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Zero Energy Buildings – CEA Fall Series

November 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm to November 22, 2019 @ 12:30 am

The Community Energy Association is holding a series of BCIT Zero Energy Building (ZEB) Courses in communities across B.C.

Events will be held  

  • Pemberton on Tuesday October 1
  • Rossland on Wednesday October 9
  • Nelson on Thursday October 10
  • Terrace on Tuesday October 22
  • Smithers on Wednesday October 23
  • Prince George on Thursday October 24
  • Salmon Arm on Monday October 28
  • Vernon on Tuesday October 29
  • Kelowna on Wednesday October 30
  • Courtenay on Thursday November 14, 2019
  • Port Moody on Friday November 15, 2019
  • Creston on Tuesday November 19
  • Golden on Thursday November 21, 2019
  • More information and registration available on the event website

 BCIT Course Description

This BCIT course is intended for builders, tradespeople and building officials to learn how to build to the BC Energy Step Code. A BCIT instructor will use the institution’s zero emissions building lab-in-a-box to deliver hands-on high-performance building training in the community. To learn more about the travelling lab, visit BCIT’s website.

The course introduces the fundamental principles of building science while helping students advance their construction knowledge and skills with respect to building envelope design, construction and performance verification for airtightness and advanced thermal performance of residential buildings (Part 9 Buildings).

Building science demonstrations including heat transfer, vapour diffusion, air flow, and moisture management will be employed to better understand the effect of thermal loads on the building enclosure performance. Student hands-on work will focus on specific strategies to ensure airtightness of final assembly with an emphasis on detailed solutions for managing critical control barriers in various assemblies. The course will present building enclosure assemblies, construction methods, and solutions for managing control barriers with a focus on improved thermal performance of residential buildings (Part 9 Buildings).  Students will develop their knowledge of building science, airtightness strategies, and assembly details to meet the BC Energy Step Code.

Course participants are eligible for Continued Professional Development points through BC Housing: 6 CPD points for in-class instruction only or 20 CPD points with required pre-course reading and post course learning assessment. The one-day course registration fee is $365, which includes refreshments and lunch.  Each hands-on course is limited to 25 participants.   


7:00 – Registration & coffee/pastries

7:30 – Opening remarks, Energy Step Code overview, and local government introductions

8:00 – Fortis BC New Home Program and Incentives

8:30 – BCIT hands on high performance lab training

12:00 – LUNCH provided

12:30 – BCIT training continued

3:00 – Q and A Discussion with local building officials, builders and/or energy advisors

3:30 – Optional Local Government specific training / site visit to local project, etc.

4:30 – Wrap up

Thank you to educational partners and sponsors:  BCIT ZEBLC, Community Energy Association, FortisBC, the City of Rossland, the City of Nelson, Town of Creston and the Regional District of Central Kootenay (REEP-Regional Energy Efficiency Program).

More Information and Registration

Visit the event website.