Outside Event

Events that aren't BEC sponsored but may be interesting

BESTfest Conference

Apr 28 2021 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
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BESTfest 2021


Virtual - Register Now at Link Below


Since the beginning of the pandemic, building enclosures have received closer scrutiny, with everyone from consumers to building professionals to local and federal government, wanting to know more about their technologies and performance.

The BESTfest seminar brings together industry leaders and experts to discuss how the Building Enclosure Science & Technology field has changed since COVID-19 shook the world.

This four-hour virtual program is brought to you by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) , alongside the Building Enclosure Council (BEC) chapter networks.

Building enclosures are expected to be durable and provide a degree of environmental separation. They increasingly must focus on energy efficiency, daylighting, indoor air quality, fire safety, thermal comfort, and carbon footprint. Now, there’s a need to explicitly ensure these performance objectives are fully defined in the planning and design stage and efficiently executed through construction and operations.

As construction technology has become more complex and standards are more demanding, now is the time to hold a broader conversation on innovations in the field. Our panel will discuss changes in materials and methods that have resulted from the latest technology advancements. Please join us as we continue on the shared mission of BETEC and the BEC Chapters to transform the vision of building enclosure design into the built form.

Schedule (All Times Pacific) 9 AM - 1 PM

  • 9:10 – 9:55 Achieving Zero Carbon
  • 9:55 – 10:25 The Best of What's New in the Building Enclosure Thermal Bridging Guide
  • 10:35 – 11:05 Trends for Healthy, High-Performance Buildings in the Post-Covid Age
  • 11:05 – 11:35 Utah's Ultra-High Performance Building Standard Enclosure Program
  • 11:45 – 12:15 ASTM Building Enclosure Commissioning Updates: An Overview and Discussion of Recent Changes to ASTM E2813 & E2947
  • 12:15 – 1:00 Round Up: The Best of the BECs and BETEC

AIA Oregon Symposium

Jul 18 2019 - 8:30am - Jul 20 2019 - 4:00pm
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URM Seismic Resilience Symposium


Portland State University Lincoln Hall




Unreinforced Masonry (URM) buildings present a challenge for earthquake-prone communities. There are over 1,650 URM buildings in Portland and millions around the world. These structures are important historic, architectural, cultural, and economic landmarks, but their vulnerability to earthquakes imperils these buildings and the people in them.

The URM Seismic Resilience Symposium, July 18-20, 2019, is a three-day event for architects, engineers, owners, property managers, and anyone that might deal with URM buildings.

The symposium will include two days of lectures focusing on topics and concerns related to URM buildings, including:

  • Earthquake Background
  • URM Construction and Seismic Engineering Technology Options
  • Building Codes and Historic Preservation Requirements
  • Seismic Upgrade Project Considerations and Costs
  • Public Policy, Finance, and Resiliency

Speakers include prominent engineers and architects from Oregon, Washington, California as well as leading experts from British Columbia, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, and Italy.

PHNW Annual Conference

Mar 29 2018 - 8:30am - Mar 30 2018 - 5:00pm
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Passive House Northwest 9th Annual Conference


Hotel RL 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW Olympia, WA


Passive House Northwest’s Annual Spring Conference is just around the corner. The conference will be held in Olympia, Washington on March 29-30 and features a great lineup of speakers and vendors making this a valuable event for professionals dedicated to high performance building design and construction. Please see the attached flyer and schedule for more information. Early Bird Registration ends Wednesday, March 14, so reserve your spot soon!

Outside Seminar

Apr 3 2017 - 3:45pm - 7:15pm
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Wall Enclosure Monitoring and Performance Assessment for the Orchards at Orenco Passive House


721 NW 9th


Jonathan Smegal

Mike Steffen

Dylan Lamar


Jonathan Smegal’s work for RDH includes laboratory research, hygrothermal modeling, field monitoring of wall performance, and forensic analysis of building failures. Jonathan has managed more than a dozen full scale field tests of wall and roof performance including test huts, test trailers, test houses, and production homes in various locations throughout North America.

The Orchards at Orenco Passive House project was constructed through the winter of 2014/2015 and occupied in the summer of 2015. Since its construction, thermal and moisture conditions have been monitored continuously in the exterior wall of four different suites, two on the north orientation and two on the south orientation. This presentation will discuss the wall construction and moisture monitoring equipment, and look at nearly two years’ worth of relative humidity, temperature and wood moisture content data. Using this measured data, we will look at the effectiveness of the continuous exterior insulation in controlling heat loss and condensation in the enclosure. We will evaluate the performance of the wall enclosure, and the implications of different variables such as higher interior relative humidity and colder climates.

Seattle 2017 Symposium

May 16 2017 - 7:00am - 6:30pm
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Advancing Building Enclosures: Beyond Code Conformance


Seattle Art Museum


The theme for SeaBEC's 2017 symposium is, “Advancing Building Enclosure: Beyond Code Conformance.” The Symposium will focus on topics elevating building enclosure design and construction above code standards and minimums. Six hours of AIA continuing education credits are expected.

Keynote Anthony Powell, director of Antartica, A Year on Ice

From Code to Construction Marty Houston, Walsh Construction

Washington Residential Energy Codes Luke Howard and Gary Nordeen, Washington State University

Passive House in Residential Buildings Katrin Klingenberg, Passive House Institute

Passive House in Commercial Buildings Medgar Marceau, Morrison Hershfield

Code Innovations Database Chris Van Daalen, Northwest Eco-Building Guild

Schedule Time
Registration & Breakfast 7:00-7:45am
1st speaker 8:00-9:00am
2nd speaker 9:00-10:00am
Coffee Break 10:00-10:30am
3rd speaker 10:30-11:30am
Lunch 11:30-1:00pm
4th speaker 1:00-2:00pm
5th speaker 2:00-3:00pm
Coffee Break 3:00-3:30pm
6th speaker 3:30-4:30pm
Closing & Raffle Prizes 4:30-5:00pm
Happy Hour / Networking 5:00-6:30pm

Registration is not yet open check here for more details.

2016 Ecoroof Symposium

Oct 3 2016 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Portland Ecoroof Symposium 2016


Smith Memorial Student Union Smith Ballroom, 3rd Floor 1825 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201


As the vegetated roofing industry continues to grow and mature, the Ecoroof Symposium will showcase the most up-to- date research on the economic and environmental impacts that green roofs provide to buildings and cities. We are honored to host London’s own Dusty Gedge as our keynote speaker, as well as a research medley on topics such as enhanced real estate value, energy impacts, and biodiversity. Panels of experts and breakout sessions offer a wealth of experience on best practices to avoid concerns, and to extend the service life of the roof membrane and vegetation. Green roof tours can provide insight into a variety of systems and approaches.

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