Seminar Costs

Unless otherwise noted, there is no cost to attend an MBEC educational seminar event for members.  The cost for a non-member to attend however is $20.  

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Upcoming events

    • October 26, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Manitoba Museum - Festival Hall - 190 Rupert Avenue
    • 38

    Building Enclosures for 5 & 6 Storey Mid-Rise Wood Buildings - Lessons Learned & Evolving Best Practices

    The design and construction of wood frame building enclosures continues to evolve in response to code changes, energy efficiency requirements, past performance, new materials and many other industry factors. One of the latest evolutions has stemmed from the allowance for 5 and 6-storey wood frame buildings in parts of Canada and the US combined with the increased stringency on the thermal performance and airtightness of building enclosures. These taller buildings face a number of challenges different from low-rise wood frame buildings built before, including increased environmental loads from wind and rain, stricter energy code requirements, and unique maintenance and operating considerations. This seminar will cover lessons learned and many of the recent trends in materials, details and enclosure assemblies for creating durable and energy-efficient mid-rise wood frame buildings.  

    Graham Finch, MASc, P.Eng

    RDH Building Engineering Ltd. Victoria, BC, Canada

    Graham is a Principal and Building Science Specialist with RDH. He has a passion for technology and improving energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. He leads RDH’s building science research group and is actively involved in numerous projects ranging from building research studies to forensic investigations, building monitoring, hygrothermal modeling, and new construction across North America. Graham has co-authored several publications and practical industry guideline documents on wood building enclosures including the Guide for Designing Energy-Efficient Building Enclosures, the Guide for Tall Wood Buildings in Canada, and the Building Enclosure Chapters for the CLT Handbook and the NLT Design and Construction Guide. 

    The MBEC AGM will be taking place prior to this seminar, at 2:30PM. Graham Finch will then start his presentation afterwards, at approximately 3:00PM.

    • November 21, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites - 1800 Wellington Avenue
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    Moisture-Safe High-R Walls

    As performance demands increase, higher levels of airtightness and attention to thermal bridging are changing the way we build. Energy efficiency is more and more important - but at the same time, designers must ensure durability, and that means managing moisture. In this half-day seminar, we will look at high-R wall design, how moisture behaves in high-R walls, and the strategies needed to avoid problems like mold and corrosion by properly controlling vapour and rainwater movement.


    Learning Objectives

    • Recognize how airtightness and thermal bridging requirements are changing wall assemblies
    • Learn where vapour barriers go in a wall assembly and why
    • Understand how drained and ventilated assemblies manage moisture
    • Identify key strategies for achieving durability in high-R walls

    John Straube– Speaker Bio

    John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a Principal at RDH Building Science Inc., where he heads forensic investigations and leads research projects in the areas of low-energy building design, building enclosure performance, hygrothermal analysis, and field monitoring of wall assemblies. He is also a prolific writer and a noted public speaker. As one blogger wrote after attending a keynote speech: “he clearly loves what he does.”

    In addition to his work with RDH, Dr. Straube is a cross-appointed faculty member in the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Straube’s leadership as a building scientist and an educator has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in Building Science Education from the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC) and the Professional Leadership Award from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA).

    Registration: 8:00 AM

    Presentation: 8:30 AM

    Break: 10:00 AM

    Presentation: 10:15 AM

    Lunch: 12:00 Noon

    Sponsored By:

    Quik-Therm Insulation Solutions Inc.


    Brock White

Past events

September 27, 2017 High Performance Glazing: Technologies, Applications & Resulting Performance
May 16, 2017 Pt. 2 - Building Performance: Maximizing Energy Saving through an Integrated Design Approach
April 05, 2017 Pt. 1 - Building Performance: Maximizing Energy Saving through an Integrated Design Approach
February 28, 2017 Building Envelope Testing Tools of the Trade (Afternoon Session)
February 28, 2017 Building Envelope Testing Tools of the Trade (Morning Session)
November 24, 2016 MECB - What it is and Where we are now... - Seminar
October 20, 2016 Alloway Hall Renewal & Expansion
September 22, 2016 Registration Open! Basic Building Science - MBEC Full Day Event
May 19, 2016 Manitoba Schools: Building Envelope Longevity and Failures - MBEC Seminar
March 31, 2016 Air Leakage Testing of Occupied Buildings - MBEC Seminar
December 09, 2015 MECB Part 1 - Navigating Building Envelope Requirements: It's Really Not That Painful
November 26, 2015 Recreational Centres as a Building Type - MBEC Seminar
November 18, 2015 The Challenge of High Performance Wood Framed Enclosures - Residential, Commercial, and Mid-Rise Seminar with Dr. John Straube - Winnipeg
October 28, 2015 Manitoba Hydro Place - Lessons Learned
December 11, 2014 Net Zero Buildings with Peter Amerongen SOLD OUT
November 18, 2014 Sustainable Schools: How Manitoba Schools are Reaping the Benefits of LEED
September 25, 2014 One Evergreen Place: Exterior Wall Systems Remediation and Monitoring
May 28, 2014 Holey Moley - Air Leakage in Manitoba's Commercial Building Sector
March 24, 2014 Past, Present, Future: Manitoba's Green Building Program
February 27, 2014 Passive House Design Fundamentals
January 23, 2014 The U of M Alternative Village Honduras Project
December 18, 2013 "Ask the Experts" Mix and Mingle
December 03, 2013 NAFS and the Building Code: What Architects and Builders Need to Know
November 25, 2013 THERM Training for Modeling Building Enclosure Assemblies
August 20, 2013 Building Science 101 Workshop - Tuesday August 20, 2013
June 11, 2013 Building Science Myths & Lies
May 08, 2013 Keeping Radon Out
March 13, 2013 Make it Tight, Vent it Right
February 20, 2013 Residential Rating Programs for Energy and Environmental Performance
January 31, 2013 Building Better Buildings
January 16, 2013 Architectural Glass - The Right Choice
November 29, 2012 SOLD OUT - The National Energy Code - Hope and Peril
October 30, 2012 Building Monitoring - Structure Monitoring Technology
September 27, 2012 Planning for the Unexpected - How to Ensure Mould Does not Spoil Your Envelope Replacement Project
May 09, 2012 The High Performance Wall
April 12, 2012 Building Envelope Research at the Alternative Village
March 22, 2012 The Building Enclosure and its Impact on the Real Energy Performance of Buildings
March 06, 2012 March Lunch Event: New Building Commissioning Standards & the 2012 Air Barrier Rodeo Results
February 08, 2012 Special Air Barrier Rodeo
January 26, 2012 Energy Dollars and Cents of Building Envelopes
November 17, 2011 Red River College Patterson Retrofit Project
October 20, 2011 Whole Building Airtightness
May 10, 2011 Green Building Envelopes 101 Workshop
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