The Fall Professional Development Series is back! Taking place on Wednesdays in October and November, this PD Series will focus on innovative architectural case studies.
The sessions will be presented in a convenient lunch and learn format, offering participants an engaging way to earn Learning Units – each 90-minute session will be eligible for 1.5 Core LUs. WebEx participation will also be available for those not based in the Lower Mainland.
- Date: Wednesdays in October and November
- Location: AIBC Offices, or via WebEx
- Time: 12–2 p.m. (lunch served from 12–12:30 p.m.)
- LUs: 1.5 Core (each session)
- Cost Per Session:
$100 (Architects AIBC, Architectural Technologists AIBC, Retired Architects AIBC)
$50 (Intern Architects AIBC, Affiliates, Applicants)
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- Online Registration
2019 Fall PD Series Schedule and Session Descriptions
October 9, 2019 | FortisBC New Construction Program: Natural Gas Building Design
Presented by James Allen P.Eng. and Sharan Mahli
Natural gas continues to be a cost-effective fuel to provide thermal heating to new and existing buildings. Building energy performance requirements in B.C. are evolving with the increasing drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the built sector. However, additional high-performance design considerations in new builds can make natural gas buildings be part of the solution.
This session will present design considerations FortisBC has observed in high performance natural gas buildings and how they are used to meet the higher steps of the BC Energy Step Code. The presentation will also outline available new construction incentive programs and how they can be used to support the business case for efficient buildings.
October 23, 2019 | The Future of Wood Construction
Presented by Lubor Trubka Architect AIBC
The successful use of wood by First Nations as their prime construction material dates back as far as 10,000 years. Now, it is our responsibility to advance wood construction into the twenty-first century.
This session aims to influence the decisions to design and build with wood by illustrating its potential in a selection of architectural projects. These projects will illustrate the ambition to progressively depart from on-site construction to pre-fabrication of building components in a protected environment off-site, thus limiting the site activities to fast assembly and erection of an enclosed building shell. There are significant opportunities for wood in construction – it is Canada’s most natural, renewable and readily available resource and its inherent limitations are only perceived. This session will demonstrate how to overcome these limitations while advancing current wood construction technologies.
October 30, 2019 | The New Silo District in Cape Town *NEW
Presented by Lloyd Rubidge PrArch
The Silo District in Cape Town, South Africa, is a new urban, mixed-use, sustainable precinct which extends the very successful V+A Waterfront. At the centre of the precinct is the historic Grain Silo, which gives the district its name. The precinct achieved a number of firsts in South Africa and has won many local and international awards.
The presentation gives an overview of the development of the District, from the initial master-plan in 2010 to current developments. It touches on the individual buildings that make up the precinct and focuses on the redevelopment of the historical Silo itself and the collaborations that made it happen. A site appropriate approach to sustainability, and some of the technical challenges which arise in re-purposing historical industrial buildings are discussed.
November 13, 2019 | StoryTELLING, StorySELLING
Presented by Colette Parras Architect (NL), M.Arch
Dating back generations, architecture and communication have long been members of the same family. But unlike marketing, communication has established a close relationship with architecture, even at times sharing the same last name – design. With new technologies, the design family tree has grown, and extended family members have been adopted. With these advances, it’s now time to revisit the relationship architecture has with communications and marketing.
This session will demonstrate how storytelling can be used to help support, frame, and strengthen marketing goals for architectural firms.
November 27, 2019 | Precast Sandwich Panels: Resilient Building Enclosures
Presented by Harold Louwerse, Eng.L., RRO and Loveleen Atwal, EIT, MASc.
Simon Fraser University’s new Sustainable Energy and Engineering building is a state-of-the-art post-secondary facility at the Surrey campus. The landmark building is a five-storey structure of approximately 20,450 m2, purpose-built to house the new Sustainable Energy and Engineering program. The building façade features alternating strips of white precast sandwich panels and glazing, resembling a geometric pattern of electrical circuit boards. The project’s fast-track delivery requirements necessitated the use of prefabricated precast building components for the façade to not only allow the building to meet tight government funding deadlines, but also provide a high performance and sustainable building with reduced maintenance to meet SFU’s facility requirements.
This presentation provides an overview of precast panel assembly and its advantages and disadvantages over poured-in-place concrete wall. Design and construction challenges and solutions implemented will be discussed.