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We use our experience and research knowledge to develop practical guideline documents.
As a leader in the industry, RDH has developed many industry guidelines and other publications that are widely recognized and used by the industry for the design and construction of buildings. This includes guides on wood frame building enclosures, high-rise buildings, window technology and installation, energy efficiency of buildings, cross-laminated timber buildings, tall wood buildings, building ventilation and HRVs, air sealing and insulation retrofits, and building enclosure rehabilitation and renewal work.
Our guideline development work begins with the knowledge that we collectively gain by building, investigating, fixing, and researching literally thousands of buildings every year. These documents incorporate this knowledge of how buildings work and behave with our expertise in building science and ongoing applied building research to provide the entire industry with an improved understanding of building enclosure behaviour, as well as protocols for effective design and construction practices.
RDH was the primary author of the following popular documents:
This Guide contains general information on best practice approaches to installing high efficiency (replacement) furnaces in existing residential and small commercial buildings. Prepared by RDH and Ecolighten for FortisBC.More+
This guide introduces compliance options for modern building codes, and details calculation methods suitable for quickly estimating, at an early design stage, the thermal performance of concrete enclosure wall systems.More+
This Illustrated Guide provides an overview of key principles that should be followed with regard to structural design, moisture management, material selection, and maintenance. Prepared by RDH for BC HousingMore+
This guide reviews the requirements for high performance enclosures as they apply to precast concrete, with special emphasis on the control of rainwater penetration. Prepared by RDH for the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI).More+
This guide features a comprehensive overview of 8 primary masonry enclosure assemblies and standardizes local preferences and best practices for masonry wall systems design and construction. RDH collaborated with Masonry Institute of Washington, the Northwest Masonry Institute, & other industry organizations.More+
This Guide covers two optimal retrofit programs for a typical single-family dwelling in Canada’s far North, and is intended to be an industry resource for achieving higher energy efficiency in existing homes, while maximizing utility cost savings and home passive survivability through lower energy use.More+
For wood-frame multi-unit residential buildings in marine to cold climate zones in North America. It is available for free on the FP Innovations website.More+
R22+ Effective Walls in Wood-Frame Construction in British ColumbiaMore+
A valuable reference tool for construction industry professionals and can help train contractors to perform weatherization work. Specific regard is given to British Columbia’s unique climate, construction practices, and building code requirements.More+
RDH has written 6 of these BC HPO bulletins and has been on the steering committee for many of the others in the series.More+
For multi-unit wood-frame buildings. A PDF copy of this guide can be purchased in the BC HPO's online store.More+