Mind the Gap: Preventing Failure in HVAC and Airtightness- Smithers

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Mind the Gap: Preventing Failure in HVAC and Airtightness- Smithers

June 20, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm PDT

Pre-approved for 7.5 CPD from BC Housing

This one-day course will take a deeper dive into the BC Energy Step Code metrics for Part 9 buildings and how to achieve Step 3 and higher through design and building techniques to minimize extra cost. The content will focus on practical strategies for effective design, proper selection and installation of mechanical systems, and airtightness. Using real world examples and different housing archetypes from local climates, we will examine why some projects fail while others pass easily. This session is geared towards home building and design professionals. Instruction will assume a basic understanding of the BC Energy Step Code.


• Design and material considerations for Step Code compliance

• Tips to communicate with mechanical designers and mechanical trades to ensure properly-sized and installed HVAC equipment

• Airtightness best practices, testing process and checklist

• Strategies and solutions for a cost-effective air tightness result (renovations & new builds)

This course will include an onsite component at the end of the day. Using a local real world onsite home, the class will participate in a blower door test. This will include hands-on preparation for the test, highlighting common problem areas as well as strategies for improvement and repairs. As this portion of the course will take place on a local construction site, please dress appropriately for conditions. Access to a vehicle will be required to get to the site from the course venue.

Register HERE

Other events include:

May 12-Prince George
June 23- Dawson Creek


June 20, 2023
8:30 am - 5:00 pm PDT
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