Update: Know The Code? Courses on New Energy Efficiency Regulations

Effective December 20, 2013, both the 2012 BC Building Code and the 2014 Vancouver Building By-law bring into effect new energy efficiency requirements for Part 3 buildings. These new standards  – spelled out in ASHRAE 90.1 2010 and NECB 2011 – have been adopted in parallel, allowing designers to select one or the other. In preparation for the new regulations, the AIBC, BC Hydro, the province’s Building and Safety Standards Branch, the City of Vancouver and the Illuminating Engineering Society of BC (IES) have collaborated to offer a series of affordable training sessions for industry professionals. Specifically tailored for industry specializations, these sessions are designed to provide designers with the specific information relevant to their work. All sessions will be taught by local leaders in their field, and each training units will comprehensively cover the new building code and building by-law energy requirements as well as both ASHRAE and NECB requirements, identifying where the standards will specifically differ.

With the changes, the prescriptive method of complying with energy requirements will be removed from the BC Building Code. Therefore, designers must choose between these two standards (ASHRAE 90.1 2010 or NECB 2011).  Familiarity with the two standards, their basic requirements and their differences, is necessary in order to comply with the BC Building Code and the Vancouver Building Bylaw. The decision on which standard to use is one that  architects, along with their consultants and clients, must make very early in the design process as it may affect the fundamental building form.

Two different half-day courses (each approximately three hours in duration) will be offered on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 26 – 27, 2013 at the AIBC. Architects working on Part 3 buildings are strongly advised to take both courses. The first session, General Overview and Compliance Requirements, will provide an overview of the changes and addresses both the two standards and all the disciplines that they cover. It will also address how designers will be required to demonstrate compliance . There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions of key people from government involved in formulating the changes. Presenters include Greg McCall  P.Eng. LEED AP, Energy Policy Specialist – City of Vancouver; Ken Newbert  P.Eng.LEED AP, Technical Director – Integral Group; and Tim Ryce  P.Eng. LEED AP, Assistant Manager, Permits & Inspection – City of North Vancouver. The second session, specific to the building envelope, will provide practical tools for decision-making between the two standards, and will afford an overview of both the prescriptive and trade-off methodologies within both standards. The impact of increased u-value requirements and their impact in the B.C. construction context will also be discussed. The presenter is Sophie Mercier, Director of Operations Building Science BC – Morrison Hershfield. The cost is $110 per session. Space is limited; click here to register. Two sessions, three core LUs each.

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