The 13th Canadian Conference on Building Science & Technology

 Canadian Architects - CORE learning credits :

All Canadian architects are eligible for CORE learning credits as required by your professional association.  The following is a breakdown of the credits that are available based on the day-long hydrothermal workshop, technical and plenary sessions:

  • Pre-conference workshop will be eligible for 7.0 CORE learning hours
  • Theory 1 and Practice 1 will be each equal to 1.75 CORE learning hours
  • Theory 2, 3, 5, & 6 and Practice 2, 3, 5, & 6 will be each equal to 1.5 CORE learning hours
  • Theory 4 and Practice 4 will be each equal to 1.25 CORE learning hours
  • Each keynote plenary session will be equal to 1.0 CORE learning hours


Click here to download the final 13th CCBST agenda.


 Click here to download the abstracts of the papers being presented at the 13th CCBST.


Tuesday May 10, 2011 :                      

Pre-conference workshop

The workshop will cover the hygrothermal performance of different wall assemblies.  It consists in going from the basic fundamentals of building science to applied research and to the real life “practice”. It will cover laboratory and field assessment of air tightness of building envelope in North America and its effects on energy and hygrothermal performance.  An extensive analysis of the energy performance of typical buildings will be presented and layout the importance of air sealing and the impact on energy efficiency for typical wall systems.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Wahid Maref, Senior Research Officer - National Research Council Canada and Mr. Mario Goncalves, Senior Building Envelope Consultant - Patenaude-Trempe Inc.

ADDITION - Green Building Envelopes 101

The Manitoba Building Envelope Council (MBEC) is organizing a special educational opportunity for those involved in the building envelope and building industry. 

MBEC has always provided education in this field to local members and non-members on a monthly basis.  Even with the 13th CCBST - why should this stop?!

Professor Terri Meyer Boake, BES BArch, MArch LEED AP Associate Professor, Associate Director School of Architecture, University of Waterloo will talk about four basic steps that are required to begin to design a building to meet a zero carbon target for operating energy as it is becoming clear that even the highest standards of construction that are regularly being implemented today are simply not enough to achieve Net Zero Energy construction.

As such, there are not any clear and simple guidelines to follow when considering designing building envleopes or buildings in gerneral to meet this important target.  Zero Energy design is an extremly complex task, fraught with the beneftis that can only be gained by working with synergies and climate responsive stragegies. 

This presentation will:

  • Focus on the climate responsive architectural strategies that are essential to impacting load reduction - i.e. passive design
  • Examine envelope design and detailing strategies that work with passive design to further reduce the energy requirements
  • Speak to the divide in concern between operating energy and embodied energy as it impacts the low carbon design target in building


Tuesday May 10, 2011 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Assiniboine Ballroom, Fort Gary Place, Winnipeg Manitoba.  The cost is FREE for MBEC members and conference attendees.  MBEC non-members cost is $10.

To register for this event, please email by Monday May 9, 2011.

Wednesday May 11, 2011:

Core Conference (See agenda above to download)

6:00pm Conference dinner and entertainment

Thursday May 12, 2011: 

Core conference (See agenda above to download)

Post-conference building tour and wine & cheese reception at the Manitoba Hydro Place.

Manitoba Hydro is the major energy utility in the Province of Manitoba, the fourth largest energy utility in Canada and offers some of the lowest electricity rates in the world. Owned by the provincial government, nearly all of its electricity comes from hydroelectric generation. Its new headquarters, Manitoba Hydro Place, is the first of the next generation of sustainable buildings integrating time-tested environmental concepts in conjunction with advanced technologies to achieve a “living building” that dynamically responds to the local climate.  The building is among the most energy-efficient office buildings in any cold-climate in the world. 

Winnipeg is a city known for its extreme climate, with temperatures that routinely fluctuate from -35ºC (-31 ºF) to +34ºC (95 ºF) over the year. Located in downtown Winnipeg, the 64,500 m² (695,000 ft²) Manitoba Hydro Place is targeting less than 100 kWh/m²/a compared to 400 kWh/m²/annum. The architectural solution clearly responds to the client’s vision, and relies on passive free energy without compromise to form, function and, most importantly, human comfort.

Features of the building include:

  • 60% energy savings over MNECB 1997
  • LEED Platinum target
  • supportive workplace
  • urban revitalization
  • signature architecture
  • cost effectiveness

Below is a article on the Manitoba Hydro Place from GreenSource magazine.

Case Study: Manitoba Hydro Place 

Friday May 13, 2011:                         

Delegates who signed up for the Friday tours will be contacted via email to inform them of the transportation details for the following two tours they will be taken on:

Building tour of renovated historic Union Bank Tower.  The Union Bank Tower is one of the highest  remaining reinforced concrete and steel structure buildings in the Commonwealth.  The entire building is being fully redeveloped and integrated with new additions to meet LEED Gold status as the new culinary arts facility and student residences for Red River College.

The tour will be conducted by project architect Dudley Thompson, Principal of Prairie Architects Inc.

We will also have a audio-assisted outside the construction fence tour of Canadian Museum for Human Rights.  The purpose of the museum is to increase understanding and awareness about human rights, human rights issues and challenges, promote respect for others, and encourage reflection, dialogue, and action.  It is a architectural marvel that will be known around the world once it is complete in 2013.

To all those that have been confirmed for the tours, can you please bring a pair of steel-toed boots as we want to ensure your safety on the active construction site.