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The seminar will explore various building designs and construction materials and how the application of the building code structural, health and life safety, and building materials are applied in the repair of multi-unit and single family buildings.

Course Outline

After participating in this course you will be able to do the following:
apply the building code to design requirements for repair and replacement of building systems
discover underlying mechanisms of deterioration
create and use repair contracts
protect your interests
resolve disputes

Multi-unit and single-family residential building repair is a growing industry. This course offers tools for correctly assessing major repair needs and applying design and construction standards geared to new construction. Participants will also study approaches for repairing existing buildings and learn to avoid poor-quality and unsafe repairs. The seminar will explore various building designs and construction materials and how the application of building codes and materials are used in the repair of multi-unit and single-family buildings. Contracts and disputes associated with typical building repair contracts will also be discussed.

To enhance participants’ knowledge of the assessment and repair of residential buildings and the related building code standards.

Who Should Attend
Repair contractors; municipal building inspectors, designers, and professionals; and, owners and managers of buildings.

Program Outline

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

9:00      Building Permits for Repairs 
            €¢ Application of the Safety Codes Act 
            €¢ Application of the Regulations and the Alberta Building Code
            €¢ Alternatives to the Building Code and regulations useful to building repair

10:45    Refreshments and Networking

11:00    What Parts of the Code Govern Your Building?
            €¢ What is a residential building?
            €¢ What parts of the building code apply?
            €¢ What are the Building Code differences and similarities between new construction and repair?

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Part 9 €" Building Structures
            €¢ Application of the Building Code
            €¢ Foundation settlement, heaving, and leakage assessment, and repair
            €¢ Structural wood framing failure assessment and repair

2:30      Refreshments and Networking

2:45      Part 4 Building Structures
            €¢ Application of the Building Code
            €¢ Assessment, repair, and monitoring of structural concrete €" overview of a double blind study

4:30      Adjournment

Day II

9:00      Part 9 - Building Envelope
            €¢ Application of the Building Code
            €¢ Assessment and repair of brick veneer 
            €¢ Assessment and repair of windows
            €¢ Ice dams and pitched roof design

10:45    Refreshments and Networking

11:00    Multi-Unit Building Envelope €" Masonry Veneer and Flashing
            €¢ Application of the Building Code
            €¢ Failure assessment and repair of brick failures
            €¢ Development of new clay brick materials standard for improved freeze-thaw durability
            €¢ Thermal expansion and contraction crack control

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Multi-Unit Building Envelope €" Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS)
            €¢ Examples: Failure assessment, and repair of field €"applied systems and panel systems
            €¢ Application of the Building Code   
            €¢ Failures?  Has the Building Code failed us?
            €¢ New Standards and practices for EIFS

2:30      Refreshments and Networking

2:45      Multi-Unit Window Systems €" Time for a Change?
            €¢ Assessment and repair of condensation, air leakage, and water leakage.
            €¢ Application of the Building Code
            €¢ Energy performance of windows
            €¢ Low e and gas-filled insulating glass
            €¢ Framing design and location in the wall
            €¢ Retrofit options payback

4:30      Adjournment

9:00      Components of Repair Contracts
            €¢ Forms of contract
            €¢ Parties to a contract
            €¢ Payments and holdbacks 
            €¢ Approvals and certificates for payment

10:45    Refreshments and Networking

11:00    Performance of the Contract
            €¢ When is a contract complete?
            €¢ Who decides if a contract is complete?
            €¢ What about deficiencies?

12:00    Lunch

1:00      The Construction Lien
            €¢ Application of the Act to building repairs.
            €¢ Trust provisions
            €¢ Expiry, preservation, and perfection of liens
            €¢ Discharge of liens

2:30      Refreshments and Networking

2:45      Contract Disputes 
            €¢ Avenues to resolution 
            €¢ Construction liens and legal action
            €¢ Alternatives
            €¢ Arbitration and mediation agreements 
            €¢ ADR process

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

4:30      Adjournment


Gerald R. Genge
Gerald R. Genge (P.Eng., BDS, BSSO, C.Arb., and Q.Med.) is a principal member of Arbitech Inc. and Asset Project Management Inc., and president and founder of GRG Building Consultants Inc. Mr. Genge has built a 35-year career of resolving problems. He has been a licensed engineer in Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia and currently maintains a consulting engineering practice (GRG) in Ontario that serves the building industry throughout Canada. His expertise includes design of repairs to existing buildings, litigation support, negotiation toward dispute resolution, capital repair planning strategies, and technical research in the multi-unit residential sector. This research involves concrete technology, building envelope design and repair, indoor air quality, and environmental separation.

The author of over 100 papers and articles on these topics, Mr. Genge is a frequent lecturer. He has taught building condition assessment at the University of Toronto Professional Development for ten years and has served as an examiner for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Syllabus program. He is also president of the Ontario Building Envelope Council and vice chair of the Building Materials Evaluation Commission in Ontario.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.1 CEUs / 21 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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