MIND THE GAP: Preventing Failures in HVAC and Airtightness, Prince George

May 12, 2023 (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM) (PDT)


7.5 CPDs pre-approved by BC Housing

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This one-day course will take a deeper dive into the BC Energy Step Code metrics for Part 9 buildings and how to achieve Step 3 and higher through design and building techniques to minimize extra cost. The content will focus on practical strategies for effective design, proper selection and installation of mechanical systems, and airtightness. Using real world examples and different housing archetypes from local climates, we will examine why some projects fail while others pass easily. This session is geared towards home building and design professionals. Instruction will assume a basic understanding of the BC Energy Step Code.


• Design and material considerations for Step Code compliance

• Tips to communicate with mechanical designers and mechanical trades to ensure properly-sized and installed HVAC equipment

• Airtightness best practices, testing process and checklist

• Strategies and solutions for a cost-effective air tightness result (renovations & new builds)

This course will include an onsite component at the end of the day. Using a local real world onsite home, the class will participate in a blower door test. This will include hands-on preparation for the test, highlighting common problem areas as well as strategies for improvement and repairs. As this portion of the course will take place on a local construction site, please dress appropriately for conditions. Access to a vehicle will be required to get to the site from the course venue.


Mark Bernhardt 


Mark is the President of Bernhardt Contracting Ltd., a licensed builder based in Victoria BC. In 2012, Bernhardt Contracting built the first Certified Passive House on Vancouver Island, and has since gone on to build or consult on dozens more. Mark is also a Certified Energy Advisor and Passive House Consultant, and over the past year has spent much of his time helping other builders gear up for Step Code and higher performance buildings.

Joe Hart


FORMER BC CANADIAN HOME BUILDERS' ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, Joe Hart, is a member of CHBA Northern British Columbia and previously served as its local president from 2017-2019. He is a founder and CEO of Icon Homes Ltd. since 1995, offering both new homes and renovations to Quesnel and Cariboo region as a licensed residential builder. With experience in starter homes, developments, and custom homes, Joe is an excellent voice for CHBA BC’s membership when advocating on provincial issues. In 2018, Joe’s company initiated the second net-zero energy home in northern B.C. in order to trial energy-efficient processes in a northern climate.



Industry Member: $75.00


Future member: $125.00

Students: $30.00

*Costs are per person, add GST

Breakfast and Lunch are provided

Courtyard by Marriott Prince George
900 Brunswick Street
Prince George, BC V2L 2C3 Canada
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Terri McConnachie
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May 12, 2023 (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM) (PDT)

Breakfast and lunch are included

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