Building Envelope Education

Case Studies

JRS Engineering has been providing specialist building envelope consulting services since 1998. Over the years we have worked on numerous new and existing buildings of all types and sizes. In our experience, we have had the pleasure of delivering quality building envelope services on a number of truly unique projects. Below is a selection of case studies on some of our favourite projects:


Technical Articles & Presentations

Engaging in our community is key to our industry excellence and providing the best solutions for your building envelope. That’s why we maintain an active involvement with numerous industry groups, professional associations and standards councils. As such, our knowledge and expertise have been sought after for inclusion in best practice mandates and we are often asked to participate in industry and professional organization initiatives, review research documents and speak at seminars or training programs. We are proud of our industry.

Below is a selection of technical articles and presentations we have delivered for building envelope education:

Educational Presentations JRS Engineering Building Envelope Consultant Vancouver Calgary Seattle BCBEC conference

We offer interesting and informative educational presentations to professional services firms, industry groups and stratas/HOAs on a variety of building science topics.  Some of our most popular presentations include:

Air Barriers:  Design, Construct, Test

Properly designed and detailed air barriers are critical components of energy-efficient enclosures.  This one hour presentation will focus on the benefits, science, design, construction, and testing of continuous air barriers.  We will also discuss recently implemented Energy Code requirements for air barriers. (AIA CES Credits: 1)

Exterior-Insulated Wall Assemblies

Innovative solutions are required to ensure that these wall assemblies can be practically constructed and will actually meet the desired thermal performance and aesthetic criteria.  This presentation provides a general overview of North American energy usage, applicable energy codes and standards, and anticipated energy code changes over time.  Heat transfer, calculation of effective R-values, parallel heat flow paths, and design and construction considerations are also discussed, along with case studies.

Roofing:  RCABC Requirements

Many specifications include language such as, “must meet RCABC standards” or “provide 5-year RCABC warranty”.  Unfortunately there is often confusion between expectations and reality.  In this hour-and-a-half presentation, we focus on the relationship between RCABC Inspector and Designer, as well as the Inspector’s role.  We will also discuss typical RCABC standards that cause confusion, as well as new standards that are just emerging.