The Building Science Engineer role requires technical knowledge in building science, building envelope design, and building enclosure construction principles. This role will be responsible for investigation, design, construction document preparation and field review for a range of projects related to existing and new buildings.

Working in the Courtenay office will necessitate working on a range of projects and tasks, as well as working collaboratively with other offices at RDH. As an ideal candidate, you thrive in an active, team-oriented environment, have a passion for making buildings better, and have a strong desire to learn.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Existing Building Enclosure Investigation and Rehabilitation:

  • Review architectural, structural and mechanical drawings to determine original construction detailing and identify area of risk for water penetration, air leakage, and/or condensation
  • Coordinate and undertake on site investigation of existing problems. Conduct visual review of the building exterior and interior components, re-evaluating existing conditions and high-risk areas.
  • Develop order of magnitude budget costs which require quantity take-offs and unit rate development
  • Prepare written reports, fully documenting the current condition, evaluating the future risk and providing recommendations for renewals, rehabilitation, and/or maintenance
  • Lead preparation of construction document packages for a range of renewals and rehabilitation projects
  • Coordinate building and development permit applications
  • Manage renewals and rehabilitation projects
  • Coordinate and undertake field review and/or contract administration activities

Building Enclosure Consulting (New Construction or Rehabilitation)

  • Along with senior staff, participate in design meetings with owners, developers, architects, and other consultants. Provide design recommendations and design review of building enclosure assemblies and details. Conduct drawing, detail and specification reviews
  • Attend regular site meeting with Owner(s), architects, contractors, developers, product manufacturers, and any other relevant parties to discuss progress of the work
  • Review “mock-ups” of various details and assemblies within the scope of work. Use independent judgement on site and make recommendations for modifications to design
  • Prepare site visit reports documenting observations and field-testing results. Provide recommendations for all deficiency items, including field sketches, where required
  • Review contractor’s shop drawings for conformance with the project intent, performance with respect to the various building science principles, and for any scheduling of work issues
  • Review and comment on Requests for Information, Site Instructions and/or Proposed Change Orders associated with building enclosure elements
  • Research building materials when considering alternative/new materials requested by contractors or materials considered for specific, non-typical conditions. Use independent judgement in the evaluation of materials, and make recommendations to senior staff for contractor alternate submittals
  • Use independent judgement in assisting senior staff in development of recommendations to clients, both in new construction, and in existing build consultation. Work independently and in group settings
  • Act as a liaison with clients in order to foster strong client relationships

General Responsibilities

  • Write reports; prepare and deliver presentations
  • Manage and build client relationships
  • Assist with quality assurance to ensure delivery of services and products meet RDH quality standards including following RDH internal Playbooks and technical standards/checklists
  • Develop and prepare proposals
  • Assist with the development and delivery of in-house and eventually client education and training programs
  • Supervise staff on projects; provide mentorship to junior staff and support their career development plans

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Engineering or Applied Science with additional training in Building Science. P.Eng. or PE required; registered or eligible for registration with EGBC
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Intermediate technical knowledge of building enclosure design and construction principles
  • Strong project management and design skills
  • Superior ability to shift focus between changing priorities and effectively contribute to multiple projects
  • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken) and analytical prowess for problem solving
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of building enclosure design principles, architectural / building enclosure detailing and municipal codes and regulations
  • Ability to communicate complex technical information to clients, employees, and other industry stakeholders via written reports and presentations
  • Ability to lead, mentor, and teach staff of all career levels in order to enrich and further develop our knowledge base.
  • Understanding of residential, commercial and institutional building design and construction. Understanding of the needs and objectives of strata corporations and institutional building owners and how RDH may be able to assist them in meeting their goals.
  • Awareness of climate mitigation and adaptation needs as they apply to buildings and ability to apply a climate lens to all professional work.

ABOUT US:

RDH is an employee-owned consulting firm with 250+ employees in nine offices across North America. Our core area of business is the integration of building science engineering, architecture, and construction management to optimize the performance of the building enclosure (walls, windows and roofs). Since our beginnings in 1997, we have become industry leaders in North America and continue to grow as we focus on technical excellence and delivering high-quality projects.

We offer a positive, team-oriented workplace with opportunities for professional growth, development and ownership. As well as your background, we seek alignment with RDH’s core values: 1) commit to excellence, 2) act with integrity, 3) work as a team 4) do what it takes, and 5) always learn.

Additional information on our expertise, projects, and culture can be found at www.rdh.com

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit your resume and cover letter in one PDF to hr@rdh.com with the job title and location in the subject line.

No phone calls please. While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please note that only those already entitled to work in Canada legally and permanently need apply.

 

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