Meeting info

Re: EMTF Breakfast Presentation

October 7th, 2020, 7:30am
Online Presentation

Hello EMTF Colleagues,
I hope everyone has adjusted to the new normal of home-work life. With everyone increasingly in self-isolation or practicing social distancing, I think it is important to continue to facilitate digital alternatives to social interaction. We are using the EMTF monthly sessions to bring some sense of community amongst fellow energy management practitioners and enthusiasts. It is more important than ever for us to support each other and continue the community that we have created. For these reasons, we are continuing to hosti the EMTF sessions as an online presentation.

Title :Build Better
Build Better Wall Assemblies:
The Canadian construction industry is undergoing significant changes that will improve the overall energy performance of buildings. By 2030, the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) will aim to achieve net zero energy consumption for all new buildings in Canada. This means that all new buildings will have to generate at least as much energy as they consume every year.

Since SOPREMA* is the manufacturer of several products used in building assemblies, it is very important for us to understand the interaction between materials in order to offer solutions to build better. The energy used to heat or cool a building should not be lost due to poor thermal insulation strategies, significant air leaks, or thermal bridges.

About the Build Better Guide:
This generic guide is intended for professionals involved in the design, implementation and construction of commercial buildings. It will support them in the creation of energy efficient buildings meeting the requirements of the NECB. This guide describes exterior wall assemblies that have been “tested and approved”. These assemblies are divided into two main families, namely exterior continuous insulated wall and hybrid insulated wall. More specifically, this guide indicates the insulation thickness required to meet the NECB requirements (U-value or effective R-value) for each insulation technology offered by SOPREMA. This data was determined through several tests and simulations carried out by Morrison Hershfield.

This guide will help professionals choose the appropriate solutions for designing exterior wall assemblies, whether they’re selecting an air barrier, insulation technology or accessory products compatible with other materials.

Les Yard - is a senior building envelope technical professional with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Les is a frequent presenter and has co-authored a number of technical articles. Key career highlights include serving as a board member and President of the British Columbia Building Envelope Council and acting as a co-chair of the Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology in 2017. From a home base in Greater Vancouver, Les has focused primarily on the Western Canadian and Pacific Northwest regions and markets (residential, commercial, industrial: buildings and infrastructure). As a member of the Strategy and Innovation Group at Soprema, Les is committed to developing systems and assemblies that meet and exceed building, fire and energy codes while considering the significant challenges facing our industry today including climate change, durability, resiliency, environmental concerns, cost effectiveness, constructability and a significant impending shortage of experienced trade contractors.


7:30am – 8:00am – Casual conversation and open forum
7:45am – 8:00am – Check-in and announcements.
8:00am – 8:40am – Presentation
8:40am – 9:00am – Q & A

How do you access the meeting?
You can register to attend this meeting presentation by emailing us at
Zoom works on all devices. Feel to login via your Phone, iPad, or computer. If you haven’t used Zoom before you will be prompted to download the app on your device, which should only take a minute.

Note that these Zoom meetings are free.

Can you still eat breakfast during the meeting?
Yes! Please feel free to have a coffee or eat your breakfast during the presentation—just make sure to keep your mic on mute while you’re eating, and maybe turn the camera off too. You can turn them on when you have questions.

When will the in-person EMTF meetings resume?
We don’t know. Our plan at the moment is to resume the remaining schedule as online presentations. We will keep you informed if anything changes.

Martin Boucher (EMTF Saskatoon presentation comittee).

EMTF Saskatoon, c/o William Popiel (Webmaster),
242 Tennant Crescent, Saskatoon, SK. S7H 4Y8