Educational Presentations & Webinars

In an ongoing effort to provide the latest technology and information to our clients, Cascadia Windows has developed AIA, AIBC, USGBC, and CPD (for BC builders) learning-credit approved technical presentations. Each presentation is linked below. All webinars listed offer 1.0 hours for learning credits, and offerings of public shop tour events at Cascadia qualify for 2.0 hours of credits. Recorded versions are available below, but only live events are approved to receive learning credits.

Our team has a substantial background in building science, and as such we stay on the cutting edge of changing codes and requirements for high performance buildings, especially those that affect envelopes. 

We try to offer courses that we think are important and relevant, and update them frequently. If you're looking for more information or clarification on something specific that you see in our presentations, or if you have a question about the subject matter in general, please don't hesitate to get in touch! We may be able to help.

Webinar 1

Fiberglass: Simple & Cost Effective Solutions to Energy Code Requirements & Introducing the World's First Fiberglass Window Wall

1.0 hour CES credit for
Upcoming offerings of this webinar - click to register:
Presentation Outline:
Today, most existing – even modern – buildings have surprisingly low thermal performance from their building envelope. This increases the ever-growing, and unnecessary strain on the environment and our society’s energy infrastructure.
Building codes and energy standards are incrementally becoming more stringent, but cannot out-pace the available building technology when demanding greater performance. Essentially, for a building code improvement, there first has to be new tech, then you can change a code; it doesn’t work in the opposite order.
Now, new fiberglass window technology has been invented, which for the very first time brings passive-house level thermal performance to a commercial-scale, cost effective fenestration system.  Learn about the latest developments with fiberglass and Passive House window technology, including fiberglass window wall and expanded non-combustible construction applications.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Webinar 2

Combustible Windows and Combustible Façade Components in Non-Combustible Construction
CES credit approval pending
Upcoming offerings of this webinar - click to register:
Presentation Outline:
We desperately need better energy efficiency from building enclosures, from both windows and insulated wall assemblies. Today, the best products and components to enable this are generally made from low conductivity materials. Most of these materials also happen to be combustible—at least, to some extent. Even so, combustible components such as cladding supports and window frames can be safely used in non-combustible construction.
For new products that lead the industry for enabling better energy efficiency, a creative and careful approach is required for demonstrate safe use and code compliance. There is rarely a defined path to code compliance. Testing, engineering, and often fire code consulting is required by manufacturers or project teams.


Webinar 3

Effective Thermal Performance of the Building Enclosure - Exterior Walls
1.0 hour CES credit for
Upcoming offerings of this webinar - click to register:
Presentation Outline:
Today, new buildings must meet the BC Step Code, ASHRAE 90.1 or National Energy Code for Buildings' requirements for thermal performance. This is a tough objective, since documented proof is required. Effective R-values must be met, not just nominal values, which means that high conductivity materials that cause thermal bridges must be considered in the modelling and calculations. Many of today's conventional wall assemblies fall short of even basic compliance, causing larger, thicker, and more costly assemblies than ever before.
Learn what current wall assemblies are getting closest to the target performance levels, what the code-prescribed targets are for your region, and what some innovative companies and designers are doing to solve this issue, both with conventional and proprietary approaches, while saving cost at the same time. Finally, review some key differences, strengths and limits for difference thermally-improved cladding support products.

    • Advancements in Passive House Fiberglass Window Technology [PDF] - 16812KB

      Approvals: AIA, AIBC, USGBC, CPD (BC builders). New fiberglass window technology has been invented, which, for the very first time brings passive-house level thermal performance to commercial-scale, cost effective fenestration systems. Learn what characteristics of fiberglass window technology has been further improved, and discover the lunch of the world's first FIBERGLASS window wall fenestration system.
    • The Effective Thermal Performance of the Building Enclosure - Exterior Walls (June 2019 Update) [PDF] - 6941KB

      Approvals: AIA, AIBC, USGBC, CPD. This is a 2019 update to "The Effective Thermal Performance of the Building Enclosure" - which addresses the fundamental questions of why to control thermal bridging, how to do it effectively in various cladding support assemblies on opaque walls, and how to differential between the characteristics of many proprietary systems now on the market.
    • Understanding the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, 2011 [PDF] - 6400KB

      Approvals: AIBC. This presentation was created with the new adoption of the NECB 2011 in Alberta. It gives a general overview of the code, and goes more in depth on envelope requirements and what that means in terms of traditional building assemblies and new technologies.
    • Understanding NAFS [PDF] - 10520KB

      Approvals: AIBC. Covers the newly referenced North American Fenestration Standard - 2008, as referenced in the 2012 BC Building Code.