Registration Open! Basic Building Science - MBEC Full Day Event

  • September 22, 2016
  • 8:15 AM - 2:30 PM
  • The Norwood Hotel (112 Marion Street)
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Basic Building Science

Building science is a growing area of expertise that bridges the gaps between architecture, engineering, testing and building research. Sustainable building practices that are based on strong building science principles is essential in the design of new and existing buildings.

The Manitoba Building Envelop Council (MBEC) is proud to present a full-day educational seminar Basic Building Science.  Heat, basic thermal bridging and insulation, moisture and air will be among the topics being presented and discussed by Harry Schroeder, Bert Phillips, Ryan Dalgleish, Gary Proskiw and Kevin Knight. 

Be sure to reserve your spots as only 50 seats are available for this educational event. 

As seating is limited, payment will be required at the time of registration to reserve your spot.  Cancellations received one week prior will receive a refund of $50. Cancellations under one week from the event will not be eligible for any refunds. 


8:15 - 8:45 am

Registration and coffee

8:45 - 9:00 am

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

Speaker: 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.

9:00 - 10:15 am

Heat: Basic Thermal Bridging and Insulation

Speaker: 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. 

10:15 - 10:35 am


10:35 - 11:50 am

Moisture - Commercial and Residential

Speaker: 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. 

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm


1:15 - 2:30 pm

Air Movement and Leakage 

Speakers: 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.

Event Details

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Norwood Hotel
112 Marion Street, Winnipeg
(ample free surface parking)

8:15 am to 2:30 pm

$75 MBEC members

$100 Non-members

Breakfast and lunch provided

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