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Upcoming events

    • March 03, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CST)
    • Online Webinar
    • 168

    Presentation Overview:

    When the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging (BETB) Guide was launched in 2014, the impact of thermal bridges were largely overlooked in practice, energy standards, and energy calculations.  Now with a clearer understanding of the impact of thermal bridging has led to the introduction of comprehensive thermal bridging calculations as a requirement in new codes and standards such as NECB 2017, BC Energy Step Code, Vancouver bylaw, and the Toronto Green Standard Version 3.

    Energy codes and standards in Canada are driving toward net-zero for all new construction by 2032.  These increasingly stringent standards will require changes to how industry designs and constructs buildings.

    Luckily there are tools and resources to help industry establish a new norm and minimize the disruption.  These tools will allow industry to efficiently evaluate cost-effective solutions and harness the power of data to make more informed decisions.

    The presentation will provide an overview of the BETB Guide and highlight recent work that is directed at better representing colder climates.  Work is in progress to expand the BETB database to better represent all of Canada’s climate zones and types of construction.  This presentation will outline useful tools and resources that are available to the design and construction community to help with the assessment of thermal bridging in new energy codes and standards, such as:, a web application that is available to reduce the effort required to perform holistic assessment of thermal bridging.  The web site is currently being developed to enhance the user experience and this presentation will highlight new developments. is a parametric resource tool to help assess in real time the impact of building  thermal performance along with all the other factors that affect building energy-use in the context of new energy codes that require energy modeling to demonstrate compliance to various performance criteria such as TEDI, TEUI, and GHGs.  This tool does not direct apply to NECB and is BC centric.  Nevertheless, awareness of this tool will provide insight to how other jurisdictions are responding the next generation of energy standards.

    The sessions will highlight Emerging Design Assist Tools being developed to help designers make informed decisions by making it easier to evaluate large data sets.

    Speaker Bio's:

    Patrick Roppel

    M.A.Sc., P.Eng. Building Science Specialist

    Patrick is a building science specialist with over 17 years of consulting experience related to building science and energy efficiency. Patrick’s focus in recent years has been providing tools and guidance to the industry to help practitioners make informed design decisions related to constructability, thermal, structural, energy, and hygrothermal performance. Timely industry guidance includes the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging (BETB) Guide, the Attic Ventilation and Moisture Research Study, and the Guide to Low Thermal Energy Demand for Large Buildings (Low TEDI Guide).

    Alex Blue

    P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C Building Energy Specialist

    Alex is a building energy specialist with 10 years of experience who has been providing energy modelling, energy audits, and consulting for deep energy retrofits and policy development across a variety of building sectors. Alex works with industry-leading tools to provide fast and clear feedback to clients, and regularly presents on building energy use, carbon reduction, and energy policy and codes.

    Alex started her energy modelling career at Sustainable Solutions, a small sustainability firm In Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    Wednesday March 3rd, 2021

    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 

    Members $0 / Future Members $20

    Event Location: Online

    A Link to the webinar will be provided before the event

Past events

March 26, 2020 Cladding and the Manitoba Building Code - with Geoff Mikolayenko & Dr. John Frye
February 20, 2020 Below-grade waterproofing and dampproofing - with Mike Washnuk
January 22, 2020 Diversity Gardens at Assiniboine Park - with Doug Corbett
November 19, 2019 A Day with John Straube
October 24, 2019 Precast Concrete - with Art Macaw and Ed Muehlberg from Wells Concrete
September 24, 2019 The Fortune Block - With Dean Syverson
June 19, 2019 The MBEC Spring Wrap Up
May 16, 2019 Radon and what you need to know - with Heather Swail
March 19, 2019 Cast in Place Balcony Thermal Breaks - with Sarah Boila
January 16, 2019 ASTM Air Tightness - with Kevin Knight
December 04, 2018 RAINO - 385 St. Mary Ave. – Reflecting on the comprehensive renovation of a mid-century modernist gem and AGM
December 04, 2018 MBEC Annual General Meeting
October 30, 2018 Introduction to the Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Industry
May 16, 2018 Roofing Design and System Considerations
February 13, 2018 Roof Assemblies - Problems in the Field
January 17, 2018 Thermal Comfort
November 21, 2017 Moisture-Safe High-R Walls: A Half-Day Seminar with John Straube
October 26, 2017 Building Enclosures for 5 & 6 Storey Mid-Rise Wood Buildings - Graham Finch
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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