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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

    • December 04, 2018
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Red River College, 160 Princess St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1K9 Room P107
    • 42

    Topic Overview

    Beginning in the summer of 2016, Republic Architecture Inc. took on the design of their New Office (RAINO). Their new home, located at 385 St. Mary Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was originally built in 1958 for the New York Life Insurance Company. Ten months after occupancy, members of the team reflect on the opportunities and challenges inherent to the renovation of a mid-century modern building to current standards of design and performance. As more of Canada’s impressive stock of mid-century modern buildings come to the end of their serviceable lives, the opportunities for re-imagining these structures with an eye on sustainability is immense. As a case study, this talk will examine the intersection of a diverse range of subjects, including historic preservation, building design, energy performance, and building envelope. With input from client representatives, as well as project design and sustainability team members, discussion topics will include:

    •              Building Character Defining Elements

    •              Design Concept

    •              Thermal Effectiveness of the Envelope

    •              Curtain Wall Upgrades

    •              Building Energy Analysis

    •              Air Tightness

    •              Actual Energy Cost – Before and After

      Speaker Biographies

      Shane Solomon

      Shane Solomon is the founder and Principal Architect of Republic Architecture Inc.  Shane has developed his expertise by leading a variety of new-build, renovation, and rehabilitation projects throughout Canada. With many years of experience in planning and implementation, his specialty is guiding integrated, multidisciplinary teams in the delivery of successful projects. Shane was part of the client group for the RAINO project.

      Rachael Alpern

      Rachael Alpern is a sustainable design specialist at Republic Architecture Inc., with a focus on heritage restoration. She has expertise in passive ventilation and building envelope rehabilitation. Her approach to projects weave together an appreciation for vernacular design, materiality, building science, and art.  By studying this integration of science and art, she seeks to create architecture that is beautiful, healthy, and long-lasting. Rachael was an environmental consultant on the RAINO project. 

      Brock Klassen

      Brock Klassen is a project design lead with Republic Architecture Inc. His work is focused on projects that involve pushing boundaries, innovation, and research. He is interested in solutions that blend a sense of playfulness and delight with sustainable and technically sound detailing. He believes there are strong economical, environmental, and cultural benefits that support reusing, adapting, and repurposing existing buildings as opposed to building new. Brock was the project manager for the RAINO project.

      Tuesday Tuesday December 4th, 2018

      2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (registration starts 2:15)

      Members $0 / Future Members $20

      Event Location: Red River College, 160 Princess St 

      Room P107

      • December 04, 2018
      • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
      • Red River College, 160 Princess St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1K9 Room P107
      • 94

      The Manitoba Building Envelope Council will host its AGM Tuesday December 4th at 2:30pm directly before the days seminar. 

      We encourage all those who attend to please register for both the AGM and seminar. Should you like the opportunity to sit on the MBEC board please send in a copy of your resume and a brief bio to

      Registration will begin at 2:15 - The days seminar will begin at 3:00 directly following the AGM. Drinks will be provided. The AGM is free for all to attend (Please note there will be a fee for all non-members to attend the seminar).

      Tuesday Tuesday December 4th, 2018

      2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (registration starts 2:15)

      Event Location: Red River College, 160 Princess St 

      Room P107

    Past events

    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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