Building It Right - An Introduction to the New BC Step Code for Houses
The Fall 3.5 hour session is entitled “An Introduction to the New BC Step Code for Houses” and it will help builders understand the impact of Regulatory Reform and the introduction of the BC Step Code for Houses. The province of British Columbia has announced its strategy for increasing energy efficiency in homes with the ultimate goal that new houses will be Net Zero (or very near to it) by the year 2032. Although this may seem far away, it is also a radical change in construction technology and the plan is to work towards this goal for the industry in 5 steps. All BC building jurisdictions (except the City of Vancouver) will need to adopt each of the 5 steps as the BC Building Code governs over the next 15 years. Each BC building jurisdiction must follow the Provincial schedule but have the option of adopting subsequent steps sooner than the Province dictates. This means that builders will find different minimum energy targets (and very different construction and compliance requirements) from current codes as soon as late this year. This also means that builders must be prepared to build with possibly different energy requirements from one community to the next.
Murray has been delivering quality builder education for over 30 years. His easy style and clear presentations are acclaimed and his passion for quality construction is obvious.
Fall Sessions, 2016
Waterproofing Sealants and Membranes: Selecting and Detailing With Confidence
This 3 CPD event has been developed and was presented by Murray Frank of Constructive Home Solutions in conjunction with peers in the Building Science research community, This 3 hour session continued the tradition of BC Builder Education presented by Murray Frank to over 30,000 construction professionals since 2004!
Waterproofing Sealants and Membranes: Selecting and Detailing With Confidence.
Modern, high performance building envelopes rely on well-designed and constructed building enclosures for energy efficient, long-term cost effective performance. Wood frame construction can be made durable where a first and second plane of protection are utilized and recent Building Codes have emphasized these provisions. The key to successfully manufacturing these important barriers in the harsh construction environment a subject that has been long ignored and this 3 hour, image- and video-rich presentation will focus on 3 main subjects:
1. Selecting the right sealants and membranes for the job,
2. Preparing the joint profiles and surfaces for successful application, and
3. Application techniques for sealants and membranes to ensure conformance requirements and long term performance.
The team at Constructive Home Solutions has reached out to the Building Science research community and have compiled the most recent research and testing to ensure that information presented in this session is timely and relevant for those materials being used in building enclosure construction today. Our seminar team has also converted a portion of our facility into a testing laboratory and has been documenting application methods and performance testing results with high-speed, slow-motion, time-lapse and conventional videography, photography, infrared imaging and CGI (computer generated imagery) to emphasize what works and why.
The section on sealant joint profiling is particularly enlightening.
Understanding what movement is expected at each joint is the key to designing proper joint profiles and selecting appropriate materials and techniques for sealing these joints. All of these factors will be explored in detail.
The materials tested and discussed will be identified by product name and are all materials in common use and available to Western Canadian builders. We will provide a list of suppliers and materials for attendees of the sessions and will maintain an updated version of suppliers and products on our Web Site at BuildingItRight.com.
This is our fall series and will be toured throughout the province between September and December of 2016.