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2017 Thermal Performance Requirements Seminar Series


Sponsored by The Concrete Council of Canada

Wed, 26 April 2017
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM CDT

Delta Hotels by Marriott Winnipeg
350 St. Mary Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J2

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The thermal performance of buildings plays an important and increasingly significant role in the energy efficiency requirements contained in Canadian building codes. However, understanding and meeting these requirements has also become increasingly complex for building designers. At the same time, it has become clear that important decisions regarding basic enclosure assembly design and window area need to be made early in the design process to result in the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and comfortable building.

Presented across Canada by RDH Building Science Laboratories experts, this half-day seminar series will provide up-to-date information on new thermal control requirements (and those on the horizon) and how to meet and exceed these requirements with concrete products and systems solutions.

We will discuss key aspects of building performance including different definitions of R-value; the strengthened thermal bridging restrictions and the design challenges they may present; compliance paths for thermal performance; and how precast concrete, concrete masonry, and cast-in-place concrete design options for enclosure systems meet and exceed thermal performance requirements. Practical examples will be used to illustrate key decision points and explain why they matter.


  1. Understanding the thermal performance implications of key early-stage design decisions related to basic enclosure design and window area.
  2. Being able to identify multiple compliance paths for meeting the thermal performance requirements in Canadian building codes, for precast concrete, concrete masonry and cast-in-place concrete enclosure systems.
  3. Being able to define thermal bridging, recognize it in architectural details, and define solutions.
  4. Understanding different definitions of R-value and how they are used in design and code compliance for common precast concrete, concrete masonry and cast-in-place concrete systems.

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