Upcoming Courses


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 build better and minimize costs. 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 building and design professionals. Instruction will assume a basic understanding of the BC Energy Step Code.

Topics covered include:

  • Design and material considerations for Step Code compliance
  • Tips for communicating with mechanical designers and mechanical trades to ensure properly-sized and installed HVAC equipment
  • Airtightness best practices, testing process and checklist

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 of common problem areas as well as strategies for improvement and repairs. Attendees will also have the chance to discuss their own strategies and solutions for a cost-effective air tightness result. This session will also discuss airtightness best practice and strategies for renovations.

If you have a home that is close to the event location and would like to offer it as a test home the instructor team can provide you with a mid construction verification for your permit compliance as this test would be considered a proper mid construction test.

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 hotel venue.

Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm
CPD: 7.5 points
Price: $250
*see below for group rate info

Available dates and locations:

Date: February 9, 2023
Location: Prestige Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre

Date: February 10, 2023
Location: Prestige
Rocky Mountain Resort

Date: February 7, 2023
Location: Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre

*Do you have a project manager or subcontractor that would benefit from this session?
If so, the following group rates are available:

  • 2 registrations: $350
  • 3 or more registrations: $485

**CHBA BC members receive an additional 25% discount for any of the above pricing.
For group rates, please contact education@chbabc.org to register.



Builders Breakfast - Know your rights as a Contractor!

  • April 22, 2023: Kootenay - Sandman, Castelgar
  • April 20, 2023: Okanagan - Lakeside, Penticton 

• Builders Lien & Contract Law with Megan McLeod
• Tuesday, February 15, 8 - 11 am at the Penticton Lakeside
• Approved for 3 CPD
• Members free, Non-Members welcome for $50, Includes Breakfast
• RSVP Required to info@chbaso.org - space will fill up for this one!

Stay tuned for more information on presenters and registration coming soon at Canadian Home Builders' Association.

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