Lesson series

Mastering Module 3: Building Science for the BC Energy Step Code 6 Hours

The Training Program Description and Objectives and Outcome:
This training program was specifically designed and created to support British Columbians that maybe employed or have been employed in the construction sector to gain technical skills in response to technological advancements and essential skills to obtain good-paying jobs and increase job security,
This program aims to provide absolutely high-value and high-quality corporate training to help employers in construction industry to train their current or future employees to meet their immediate needs of the business and the participant’s job, to help employers build up an agile, skilled, and resilient workforce which is essential for strong, sustainable and balanced growth with a strategic competitive advantage for productivity and innovation
Upon completion of the following modules
We will discuss how to identify the key characteristics of typical building assemblies that impact the energy performance of the building
We will discuss the key enclosure selection criteria that affect the building construction cost and schedule.
We will discuss how to use building science principles to guide the evolution of the design and construction of building enclosures with increased R-value in the “envelope first” approach, accounting for BC’s five climate zones and diverse building types and occupancies.
We will discuss how to assess and mitigate the potential impacts of solar heat gain on occupant comfort, including a basic understanding of the solar heat gain coefficient, Low-E coatings, window operability, and the influence of mechanical systems
We will discuss how to differentiate between enclosure elements and construction practices for achieving airtightness and those intended for vapor control
So ultimately, builders would be able to apply to build science principles to help in the selection of durable building components, assemblies, and construction approaches in the diverse British Columbia climate and market.
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We will discuss how to find the typical ranges of assembly R-values associated with wood frame, below-grade concrete, and wood-frame roof assemblies.
We will discuss how to be mindful of prescriptive code items that still apply to building enclosures even if they are used as part of performance-based compliance and of design approaches that may require design professional involvement/sign-off during assembly selection.
We will discuss how to consider the five key design and construction criteria of cost efficiency, constructability, airtightness, moisture durability, and sustainability in selecting an appropriate enclosure assembly
We will discuss how to assess the benefits of an exterior-insulated assembly compared to an interior-insulated assembly in terms of building science principles.
We will discuss how to evaluate a window product based on key characteristics including NAFs rating, energy, durability, design options
We will discuss how to evaluate industry resources, product documentation, and training programs for their suitability as tools for builders in the context of the BCESC, including for diverse builder teams and building design perspectives.
So ultimately, learners would be able to use industry resources to determine appropriate enclosure components and assemblies, mechanical components, and construction approaches that can be used to meet the current and future requirements of the BCESC and achieve best practices.
Upon completion of this module, builders would have a better understanding of basic building science principles and would be able to apply them to the evolving/emerging enclosure design and construction practices required to meet the “envelope first” approach.
the successful participant (student) will gain the right mix of knowledge and skills to adapt to the labour market’s changing job requirements, to be well equipped to respond to the evolving demands of the labour market
The intended outcome and result of training will be improved job-related skills leading to increased job security and /or a better job for a current employee of the applicant employer and /or a job for an unemployed person
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Admission Requirements
Participants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), who are entitled to work in Canada. at least 16 years old and be either:
• Unemployed, or
• Employed by the applicant employer
Once training is completed, employers will hire or continue to employ participants in B.C
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Program Duration
The duration of the program is 4 weeks.
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Learning Resources
Learning resources are mainly from textbooks, real-life case studies, internet information, as well as videos.
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Delivery Methods:
In-class instruction, On-site, Distance/Online, or Combined
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Marking Scheme
This program will have two parts; one part is a theory, and another part is practice.
Completion of distance class of theory will be counted as 50% towards the final grade, Completion of case study, term project, and presentation will be counted as 50% towards the final grade.
Grading scale for each class is as follows:
A 94-100%
A- 90-93%
B+ 86-89%
B 83-85%
B- 80-82%
C+ 75-79%
C 70-74%
D 60-69%
F 0-59%
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Requirements for Graduation
Courses with grades lower than “C” is not counted toward the completion of the corporate training program.
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Capacity (number of participants): 30
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Name of instructors: team of experts of Vancity Institute,
Jamie, Designer with Bachelor’s Degree of interior design and 25+ years of construction professional experience along with tremendous 10+ years experience in teaching and coaching
Vivian, Lawyer with Bachelor’s Degree of law, 25+ years of construction professional experience along with 10+ years experience in teaching and coaching
Richard, Engineer with Bachelor’s Degree of engineering, 25+ years of construction professional experience along with 10+ years experience in teaching and coaching
Bill, QS with Bachelor’s Degree of engineering, 30+ years of construction professional experience along with 10+ years experience in teaching and coaching
Thomas, architect with Bachelor’s Degree of architecture, 35+ years of construction professional experience along with 15+ years experience in teaching and coaching
Qian, Administrator and associate instructor, with Bachelor’s Degree of Economics, 8+ years of admin experience along with 8+ years experience in teaching and coaching
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