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Oakland, CA. – RDH Building Science Inc. is pleased to announce that the Oakland-based structural fenestration company Enginious Structures Inc. (ESI) has joined our growing team.
ESI has been in business for nearly two decades and is led by Alexander (Sasha) Itsekson. Effective June 1, ESI’s public facing brand is retired with the ESI team becoming RDH employees based in our soon to be relocated Oakland office.
Adding ESI strengthens our growing façade structural team following the addition of Berkeley-Vadocz Engineering in early 2018 and allows RDH to better respond to the significant opportunities available for this sector of our Building Enclosure Engineering business.
“We are excited about the depth and breadth that Sasha and his team bring to RDH and our façade structural team.”– Robert Bombino, President at RDH Building Science Inc.
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RDH is pleased to announce the promotion of 10 new Principals and Associates. Each of these individuals has demonstrated strong leadership qualities both within the company and in the industry at large. They are tireless champions of our core values and drive our success. We are thrilled to congratulate these 10 remarkable individuals.
With over 35 years of experience in building industry, James’s building science training and hands-on experience with many aspects of building enclosure construction make him an exceptional resource at RDH. In addition to his work as a Construction Specialist on RDH’s Existing Buildings team, he has become a valuable mentor for junior staff and is a part-time instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technologist. Recently, James has led a variety of projects including Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, BC, Broadway Church in Vancouver, BC, as well as Palace Quay in New Westminster, BC. Read James’ full biography.
Brittany Coughlin first joined RDH Vancouver as a co-op student in 2006 and has since become an Energy and Sustainability Specialist, with a focus on building energy conservation and efficiency. With over 12 years of experience in energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, her work includes a wide range of projects including Passive House, energy modelling for new buildings, existing building energy studies, energy efficiency research, and policy and program consulting. Her recent projects include Doig River Community Church in northern BC, carbon neutral retrofit studies of four federal office buildings in BC, and an analysis of the BC Energy Step Code for FortisBC. Read Brittany’s full biography.
As a Senior Project Manager, Jason is a key member of RDH’s Existing Buildings team with nearly 15 years of experience in building enclosure design and project management. Since joining RDH in 2006, Jason has built a strong relationship with owners, trade contractors, and suppliers to ensure that projects run on-budget and on-schedule. His experience working with various building types ranges from low-rise residential complexes to complex high-rise mixed-use buildings. He has recently completed projects for Point Grey Shores in Vancouver, BC, Lillooet Place in North Vancouver, BC, and the Riverpointe in Surrey, BC. Read Jason’s full biography.
With over 10 years of experience in the building science industry, Aaron is a professional engineer, building scientist, and researcher with an academic background in building science and structural engineering. As a Building Science Specialist and Senior Researcher, Aaron’s extensive knowledge of building systems and material fundamentals allows him to effectively address challenging questions and find solutions on projects—which include product research and development, forensic investigations, on-site construction inspections, and the design of data acquisition and monitoring systems. In addition, Aaron leads RDH’s Waterloo office, where our largest laboratory is located. Some recent projects he managed include new construction mid-rise wood multiunit residential buildings (MURBs), research on ultra–high-performance concrete, Rockwool’s effective R-value calculator, custom walk-in climate chambers, Halifax Armoury Building in Nova Scotia, the Thermal Metric Project, and the Historic Masonry Building Retrofit Guidelines. Read Aaron’s full biography.
As RDH’s Director of Finance, and a Certified Professional Accountant, Tiffiny is responsible for management of the accounting and finance department and oversees the day-to-day functions for our offices in both Canada and the United States. Her role includes financial and project reporting and analysis, insurance administration, and the management of RDH’s shareholder program and general corporate administration. Tiffiny first joined RDH in 2007 as an Accounting Clerk, and has seen her career blossom at the same rate as the RDH growth she has been pivotal in supporting.
Gloria Handyside is a Human Resources Professional with 10 years of experience in adapting and implementing HR policies and practices to support a culture of continuous learning and development. As RDH’s Human Resources Manager, Gloria provides support to over 200 staff members across 9 offices in various ways including orientation and onboarding, performance management, benefits management, special projects, and day-to-day operations of the corporate HR team. Since joining RDH in 2013, she has played a key role in nurturing the company’s values-driven culture and advancing human resources strategies to support the company’s leadership and growth objectives.
Robin Breuer helped RDH’s business grow when he first joined the Vancouver office in 1998. Over the years, he has become an expert in reviewing and implementing complex building enclosure projects in both new and existing buildings in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island as a Senior Project Manager. Some of his recent projects include the low-rise residential Nanaimo Passive House, the mid-rise Escher in Victoria, the Vancouver Island University Health and Sciences Building in Nanaimo, and the Riverwalk Business Centre in Courtenay. Read Robin’s full biography
As a Project Manager on RDH Vancouver’s existing buildings team, Jesse Listoen has extensive experience managing a variety of projects including warranty reviews and warranty claim support; building enclosure condition assessments; water and air leakage investigations; repair and renewals projects; and depreciation reports. Jesse joined RDH in 2013 as a Building Management Technologist and has worked on many types of buildings in British Columbia. Some of the projects he has worked on recently include a high-rise maintenance and painting project at Lakeside Terrace in Coquitlam, BC, and a low-rise patio resloping and waterproofing project at Regatta in Vancouver, BC. Read Jesse’s full biography.
With nearly 10 years of experience in sustainable design and construction support, Kristen brings an invaluable depth of knowledge to RDH. Her expertise lies in consulting on energy-efficient system design and monitoring strategies for low-energy buildings and simulating whole-building energy use. Kristen joined RDH in 2016 and is based in our Toronto office. Her recent projects with RDH include Mohawk College Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation (CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Pilot Project), Stratford Festival Tom Patterson Theatre (Targeting LEED v2009 Gold), and Red River College Innovation Centre (Net Zero Ready). Other projects Kristen has had the opportunity to work on in her career include Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, Providence Care Hospital and Amber Trails School (Greenest School in Canada 2017). Read Kristen’s full biography.
Since joining RDH in 2012, Bailey has been an integral part of the Seattle team. As an experienced Project Engineer, she consults on the design and constructability of building enclosures for energy code compliance and new construction projects. In addition, Bailey is actively involved in RDH’s research team and is one of the primary authors of several building enclosure design guidelines including the Masonry Systems Guide: Northwest Edition. Some projects in her portfolio include Via6 in Seattle, WA, the Southport Hotel in Renton, WA, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Read Bailey’s full biography.
LEED Fellows are best-of-the-best in green building design, engineering and development
We’re proud to announce that Steve Kemp, Principal, Senior Energy and Sustainability Analyst has been named a 2017 LEED Fellow by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). This year’s 23 Fellows are being honored for their outstanding work as LEED Professionals and for the significance of their contributions to the green building community and LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the world’s most widely used green building rating system. LEED Fellows are recognized as the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry, and it is the most prestigious designation awarded from GBCI.
To be selected, LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, must have at least 10 years of exceptional impact in the green building industry, hold a LEED AP with specialty credential and undergo an extensive portfolio review, among other requirements. The evaluation process is carried out by the LEED Fellow evaluation committee.
has made several contributions to the green building industry and the way that the industry plans and build for a sustainable future. Most recently, Steve has been leading RDH’s role on the project team that is building the world’s first commercial Zero Carbon building and was involved in the development of the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Initiative, Canada’s first green building program to make carbon emissions the key indicator for building performance. He and his team were also involved on Canada’s first fully digital hospital. Completed in 2015, the Humber River Hospital is a 1.7 million square foot facility with an energy target of 40% savings over the energy code.
Steve had also chaired the Energy and Engineering Technical Advisory Group at CaGBC for 5 years, where his committee oversaw the technical review of documents and standards.
The recipients will be honored at the 2017 USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 in Boston, MA. The nomination period for the 2018 LEED Fellows class will open in February 2018. For more information about the LEED Fellow program and LEED credentialing, visit usgbc.org/credentials.
RDH Building Science is pleased to announce the release of a voluntary “Reference Procedure for Simulating Spandrel U-Factors”, a new and public resource prepared with the participation of the Fenestration Association of BC (FENBC) Technical Committee and the financial support of BC Housing under the Building Excellence Research and Education Grants Program.
The voluntary Reference Procedure is based on NFRC 100 and supplements that methodology to help fenestration manufacturers determine more realistic spandrel panel U-factors for compliance with whole building energy design standards such as ASHRAE 90.1 and the Canadian National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB). These standards require building designers to determine the effective U-factor of opaque wall assemblies clad with spandrel products, who often turn to fenestration suppliers to provide this information.
FENBC member companies found there was insufficient guidance in NFRC 100 for simulating spandrels, and particularly the narrow and interrupted Window Wall spandrels that are common in large buildings today. The lack of a recognized reference methodology was identified as an impediment in evaluating competing performance claims.
The voluntary Reference Procedure allows spandrel U-factor performance claims to be compared under standard conditions in the way that NFRC 100 window U-factors are compared today. It can also be used to determine U-factors at project sizes.
To learn more and download the Reference Procedure for Simulating Spandrel Panel U-Factors, click here.
RDH Building Science is pleased to announce our recent hire of Wei Lam, P.E. (MA) as a Principal and Building Science Specialist. Wei will be leading RDH’s first office in the US Northeast in Boston, MA.
“Almost 2 years ago, RDH’s reach spread east following the merger with Building Science Consulting Inc. and the opening of our Toronto office. I am delighted to announce that we are now taking the next huge geographic step by moving into the US Northeast, truly an exciting time for our company,” said Robert Bombino, President and Senior Building Science Specialist at RDH. “As part of the expansion, we’re pleased to welcome Wei Lam to the RDH Team as a Principal and Building Science Specialist – Wei will be our first employee in Boston, MA.”
Wei comes to RDH with over 20 years of experience in building science consulting, specializing in the performance and design of building enclosures related to heat, air, and moisture control. He is a registered professional engineer as well as an active member of ASHRAE and the Building Enclosure Council in Boston.
Joining him in Boston will be Luc Nahrgang, Building Science Engineer, who will be relocating from RDH’s Portland office.
Every year, R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning, and construction in an international competition. This year, the Allen Institute in Seattle WA won the prestigious Laboratory of the Year-High Honors Award. RDH is proud to have been a part of this unique project as the building enclosure consultants. Congratulations to Perkins+Will, Vulcan, GLY Construction, and the rest of the project team!
Visit the R&D website for more details and a list of all the winners.
It is with tremendous sadness and a heavy heart that we must share news that Senior Building Science Specialist Serge Desmarais lost his battle with cancer this past weekend. Serge was a longtime colleague and mentor to so many of us. We are fortunate to have had him be part of RDH for more than a decade. He was the consummate professional and we will miss him dearly.
There will be a celebration of Serge’s life at the Hart House (6664 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, BC) this Wednesday March 1st at 3pm.
As RDH nears 20 years of business, we’d like to recognize the members of our team who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and contributed to our continued success in the building science industry. Each of the following individuals exemplify RDH’s core values in their work and a passion to uphold our mission in “Making Buildings Better”. Please join us in congratulating our new Principals and Associates.
Colin Shane is a professional engineer with nearly 10 years of industry experience. In 2011, Colin joined RDH Vancouver as Building Science Engineer, leading new construction projects. In 2014, he moved to Oakland to join RDH’s first office in California. Since then, he has been a driving force behind the growth of RDH’s success in the state. Recently, he was the project consultant on the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, CA and Trinity Terrace residences in Fort Worth, TX. Read Colin’s full biography.
As a Construction Project Manager at RDH, Michael Roche is committed to delivering the best possible product to the client on schedule and under budget. Prior to joining RDH Vancouver in 2004, Michael worked as site foreman for a construction company, where he gained valuable experience of the various issues encountered on rehabilitation projects. Some of his recent projects include the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey, BC ($5.5 M) and Governor’s Tower & Villas in Vancouver, BC ($29 M). Read Michael’s full biography.
Since joining RDH in 2009, Paul Duffy has been an integral part of our team in Seattle. As a veteran of construction in the Northwest, Paul has had extensive experiencing overseeing design, estimating, construction, and customer service in all types and uses of buildings. This experience has led him into the role of Senior Project Manager, where he manages and directs the Construction Management operations for RDH’s US offices in Seattle and Portland. Some of his recent projects include Mira Condominiums ($1.3 M) in Kirkland, WA, and Apollo Warehouse ($680,000) in Tukwila, WA. Read Paul’s full biography.
As a Senior Project Engineer and Co-Regional Manager of the RDH Vancouver Island offices, Christy Love is a leader with broad experience around energy- and water-efficient mechanical building systems, research, and sustainability. Christy joined RDH in 2014, but has been working in the sustainable building industry for over 10 years. In addition, Christy has been working on growing RDH’s energy services on the Island, as well as supporting our Portland office. Her recent projects include North Park Passive House in Victoria, BC, and the Lord Harley apartments in Victoria, BC. Read Christy’s full biography.
Carrie Spencer joined RDH in 2003, taking on various roles as a project coordinator, corporate administrator, and building enclosure warranty administrator. In 2008, she completed the Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) program and obtained a Bachelor’s of Technology in Construction Management with Distinction from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). In her role now as a Construction Project Manager, Carrie’s focus is on construction management, project management, and contract administration services for repair, renewal, and rehabilitation projects. Some of her recent projects include Lakeside Terrace in Coquitlam, BC and the Marine Building in Vancouver, BC.
Lorne Ricketts started at RDH as a Student Engineer in 2006, and has since become a Building Science Engineer specializing in new construction, investigation, and research. He completed a Master’s degree focused on airflow in high-rise residential buildings and led a study on large building airtightness here at RDH. Lorne is also a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops as well as an instructor at BCIT. Some projects he has completed recently include the Bella Bella Passive House in Bella Bella, BC, and the publication “An Illustrated Guide to R22+ Effective Walls in Wood-Frame Construction in British Columbia Design Guide” for BC Housing. Read Lorne’s full biography.
As Director of Marketing & Business Development, Brian leads a team dedicated to expanding RDH’s brand in our markets as well as developing strategies to grow our business. Prior to joining RDH in 2014, he worked in the building Indoor Air Quality and Energy Recovery Ventilation sector for 8 years. During this time, Brian helped establish and grow a local start-up from product concept through commercialization, gaining valuable experience. He also took part in influencing the ventilation and energy recovery industry, sitting on steering committees for both AHRI and HVI.
Trained as an architect, Gerry brings over 20 years of design and detailing experience to RDH’s Existing Buildings team. Since joining RDH in 2003, his primary focus has been on design development and the coordination of construction documentation for building enclosure rehabilitation projects. Gerry’s role as a Project Designer also involves assisting field staff with the interpretation of design details. Recent projects he has completed include Discovery Quay and The Catalina residences in Vancouver, BC. Read Gerry’s full biography.