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ABEC South 2020 AGM & Luncheon

September 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm MDT

$40 – $50

Presentation topic:

Energy retrofit of historical buildings and its effect on efficiency and durability

When it comes to the retrofit of heritage buildings, one of the most puzzling questions our profession faces is:

Should we insulate or not insulate the building?

In most cases, because of the significant character of the exterior facades, interior insulation may be the only available option but one which most building envelope specialists would try to avoid due to the risk of condensation and, in cold climates, the risk of damage due to extended freeze-thaw cycles.

New tools, however, now allow us to accurately quantify those kind of risks and make better educated decisions.

This presentation will shed the light on modern trends of improving the thermal performance of historical brick buildings, focussing specifically on the Calgary SAIT Heritage Hall which was built in 1920. The presentation will demonstrate the findings of the project’s three main concerns:

– The effectiveness of interior thermal insulation.
– Expected energy savings.
– The effect on durability in regard to moisture build-up and damage due to freeze-thaw cycles.

Finally, the presentation will discuss the applicability of the findings of this case study on other projects in Alberta.

The presenters:

Alaa Kandil, Ph.D., LEED AP

Faculty and researcher, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

Dr. Kandil holds a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, and a Masters of Engineering. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional since 2009. He has been practicing building energy analysis, internal CFD simulation, lighting design, and LEED consultation for more than ten years.

Dr. Kandil’s skills include building environmental control systems, especially energy modeling using cutting edge technologies such as Energy Plus, CFD analysis and radiance lighting analysis. This background has allowed him to support design teams in different sustainability projects including a group of LEED projects during all stages of design resulting in energy-efficient facilities which protect the environment and save money at the same time.

Dr. Kandil has published a number of research papers in energy modeling, green buildings, and the integration between architectural and MEP systems. His recent research areas are sustainable construction and building durability.

Samia Ebrahiem, Ph.D.

Faculty and researcher, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

Dr. Ebrahiem holds a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering, a master’s degree in Architecture and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Sustainable Cities. She has worked in the design and renovation of both residential and commercial buildings for more than fifteen years.

During the last last five years Dr. Ebrahiem has focused on the design of high-performance buildings with energy efficiency and sustainable design, technical research on energy use in buildings and emerging energy-efficient technologies, and energy policy research and analysis.

Dr. Ebrahiem has published a number of research papers in green buildings, sustainable cities, and architectural conservation. Her recent research areas are sustainable construction and net-zero buildings.


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September 23
11:30 am - 1:30 pm MDT
$40 – $50
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ABEC South Luncheons


The Winston Golf Club
2502 6th St NE
Calgary, AB Canada
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