August 2020

Hi <<First Name>>,
Welcome to the August edition of HPSC Monthly. We hope you are all enjoying this beautiful summer! Just a short read for you this month. 

Advancing Home Performance Opportunities in BC.


Ken Farrish, home performance industry vanguard setting down his pen on e-newsletter.

The Home Performance Stakeholder Council would like to thank Ken Farrish and his BC Building Info e-newsletter for their valuable contribution to the home performance industry.  After 20 years and 258 issues, Ken has decided to bring his knowledge sharing resource on building information and resources to a close.  As a vanguard in BC’s home performance industry since the 1980’s, Ken’s valuable contribution to connect industry professionals and provide access to the latest building news and resources through his e-newsletter will be missed.  On behalf of all building industry practitioners, the HPSC is grateful to Ken for his ongoing and continuing dedication and contributions to support the home performance industry in BC. We wish Ken a “top drawer” day. 



Interested in deep retrofit solutions for low-rise residential buildings?  

The Reframed Initiative and BC Housing are teaming up to commission deep retrofit designs for up to five multi-unit residential buildings. For more information check out the Reframed Lab and Register as a Solution Provider


Advancing BC’s economic recovery with a “build back better” approach 

The Pembina Institute recently submitted to the government a package of recommendations for investing in building retrofits through the Economic Recovery Fund and Budget 2021. This package builds on their new Rebuilding a Resilient B.C. action plan for economic stimulus. 
The government has solicited feedback from various industries on its recovery plan. You can shape how the government invests its time and resources by sending your ideas and perspectives to (CC: Ministers RobinsonRalston, and Heyman). Pembina encourages the reuse any of their materials or echo their recommendations. 


Making progress on implementing the Insulation Sector Roadmap

The HPSC is currently requesting proposals for: 
RFP 2020-01 Insulation Sector Training Development

If you would like to be on the distribution list for future RFP’s, please email with the subject: HPSC Procurement Distribution List.


As a reminder, please be sure to check with the training provider to confirm
upcoming in-person sessions and potential scheduling changes.
For additional information about any of the following please visit Training & Events

BCIT Zero Energy Building Courses

This Fall, BCIT offers 5 fully online Zero Energy Buildings courses tailored to busy construction professionals. They have designed our courses to help different construction practitioners with understanding the building science and construction details and practices associated with the BC Energy Step Code and the Passive House standard. They focus on providing you with hands-on demonstrations and construction problem-solving, making them the most dynamic online courses on the market!

COVID-19 Training Series for HRAI Members

HRAI is offering an on-line, three-module series to assist HVACR companies in adapting their business to the new health and safety challenges that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. The course will provide best practice protocol advice for HVAC In-field and Office Staff, as well as policy considerations for Owners and Management, to support providing customers with advice to improve the health and safety of their home. The course has one self-guided and two live instructor lead learning modules and will result in a Certificate of Completion from the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) for each attendee upon satisfactorily passing tests.

TECA: Heat Loss/ Heat Gain 
Online | August 24, 25, 27 | $375
Online | August 31, Sept 1, 3 | $375
Online | Sept 8, 9, 11 | $375
Online | Sept 14, 15, 17 | $375
Online | Sept 21, 22, 24 | $375

The course is intended to help participants perform accurate and code-compliant heat loss and heat gain calculations. The BC Building Code calls for CSA F280-12 for calculation of heat loss and heat gain, for Part 9 buildings. The TECA Heat Loss / Gain software has been designed to give users an accurate and simple way to calculate heating and cooling loads by the CSA F280-12 calculation methods.

Orientation Quiz Only. No Final Exam for this Class / Participants receive a Certificate of Completion

Manual and courier charges included in registration fees.

TECA: Heat Recovery Ventilator Design & Installation
Online | Sept 16, 18 | $649
Online | Oct 7, 9 | $649

TECA's Quality First Heat Recovery Ventilator course encompasses the proper design, installation, and commissioning and balancing of a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) or an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV). This course expands on the BC Building Code 9.32 and 9.36 requirements, and participants will leave with a comfortable understanding of the function and purpose of a balanced ventilation system.

Efficiency Canada: Retrofits – not if, but how!
Online | September 18 | Free

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) has been working on energy retrofits in buildings for nearly a decade. We knew the old barriers and now we know how to deal with them. There is a lot of work to do if we intend to retrofit all of Canada’s homes and buildings by 2050. Listen in to learn about TAF’s vision for a new kind of retrofit agency to get the work going.  

Efficiency Canada: Full disclosure — Industry leadership on building performance
Online | October 20 | Free

The absence of building data transparency in Canada prompted the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) to launch the Disclosure Challenge in 2019

Join us to learn about our second year of activities and how industry can take the lead on disclosing benchmarking performance data, jurisdictions across the country can provide a missing foundational piece that will help supercharge the building retrofit economy, and how sharing performance data can reduce costs and improve asset value.

BPI: Taking Advantage of Facebook: Low-cost, Super-Targeted Marketing
Online | September 15 | $50 USD

Facebook’s advertising tools can be daunting—between myriad options for embarking upon advertising campaigns, an opaque update process and sometimes unintuitive structure, it can feel like Facebook advertising isn’t worth the effort. However, Facebook’s advertising tools can also be powerful and effective when used correctly—and when applying a relevant strategy. In this webinar, Energy Circle Founder and CEO Peter Troast will take a deep dive into Facebook’s advertising platform, including recent updates and helpful strategies you can use to ensure the success of your next foray into social advertising.

BPI: Strengthening Your Brand: Ways to Measure the Unmeasurable
Online | September 29 | $50 USD

Local search success continues to be one of the thorniest challenges for service area businesses–and Energy Circle's dataset increasingly shows that exceptional local search performance is closely tied to a company's brand strength. "Brand strength" is one of the most important elements of a strong business and is remarkably correlated with digital marketing success. In this webinar, Energy Circle CEO and Founder Peter Troast will discuss ways to quantitatively define your company’s brand and improve its strength—and how to apply those assets to strengthening your local search success.

HAVAN: Unlicensed Builders + De-enrollments: a BC Housing Presentation (September Builders’ Breakfast Series – WEBINAR)
Online | Sept 24 | $110

For this month’s Builders’ Breakfast Seminar, BC Housing will be hosting a panel of speakers to discuss three important licensing and home warranty topics that all builders in BC should know.

HAVAN: Breakfast Networking Event
Coquitlam | Sep 29 | Free (members)

You're cordially invited to attend this Breakfast Networking Event to learn how to make HAVAN Resources work for you as you enjoy making some new contacts in a low-key and informal setting.  

Join us to meet committee chairs and volunteers, learn how to take advantage of our many association offerings, and meet current Board members, long-time members, new members and HAVAN staff.

Passive House: 120 Series
Online | August 4 | Varying Prices

This series will be comprised of three courses: 120A, 120B, and 120C (a $3525 value).

  • 120A: Passive House Design and Construction
  • 120B: Understanding & Working with the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)
  • 120C: Exam Preparation for Designer/Consultant Exam

Passive House Online Conference 
Online | November 18-20 | Price TBA 

The 2020 Passive House Canada Conference will be going virtual! Stay tuned for more details on how you will be able to participate.

Heatspring: Ventilation for Single Family Dwellings
Online | Sep 21- Nov 1 | $695 (USD)

Master the best practices for calculating ventilation requirements, optimizing equipment selection, and understanding where the standards are headed. The course includes many calculators and design tools for winning and completing jobs faster and with greater confidence.

Heatspring: Deep Energy Retrofits
Online | Self-study | $395 USD

Learn how to incorporate transformative energy upgrades in existing residential and commercial buildings up to 45,000 square feet.

Forget the theory. This course will fundamentally change the way you approach retrofit projects, while build your network of like minded professionals. Your practice will never be the same.

Sustainable Buildings Canada: Green Building Festival
Online | Oct 14-16 | $50

The 2020 Green Building Festival presents some of the most innovative approaches for buildings and cities to both mimic and nurture ecosystems. Explore Biodiversity, Biomimicry, Biogenics, Bioresources, Bioeconomy and other generative processes that strive to achieve circularity and the enhancement of nature in the built environment.

CHBABC: Renovation Fundamentals
Online | Access Anytime | $349 (25% for CHABC members)

The goal of this course is to provide renovators like you with an introduction to the basic knowledge needed to perform your job as a business owner or manager. By completing this course you'll gain a foundational understanding of the best practices for running a professional and successful renovation business in Canada. Note: there is a final exam at the end of the online course.

This list of training and events is compiled for your information. The HPSC is not affiliated with any of the organizations providing training or hosting events.

Know of other professional development opportunities? Let us know.
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