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Strategic & Cost-Effective Step Code Compliance – Burnaby
June 12, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
You’ve likely attended one or more Step Code info sessions but, as a result, do you have a strategy in place for achieving your project Step Code targets cost effectively? You’re convinced that airtightness is a key element to success but what about windows, wall assemblies, and mechanical systems? Will you be relying solely on the direction of your energy consultant for the selection of these components or would you prefer the driver’s seat?
This half-day course will not only enhance your comprehension of the Step Code for Part 9 buildings, it will enable you to prioritize the energy conservation measures you consider for your projects based on construction cost and energy impact. Using a combination of lecture and some hands-on participation for practical elements, you will:
- Understand the Step Code performance targets, and to what extent their achievement is influenced by:
- Building envelope components (windows, wall assemblies, etc.)
- Building airtightness
- HVAC equipment selections
- Improve your ability to:
- Facilitate an efficient design and documentation cycle, from acquisition of development permit through to submission of the building permit application
- Ensure design details, particularly related to airtightness, are successfully implemented in the field
- Learn to predict which Step Code projects will be especially challenging
- Be able to identify and rank the most cost effective measures for achieving Step Code targets, and estimate corresponding cost premiums
- Expand your knowledge about high efficiency mechanical systems and their relevance to Step Code, including:
- Common and not-so-common options for hot water heating, space conditioning and ventilation
- Proper application, selection, and installation of equipment
Mikhael Horvath is a professional engineer and the director of Enforma Engineering Inc., which specializes exclusively in energy code compliance analysis and testing for both Part 9 and Part 3 buildings. Since 2016, Enforma has completed over 600 projects in three provinces, and saved builders more than $2 million dollars in construction costs by using energy modeling based compliance strategies. Prior to specializing as an energy consultant, Mikhael practiced for over a decade as an HVAC and plumbing design engineer, working on building types ranging from residential to industrial.
Tomas Minka is a principal at Invictus Construction Ltd., a Victoria based design-build construction company, and owner of Micoma Consulting Ltd. Tomas works closely with Enforma Engineering Inc. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) by Passive House Institue (PHI) in Germany, with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. Tomas has an extensive residential projects portfolio as well as experience managing construction of temporary structures, temporary stadiums, and other large and complex projects around North America.