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February 2, 2022, at 1 p.m. (EDT)

Environmental Impact of Extruded Polystyrene and Other Insulation Used in Buildings

Jean-François Côté, PhD

Director, Standards and Scientific Affairs at SOPREMA

Construction materials have an environmental impact that extends throughout their life cycle—from the extraction of the raw materials used to manufacture them to their end of life. Environmental product declarations (EPDs) show the extent of this environmental impact. EPDs publish the results of a life-cycle analysis according to ISO standards. They are validated by independent third parties, thus ensuring their objectivity. By consulting an EPD, it is possible to know, among other things, the impact of a certain material on global warming. Professionals can therefore use this information, in addition to that already available, to guide them in their selection. In this webinar, we review the information published in the brand-new EPD on SOPRA-XPS insulation, in EPDs on other insulation materials, and even a few waterproofing products. Specific EPDs for SOPREMA products as well as generic EPDs will be used to establish trends regarding materials with the lowest environmental impact. This analysis may set the record straight when it comes to some preconceived ideas.

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Jean-François Côté portrait

Environmental Impact of Extruded Polystyrene and Other Insulation Used in Buildings

Jean-François Côté, PhD

Director, Standards and Scientific Affairs at SOPREMA

Construction materials have an environmental impact that extends throughout their life cycle—from the extraction of the raw materials used to manufacture them to their end of life. Environmental product declarations (EPDs) show the extent of this environmental impact. EPDs publish the results of a life-cycle analysis according to ISO standards. They are validated by independent third parties, thus ensuring their objectivity. By consulting an EPD, it is possible to know, among other things, the impact of a certain material on global warming. Professionals can therefore use this information, in addition to that already available, to guide them in their selection. In this webinar, we review the information published in the brand-new EPD on SOPRA-XPS insulation, in EPDs on other insulation materials, and even a few waterproofing products. Specific EPDs for SOPREMA products as well as generic EPDs will be used to establish trends regarding materials with the lowest environmental impact. This analysis may set the record straight when it comes to some preconceived ideas.

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Patrick Roppel portrait

BUILD BETTER: Considerations for Optimizing Walls for Both Current and Future Realities

Patrick Roppel, P.Eng., M.A.Sc

Principal, Building Science Specialist, Evoke Buildings

The government is focusing on increasing energy efficiency for both new and existing buildings to help meet Canada’s commitments to reducing carbon emissions in the next decade and beyond. The steps towards adopting “net-zero energy ready” building codes for new construction in Canada by 2030 are well underway and strategies to retrofit existing buildings are emerging. New policies are not only striving to maximize energy efficiency gains but are also introducing new measures to ensure that overall carbon emission targets for the construction, operation and renewal of buildings are met. The drive to reduce overall carbon emissions is creating the motivation for the building industry to challenge the prevailing approaches to the design and construction of the building envelope and look for opportunities to optimize assemblies for costs and performance. This webinar explores the synergies and opportunities of combining polyisocyanurate and mineral wool insulation with a structurally and thermally efficient cladding attachment system to achieve high thermal performance, reduce material use, decrease costs, and optimize wall thickness.

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Carl Binette portrait

Capturing Solar Thermal Energy Through the Building Envelope to Improve Energy Efficiency

Carl Binette

President of Aéronergie

The solar potential on Earth is unlimited, but still underexploited. Québec is one of the best places in the world to take advantage of solar radiation. The need for heat in winter is significant, and the potential of solar preheating is tremendous. One sunny day could generate self-sufficiency for 27 years. According to HEC’s most recent report État de l’énergie au Québec (Québec’s Energy Status), 52% of the energy consumed is lost in the atmosphere. As we are collectively taking the shift towards green solutions, it is important to plan and build efficiently, intelligently and sustainably, while ensuring the successful architectural integration of our buildings. Solar thermal collectors affixed to the exterior envelope of the building or installed as curtain walls can increase energy efficiency. They thus become allies in the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and energy costs while integrating a green signature which allows us to comply with regulations regarding Architectural Implantation and Integration Plans (AIIPs). By integrating the right technologies to buildings, it is possible to capture up to 80% of solar energy and thus increase the ambient temperature by more than 45 degrees Celsius. 

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*Presentation in French only

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Frédéric Déom portrait

All About PVC Membranes for Roofs: Criteria to Consider

Eric Younkin

Frédéric Déom

Strategic Development Manager – Roofing and XPS

Roofing professionals in Canada have never had so many options for their designs. Indeed, they have access to numerous technologies that offer a wide range of solutions for all tastes and budgets. Single-ply systems have been available for several decades in Canada, and their popularity is ever-growing. With so many single-ply technologies on the market, it can be overwhelming to know which one to choose to obtain a durable and efficient roof.

This one-hour webinar, which includes a 15-minute question period, covers subjects such as historical development, technologies, and benefits of single-ply roofing systems, specifically with PVC, TPO and EPDM. It also presents an overview of SOPREMA’s single-ply solutions.

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Les Yard portrait

BUILD BETTER – Tested and Approved Wall Systems

Les Yard

Building Envelope – Systems Development Manager at SOPREMA

The solar potential on Earth is unlimited, but still underexploited. Québec is one of the best places in the world to take advantage of solar radiation. The need for heat in winter is significant, and the potential of solar preheating is tremendous. One sunny day could generate self-sufficiency for 27 years. According to HEC’s most recent report État de l’énergie au Québec (Québec’s Energy Status), 52% of the energy consumed is lost in the atmosphere. As we are collectively taking the shift towards green solutions, it is important to plan and build efficiently, intelligently and sustainably, while ensuring the successful architectural integration of our buildings. Solar thermal collectors affixed to the exterior envelope of the building or installed as curtain walls can increase energy efficiency. They thus become allies in the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and energy costs while integrating a green signature which allows us to comply with regulations regarding Architectural Implantation and Integration Plans (AIIPs). By integrating the right technologies to buildings, it is possible to capture up to 80% of solar energy and thus increase the ambient temperature by more than 45 degrees Celsius. 

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