April
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2024
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Gord Cooke, Tex McLeod and Andy Oding are excited to announce that Advanced Building Science and Practical Application Spring Training returns to beautiful Hockley Valley Resort this year. We can't wait to welcome all of you to three days packed with expert insights, industry research and peer-to-peer connections. We are planning another outstanding lineup of topics and speakers including a bonus LEEP Window Technology Forum with NRCan’s CanmetENERGY.

Sponsors

Building Knowledge Canadathe mcleod associatesEnbridge
Hospitality Sponsors:
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Enbridge
Enbridge
april 14-17

2024 AGENDA

7:00-10:00 PM

Meet & Greet Hospitality + Registration

7:00-8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00-8:30 AM

Welcome

  • Gord Cooke
    Andy Oding
    Mark Rosen
8:45–10:00 AM

Living Better Below Grade: The Enclosure & HVAC Building Science Behind Basement/Below Grade Suite Finishing Part 1

  • Dr. John Straube, RDH Building Science Labs
10:00–10:15 AM

Break

10:15–11:15 AM

Living Better Below Grade: The Enclosure & HVAC Building Science Behind Basement/Below Grade Suite Finishing Part 2

  • Dr. John Straube, RDH Building Science Labs
    Gord Cooke, BKC
11:15 AM–12:30 PM

A Large US Homebuilder Takes Aim at the New, Electrified American Home & Communities That HELP the Grid

  • Kirk Hammersmith, PulteGroup
    Ryan Harris, SPAN
    Leigh St. Hilaire, Volta Research Inc.
    Anding Oding, BKC
12:30–1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30–2:20 PM

Sound, Fire, Odour & Air: Multi-Family Suite Compartmentalization—New Studies & Strategies

  • Dr. Michal Bartko, National Research Council Canada
    Brian Cooke, Aeroseal Canada
    Mark Rosen, BKC
2:20–3:10 PM

Manufactured Housing: A Look at the Future of Rapid, Affordable Housing and the Technology That’s Driving It Forward

  • Ramtin Attar, Promise Robotics
    Ben Miller, Big Block Construction
    Lynne Strickland, CHBA
    Andy Oding, BKC
3:10-3:25 PM

Break

3:25-4:15 PM

Here Is Your Canadian House. Here Is Your Canadian House on the NBC 2025.

  • Alexis Minniti, BKC
    Miyoko Oikawa, OHBA
    Paul DeBerardis, RESCON
    Mark Rosen, BKC
4:15-4:30 PM

Wrap-Up

  • Gord Cooke
    Andy Oding
    Mark Rosen
6:30 PM

Dinner

7:30–9:30 PM

Open Mic: Building Science Un-Plugged

  • Hosted by Gord Cooke & Andy Oding | Cash Bar
7:00-8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00–8:30 AM

Welcome Back

  • Gord Cooke
    Andy Oding
    Mark Rosen
8:30–9:00 AM

HomebuildersCAN: Canadian & US Builders Take the Lead in Benchmarking and Disclosing Carbon Emissions—Embodied and Operational

  • Chris Magwood, Rocky Mountain Institute
    Doug Tarry, Doug Tarry Homes
    Andy Oding, BKC
9:00–10:00 AM

Top 4 Embodied Carbon Opportunities in Canadian Homes: The Future Looks Bright

  • Chris Magwood, Rocky Mountain Institute
    Aaron Smith, EEBA
    Rob Jonkman
    Greig Murphy, EnerQuality
10:00–10:15 AM

Break

10:15–11:15 AM

Backyard Building Science: Testing a Vapor-Open Wall System

  • Trevor Trainor, Bawating Building Science
11:15 AM–12:00 PM

Groundbreaking Enclosure Testing & Resiliency Construction Guidance for a Changing Climate

  • Dr. Cynthia Cruickshank, CABER, Carleton University
    Stefanie Coleman, NRCan
12:30–1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30–2:30 PM

ASHP Sizing, Selection & Commissioning in Cold Climates, For Dummies

  • Justin Wilson, Construction Instruction
    Gord Cooke, BKC
2:30–2:45 PM

Break

2:45–3:30 PM

Curmudgeonly Musings on the Common Home Built in 2050

  • Doug Tarry, Doug Tarry Homes
    Mike Memme, Mountainview Building Group
    Andy Oding, BKC
3:30–4:00 PM

Wrap-Up

  • Gord Cooke
    Andy Oding
    Mark Rosen
7:00-8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00–8:30 AM

Introduction

  • Andrew Oding, BKC
    Austin Selvig, NRCan
    Clarice Kramer, NRCan
8:30-10:00 AM

The Science of Good Window Design and Selection

  • Jeff Baker, WESTLab
8:30-10:00 AM

Windows: Current & Future Building Code Changes

  • Jeff Baker, WESTLab
10:00–10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Window Selection Tools: Energy, Carbon, HVAC

  • Andy Oding, BKC
    Mark Rosen, BKC
10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Thermal Comfort Analysis & Cost

  • Andy Oding, BKC
    Mark Rosen, BKC
10:15 AM-12:00 PM

Manufacturers’ Solutions 1 & 2

12:00–1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00–2:30 PM

Manufacturers’ Solutions 3 & 4

1:00–2:30 PM

Design Detailing & Installation for Durability: New CSA A440

  • Darrell Paul, Qualistat
2:30–2:45 PM

Break

2:45–4:30 PM

Live Demo: Window Installation Best Practices

  • Andy Oding, BKC
    Mark Rosen, BKC
2:45–4:30 PM

Video Spray-Rack Test Results

  • Andy Oding, BKC
    Mark Rosen, BKC
2:45–4:30 PM

Discussion & Wrap-Up

Our Hosts

Andy Oding

Andrew Oding

Vice President, Building Knowledge Canada
Gord Cooke

Gord Cooke

P. Eng. - President, Building Knowledge Canada
Tex Mcleod

Tex McLeod

President, McLeod & Associates

Our Keynote Speakers

Dr. John Straube

P. Eng., Ph.D., Principal, Senior Energy and Sustainability Specialist, RDH Building Science Labs

Trevor Trainor

M.Sc., M.A.Sc., President & Building Science Specialist, Bawating Building Science

Chris Magwood

Manager, Carbon-Free Buildings at Rocky Mountain Institute

Our Speakers

Aaron Smith

CEO, Energy and Environmental Building Alliance & GreenSmith Builders

Alex Bols

Senior Technical Advisor, Climate Codes and Regulation, Canadian Home Builders'​ Association National

Alex Ferguson

Researcher, NRCan

Alex Miller

CEO, Big Block Construction

Alexis Minniti

Project Coordinator, Integrated Design & Building Science Services, Building Knowledge Canada

Ben Miller

VP Operations, Big Block Construction

Brian Cooke

General Manager, Aeroseal Canada

Brett Cass, CEM

Technical Manager, Net Zero Energy Housing, CHBA

Chris Chopik,  M. Des.

Director, Resilient Homes Canada, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Doug Tarry

President, Doug Tarry Limited

Dr. Cynthia Cruickshank

B.Eng., Ph.D., Principal Investigator and Director, CABER, Carleton University

Dr. Cynthia Cruickshank, B.Eng., Ph.D.

Principal Investigator and Director, CABER, Carleton University

Dr. Michal Bartko

Research Officer, National Research Council Canada

Greig Murphy

CRO, EnerQuality

Jeff Baker

M.A.Sc., P.Eng., President, WESTLab Canada

John McCabe

VP & General Manager, Lafarge Canada

Justin Wilson

Principal Managing Partner, Construction Instruction

Kirk Hammersmith

National Director of Procurement (Mechanicals), PulteGroup

Leigh St. Hilaire, B.A.Sc.

Executive Director, Volta Research Inc.

Lynne Strickland

Director, Initiatives, Net Zero Housing, Canadian Home Builders'​ Association National

Mark Rosen

Director of Building Science, Building Knowledge Canada

Mike Memme

Operations Manager, Mountainview Building Group

Miyoko Oikawa

Senior Manager, Stakeholder Liaison and Technical Services, OHBA

Paul De Berardis

Director of Building Science and Innovation, RESCON

Ramtin Attar

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Promise Robotics

Robert Jonkman, P.Eng.

VP, Codes and Engineering, Canadian Wood Council

Ryan Harris

CRO, SPAN
Sonja Winkelmann

Sonja Winkelmann

EP - Senior Director, Net Zero Energy Housing, Canadian Home Builders’ Association National

Stefanie Coleman

MEB, Sustainable and Resilient Housing Industry Lead, LEEP – NRCan - CanmetENERGY-Ottawa

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2023 Presentations

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.h2k –Beyond HOT2000 - Alex Ferguson
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Advanced Air Distribution Systems for Low Load Homes - Nigel Watts & Gord Cooke
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Air Source Heat Pumps Testing & In-Field Performance - Dr. Nima Alibabaei
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Air Source Heat Pumps Testing & In-Field Performance - Gary Proskiw
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Air Source Heat Pumps Testing & In-Field Performance - Maxime Savard
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Air Source Heat Pumps Testing & In-Field Performance - Sonja Winkelmann
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Air to Water Heat Pumps - John Siegenthaler
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A New Learning Platform - Carla Harder
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Building Tomorrow's Home Today - Dan Butler
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Building Transformation Hub - Victoria Coffin & Miyoko Oikawa
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Building Science + Carbon Reduction (and Resilience): Enclosures & Beyond - Dr. John Straube
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Carbon Emissions and Part 9 Construction - Alex Ferguson & Sara Gilani
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Carbon Reduction Strategies For Home Builders - Phil Santana
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Centre for Advanced Building Envelope Research (CABER) - Dr. Cynthia Cruickshank
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Climate Resilience - Dr. Robert Lepage
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Climate Resilient Construction: Studying the Low Hanging Fruit - Doug Tarry
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Context Setting for the Mash-up - Sonja Winkelmann
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Deep Energy Retrofit: Historic Masonry Homes - Trevor Trainor
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Designing the Path to Climate Compatibility - Chris Chopik
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Domestic Hot Water (DHW) in Ontario - Bob Chown
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Energy & Carbon Codes Update and Why Resilience Matters - Frank Lohmann
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ESG in Housing Workshop - Stefanie Coleman
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Exergy - Robert Bean
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From Bleeding Edge to Leading Edge: A Builders Guide to Net Zero Homes - Doug Tarry
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High Performance Builder - Brad Carr
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New Earth Solutions - Dylan Robertson
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NZ Electric Communities - Wil Beardmore
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No Demo NZE Retrofit Part 1, Pilot -  Amelie Caron
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Towards Integrating Resilience - Dan Sandink
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Towards Integrating Resilience - Dr. Marzieh Riahinezhad
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Towards Integrating Resilience - Frank Lohmann
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Volta SNAP - Leigh St. Hilaire & Aidan Brookson
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Volta Workshop - Patric Langevin
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