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.


  • Understanding the thermal performance implications of key early-stage design decisions related to basic enclosure design and window area.
  • 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.
  • Being able to define thermal bridging, recognize it in architectural details, and define solutions.
  • 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


  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Owners/Developers
  • Construction Professionals
  • Building Envelope Consultants

$169 + tax per seminar for early bird registration received by April 7
$169 + tax per seminar for registrations received after April 7
$44 + tax for students enrolled in an accredited school of architecture or engineering (limited seating)core

April 25, 2017 – Saskatoon SK
Agenda: 8:00am registration & continental breakfast
8:30am to 12pm Presentation
12pm to 12:30pm Networking & light lunch.

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 April 26, 2017 – Regina SK
Agenda: 8:00am registration & continental breakfast
8:30am to 12pm Presentation
12pm to 12:30pm Networking & light lunch.

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Attendees will earn Professional Development Hours (PDH).
A certificate of completion indicating the number of hours will be issued after the seminar.

Seminar attendees will receive a downloadable version of the guide “Meeting and Exceeding Building Code Thermal Performance Requirements” developed by RDH’s John Straube, PhD, P.Eng.

Chris Schumacher, M.A.Sc., is a Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist at RDH Building Science Inc., with over 20 years’ experience in building science. As a consultant, Chris regularly conducts field investigations and large-scale retrofit assessments. He has a special interest in historical buildings and has consulted on many projects for universities and other large institutional and commercial facilities. His research includes multiple projects focused on thermal performance, investigating both materials and assemblies using measured data and modeling. Chris is a frequent speaker at industry events, where his combined interests allow him to bridge the gap between building science research and application.

Aaron Grin, P.Eng., M.A.Sc., is an Associate and Senior Project Engineer at RDH Building Science Inc., where he is actively involved in residential and commercial design reviews, forensic investigations, construction verification, and on-site performance testing. As a researcher, he is primarily interested in the building science behind low energy, durable, sustainable buildings; his published research covers issues ranging from advanced thermal performance measurement to structural analysis of high performance wall assemblies. He is also a lecturer at the University of Waterloo and a regular presenter at industry seminars. workshops, and conferences.