Save the Date: 2013 Annual Conference

Save the date for the 2013 Annual Conference. This year’s conference, organized by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia in partnership with the American Institute of Architects – Northwest & Pacific Region, takes place October 23-26 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. This year’s conference’s theme – Sea Change: Architecture on the Crest – calls attention to the dynamic, critical times in which we live. Forces of change, both natural and man-made, are shaking the foundations of our communities and stirring questions about our shared future. Global issues such as livability, sustainability, affordability and environmental impact are felt by all, with a particularly strong resonance within the architectural profession. The goal of this conference is to inform, excite, challenge and inspire in order to bring about positive change. It will also serve to underscore the important role that architects can and should play in helping to continue charting the course for successful, sustainable communities.

British Columbia Building Envelope Council

Specification And Installation of Windows in New And Existing Buildings (Victoria)

A two-person panel will provide practical information on the specification and appropriate installation of windows for Part 9 residential and small commercial buildings, including new construction and window replacement in existing buildings. Fenestration Specialist Al Jaugelis of RDH Engineering will present information from a consultant’s perspective, including an overview of the soon-to-be-released Home Owner Protection Office guide Best Practices for Window and Door Replacement – Wood-Frame Buildings. Gordon Kyle of Euroline Windows will share a manufacturer’s perspective on best practices. The second part of the presentation will focus on specification of windows for BC Building Code compliance, including the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) included in the 2012 BCBC; and proposed 2013 energy standards – National Building Code s.9.36 (for residential) and the National Energy Code for Buildings / ASHRAE 90.1-2010 (for commercial). It takes place Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 12:00 noon – 2:45 p.m. at the Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria. To register, visit

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Building Enclosure Practice Guidelines

This past October, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia issuedPractice Guidelines – Building Enclosure Engineering Services for use by APEGBC members and licensees. In this presentation, APEGBC’s Gilbert J. Larocque CD PEng LLB   will discuss the history and rationale that led to the publication of these guidelines, and provide an overview of their contents and use. The logic and details of the guidelines should be of interest to both practitioners and building code authorities. It takes place Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Centre Society, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver. Register online at Lunch will be provided.

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Canadian Passive House Institute

Passive House Design & Construction Training Course (Cranbrook)

This five-day intensive course will offer the practice and tools needed for Passive House construction,  a leading standard in low energy, sustainable construction. Architects, engineers, builders, sustainability consultants, building code professionals, and others with an interest in green building will gain the practical tools and resources needed to adapt this energy-efficient design to Canadian residential building codes. Topics include:

  • Passive House design theory;
  • Building science for radical conservation;
  • Building envelope optimization for cold climates;
  • Hands‐on building performance modeling using the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) design software;
  • Mechanical system design for comfort and performance;
  • Thermal bridge‐free design of building assemblies;
  • Architectural details and technical solutions; and review; and
  • Detailed case studies of current Canadian Passive House projects.

It runs Monday to Friday, April 8 -12, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the College of the Rockies, 2700 College Way, Cranbrook. For details and to register, go to

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New Registered Educational Provider: Westgate // Entrematic

Westgate // Entrematic is a leading supplier of overhead door products in B.C. The company offers a diverse line of residential garage doors; commercial and industrial rolling service and fire door systems; sliding/swing gates; security gates; dock levelers; and custom designed heavy-industrial and hangar doors. Learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers at: