Alberta Building Envelope Council South


ABEC January Luncheon


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Date(s) - 22/01/2020
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

The Winston Golf Club


Topic: Designing for High Humidity Environments – Further Thoughts

Building design has a long founded basis in both science and practical application in essence we know how to make buildings that work. But much of the design tools and practical case examples are founded on or rely upon fairly typical conditions. Interior conditions within most residential or commercial occupancies are fairly well understood and controlled with typical HVAC equipment. But what happens or can happen when those conditions are altered or uncontrolled? Hotter and humidified -either directly or indirectly, interior occupancies sometimes with aggressive chemicals in the air can pose special challenges in roofing and envelope design and may preclude the use of typical materials and assemblies.

So where do these special buildings exist? How about in every Canadian community -the Recreation Centre, Hockey rinks, Curling sheets, Community pools , even hot yoga studios … oh and the odd industrial or commercial facility such as composting facilities and commercial laundries. All of these occupancies and more can present challenges to design and construction.

The presentation will revisit and expand upon topics considered in the May 2019 IIBEC Canadian Prairies Chapter session.


Presenter: Phil Parker, BASc, P.Eng., MRICS, LEED AP

Phil Parker, BASc, P.Eng., MRICS, LEED AP has more than 20 years of experience completing extensive building condition assessments, evaluations, designs and contract administration. He is well versed in structural, building envelope and roofing requirements. Because of his expertise, Phil was recently engaged to review City of Calgary’s internal building design standard, modernized to reflect the National Energy Code for Buildings as well as LEED V4. Phil’s experience in the investigation of structures, building envelopes and roofing systems has provided him with a strong background in what fails, allowing him to be proactive in mitigating future problems. A former Director for Facility Management, he understands the importance of constructability and long term durability.

Phil graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia and went on to complete the AIBC Building Envelope Education Program. He joined Read Jones Christoffersen (RJC) in 1996 and was made an Associate of the firm in 2009 and a Principal in 2012. Phil practiced in several RJC offices in Western Canada before settling in Calgary. Phil is a published author and has served as a post-secondary guest lecturer and instructor. He is the Editor of the National Glazing Systems Specification Manual and a member of the Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel updating the national glazier apprenticeship program. Phil’s other recent publications include ‘Evaluating Occupant Comfort in Social Housing Following Building Envelope Upgrades’, ‘Hygrothermal Simulation for the Building Surveyor’, and ‘Thermal and Hygrothermal Analysis in Building Envelope Commissioning’.





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