Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA)

Strategic & Cost-Effective Step Code Compliance for Part 9 Buildings (Half-day course)
BC Housing: 4 CPD Points
Thursday, January 30th, 2020
Coast Langley City Hotel & Convention Centre
20393 Fraser Highway
Langley, BC
V3A 7N2
Complimentary Parking
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Registration Deadline
Thursday, January 30th, 2020
Event Description

You've likely attended one or more Step Code info sessions but, as a result, do you have a strategy in place for achieving your project Step Code targets cost effectively?  You're convinced that airtightness is a key element to success but what about windows, wall assemblies, and mechanical systems? Will you be relying solely on the direction of your energy consultant for the selection of these components or would you prefer the driver's seat?


This half day course will not only enhance your comprehension of the Step Code for Part 9 buildings, it will enable you to prioritize the energy conservation measures you consider for your projects based on construction cost and energy impact.  By attending this seminar, you will:

  • Refresh your understanding of building science fundamentals
  • Understand the Step Code performance targets, and to what extent their achievement is influenced by:
    • Building envelope components (windows, wall assemblies, etc.)
    • Building airtightness
    • HVAC equipment selections
  • Improve your ability to:
    • Facilitate an efficient design and documentation cycle, from acquisition of development permit through to submission of the building permit application
    • Ensure design details, particularly related to airtightness, are successfully implemented in the field
  • Learn to predict which Step Code projects will be especially challenging
  • Be able to identify and rank the most cost-effective measures for achieving Step Code targets, and estimate corresponding cost premiums
  • Expand your knowledge about high efficiency mechanical systems and their relevance to Step Code, including:
    • Common and not-so-common options for hot water heating, space conditioning and ventilation
    • Proper application, selection, and installation of equipment




Mikhael Horvath is a professional engineer and the director of Enforma Engineering Inc., which specializes exclusively in energy code compliance analysis and testing for both Part 9 and Part 3 buildings.  Since 2016, Enforma has completed over 600 projects in three provinces, and saved builders more than $2 million dollars in construction costs by using energy modeling based compliance strategies. Prior to specializing as an energy consultant, Mikhael practiced for over a decade as an HVAC and plumbing design engineer, working on building types ranging from residential to industrial.


Tomas Minka is a principal at Invictus Construction Ltd., a Victoria based design-build construction company, and owner of Micoma Consulting Ltd. Tomas works closely with Enforma Engineering Inc. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) by Passive House Institue (PHI) in Germany, with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. Tomas has an extensive residential projects portfolio as well as experience managing construction of temporary structures, temporary stadiums, and other large and complex projects around North America.



Contact & Support

For more information contact 604-298-7795



All prices in Canadian dollars
Ticket Price
Attendee Registration For Workshop
ICBA Member $250.00
Non-Member $300.00
Special Promotion: Group Discount
Register 2 employees and SAVE 10% off each additional registration!
7:30am - 8:00am
8:00am - 12:00pm
Cancellation &
Refund Policy



Cancellations received at least 10 business days prior to the course date will result in a full refund.


Cancellations received less than 10 business days but more than 5 full business days prior to the course date are subject to an administration fee of $100 per day for full and half-day seminars, or $25 for breakfast sessions.


Registrants who do not show up for a course, and/or who do not notify ICBA at least 5 full business days prior to the course date will be assessed the full cost of the course. There will be no refunds or credits in this case.


Substitution of attendees is permitted up to and including the day of the course.




ICBA may have to postpone or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment, in which case ICBA’s liability will be limited to a refund of the registration fee.


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