This one-day course will take a deeper dive into the BC Energy Step Code metrics for Part 9 buildings and how to achieve Step 3 and higher through design and building techniques to build better and minimize costs. The content will focus on practical strategies for effective design, proper selection and installation of mechanical systems, and airtightness. Using real world examples and different housing archetypes from local climates, we will examine why some projects fail while others pass easily. This session is geared towards building and design professionals. Instruction will assume a basic understanding of the BC Energy Step Code.
Topics covered include:
This course will include an onsite component at the end of the day. Using a local real world onsite home, the class will participate in a blower door test. This will include hands on preparation for the test, highlighting of common problem areas as well as strategies for improvement and repairs. Attendees will also have the chance to discuss their own strategies and solutions for a cost-effective air tightness result. This session will also discuss airtightness best practice and strategies for renovations.
As this portion of the course will take place on a local construction site, please dress appropriately for conditions. Access to a vehicle will be required to get to the site from the hotel venue.
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, February 7 – Penticton, BC8:30 am – 5:00 pm, February 9 – Nelson, BC8:30 am – 5:00 pm, February 10 – Cranbrook, BC8:30 am – 5:00 pm, April 28 – Kelowna, BC
This in-person course requires successful completion of the following components:
There is no textbook for this session. All materials are contained within the presentation during the in-person session. Any supplementary materials provided by the speaker will be emailed to students post-session, if applicable.