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Hockley Valley Resort

793522 Mono 3rd Line

Mono, Ontario L9W 5X7


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"It was all great, so I can't pick a single item. I liked the format that we've kept over the last years, with the formal sessions followed by the shorter presentations and open mike in the evening, the food was good, and the topics were interesting. Well done!" (attendee, 2018)

Spring Training Camp 2019

Spring training camp is all about new ways to think about what you build, and how you build together with the building science that underpins our industry. It’s an event where some of North America’s leading construction professionals gather to share their knowledge and experiences. Join us and spend two days socializing with other leaders in your field and be challenged to continuously improve your building performance. Carpe Diem – Seize the Day!

Tex, Gord, & Andy

"I appreciated the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics related to energy efficient homes as well as the opportunity to speak to a group of passionate individuals in an informal setting." (attendee 2018)

Who's Invited

Senior design, construction and R&D staff of leading homebuilders, renovators and condominium developers.

Utility representatives who have been actively promoting energy management programs to the Canadian industry.

Energy consultants that influence the adoption of technology by their clients.

Leading manufacturers who have supported energy efficiency, including those that are actively engaged in Net Zero energy projects.

If you know someone who should be attending and isn't, let us know and we’ll be happy to extend an invitation.

"The event was a great opportunity to meet other professionals in the industry. It was great to have so many conversations with respect to finding solutions together. The speakers were fantastic, the topics covered were key." (attendee 2018)

The Hosts

Gord Cooke, Andy Oding and Tex McLeod have combined their talents to create Spring Training Camp with you in mind. This way, they get to bask in the glory when everything goes well, and spread the pain when it doesn’t. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Price & Logistics

There is magic in getting folks out of their routine and away from the day to day. With that in mind, we’ve created an all-inclusive fee at the wonderful Hockley Valley Resort, just outside of Orangeville, Ontario that covers pretty much everything.

* Your room registration will be looked after by the organizers. There is no need for you to contact the resort about your reservation.

Camp Fees - $975 plus HST per person. Your room will be ready after 4PM on Sunday, April 14th. Event Check-In / Itinerary Pick Up: 6:00pm - 11:00pm in the Resort Front lobby. You’ll be on your own for dinner on Sunday Night, but you’re encouraged to drop by our reception room on Sunday evening between 7:30pm and 11:00pm.

What's Included:

2 nights’ accommodation {Sunday, April 14th & Monday April 15th}

Sunday Night Informal Drop-in Reception 7:30pm - 11:00pm

Monday {breakfast, break, lunch, break, dinner}

Tuesday {breakfast, break, lunch, break}

Gord Cooke Teaching at Spring Training 2018

The Preliminary Agenda

Sunday, April 14

7:00pm-11:00pm Registration in the Resort Lobby

7:30pm-11:00pm Meet and Greet Hospitality in Montclair Room

Monday, April 15

7:00-8:15 Breakfast Buffet – Restaurant 85

8:30-8:45 Camp Opens & Introductions – Montclair Room

Andy Oding, Tex McLeod and Gord Cooke welcome you to camp, followed by a review of the agenda and a look at the progress made on last year’s action items.

8:45-10:15 “Net Zero, of course, now let’s scale it up and build communities.”

Gene Myers, Thrive Homes, Denver

Gene Myers is the owner and CEO of Thrive Home Builders. For six years in a row, Thrive has received the Grand Award for Housing Innovation from the United States Department of Energy, Thrive is among the nation’s foremost builders of high performance homes. Every Thrive home is built Zero Energy Ready, and LEED Certified. Not to mention, Thrive is Denver’s largest builder of EPA Indoor airPLUS-qualified homes. Although Thrive operates only in the Denver market, Professional Builder Magazine named Thrive Homes their 2017 Builder of the Year.

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 NetZero Communities Panel

Rick Gooyers, Sifton Properties; Subhi Alsayad, Mattamy Homes; Jennifer Weatherston,

Reid’s Heritage Homes; and Doug Tarry, Doug Tarry Homes, Andy Oding, Building Knowledge Canada.

Each member of our panel has been intimately involved with the design, development and construction of NZR/NZ community scale projects. In doing so, all learned some powerful lessons in what works, what doesn’t and what potential concepts could be winning formulas for the future. From Marketing /Sales lessons to specific technology applications, their insights and experience are invaluable to all builders and suppliers.

11:30-12:00 New Gas Technologies that Complement NZ Homes

The Gas Guys (Matt Cable & Team)

Enbridge and Union Gas have been working with some of our leading builders - installing and monitoring some of the new gas technologies and now it’s time to start telling the story. Their portfolio includes MicroCHP (combined heat and power), MicroCHP + Solar, MicroCHP + Battery, new small NG systems for NZ homes and buildings and gas cooling.

12:00-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:30 Tall Wood, the Story of UBC’s Brock Commons

Karla Fraser, Senior Project Manager, Urban One Builders, Vancouver

Much has been learned about the detailed planning, coordination and scheduling required in building larger and taller structures using wood. As the Senior Project Manager, Karla was the conductor of a very large orchestra with a backstory that goes beyond the innovative mass timber structural system. She will outline the 3D modelling, prefabrication, assembly on site, and the resulting fast construction critical path while highlighting the many new processes used in this amazing project. The result: a viable, repeatable and adaptable building system that may redefine our cityscapes. This structure has generated interest from around the globe for its departure from traditional construction materials, systems and methods.

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:30 LEEP of Faith

James Glouchkow & Patric Langevin, LEEP / NRCan

Camp is pleased to welcome back Patric and Jamie from NRCan. They will provide an update on their work related to LEEP field trials in BC, wall assembly details for NZ retrofit building enclosures, along with a discussion of their HVAC / mechanical decision guide.

3:30-4:30 Harold Orr in conversation with Gord Cooke and Tex McLeod

As was mentioned last year at Camp, Harold Orr has been invested in the Order of Canada for his groundbreaking work on the Saskatchewan Conservation House – the proud parent of both the R2000 and Passive House Housing Programs. Join Harold, Gord and Tex in conversation, looking back on the history and forward into the future.

4:30-4:45 Daily Wrap Up and Summary

Andy, Gord, and Tex

5:30-7:00 Dinner

7:00-9:30 Open Mic

Tex will host Open Mic. We will have a Cash Bar open.

Tuesday, April 24

7:00-8:15 Breakfast Buffet -Restaurant 85

8:30-8:45 Welcome Back

Andy Oding, Tex McLeod, and Gord Cooke

8:45-10:00 The Gray Tsunami – the aging challenge

Stefanie Coleman – Incoming CHBA president; Gary Sharp - Director of Renovator Services, CHBA; Jeff Culp

A quick look at demographics in Canada, illustrates what we all intuitively know, that the post-war baby boomers (born 1946-1965) are getting older, but keep in mind, the oldest of them is only 72, and just now beginning to require home modifications that will allow them to stay in their homes. According to CMHC, 24% of Canadian homes are headed by someone over the age of 65. This will grow by 32% over the next decade. Over 90% of homeowners want to stay in their homes and many will require some modifications to do so. Therefore, we have a lot of aging owners living in aging homes. There's a huge market out there, likely the biggest growth market in all of Canada's renovation industry. As demographer David Foote used to say, get this right and you can have a hell of a ride for the next 25 years.

Join us to find out more about CHBA’s Canadian Aging-in-Place Specialist certification for builders, renovators, architects, equipment suppliers and health care professionals. The course covers all aspects of aging-in-place projects - the potential market, how to leverage partner relationships (typically a health care professional), communicating and marketing to the demographic, estimating, legal and contracting considerations, design concepts and technical details.

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:30 John’s Deep Dive into High Performance Walls

Dr. John Straube and RDH Building Science Labs

Energy efficient, healthy, durable and sustainable building designs are at core of John’s research, which is often supported by advanced computer simulation, laboratory testing as well as full-scale natural exposure performance monitoring.

He is the author of High Performance Enclosures: Design Guide for Institutional, Commercial and Industrial Buildings in Cold Climates and co-author of Building Science for Building Enclosure Design.

11:30-12:00 The View from CHBA Ottawa

Stefanie Coleman, Sonja Winkelmann, Gary Sharp, Andy Oding

CHBA works tirelessly on behalf of the housing industry in Canada. Join with 1st vice president Stefanie Coleman to learn more about the work being done on your behalf by the staff and the committees. Joining Stefanie are Sonja Winkelmann, Gary Sharp and volunteer extraordinaire Andy Oding.

12:00-1:15 Lunch

1:15-1:40 A Tale of Two Utilities, then there was one

Enbridge Gas – Susan Cudahy, Scott Bullock, Joe Liberty

A presentation on the Enbridge and Union Gas merger. They will explain how the two key programs, Savings By Design and Optimum Homes will work together AND what the future holds for new builder programs.

1:40-3:00 Once more with gusto

Gord, Andy and Tex

Gord will lead off this session with a look at air tightness testing for large buildings calling on Building Knowledge staff to outline the set up and testing protocols.

Andy, Tex and Gord will share their thoughts and discuss challenges, looking back at how we got here. Think of it as a progress report on the important finds that are making Net Zero homes more and more cost effective with every project. This session will help to narrow down your options and focus your attention on what works.

3:00-3:15 Final Wrap-Up

Andy Oding, Gord Cooke, Tex McLeod

A review of the action items and challenges from 2018 as well as the creation of a new list for 2019. Working to be the solution.

3:15 Camp Closed – Go Forth and Prosper!

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