ENERGY STAR for New Homes Builder Workshop - Grand Forks

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Omega Restaurant

7400 Highway 3 W

Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0


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Join us at the Omega Restaurant in Grand Forks, on March 9, to learn about using EnerGuide for new homes and building to ENERGY STAR® for New Homes.

This workshop is primarily aimed at builders and building officials.

All builders will leave the workshop ready to get certified to build ENERGY STAR homes and prepared to offer clients options in building comfortable, durable, and healthier new homes. Attendees will also earn 3.5 CPD credits (Group A) from BC Housing / HPO.


This workshop features presentations by Richard Kadulski, the Community Energy Association, and an EnerGuide blower door demonstration by Gerry Sawkins, local certified Energy Advisor.

It will explore:

  • ENERGY STAR for New Homes, providing the background you need to get certified
  • Support available from the BC utilities, including rebates
  • Working with an Energy Advisor to get EnerGuide and ENERGY STAR
  • The coming Energy Step Code, and how to prepare

This event is eligible for 3.5 Continuing Professional Development Group A credits from BC Housing / HPO, and is eligible for credits through the Building Officials' Association of BC.

The early bird rate is $90 for registrations up to March 2. Registrations after this date pay $100. Flat fees - no GST or PST.

Plus 10% off for CHBA & CEA members!

A full hot breakfast buffet & refreshments are included.


7:30am – Full hot breakfast buffet, registration, coffee, and networking

7:45 - City of Grand Forks & Community Energy Association: Welcome & introductions

7:50 – Community Energy Association: Energy Step Code update & how to prepare

8:15 - City of Grand Forks: Local context

8:25 Richard Kadulski: ENERGY STAR® for New Homes – Builder Certification

9:25 BREAK

9:35 Richard Kadulski - continued

10:35 – Gerry Sawkins: How Energy Advisors can help builders, plus key components of energy efficient homes

11:05 – FortisBC: Utility support through the New Home Program including rebates

11:20 - BREAK - transition to on-site presentation

11:45 - Gerry Sawkins: demonstration blower door test, and technical questions and discussion

12:00 – CLOSE

About our main speakers

Richard Kadulski of CHBA BC is an architect who has specialized in healthy, energy-efficient, climate-sensitive residential design for more than 40 years. He is active with industry organizations, including CHBA-BC, the Architectural Institute of BC, and HPO and offers seminars for the Energy Star and R-2000 programs in BC. Since 1985 he has been Editor of SOLPLAN REVIEW, Canada's journal of energy conservation, building science and building practice. He is also the author of a number of books and sits on the National Research Council of Canada Standing Committee on Housing and Small Buildings.

Gerry Sawkins is an independent registered energy advisor providing EnerGuide and ENERGY STAR assessments of new residential and multi-unit residential buildings under Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency Homes program. Gerry also provides assessments including energy modelling of small commercial buildings under Part 9 of the B.C. Building Code. Since moving to Nelson in 2005, Gerry has been involved in the construction industry, initially as a project manager before moving into the area of energy auditing. In addition, Gerry is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a Master’s in business administration from the University of British Columbia.

Further information

Please click on the green box above labelled "TICKETS" to buy your ticket. Or, for more information and assistance, contact Susan Chalmers of the Community Energy Association at or 604-628-7076 ext. 707.

Thank you to our partners and supporters

This event has been made possible thanks to FortisBC, BC Hydro, BC Housing, the Province of BC, the City of Grand Forks, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, and CHBA BC.

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Omega Restaurant

7400 Highway 3 W

Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0


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