Course Description

Missed a Building Science Live event? You can still catch the recording! 

In This Course:

Building codes in many Canadian and American jurisdictions are being updated with ambitious energy and/or emissions targets that will drastically change the way we design and build facades on our buildings. In British Columbia by 2032 all new residential buildings will need to meet levels of performance that we currently associate with Passive House and Net Zero projects. Similar targets are being set by jurisdictions across North America to combat greenhouse gas emissions. A number of progressive high-rise projects are being designed and constructed to meet these goals now, in order to lead the way for the industry in years to come.

As the Façade Engineer and Passive House Consultant for these projects, RDH has observed that many of the conventional assumptions about facade design and building form are going to change as these buildings become more prevalent. Understanding this shift and the redefined goal posts that they represent early in the design process is important so that the building form and attributes can meet the design intent, while also meeting the budget and project schedule. This presentation will outline the lessons learned to date and will provide a roadmap for high-performance, low-emission buildings and their facades moving into the future.

You'll Learn About:

  • Why and how the industry is about to change so drastically.
  • The basics and limitations of current high-rise fenestration systems.
  • How new objectives can be achieved on actual buildings under construction.
  • How to develop a pattern language to help in the conceptual design of high-rise Passive House and Net Zero facades.

Course Details:

  • Format: 2 parts (1 hour recording + quiz). Downloadable slides are included.
  • Duration: You will have 30 days to review the recording and complete the quiz
  • Audience: This session will be of interest to a wide audience within the building industry, in particular architects and owners/developers who are considering Passive House or Net Zero targets for high-rise projects

Continuing Education Credits:

1 Core LU

*This program also meets the criteria for OAA structured learning hours. For more information, please see here

Principal, Senior Building Science Specialist

Brian Hubbs

Brian is recognized as a practical engineer and researcher who delivers innovative solutions. He is one of the three co-founders of RDH and has a unique blend of theoretical and hands-on knowledge gained from completing hundreds of projects across RDH’s various practice areas. Brian has consulted on the development and installation of numerous new and unique facade systems, including facades for mass timber enclosures. Along with his project experience, Brian has presented on the topic of facade development for mass timber enclosures at various industry conferences and is a sought-after resource on the subject.