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[Pre-Registration] Tarion-approved: Construction Technology and Building Science

Course Description

As a participant in this boardroom session, you will study real life examples and will be able to discuss your own experiences and projects in a small group setting. The learning material will be supplemented with various instructional videos customized to the needs of the small group.

Learn about the control of heat loss, air leakage, and moisture movement in buildings and learn how to avoid common defects in construction. You will be introduced to construction technology, building science theory and practice. The course will use the Canadian Homebuilder Association Builders’ Manual as a textbook.


Course Objectives

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:
  • Understand Building science that affects building durability and occupant comfort
  • Understand Mechanical systems and integrated mechanical systems
  • Discuss approaches to improving Indoor air quality
  • Explain the “House-as-a-system” concept


Discuss Controlling Heat Loss:

  • Describe the heat loss mechanisms through above and below grade assemblies
  • Identify the difference between nominal and effective thermal resistance
  • Find the thermal resistance associated with air films, air spaces and common building materials
  • Calculate conductive heat loss through building assemblies
  • Calculate effective thermal resistance
  • Calculate heat loss through windows and predict condensation potential in a building assembly


Discuss Air Leakage and Indoor Air Quality:

  • Identify why controlling air leakage is important in buildings
  • Describe how air moves through an enclosure and the problems it can cause
  • Describe air sealing approaches
  • Identify materials that can be used as a part of an air barrier system


Discuss Moisture Control:

  • Identify and understand first and second planes of control
  • Describe drainage planes
  • Provide details for interior and exterior vapour control
  • Provide details for capillary and ground water control, snow and ice control
  • Use psychrometrics to understand air and water vapour mixtures


When and Where

Date(s): TBA

Length: 3 days (includes exam, textbook, breakfast and lunch)

Where: buildABILITY Corporation, 170 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 202, North York, ON M2N 3A4

Price: $1,200 + HST

NOTE: This is a private session offering of this course. Space is limited to 8 people!

Group rates are available for 6 or more. Please email to set up a group rate.

If you have any questions, please contact


About the Speaker


Michael Lio, P.Eng, M.Eng

buildABILITY Corporation

Michael is a professional engineer who has consulted on projects and publications across North America relating to housing, energy efficiency and sustainability. His studies have supported the development of the Energy Star for New Homes program in Ontario, the EnerGuide Rating System, and the new R-2000 Program. At various times benchmarked the energy efficiency performance and greenhouse gas emissions of new and existing housing in Ontario. He taught sustainable housing in the Architecture Program at Ryerson University for 12 years while for the last 15 years he has taught building science and building technology and ecology at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto.


This is part of the new Tarion Education Criteria as of September 1, 2015 for new applicants proposing to build residential freehold and low-rise condominium under Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code.   For more information on what competencies you need to meet, please visit “Tarion’s Getting Registered Page“.

Please note: This is a technical workshop intended for persons wishing to become a Tarion registered homebuilder. buildABILITY reserves the right to limit registration to individuals with the necessary demonstrated prerequisite knowledge and expertise.

If you have not cancelled yourself from the seminar within 48 hours or less prior to its commencement and you did not show up, you will be charged a full fee.

If you need to cancel yourself from a seminar and it is 48 hours or less you will be able to send someone else from your organization.

A full refund of the paid amount (less $75 + HST Administration Fee) will be issued for cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to the seminar. (Cancellations must be received by phone or email)

Rescheduling, relocating, or cancelling events is at the discretion of buildABILITY Corporation. Should this happen: we will provide a notice 5 days prior to the seminar, you will not be charged.

  • Total Cost

    Pre-registration is free!

  • 170 Sheppard Ave E, Unit 202

    Toronto, ON M2N3A4

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