April 2016

Part 5: Beyond Heat, Air & Moisture

Status: Advanced online registration is now closed. Please email Jennifer Chan at [email protected] to inquire space availability.
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Time: 12:00 AM-12:00 AM: Registration and Lunch
8:30 AM-12:00 PM: Part 5: Beyond Heat, Air & Moisture
Location: The Italian Cultural Centre Society (Trattoria Hall), 3075 Slocan Street Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Leonard Pianalto, M.Sc. (Civil), P.Eng., FEC, LEED ®AP - Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Brizi Coetzer, P.Eng. and Steve Meszaros, P.Eng. - RWDI Air Inc.
Andrew Harmsworth, M.Eng., P.Eng., CP, FEC and Jun Hyung Kim, BASc, EIT - GHL Consultants Ltd.
Credit: 3.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $75.00 + GST = $78.75 until Apr 7, 2016

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $85.00 + GST = $89.25

Non-Member Price: $85.00 + GST = $89.25

Student Member Price: $42.50 + GST = $44.63
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by April 07, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Jennifer Chan | Professional Development Coordinator
Direct: 604.412.4861
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Email: [email protected]
This half-day seminar looks at the Part 5 requirements going beyond heat, air & moisture in the BCBC & VBBL. Speakers specialized in their respective fields will cover fundamentals and discuss criteria for the structural, acoustic & fire considerations for the building envelope. This event is jointly presented with the British Columbia Building Envelope Council (BCBEC).

Seminar Schedule

  • 8:00AM - 8:45AM: Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:45AM - 8:55AM: Opening Remarks
  • 8:55AM  - 9:50AM: Facades and Structural Reliability - Leonard Pianalto, Associate, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
  • 9:50AM - 10:45AM: Acoustic Performance of the Building Envelope - Brizi Coetzer and Steve Meszaros, RWDI Air Inc.
  • 10:45AM - 11:00AM: Coffee Break
  • 11:00AM  - 11:55AM: Fire Considerations: Combustible Cladding and Components of Exterior Walls and Curtain Walls - Andrew Harmsworth and Jun Hyung Kim, GHL Consultants Ltd.

Seminar Description

  1. Facades and Structural Reliability

    • Facades are defined as the outward appearance maintained to conceal a less pleasant reality. This talk will be focused on the less pleasant realities of structural attachment and resistance to environmental loads. 
  2. Acoustic Performance of The Building Envelope

    • The presentation is 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.
  3. Fire Considerations: Combustible Cladding and Components of Exterior Walls and Curtain Walls

    • This is meant to be a discussion which explores building fire safety specific to exterior walls and curtain walls. The first part of the presentation will describe permitted combustible components in non-combustible construction including elements and framing that may create thermal bridging, as prescribed by the Building Code. The second part will examine the concerns and objectives for curtain wall firestopping, as well as current and upcoming requirements for firestopping of curtain wall systems.


Leonard Pianalto, M.Sc. (Civil), P.Eng., FEC, LEED ®AP
Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

Leonard is a Project Engineer with over 20 years of experience specializing in the restoration of existing buildings. In his role as an Associate at RJC in the Building Science and Restoration Team, Leonard leads a team comprised of 6 engineers. His work is focused in the areas of glazing and cladding, fall protection, and earthquake design. In addition to his project experience, Leonard is passionate about making a contribution to industry and the community as reflected in his publications and committee involvement.

He is also a mentor and educator. Leonard founded a toastmasters club at RJC. He is also a part-time instructor at BCIT in the School of Construction and the Environment.

Brizi Coetzer, P.Eng
RWDI Air Inc.

Brizi is a registered Professional Engineer within the province of British Columbia, and has been working in the acoustical field for over 5 years. Her qualifications include a B.Sc. (Engineering) with a focus on Mechatronics and a Master’s degree in Music Technology. Before transitioning to the acoustical field, she worked as a software practitioner in the simulation of guidance and control systems for missiles, and as a business manager within a Research & Development team.

Brizi is uniquely qualified, being a specialist in both architectural acoustics and environmental noise. She is able to provide value to her clients by combining her experience of sound control both within the interior as well as the exterior limits of the building envelope. Her expertise covers a wide range of buildings and facilities for many sectors including education, sports and entertainment, municipalities, transportation, health services, and others. She has delivered a number of presentations to various professional associations on acoustic subjects pertaining to noise governance and building envelope sound control.

Steve Meszaros, P.Eng.
RWDI Air Inc.

Steve has been working as an acoustical consultant for over 15 years on a wide range of project types and sizes. He has worked primarily on institutional projects that include recreation, education, research, healthcare, and public/government buildings, but has experience with many other building types. The commonality between all of the projects is that good acoustics and noise control are integral to the function of the building and occupant comfort.

Steve uses his technical expertise and experience to help design teams develop simple and practical solutions based on an understanding of the acoustic issues and the options available. His involvement typically starts in early design, where his influence can help avoid costly acoustic controls, and continues through tender and construction phases where implementation details are critical to building performance.

Andrew Harmsworth, M Eng, P Eng, CP, FEC
GHL Consultants Ltd.

Andrew Harmsworth has 30 years of engineering experience in Building Code and Fire Protection alternative solutions and Code compliance problem resolution. Mr. Harmsworth holds a Master’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from UBC. He is a City of Vancouver Certified Professional who is an active member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC), as former Chair of the Building Codes Committee and represents APEG on the Building Code Modernization Strategy and Green Building Code task groups. Mr. Harmsworth is also a member of the CSA O86 Engineering Design in Wood Task Group on Fire Resistance and a Board of Directors member for newBuild, an NSERC funded network of fire related research projects at various universities across the country. He is registered in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, NWT/Nunuvut and Washington State as a Professional Engineer. Mr. Harmsworth is the Certified Professional of Record for the Vancouver Convention Center Expansion project.

Jun Hyung Kim, BASc, EIT
GHL Consultants Ltd. 

Jun Kim is an Engineer-in-Training as a member of APEGBC. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Honours Mechanical Engineering with Distinction and Dean’s Honours from the University of Waterloo. Notwithstanding performance-based fire engineering analysis, he also assists in developing alternative solutions and Building Code compliance. Mr. Kim is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from the University of Waterloo and is completing his professional engineering registration.

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