Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology

November 6 - 8, 2017 

Vancouver, BC

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are currently being accepted on building science research, design and practice.  The organizing committee is currently inviting both conference paper and presentation abstract submittals for the event until October 31, 2016.

The abstracts are to be submitted online at

Download the call for abstracts flyer here.

Buildings XIII International Conference

Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings XIII International Conference

The thirteenth (13) international conference on Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings XIII will be held December 5–8, 2016. This conference will present two tracks:

PRINCIPLES – Devoted to Research
PRACTICES – Focusing on Practical Applications and Case Studies

You are invited to submit an abstract for presentation in either the Principles (research) or Practices (practical applications) track. Special topic Workshops will be presented before or after the conference. A written paper will be required for all presentations.

Papers should focus on the development of High Impact Technologies and processes to be life cycle cost effective, and reduce energy use and environmental consequences. Papers should demonstrate how their topics, on the Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelope of Whole Buildings, will lead to high performance buildings. Papers on case studies need to be unique and new. Papers in the Practices Track should provide technologies ready for implementation; those in the Principles Track shall show the promise of short to mid-term.

Dates to Remember

  • May 29, 2015 - Abstracts due to
  • July 24, 2015 - Notification of abstract acceptance to Authors
  • January 15, 2016 - Authors submit completed manuscripts to Session Chairs for peer review
  • March 30, 2016 - Peer review comments sent to Authors. At this time, Authors are encouraged to provide updated research data, with the concurrence of the Session Chair.
  • June 17, 2016 - Final draft of papers and updated abstracts are due to Session Chairs
  • August 30, 2016 - Papers returned to Authors with ASHRAE's editing
  • September 16, 2016 - All papers must be returned in final form to ASHRAE for publication
December 5–8, 2016 - Conference dates

Any questions, please contact Sherry Denesha with OBEC at 647-317-5754 or

Membership Costs

Corporate $250    /    Individual    $50    /    Student $25

Please go to the Membership tab to review the benefits of each and what level would best suit you.  

Online Membership Registration and Renewal

Individuals or Companies wishing to become members of MBEC can simply click Become a member of MBEC (in the MEMBERSHIP heading), fill out a simple membership application, pay the affordable yearly fee online and you're done!

To renew your membership, go to the MEMBERSHIP heading and simply click Membership Renewal (you will be prompted to login).  From there, you are moments away from renewing your membership for another year.  
Corporate Membership Structure

For a small fee of $250, the Corporate Membership allows up to 6 individuals from an organization to attend MBEC seminars at no cost.

Corporate Memberships include:

  • MBEC seminars and events for up to 6 individuals may attend at no cost
  • Ability to have an unlimited list of names under the membership; any of those 6 may attend MBEC seminars and events at no cost
  • Access to Members Only section of MBEC web site (members list, MBEC forum, etc)
  • Subscription to MBEC news and updates

Any additional attendees over the allotted six will be invoiced directly to the company at a rate of $10 per individual. 

Please note, the main bundle administrator will be the one responsible for adding individual names to their corporate bundle list.  This will help ensure all in the company desiring to be kept in the loop with MBEC activities be made aware of such.

Passive House Design & Construction Course

CanPHI is holding a Passive House Design and Construction course which will provide you with the fundamental knowledge to set you on the path to design and build compliant Passive House buildings, meaning an 80 - 90% reduction in annual heating and cooling energy, and reduced mechanical systems.  

Training material will be geared to practical applications within the Canadian building environment and building codes.  The course represents the first step in becoming a certified Passive House designer or consultant, and will enable participants to be actively involved in the design and construction of Passive House buildings.  

The course also helps you prepare for the PHI Certified Passive House Designer Exam.

April 6 - 10, 2015

9am - 5pm

$1,500 plus GST

Manitoba Hydro Place

Register Here

 What you'll learn:

  • Passive House design theory
  • Building science for radical conservation
  • Building envelope optimization for cold climates
  • Hands-on building performance modeling using the PHPP design software
  • Mechanical system design for comfort and performance
  • Thermal bridge-free design of building assemblies
  • Architectural details and technical solutions
  • Detailed case study examples of current Canadian Passive house projects
Complete course outline and details can be found HERE.

Upcoming events

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Upcoming Events

September 22, 2016 - Full Day Event on Heat, Moisture and Air

Introduction: I think this stuff is just a bunch of B.S. with Ryan Dalgleish

How many of us stop to think of how a building operates? A building just sits there, right? Wrong! The building is made up of separate components that interact to determine how the building functions. We can look at it as a functioning system. Our buildings do not operate in a vacuum. It exists within our environment, and as such it is affected by the physical processes that exist in the environment. The processes that we are concerned with are heat, air, and moisture flows.This presentation will introduce the concepts of building of a system and quickly overview really what building science is and why it is important.

Ryan has been involved in the building envelope and building performance areas of construction in both the commercial and residential sectors for over 25 years.  Much of his time is spent on technology transfer, organizational excellence and education.  Ryan has been a trainer, facilitator and performed a number of management roles for over 2 decades. He is also actively involved in research, development of training curriculum, and helping industries increase their professionalism.

Ryan obtained credentials in Adult Education, Leadership and Organizational Excellence from the University of Manitoba and has been mentored and trained by some of the best building scientist's in the world.  He frequently publishes papers for design and construction magazines such as Journal of Building Enclosure and Design, Construct Canada and Interface. Ryan is a frequent speaker at various technical presentations dealing with the building envelope to various building official associations, city departments and building enclosure councils across Canada and the United States, American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute and a number of local home builder associations.

Heat: Basic Thermal Bridging and Insulation with Harry Schroeder

Heat flow through materials is fairly well understood, and most people are familiar with ‘R values’ for insulation; the higher the better. However, when materials are placed into building assemblies, things get a little more complicated. Learn how thermal bridging, reflective insulation, aged R value, low-e coatings and other items all impact heat flow, and how to maximize thermal performance of the building envelope through practical design details. 

Harry is part of the Customer Engineering Services group at Manitoba Hydro where he focuses on practical implementation of energy efficiency in the building envelope. With contracting roots and an engineering education, he has been involved in the building industry as a consultant, contractor and project manager. Through his involvement in national committees and day to day interaction with the local construction industry, he is committed to bridging the gap between research and practice.

Moisture: Commercial and Residential with Bert Phillips

Water in its various forms plays a part in the majority of building related problems.  Phillips will describe how water in its various forms moves within buildings and building materials, how it can affect building performance and what can be done to minimize moisture’s adverse impacts. 

Bert Phillips, P.Eng., MBA, FEC of UNIES Ltd has been actively involved in building science for over 30 years.  He has participated in research, field studies and design projects in energy efficiency, airtightness, moisture control and HVAC systems and equipment in houses and buildings.  He has an in-depth understanding of energy, moisture, air quality and durability issues in buildings. 

Graying hair, a stooped posture, a squinting gaze, slow and hesitant speech has misled many into thinking Phillips is a deep, analytical thinker rather than someone in dazed confusion.  To his good fortune, his clients often interpret his confused ramblings as insightful and useful commentary regarding the problem at hand.  It pays the bills.

Air: Overview, Testing Methods, Material Types with Gary Proskiw and Kevin Knight

Air movement into, through and out of a building has a huge impact on the overall performance of the structure.   Topics to be discussed include: the consequences of air leakage, how it occurs, where the holes are, metrics for measuring it, the difference between air leakage and airtightness, air barrier design (for materials, assemblies and joints and junctions), code requirements, durability and robustness.

Gary Proskiw of Proskiw Engineering Ltd. is a mechanical engineer with over 40 years of experience in building science, energy management, research and training.  He has served on the Part 9 Committees of both the National and Manitoba Building Codes as well as several CSA and CGSB committees; and has spent a lot of time examining broken buildings. Gary has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Building Science.

Kevin Knight is a building envelope authority with over 30 years’ experience in field of observation and testing, commissioning, research, education and training. Kevin is a Research Professional at the Building Envelope Technology Access Centre, Red River College on Building Science and Energy Efficiency and is a Principal of Edifice Tutorial Inc.

Kevin has collaborated with federal and provincial governments, utilities, and private sector companies on many projects. He has had numerous papers published in Canada, United States and Europe, and is a frequent lecturer on building science. He currently sits on the ASTM E06 Performance of Buildings co-chair for the Standard Practice for Enclosure Commissioning, is a member of National Institute of Building Sciences, Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council, Educational Steering Group and the Society of Protective Coatings and Chairs the Commercial Air/Vapor Barriers Committee. Kevin sat on the ULC Standards Committee for Air Barriers, and CSA Z320 Building Commissioning Architectural Subcommittee. 

October 2016 - Alloway Hall Museum Building Case Study

November 2016 - Energy Code Information Session

January 2017 - Tools of the Trade Building Diagnostics

Group 1: Infrared

Group 2: Window and Component Testing

Group 3: Blower Door

Group 4: Water Penetration Testing on Window Assembly

Group 5: Whole Building and Component Air Leakage Testing

Group 6: Pull Testing/Air Barrier

February 2017 - Roofing Membrane Technology Issues and Strategies Series: Common Pitfalls to a Re-roof Project

March 2017 - Concert Hall Building Envelope Retrofit: Part 1: Presentation on the Design

April 2017 - Red River College Notre Dame Campus Trades Building

May 2017 - Energy Modeling/Cost Analysis in Regards to Building Envelope

*Topics and dates may vary

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