Build Smart

Cooling Strategies for Multi-Unit
Residential Buildings

Tuesday, June 8

Are you thinking of installing a heat pump or air conditioning unit? Learn about alternative strategies to address overheating concerns, and how to proceed if you decide to use a heat pump. This webinar will explore cooling solutions in multi-unit residential buildings, as well as:

  • How to select the right contractor
  • Types of heat pumps
  • Heat pump design options
  • Installation considerations, including specifications for penetrating the building envelope

This virtual event will be of interest to building and condo owners, homeowners, renovators, HVAC contractors, strata and property managers, building asset managers and building officials.

Register for this online event today.

Also, visit the Research Centre Building Smart page on the BC Housing website for a full listing of upcoming events. 


Registration is open — get ready to learn and connect from the comfort of your office or home!

Join us on June 16th for #VirtualRENT2020! From our homes to yours, we’ll be bringing you education sessions that will help everyone on your team meet their professional development goals and raise the capacity of our entire sector so we can continue rising to the challenges of our new normal. Choose from 16 education sessions, attend the keynote plenary and engage in our virtual tradeshow!

Free for members | $30 for non-members

When: Tuesday, June 16 from 9 am – 4 pm

Where: Anywhere with wi-fi!


Grad Students – Interested in Intersection of Technology and Housing?

Interactive Discussion Around Technology Issues due to COVID-19 with BC Housing

Join us for an interactive roundtable featuring technology leaders from non-profit housing providers, BCNPHA and BC Housing. This session will explore the technology challenges organizations have encountered, what has been accomplished to date and what the future might hold, including how technology solutions could be a valuable enabler.

  • Date: Thursday, May 28
  • Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm PST

Building Knowledge and Capacity for Affordable Housing in B.C. Communities

Tuesday, June 23

Hear the results from an engaging workshop series that aims to identify the affordable housing issues and capacity needs of small communities in B.C. This research focuses on forums, surveys and interviews with local governments, developers, builders and non-profit organizations, to better understand the issues from each perspective and to create a scan of leading practices. Learn about proven strategies in building affordable housing, and how to co-develop specific tools that will translate to more homes on the ground.

Register now!

Building Smart Delivering Thermal Comfort in Residential Homes

BC Housing is offering a 3-hour webinar on May 20, 2020 entitled Building Smart Delivering Thermal Comfort in Residential Homes. This webinar focuses on the use of thermal comfort as a measure of success in the design and construction of high-performance homes.

Delivering Thermal Comfort in Residential Homes

Thermal comfort leads the way as a key concern amongst residents of every building type. Poor design can result in discomfort and greater energy consumption as occupants compensate by altering their thermostats in drastic ways.

Join the webinar to learn about how people perceive thermal comfort and the tools and techniques you can employ, with your design and building team, to reliably deliver optimal passive and active comfort solutions regardless of the extreme weather conditions.

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $80

CPD points:3

Location: Online

Register Here

April 8, 2020 – Integrated Design

New Seminar
Using an Integrated Design Process

Wednesday, April 8

Learn how an Integrated Design Process (IDP) can ensure greater project success. IDP is a collaborative design approach that is intended to optimize performance, cost, occupant comfort and resilience of a residential building.  It involves engaging the builder and their team of designers, mechanical contractor and energy advisor at the conceptual design stage. IDP examines the needs and performance of a building throughout its lifecycle; from design, construction through to operation, with the goal of ensuring that multiple objectives of the builder are met.

The seminar will:

  • Explore the structure of IDP
  • Discuss applications to various building types
  • Demonstrate case studies from across B.C.
  • Share experiences with IDP from outside B.C.

Join us to learn about the unique steps, timelines, costs and benefits that make this approach preferable to a conventional process.

Register now!

Event details

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Time: 9:00 am – noon

Cost: $80

Location: Available online via a webinar, or in-person at Brix Studio, #102-211 Columbia St., Vancouver, B.C., V6A 2R5
Note: Brix Studio is a renovated heritage building that has a wheelchair accessible entrance, a fully accessible washroom and an elevator with access to the studio filming space.  Please let Brix staff know if you have any accessibility needs
CPD points: 3

Register Now

Building Smart for High Performance Buildings

Presented by the British Columbia Building Envelope Council (BCBEC) and BC Housing.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:30 am to 12:30 pm

Registration and Breakfast start at 7:00 am

The Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Join local and international industry experts as they share the latest research results, case studies, as well as successful design and construction practices. Learn about government initiatives to support more efficient, functional and resilient buildings. This forum will explore practical solutions and opportunities for industry practitioners on:

  • cost effective and energy efficient homes
  • indoor air quality and thermal comfort
  • building envelope systems
  • window and roof installation

The workshop will focus on Part 9 and Part 3 residential construction. This event includes a tradeshow. Sponsorship opportunities are available. BC Housing: 3.75 CPD Points | AIBC: 4.5 Core LUs | BOABC: 2.0 CPD Points

Register at BCBEC.COM

Coming Up

National Housing Conference

Mark your calendars! The next National Housing Conference is in Ottawa, May 12 to 13, 2020. The conference gathers thinkers, innovators, housing providers and advocates, corporations investing in communities, developers and academics who share the goal of housing affordability for all. Find detailed information here:




The annual PHRN Symposium on Housing Research in BC is co-located in BCNPHA’s Housing Central Conference, November 19 to 21, 2017, in Richmond BC.

The full 2017 PHRN Symposium Program is now available.

shorter version of the 2017 Symposium schedule is also available.

For more information on the larger Housing Central conference, visit their website.

Student research posters

Students from UBC SCARP attended the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito in October 2016. Their findings were also presented at the 2016 PHRN Symposium on Housing Research in BC.

For the Habitat conference exhibition space, UBC SCARP students created four very engaging posters that explore the evolution of four themes since Habitat ’76 in Vancouver, including: housing policy and form in Canada, housing policy and form internationally, governance, and impacts to Habitat host cities. Click the links below to view these posters.

The Evolution of Housing Policy and Form in Canada: A Snapshot of Housing Discourse and Development Between Canada and the World Since Habitat ’76

The Legacies of UN-Habitat on Host Cities

Sustainability through Collaborative Governance

United Nations Habitat III: A Narrative of International Housing Since Habitat I