FENBC Industry Conference 2018

A One Day Fenestration Industry Conference



Wednesday, October 24, 2018
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Sheraton Guildford
15269 - 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V5G 1C7
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Members only fee - TBC  Non-members fee - TBC


Platinum Sponsor:

Exhibitors are:


Zana Gordon


800 am - 900 am - Registration and Buffet Hot Breakfast

900 am - 915 am - Opening Remarks

Breakfast Keynote (915 am - 1000 am) - Passive House Standard and Hi-Rise Buildings
Eric Cantania, RDH Building Science Inc. 

This presentation will provide a brief introduction to the Passive House standard and will highlight some of unique attributes of buildings designed with Passive House in mind. The discussion will then move onto applying the Passive House Standard to high-rise buildings.

Passive House projects place the performance of the building enclosure at the forefront of the design process and window design choices play a critical role in determining whether the Passive House criteria are achievable. This presentation will explore the role of non-Passive House Certified components, using operable windows for natural ventilation, the role frame temperature, and the importance of addressing the energy performance of window installation details.

A case study example will wrap up the presentation with a summary of the process used to determine whether achieving the Passive House standard is feasible for a high-rise building located on an infill lot in the City of Vancouver.  The discussion will include an overview of the options considered for the enclosure and provide a summary of the components (including windows) that would be necessary to achieve a Passive House design.

AIBC Core Learning Units - 0.75
BC Housing CPD Credits - 1

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Stream 1 (Room TBD)

Fire Ratings      
Moderator - Gary Brown
Panelists - Al Jaugelis, others TBC  

This year a tragedy occurred in London with high-rise cladding renovation fire. This panel discussion will focus primarily on vinyl window application for high-rise buildings, with respect to fire related safety requirements.  Discussions will cover both new high-rise construction and renovation work.  How does the choice of building cladding impact the window framing materials - aluminum, fiberglass, wood (ie: six story wood framed buildings) and composites. 

The panel will discuss what are the current fire/safety limitations for high-rise vinyl window applications, review the NRC/CGSB and potential changes to the fire and safety issues of NBC.

AIBC Core Learning Units - 0.75

Stream 2 (Room TBD)

Implementing Canada's PanCanadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change: A Market Transformation Strategy for Residential Windows
Debbie Scharf; NRCan and Nathaniel Gosman; BC Ministry of Energy and Mines

Windows have been identified as an important contributor to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector. As part of national efforts to meet climate change goals, federal, provincial and territorial governments have identified inspirational goals to accelerate the adoption of high efficiency windows and facilitate market transformation in residential windows in the short, medium and long-term. The presenters will share governments’ goals and discuss the steps needed to get there.

AIBC Core Learning Units - 0.75
BC Housing CPD Credits - 1

Stream 3 (Room TBD)

Legal Update
Tyler Glabraith, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP

Having a clear and complete scope of work and fair payment terms are key ingredients in any successful contract; however, scope of work and payment issues are becoming more and more prevalent based on a number of factors including incomplete design, poor specifications, unfair payment terms and, perhaps most importantly, contractors not actually reading and understanding the contracts they are signing.  Tyler will speak on scope of work and payment related issues including the contractual nature of specifications, how the change process should work, how to deal with site instructions, what to look for in payment clauses and comment on recent prompt payment legislation making its way through the Ontario legislature and Parliament.  The presentation will be interactive to please bring your questions and comments

AIBC Core Learning Units - 0.75
BC Housing CPD Credits - 1

10:45am - 11:15am

Main Room Event

Update from the City of Vancouver

Chris Higgins of the City of Vancouver will be presenting an update on the following items:

  1. The new window and door requirements for multifamily buildings up to and including 6 storey
  2. Window performance looking towards 2025 (medium term direction)
  3. Federal National Building goal for window performance
  4. City of Vancouver direction on energy performance of doors   

 AIBC Core Learning Units - 0.75

11:15 am - 12 Noon

Stream 1 (Room TBD)

Brizi Coetzer, P. Eng, RWDI AIR Inc.

The presentation will cover a basic overview of the fundamentals of acoustics as they apply to the propagation of sound through fenestration assemblies. Most municipal jurisdictions provide interior sound level limits from road and railway noise sources – these vary in each municipality but generally they agree with the limits established in the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) publication “Road and Rail Noise: Effects on Housing”. These criteria and how they can be met will be addressed in terms of how window construction affects the interior noise level. The various parameters affecting the acoustic performance of windows will be detailed with reference to single number ratings such as STC/OITC, the significance of mass, thickness and airspaces as well as the composite acoustic performance of the exterior wall and window combined.

AIBC Core Learning Units - 0.75
BC Housing CPD Credits - 1

 Stream 2 (Room TBD)

Product Certification (Fenestration Canada) - Panel Discussion
Panelists include:  Gary Smith, Marketing and Communications from the Australian Window Association and Jason Seals, Certification Manager American Architectural Manufacturers Association

The increase in codes and standards laid upon the fenestration industry in the last ten years has had significant impact on the day to day business, and the bottom line of most companies.  The struggle to stay on top of the rules, and to develop systems to manage compliance and product labelling are complex.  The confusion on all sides, from manufacturer to building officials only make the situation worse, often with wildly varying levels of compliance and enforcement.  Regulation is here to stay, and we can only expect it to increase.  Is product certification the answer? Some think so, while others fear just another regulation in an already broken system.  This panel will look at what certification might look like, and can it help?

AIBC Core Learning Units - 0.75
BC Housing CPD Credits - 1


Stream 3 (Room TBD)

New Ideas in Automation Bring Real Benefits
Paul Breault, Precision Motion Control 

This presentation will deliver a unique and stimulating combination of cutting edge engineering skill and knowledge of Paul Breault. Paul describes himself as curious and passionate about the world of industrial automation with over 20 years of experience in industrial automation processes, automation machines and robots installation, machining automation parts and robotics and maintenance. When Paul looks at an industrial production line, optimization solutions are emerging automatically in his mind and he likes working with people, complex projects and problems for which solutions are not clear.

BC Housing CPD Credits - 1

1200 Noon to 1:30 pm

Lunch, Networking - View Exhibits

Lunch Keynote (12:45 pm - 1:30 pm) - BC Energy Step Codes

British Columbia local governments that would like to incentivize or require above-code performance in new construction have a powerful and flexible new regulation at their fingertips. The BC Energy Step Code is a market-transformation tool designed to help both government and industry chart a course to a future in which all new construction across the province is “net-zero energy ready” by 2032.

As governments begin referencing the steps of the BC Energy Step Code, the regulation is expected to increase demand for higher-performance fenestration products. What challenges does this present for the sector? What new opportunities does it open up?

Local governments can reference the BC Energy Step Code in policy today, and begin enforcing the requirements as of December 15. The regulation allows communities to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions while capturing a range of co-benefits, and kick-starting the province's green building industry.

Don’t miss this special luncheon session at Fenestration West to get the inside scoop on the most important building regulation to come along in many years.

AIBC Core Learning Units - 0.75
BC Housing CPD Credits - 1

1:30 pm to 215 pm

Stream 1 (Room TBD)

Safety Glazing Impact Standards
Julia Schimmelpenningh, Global Applications Manager, Eastman Chemical Company

 Standards for testing human impact into glazing panels for buildings have been in place since 1966.  Over the years, products, glazing use and testing have changed to keep up with industry trends.  The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) recently released an update to the CGSB M12.1 Safety Glazing to update the Canadian Safety Glazing standards to meet the current industry use patterns.  This seminar will review the latest version of the CGSB M12.1 standard, differences and similarities with ANSI Z97.1 and discuss major changes to the CGSB document since the last update in 1990.

AIBC Core Learning Units - 0.75
BC Housing CPD Credits - 1

 Stream 2 (Room TBD)

How to Develop a Kaizen Culture in your Organization
Christopher Leonard, Director Client Services, Kaizen Institute Consulting Group Ltd.  

Creating the conditions for a “Kaizen Culture” to develop, will enable employees to operate more efficiently within their own work space and as a result, the company will benefit from accelerated product development, increased sales, effective marketing, efficient flow and resource management.  This presentation will cover the 3 pillars needed in a Business Excellence System but will focus mainly on the motivation one. Understanding this pillar will give you all you need to create the right conditions in your organization for a “Kaizen Culture” to develop

AIBC Non-Core Learning Units - 0.75
BC Housing CPD Credits - 1


Stream 3 (Room TBD)

Collaborate the New Negotiation
Roy Lamont, Stella Custom Glass Hardware 

This presentation will be an example on the benefits of a collaborative partnership.  Many successes and innovative solutions have been  found in sharing ideas and pulling together resources from many different types of companies working in the construction industry.

With collaboration between glazing contractors and architects, you will see more reasonable glass sizes specified. This has also helped architects design more constructible projects. With collaboration between glazing contractors and hardware suppliers, you will see more cost effective pricing and better looking hardware.

You will learn during this presentation that developing a collaborative approach is a great business model that helps reduce frustration, and allows the industry to innovate.

AIBC Core Learning Units - 0.75

215 pm - 245 pm

Break, Networking - View Exhibits

215 pm to 330 pm

Stream 1 (Room TBD)

Performance of Aluminum Framed Glazing Systems Subject to Seismic Displacements
Andy Lang, Morrison Hershfield

This presentation describes the design and installation of aluminum framed glazing systems to accommodate lateral displacements when subject to seismic drift of the building structure.  The presentation includes stick built and unitized curtain walls as well as window walls.  Examples will be presented of how aluminum framed glazing systems performed when subject to lateral displacement during laboratory mock-up testing.

AIBC Core Learning Units - 0.75
BC Housing CPD Credits - 1

  Stream 2 (Room TBD)

Net Zero Performance Houses
Murray Frank, Building it Right, Constructive Home Solutions

Description to follow

Stream 3 (Room TBD)

Should you be Insecure about your IT Security?
Wade Ball, Manager, BC Operations

System outages. Data loss and corruption. Theft of intellectual property. Financial larceny.

Information Security issues are becoming more prevalent, more intrusive and increasingly the focus of media coverage. These issues affect everyone – governments, major enterprises, non-profits and businesses large and small, resulting in downtime, tarnished reputations, and financial losses. Preparation, protection and the seamless ability to react and recover are now table stakes for all organizations.

Join Graycon I.T. to find out how your organization can protect itself against information security issues such as malware, phishing and ransomware. We will talk trends, technology, process and people with an aim at helping organizations proactively prepare, react and recover.

AIBC Non-Core Learning Units - 0.75
BC Housing CPD Credits - 1

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