British Columbia Building Envelope Council

Passive House Lessons Learned (Victoria)
In this presentation, Mark Bernhardt and Rob Bernhardt of Bernhardt Contracting Ltd. will focus on building envelope issues and solutions in constructing a two-family residence in Saanich while targeting certification by the Passive House Institute. The goal of this project, currently under construction, is to deliver a building that is more affordable than a similar building built to conventional standards by investing in design and the quality of the envelope. In doing so, the mechanical system is simplified, resulting in cost savings. The project also seeks to utilize commonly-used materials and assemblies. Attendees will learn about the assemblies used, including locally fabricated wall panels and locally manufactured windows, constructed and installed to minimize thermal bridging and maximize energy performance and durability. In addition, you will hear about lessons learned in achieving the required 0.6 ACH@50Pa air tightness rating and the simplified mechanical system that was made possible through the high performance building enclosure. It takes place Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 12:00 noon- 1:30 p.m., at Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria. To register, visit

1 Core LU



Building Smart with Roofs: 2013 Half-Day Workshop on Roof Installation (Vancouver)
This session, presented by the British Columbia Building Envelope Council and the Homeowner Protection Office in partnership with RCI Western Canada Chapter (formerly known as the Roof Consultants Institute), will focus on roof system design and installation best practices for wood-frame single- and multi-unit residential buildings. Workshop sessions include:

  • Roofing Systems: Building Codes, Standards and Beyond
  • An Overview of Attic Ventilation Requirements
  • Installation of Pitched Roofs – 101
  • Re-roofing Considerations
  • Evolution of Attic Ventilation
  • Industry Panel Discussion

It takes place Thursday, February 21, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver. To register, visit

3.25 Core LUs

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