• Brian Hubbs
    RDH Building Science

Building codes in many Canadian and American jurisdictions are being updated with ambitious energy and/or emissions targets that will drastically change the way we design and build façades on our buildings. In British Columbia, by 2032 all new residential buildings will need to meet levels of performance that we currently associate with Passive House and Net Zero projects. Similar targets are being set by jurisdictions across North America to combat greenhouse gas emissions. A number of progressive high-rise projects are being designed and constructed to meet these goals now in order to lead the way for the industry in years to come.

As the Façade Engineer and Passive House Consultant for these projects, RDH has observed that many of the conventional assumptions about façade design and building form are going to change as these buildings become more prevalent. Understanding this shift and the redefined goalposts that they represent early in the design process is important so that the building form and attributes can meet the design intent while also meeting the budget and project schedule. This presentation will outline the lessons learned to date and will provide a roadmap for high-performance, low-emission buildings and their façades moving into the future.

This webinar will be of interest to a wide audience within the building industry, in particular architects and owners/developers who are considering Passive House or Net Zero targets for high-rise projects.

You’ll Learn About:

1. Why and how the industry is about to change so drastically.

2. The basics and limitations of current high-rise fenestration systems.

3. How new objectives can be achieved on actual buildings under construction.

4. How to develop a pattern language to help in the conceptual design of high-rise Passive House and Net Zero façades.

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