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Building Smart seminars, workshops and webinars provide you with best practices and up-to-date Building Code information for the construction and design of homes in B.C. Licensed Residential Builders, contractors, building officials, architects, engineers, trades and others involved in the home building industry can learn about latest research and technology through these practical and informative sessions.

Register Today! Building Smart with Thermal Comfort, Solar Control and Passive Cooling

Join our next Building Smart webinar where we examine building and human factor designs to achieve optimal thermal comfort in residential buildings.

Presenter and acknowledged indoor environmental quality expert Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L. (Eng.) discusses the thermal effects of climate changes onpeople with strategies and tactics for passive cooling for buildings in B.C. climates.

The session will count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits (2.75 CPD credits) following verifiable attendance for the duration of the webinar.

The cost is $70 (GST included) and participants can choose to attend the online webinar or, join us at the live, Vancouver-based studio presentation. Studio space is limited to 25 attendees. 

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Building Smart with Radon Mitigation

Radon basics, testing solutions, cost estimates and mitigation options for new and existing construction are key presentation topics. Canada’s largest community-wide radon testing project in Prince George, BC, and study findings from two BC communities using various mitigation strategies, are showcased. Facilitating homeowner understanding of radon health risks and the steps that can be taken beyond the current BC Building Code are discussed. The certification process for the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program ends the session.

Delivered in collaboration with the BC Lung Association, Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC, and the Building and Safety Standards Branch.


Britt Swoveland, B.A. RadonAware Program & Partnerships, BC Lung Association

Britt oversees research, education, public outreach, partnerships and special projects for the RadonAware program. Britt has participated on community-wide radon testing projects, provincial radon awareness campaigns, and in-field studies to assist in the advancement of provincial Building Code measures for radon protection.

David Innes Radon Environmental Management Corp.

David is an accomplished sales executive for new construction-related technologies. He is a Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP) professional in radon measurement and mitigation.

This workshop is eligible for 3.0 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Credits.

Cost $70 (GST included)

Location of in-person Vancouver seminars:

Brix Studio Suite 102-211 Columbia Street

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In-person: Monday, September 26, 2016 Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Location: Terrace

In-person: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Location: Cranbrook

In-person: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Location: Vancouver (25 person limit)

In-person: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Location: Vancouver (25 person limit)

Attend webinar online – REGISTER NOW

Webinar: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Location: Vancouver

Webinar: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Location: Vancouver

Video Presentations

The HPO also presents video recordings of some of our past workshop presentations. Check out the links below to watch the webinar of your choice and learn from industry experts on a range of topics of interest to the residential construction sector.

Air and Vapour Barriers
This topic focuses on the use of air and vapour barriers in single and multi-unit residential buildings.

Mid-Rise Wood Buildings in British Columbia
This video presentation focuses on the design, planning and construction of mid-rise wood buildings in British Columbia. 

Considerations for Residential Basements and Parkades
This presentation focuses on the design, construction, maintenance and remediation of basements and parkades in residential buildings. 

Energy Efficiency – Large Residential Buildings
A series of five presentations to help you understand Part 3 Building Code energy efficiency requirements for large residential buildings.

Mitigating Thermal Bridging
This video presentation introduces the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide, a tool to help calculate and mitigate heat loss due to thermal bridging.

Energy Efficiency in New & Retrofit Buildings
This includes five presentations from building industry leaders who discuss energy efficiency strategies and solutions for new and retrofit buildings.

Roof System Design and Installation
Industry experts explore roof system design, installation best practices and Building Code requirements for wood-frame single-family and multi-unit residential buildings.

Best Practices for Window Installation
The focus of this presentation is best practices for window installation in new and retrofit buildings. It examines window to wall interface, insulation details, Building Code requirements and ends with a panel discussion.