With land coming at a premium and building materials soaring through the roof, builders throughout the Okanagan are looking to Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs) as a way to expand their business and enhance their bottom line. But for many builders transitioning from single-family, MURBs can present a whole new challenge as it pertains to energy efficiency and the BC Step Code.
So You Want to Build a MURB – Step Code Considerations will take builders through the process the creation of one of these buildings, from permitting approvals through the actual construction through an energy efficiency lens. With a panel made up of an Expert Energy Advisor, Mechanical Systems Advisor, City Official, and Architect, participants will leave this course feeling prepared to take on a multi-family project.
This course is pending approval for 2.0 CPD with BC Housing
- Mo Bayat – City of Kelowna – MURBs from a city perspective
- Permitting and building code considerations,
- Additional details from a municipal standpoint
- Brendon Gray – Egnite Sustainability – Step code considerations and energy efficiency in MURBs
- Think Carbon Footprint! What are the embodied and operational carbon benefits in developing a MURB.
- Importance of building orientation and lot selection
- Benefits of proper window placement and how to work with your suppliers in optimizing your window performance towards enhanced energy efficiency and occupant comfort.
- Importance of building envelope compartmentalization between units. Discuss challenges with conventional approaches and provide examples of optimized party walls.
- Heating and cooling MURBs with Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pumps. What are the options, benefits and challenges? Discuss the cost savings in servicing MURBs with one energy source.
- What is drain water heat recovery and how it reduces energy consumption.
- Step Code Rebates and Design Offer Rebates
- Matt Johnston – LIME Architecture – Design considerations and the opportunity in multi family building
- The overall impact of the building industry on the environment
- The positive environmental impact of multifamily infill buildings
- The important of the missing middle component of Kelowna’s housing strategy.
- The innovative approach to the missing middle issue by the City of Kelowna (infill challenge and specific new zone).
- The success of the infill approach in existing (predominantly) single family urban neighbourhoods within central areas of Kelowna.
- The design challenges encountered in developing an infill concept.
- The design challenges encountered after realizing several infill projects.
- The design challenges anticipated going forward in response to community response and changes in the BC Building Code.