and zoning reform and is well-versed in the design of ‘missing middle’ and mid-rise residential buildings. He is also an occasional guest speaker at the Canadian Home Builder’s Association on the subject of gentle densification and housing policy.

[Lunch Break]

12:00pm-1:00pm

TBA

1:00pm-2:30pm

[Coffee Break]

2:30pm-3:00pm

Leadership in Communication

(A) 3:00pm-4:30pm

 

We usually deal with communication challenges in one of two ways… Either we want to run away, or we come charging in. Usually, neither of these choices works long term.
There is a third, much more effective way. This workshop will give you 4 completely counter-intuitive strategies for successfully managing difficult situations.

By the end of this session, you will be able to know how to identify resistant behaviour in yourself and others; have a greater understanding of what the
physiological responses to emotional challenges look and feel like; be able to identify your personal strategies for managing your own defensiveness as well as others’; and
recognize when to push and when to back off to get your needs met. You will also gain insight into how others perceive you and your motives.

 

Speaker Bios:

Sue Wazny | The Neutral Zone