The AIBC’s Summer Professional Development (PD) Series is back, beginning on June 10, 2020. For the first time, the PD Series will be offered completely online, and registration will be complimentary. Up to 4.5 Core LUs are available for CES Participants who attend all of the sessions. The topics covered throughout the series are highly relevant to today’s architectural practice, including digital seals, climate change, and Passive House.
The sessions will take place on Wednesday afternoons in June from 12:30 to 2 p.m., and will be delivered via WebEx. The WebEx login details for each session will be sent to all registered participants one week prior to the session.
2020 Summer PD Series Schedule
June 10 | Going Paperless: What is a Digital Seal, Anyway?
As organizations move from paper to electronic filing, one of the key challenges in this digital transformation is the authentication of these files. During this session, participants will learn about the technology and professional and legal framework underpinning the use of professional digital seals in Canada, as well as understand how clients can benefit from having digitally signed documents, rather than managing paper originals.
Presenter: Nada Belhadfa
Nada Belhadfa is Director, Digital Transformation at Notarius, a Montreal-based company providing high reliability digital signatures to professionals and organizations throughout Canada. Ms. Belhadfa holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from Laval University and a Master in E-commerce from the University of Montreal. She is a member of the Quebec Bar.
June 17 | Climate Change: The Impacts and Solutions to Sea Level Rise Globally and Locally
This presentation is intended to raise awareness and engage practitioners with potential solutions to the issue of rising sea levels. This session will discuss how architects can work with their clients to educate, evaluate risk, and design to mitigate impending damage or loss in the future. Participants will become familiar with the extent of existing data on sea level rates of change, the depth of engagement and extent of responsive action being considered by local authorities, and to consider some evolving policies that have been developed thus far to manage the growing threat. A range of tools and techniques that can be incorporated into project designs will be discussed.
Presenter: John Scott Architect AIBC, AAA, FRAIC, NCARB, AIA
John Scott is Vice President of HDR Architecture Associates Inc. and a current member of AIBC Council. He is an architect and planner with diverse project work across the United States and Western Canada over the past 40+ years. In his current position as Civic Principal in Western Canada for HDR, he continues to hold his career-long passion for the application of established and emerging technologies in building design. He is passionate about the opportunities architects can leverage to increase the depth of sustainable practices we impart in our built environment.
June 24 | A Pattern Language for Iconic Passive House and Net-Zero Facades for High-Rise Buildings
Building codes in B.C. and other Canadian and American jurisdictions are being updated with ambitious energy and/or emissions targets which will change the way we design and build facades on buildings. In B.C. by 2032, all new residential buildings will need to meet levels of performance that we currently associate with Passive House and Net Zero projects. Similar targets are being set by jurisdictions across North America to combat greenhouse gas emissions.
To help the industry prepare for these changes, a number of progressive high-rise projects in Vancouver are being designed and constructed to meet these goals now, in order to lead the way for the industry in years to come. Many conventional assumptions about facade design and building form are going to change as these buildings become more prevalent. Understanding this shift and the redefined goal posts that they represent early in the design process is important so that the building form and attributes can meet the design intent, while also meeting the budget and project schedule.
This session will outline the lessons learned to date and will provide a roadmap for high-performance low-emission buildings and their facades moving into the future.
Presenter: Brian Hubbs P.Eng., Principal, Senior Building Science Specialist, RDH Building Science
Brian is recognized by his peers as being a practical engineer and researcher who consistently delivers innovative solutions. He has a unique blend of theoretical and hands-on knowledge gained from completing hundreds of building enclosure investigations and rehabilitation projects as well as from façade engineering and construction review of building enclosures for new buildings. Brian’s experience includes work on both high and low-rise commercial, institutional and residential building projects in many cities and climatic regions across Canada and the United States.