Building High Performance Homes with Gord Cooke (Day 1)

Event date: November 19, 2018
Showtime: 8am - 4pm
Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
6.5 CPD credits (13 for both days)
GVHBA is proud to be bringing renowned building science expert and marketing-savvy speaker Gord Cooke, President of Building Knowledge Inc., back to Vancouver to provide builders with two full days of essential technical knowledge, upcoming BC Building Code updates, performance-based pathways to achieve energy-efficiency targets, design/build best practices, and savvy marketing insights for builders to successfully build and sell high-performance homes in Metro Vancouver.

By 2032, the BC Building Code will move towards the higher steps of the BC Energy Step Code as a minimum requirement. The National Building Code of Canada will also be moving towards this outcome by 2030, which means to stay in business, ALL builders must build to higher levels of the step code.^ — are you ready?

WHAT WILL BE COVERED (Click on the “agenda” tab for full details)
Gord will focus on the technical components, building processes, and best practices to save real time and money, creating a comprehensive roadmap for builders to build their best performing home. There will be an important overview of the BC Building Code updates, which come into effect in December.
GVHBA will also be presenting a special panel of speakers, who will look at the new metrics to calculate performance standards, municipal resources available to builders (City of New Westminster and City of Richmond), the role of the energy advisor and how they can save builders time and resources (E3 Eco Group), and a high-performance builder (Blackfish Homes) sharing challenges and lessons learned as he shifted into building high-performance homes.
DAY TWO  will be a dedicated workshop on the selling and marketing the high-performance home.  You are selling a sophisticated home product to consumers, so you NEED to know how to strategically position your company, your expertise, technologies, and building systems (and ultimately higher price) to make the sale.  Gord’s unique combination of technical expertise and marketing savvy will give builders (and their marketing staff) the tools they need to perfect their pitch and homeowner messaging.  DAY 2 SEATS ARE LIMITED — ONLY A FEW REMAIN!



NOTE: Gord Cooke will be hosting a second class on Tuesday, November 20: Marketing the High Performance Home. Register for both courses and receive 20% off the single-day rate.

Who Should Attend

Builders, renovators, designers, architects, energy advisors, mechanical consultants – anyone who wants to get a grasp on the process of building high performance homes.

Event Agenda

7:30am: Registration.  Seminar program from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


7:00 – 8:00 AM   Registration and breakfast

8:00 – 8:05  AM

Anton Van Dyk,
GVHBA Education & Training Chair
Welcome and Sponsor Acknowledgements

8:05 – 10:00 AM


Gord Cooke, President
Building Knowledge



Providing a BC Building Code update and Step Code overview, and noting potential issues when building to code based on performance vs prescriptive.

10:00 – 10:15 AM BREAK
10:15 – 12 NOON  

Gord Cooke, President
Building Knowledge



To successfully achieve higher levels of performance, builders need to understand the importance of key members of your design team. From energy evaluation, mechanical sizing and design, and lower door testing, Gord will discuss the team, their roles and value to the project, and how a whole-home approach to design will help builders achieve their high-performance targets.

12:00 – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 – 2:30 PM



· Moderated by Mark Sakai, GVHBA Director of Government Relations

· Norm Connolly, Community Energy Manager, New Westminster

· Nicholas Heap, Sustainability Project Manager, Richmond

· Einar Halbig, CEO, E3 Eco Group

· David Adair, Blackfish Homes


As an active participant on the Energy Step Code Council, Mark will moderate the discussion on municipal policies and best practices pathways to achieve higher levels of Step Code. 


Topics include municipal resources for builders, how energy advisors can help builders achieving Step Code, and lessons learned from two builders at different stages of building high-performance homes.

2:30 – 2:45 PM BREAK
2:45 – 3:45 PM Gord Cooke, President
Building Knowledge

Builders are given performance pathways to build high-performance homes, but there is often uncertainty in understanding which option(s) will achieve the best results.  Gord will guide builders through performance-based linear pathways that will help builders decide what options will yield their desired performance results.


3:45 – 4:00 PM Anton Van Dyk,


Final Q&A and Wrap-Up

  • Gord Cooke, President, Building Knowledge

    There are few professionals in Canada that can match Gord Cooke’s broad knowledge of the inner workings of a house. Highly regarded in the homebuilding industry, Gord is a professional engineer, trainer, author, and industry consultant. For over 25 years, Gord has helped builders and HVAC contractors implement innovative technologies and build better homes. He is an effective and passionate educator and advocate for better building practices, improved indoor air quality, and energy efficiency.