Non-Member Cost :




*Do you have a project manager or subcontractors that would benefit from this session? If so, group rates are available:

  • 2 registrations: $399 per person
  • 3+ registrations: $349 per person

CHBA BC members receive an additional 25% off the above prices. Please contact us at to find out more.

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BC Housing Competency Area:

Construction Technology

Time Commitment:

7 hours

Delivery Method:


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 methods before taking on your next project?

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

Building Enclosure Performance Fundamentals

An introduction to the 5 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 Preparation

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 Detail

Learn about enclosure detail concepts that not only demonstrate high-performing airtightness and thermal strategies but also the key renewable considerations for below grade and foundation interfaces, various framing interfaces (e.g., balconies, decks, and split roofs), and roof-to-wall conditions. 

Penetration Detailing

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

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

Construction Drawing Redline Review

Review and redline example construction drawings while engaging with the instructor to learn practical considerations associated with sequencing of work.

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 attendees 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 materials are contained within the presentation during the in-person session.

All tools and materials required for hands-on training 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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