Calendar

You can check the upcoming events related to building energy modelling in this calendar.

“External events” are run by our sister organizations that we think would be of interest to our membership and are line with IBPSA-Canada BC Chapter education values.

Oct
20
Sat
External Event: 110 Introduction to Passive House High – Kelowna @ UBC Okanagan
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Course description

An Introduction to the Passive House High Performance Buildings provides an overview of the core principles of Passive House design and building energy efficiency regulations in Canada. The course also covers the history of energy efficient buildings, energy consumption data and environmental impact, case studies and the economics of creating high performance buildings.

Recommended for

Anyone wishing to understand the basics of Passive House high performance buildings, including:

Homeowners, developers, project coordinators, realtors, subcontractors and component suppliers, architects, engineers, architectural technologists and other design professionals.

Please note this is an introductory course and does not provide the technical knowledge necessary to design and build a Passive House building. If you are ready to take on a Passive House project, we recommend going directly to 120A: Passive House Design and Construction.

Prerequisites / required background knowledge

There are no required prerequisites for this course.

Learning resources provided

  • Course manual
  • Digital copy of course slides

Course instructor

The instructor for this course will be Brett Sichello.

Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 7

AIBC Core Learning Units: 6.5

BC Housing (HPO) Training Hours: 7.00

EGBC credits: self-reported

Oct
25
Thu
External Event: 120A Passive House Design and Construction – Victoria @ Camosun College
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm

Course description

120A: Passive House Design and Construction is a four-day course that covers the technical, economic and policy elements of Passive House buildings. Participants will learn how to apply Passive House principles in the context of building physics, windows and mechanical systems. Numerous case studies, both domestic and international, will be used to demonstrate current best practices and teach concepts of cost assessment. Participants will also have the opportunity to solidify their learning with interactive exercises throughout the course.

120A can be taken as a standalone course even if you don’t intend to write the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam. If you intend to write the exam we strongly recommend you take 120A, 120B and 120C prior to writing the exam.

Day 1

  • Building science and energy use, overview of Passive House principles
  • In-depth look at insulation and airtightness design and construction techniques

Day 2

  • Thermal bridging principles, elimination of thermal bridges through better design and construction
  • Window placement and construction, window components and efficiency

Day 3

  • Ventilation system design principles, components, distribution and operation
  • Heating and cooling a Passive House building, design principles, components, distribution and operation

Day 4

  • Economics of Passive House design and construction, cost and risk reduction, marketability
  • Quality assurance and testing
  • Building certification process

Recommended for

Building industry professionals and individuals who are going to be involved in the design and construction of Passive House buildings or EnerPHit (retrofit) projects, including: architects, engineers, design professionals, site supervisors, general contractors, building inspectors, city planners, homeowners, investors and suppliers of high performance building materials that may be used in Passive House construction.

Prerequisites / required background knowledge

There are no prerequisites for this course, however it will be assumed that the participants can read blueprints and have a basic understanding of construction terminology. This course does include some use of mathematical formulas.

Please note: 110: Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings is not required to take this course.

Learning resources provided

  • Course manual
  • Digital copy of course slides

Course Instructor

The instructor for this course will be Mark Ashby.

Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 28

AIBC Core Learning Units: 26

PIBC Organized & Structured CPL Units: 26

BC Housing (HPO) Training Hours: 28.00

EGBC credits: self-reported

Nov
1
Thu
External Event: 120A Passive House Design and Construction – Vancouver @ BCIT Downtown
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – Nov 4 @ 5:00 pm

Course description

120A: Passive House Design and Construction is a four-day course that covers the technical, economic and policy elements of Passive House buildings. Participants will learn how to apply Passive House principles in the context of building physics, windows and mechanical systems. Numerous case studies, both domestic and international, will be used to demonstrate current best practices and teach concepts of cost assessment. Participants will also have the opportunity to solidify their learning with interactive exercises throughout the course.

120A can be taken as a standalone course even if you don’t intend to write the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam. If you intend to write the exam we strongly recommend you take 120A, 120B and 120C prior to writing the exam.

Day 1

  • Building science and energy use, overview of Passive House principles
  • In-depth look at insulation and airtightness design and construction techniques

Day 2

  • Thermal bridging principles, elimination of thermal bridges through better design and construction
  • Window placement and construction, window components and efficiency

Day 3

  • Ventilation system design principles, components, distribution and operation
  • Heating and cooling a Passive House building, design principles, components, distribution and operation

Day 4

  • Economics of Passive House design and construction, cost and risk reduction, marketability
  • Quality assurance and testing
  • Building certification process

Recommended for

Building industry professionals and individuals who are going to be involved in the design and construction of Passive House buildings or EnerPHit (retrofit) projects, including: architects, engineers, design professionals, site supervisors, general contractors, building inspectors, city planners, homeowners, investors and suppliers of high performance building materials that may be used in Passive House construction.

Prerequisites / required background knowledge

There are no prerequisites for this course, however it will be assumed that the participants can read blueprints and have a basic understanding of construction terminology. This course does include some use of mathematical formulas.

Please note: 110: Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings is not required to take this course.

Learning resources provided

  • Course manual
  • Digital copy of course slides

Course Instructors

The instructors for this course will be Mark AshbyMarcel StuderAngela Lai.

Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 28

AIBC Core Learning Units: 26

PIBC Organized & Structured CPL Units: 26

BC Housing (HPO) Training Hours: 28.00

EGBC credits: self-reported

Nov
15
Thu
External Event: 120B Understanding and Working with PHPP – Vancouver @ BCIT Downtown
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm

Course description

Understanding and Working with PHPP will enable you to take on your first Passive House project. It provides step-by-step instruction for using the PHPP energy modelling software, which is essential for designing a Passive House building.

Participants will learn the structure, inputs and outputs of PHPP, and how to select appropriate climate data sets and record building measurements. The course includes modelling a sample Canadian project, where participants will assess building heat loss, energy demand and summertime overheating risk, as well as looking at the reliability of data sources and how design decisions impact the building energy demand.

Day 1

  • Introduction and overview of PHPP, treated floor areas and U-values for assemblies
  • Heat loss areas and thermal bridging calculations

Day 2

  • Ground calculations and energy implications
  • Window components and inputs, shading, ventilation volumes and airflow

Day 3

  • Heating demand and load, summer cooling requirements and ventilation
  • Domestic hot water energy, electrical and other energy demands, renewable energy (PER)

Recommended for

  • Those who will be directly involved in the design, construction and energy modelling of Passive House buildings, including architects, engineers and design professionals.
  • Anyone pursuing the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant designation

Learning resources provided

  • Course manual
  • PHPP demonstration files
  • Digital copy of course slides

Prerequisites/required knowledge and equipment/software

  • 120A: Passive House Design and Construction, or equivalent
  • Laptop with Microsoft Excel or equivalent installed (PHPP is Excel based), mouse recommended
  • Area measurement software such as Autodesk Design Review (free) or Bluebeam Revu (free trial)
  • Although PHPP demonstration files will be provided for use during the course, we recommend you purchase the PHPP software prior to attending the course. The PHPP manual is provided with the purchase of the software and is useful in understanding all of the features. In addition, individuals wishing to write the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam are required to supply a valid PHPP registration number on the exam registration form. If you do not yet own a copy of PHPP, one can be purchased from our website herePlease allow at least one week for shipping.

Course instructor

The instructor for this course will be Susan Hayes.

Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 21

AIBC Core Learning Units: 16.25

PIBC Organized & Structured CPL Units: 19.5

BC Housing (HPO) Training Hours: 21.00

EGBC credits: self-reported

Nov
19
Mon
2-day Energy Plus Training (Nov 19-20)
Nov 19 @ 8:00 am – Nov 20 @ 5:00 pm

Course Description
2 Full Days

1st day is everything except HVAC
• Daylighting, Loads, Assemblies, Envelope, Geometry, Windows
• Using sketch up (Legacy OpenStudio plugin (now called Euclid))

2nd day is HVAC
• Detailed approach
• Does not cover the HVAC template (too limited)
• Zonal networks
• Performance curves
• Plant systems
• Hot water plant
• Air Systems
• For the most part this is in the text mode of energy plus
• IDF editors

Attendees need their own laptop with E+ installed
Materials will be provided
Registration: Minimum 10 people, 15 max.

Location and exact times to be determined.

Nov
23
Fri
External Event: 110 Introduction to Passive House High Performance Buildings – New Westminster @ Douglas College
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Course description

An Introduction to the Passive House High Performance Buildings provides an overview of the core principles of Passive House design and building energy efficiency regulations in Canada. The course also covers the history of energy efficient buildings, energy consumption data and environmental impact, case studies and the economics of creating high performance buildings.

Recommended for

Anyone wishing to understand the basics of Passive House high performance buildings, including:

Homeowners, developers, project coordinators, realtors, subcontractors and component suppliers, architects, engineers, architectural technologists and other design professionals.

Please note this is an introductory course and does not provide the technical knowledge necessary to design and build a Passive House building. If you are ready to take on a Passive House project, we recommend going directly to 120A: Passive House Design and Construction.

Prerequisites / required background knowledge

There are no required prerequisites for this course.

Learning resources provided

  • Course manual
  • Digital copy of course slides

Course instructor

The instructor for this course will be Sandra Rohler.

Professional development

Total number of learning hours: 7

AIBC Core Learning Units: 6.5

BC Housing (HPO) Training Hours: 7.00

EGBC credits: self-reported

Nov
27
Tue
External Event: Passive House Building Certification Course
Nov 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Date:               Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time:              9:00am to 5:00pm

Location:        Cityscape Conference Room (Crossroads) – 507 West Broadway, 5th floor, Vancouver, BC

 A collaboration of ZEBx and the NACC, the Passive House Building Certification Course is delivered by Canada’s three leading Passive House certifiers. This one-day course will equip practitioners with the high-demand skill of how to prepare a successful submission package for large Passive House buildings. Leveraging insights and experiences from national experts, examples from both successful and unsuccessful projects will be examined to demonstrate best practices.

AIBC Core Learning Units

Through the completion of this course, architects and architectural technologists can earn 6.5 Core Learning Units, designated by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC).

Instructors

  • Andrew Peel
  • Monte Paulsen
  • Pierre-Andre Santin

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the certification requirements for building standards maintained by the Passive House Institute (PHI).
  • Understand the process of: contracting a Building Certifier; the expected roles of Passive House consultant and certifier; and submission formats.
    • The City of Vancouver’s requirements for Certified Passive House projects seeking exemptions under current policy will also be reviewed.
    • Gain a thorough understanding of what is included in a submission for Building Certification, including PHPP, drawings, product verification, performance testing and site photographs.
    • Understand strategies to avoid common barriers towards building certification.

Participants will gain expertise in:

  • Certification process and requirements.
  • Design consultancy vs. certification.
  • Incorporating certification into the design and construction process.
  • Proper project documentation.
  • Climate-specific requirements and considerations.
  • Common barriers.
  • Reliable data sources.
  • What to do when there is no data.
  • Certification checks.

Best Suited For

This course is essential for practitioners responsible for certified Passive House projects in the City of Vancouver.

It is also suitable for practitioners engaged in projects outside the City of Vancouver seeking to streamline paperwork and ensure success in the PHI building certification process.

Highly beneficial for policy makers and all professionals seeking to better understand the requirements of the International Passive House standard, and how it relates to the City of Vancouver’s rezoning requirements.

Bonus

Certified Passive House practitioners completing this course may be eligible for a discount equal to the course price at a PHI-accredited building certifier. For details, contact andrew@peelpassivehouse.com

 Register

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/passive-house-building-certification-course-tickets-49347682246

Nov
28
Wed
External Event: Advanced PHPP for Large Passive House Buildings Workshop
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Date:               Wednesday, November 28, 2018 to Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time:              9:00am to 5:00pm

Location:        RDH Building Science Inc. – 4333 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5C 6S6

 In this interactive, two-day course, participants will delve into intricate aspects of building energy modelling in PHPP. A key focus will be on HVAC systems, with an in-depth look at the heating, cooling and DHW systems. Effective methods for using PHPP to support the iterative design process will also be explored. Learning will be supported by a practical case study involving modelling and analysis of a multi-story, mixed-use residential building.

To provide enhanced benefit, participants will be given the opportunity to submit questions prior to the course. At least one question from each participant will be addressed on Day Two of the course.

Hosted at RDH Building Science’s office, subject matter expert, Monte Paulsen will participate in course discussions to lend his expertise and insights from past projects.

AIBC Core Learning Units

 Through the completion of this course, architects and architectural technologists can earn 13 Core Learning Units, designated by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC).

Instructors

Andrew Peel

Learning Objectives

  • Develop advanced modelling techniques for HVAC and DHW.
  • Practice modelling multiple systems in a single PHPP.
  • Determine reduction factors for unheated spaces.
  • Learn how to troubleshoot common and not so common PHPP errors.
  • Understand common mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Explore how to use PHPP effective to support the iterative design process.

Participants will gain expertise in:

  • Thermal bridging: working with unique details and 3D penetrations.
  • Heat loss through sanitary and rain pipes: an updated methodology.
  • Parkades and other unheated spaces.
  • Curtain walls.
  • Review of important conventions.
  • Heat pumps: air source and DHW.
  • Space cooling equipment.
  • DHW storage losses.
  • Modelling multiple HVAC systems in a single PHPP.
  • Modelling mixed-use buildings.
  • Electrical equipment: translating performance figures into PHPP inputs.
  • Diagnostic tools.
  • Questions answered.

Prerequisites

Participants must have at least two to three days of PHPP training (ex: Passive House Canada Part B) and experience working with PHPP on an actual building project. Participants who lack one or more of these may find it difficult to keep up with the course material and exercises.

Best Suited For

This course is best suited for experienced PHPP users. Peel Passive House may require evidence of experience following registration, in order to ensure maximum benefit for all participants.

Bonus

Subject-matter expert from RDH Building Science will join the workshop to present on local project examples. Participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights through intimate group discussions with our RDH guest speaker.

Course Requirements

Participants arrive prepared with their own laptop, PHPP v9.9 and PHPP manual.

Register

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/advanced-phpp-course-tickets-49347932996

Nov
30
Fri
External Event: HVAC in Large Passive House Buildings
Nov 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Date:               Friday, November 30, 2018

Time:              9:00am to 5:00pm

Location:        Integral Group – 180 – 200 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4

 Course Overview

Large buildings are quickly becoming a dominant feature of the Passive House landscape in North America. High efficiency, well designed HVAC systems are critical to the performance and operation of large Passive House buildings. Yet there are many misconceptions surround requirements and acceptable approaches.

Collaborating partners ZEBx and Peel Passive House have developed this half-day course, where participants will gain a solid understanding of how Passive House approaches HVAC in large buildings.

Hosted at Integral Group’s office in Vancouver, subject matter experts from Integral will participate in course discussions to lend their expertise and insights from past projects.

 AIBC Core Learning Units

Through the completion of this course, architects and architectural technologists can earn 3.75 Core Learning Units, designated by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC).

 Instructors

Andrew Peel

 Learning Objectives

  • Explore emerging solutions for HVAC systems in Large Passive House Buildings.
  • Understand how HVAC system performance is assessed through the Passive House framework.
  • Explore humidity balance and control in Passive House buildings.
  • Considerations in system selection and design.

 Prerequisites

  • CPHD/Cs
  • Practitioners engaged in large Passive House building projects.

Best Suited For

This course is best suited for practitioners wishing to further expand their knowledge of HVAC systems in large Passive House buildings.

Bonus

A subject-matter expert from Integral Group will join the workshop to present on local project examples. Through intimate group discussions with the Integral representative, course participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights on green building system design and energy engineering across a range of building types.

Register

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hvac-in-large-passive-house-buildings-tickets-49347140626