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BC Housing Competency Area:

Construction Technology

Time Commitment:

7 hours

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Course Description

Does the mindset for residential construction today correlate with the performance targets of tomorrow … simply put … No! High-performance residential buildings need to be highly durable, but what type of enclosure assemblies will meet future energy demand requirements? What are the renewable details associated with typical 15-20-year building enclosure assets (e.g., deck/balcony membranes and sloped roof systems)? How can you gain experience with new high-performance building performance details before taking them on during your next project?

Join Canadian Home Builders’ Association and RDH Building Science to answer these questions and more during this hands-on Part 9 residential builder training event. This training is designed for both new and seasoned Part 9 Residential builders in any British Columbia climate zone who want to:

  • Gain hands-on experience with high-performance air and water barrier membrane installation detailing known to improve efficiency, increase durability, and reduce installation costs
  • Build the fundamental knowledge required to be successful in evaluating and implementing high-performance enclosure design demanded by current and future code requirements
  • Learn cutting-edge renewable detailing approaches that can be implemented on even today’s projects

This hands-on training uses tabletop mock-ups, 3D graphics, and an open, interactive dialogue led by building enclosure professionals.

Spots are limited for hands-on engagement. All tools and materials required for hands-on training will be provided. Register today!

Building Enclosure Performance Fundamentals

An introduction to the five critical barriers of the building enclosure responsible for managing water, air, and heat flow across the enclosure and the various approaches, products, and installation requirements encountered by builders on below- and above-grade assemblies.

Window Rough Opening Detailing (Hands-On Opportunity)

Gain an understanding of the basic installation sequencing, purpose of various installation steps, and tips and tricks to improve the efficiency and likelihood of a successful installation.

Hands-On opportunity: builders will work to install an exterior sheathing membrane strip-in on a window rough opening penetration mock-up. 

High-Performance Renewable Residential Details

Learn about enclosure detail concepts demonstrating high-performing airtightness and thermal strategies and the critical renewable considerations for below grade and foundation interfaces, various framing interfaces (e.g., balconies, decks, and split roofs), and roof-to-wall conditions. Both physical mock-ups and digital models will be shared during this session and its discussion.

Wall Penetration Detailing (Hands-On Opportunity)

Gain an understanding of the basic installation sequencing, the purpose of various installation steps, and tips and tricks to improve the efficiency and likelihood of a successful installation.

Hands-on opportunity: builders will work to install wall sheathing membrane penetration detailing for typical vent and electrical/mechanical vent penetrations.

Construction Drawing Redline Review

Review construction drawings as a group to learn practical considerations for recognizing potential performance deficiencies/risks and to facilitate planning and trade coordination.

Builder to Builder Discussion and Q&A

Hear from a local residential builder experienced in high-performance residential construction. This open forum will be a moderated discussion with an opportunity for trainees to ask questions.

Course Format

This in-person course requires successful completion of the following components:

  • Attendance for the full duration of the in-person session
  • Spots are limited for hands-on engagement

Course Material

There is no textbook for this session. All course materials are contained within the presentation during the in-person session.

All tools and materials required for hands-on training activities will be provided.

Meet the Speaker

James Bourget | Dipl. T. (ABET), RRO

Principal, Construction Specialist
RDH Building Science Inc.

James' project work includes large wall, window, and roof rehabilitation projects for residential, commercial, and institutional owners. He has expertise in the investigation, design, and field review of more complex roof renewal or replacement projects. He typically manages several rehabilitation projects at any point in time. James’ building science training and hands-on experience with many aspects of building enclosure construction make him an invaluable resource at RDH.

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Meet the Speaker

James Higgins | AScT

Associate, Building Science Technologist
RDH Building Science Inc.

James works across several groups at RDH, from research and investigation with the Building Science Labs team, to building enclosure design and construction field review in the Building Enclosure Engineering group. As a leading member of the Labs team, James takes an active role in industry education, from presentations and webinars to hands-on training. James has co-authored numerous technical guides and research documents that are widely used in the building science industry, including the Building Enclosure Design Guide and the BC Energy Step Code Builder Guide.

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