The cost is $175.00 per attendee

$50.00 Credit for out of province attendees including Cape Breton, PEI and New Brunswick

Hotel Info

Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L2


A special room rate of $135.00/night has been setup, ask reservations for details.

Includes: One light breakfast, two coffee breaks, one lunch

Plus - A printed and PDF copy of the Architectural Precast Concrete Best Practice Guide (Value $99.00) and free Access to the web - based Precast Concrete Wall Thermal Performance Calculator Software (Value $120.00)

This full-day seminar will review the requirements of precast concrete building enclosures with an emphasis on the elements of design, moisture control and thermal performance required to ensure high performance precast concrete enclosures.

  • Architectural Precast Concrete Wall Panels Defined
  • Manufacturing, Transportation and Installation
  • Detailing for Success
  • The Design, Tender & Construction Process
  • Energy Codes and Standards
  • Calculating Precast Concrete Wall Thermal Performance with Software
  • Rain Control Principles
  • Rain Control Principles Applied to Precast Concrete Walls
  • New CPCI Building Products Research
  • Continuing Education Credits Offered

The seminar is organized to take the user through the design and construction process starting with a discussion of the characteristics of architectural precast concrete, then present the fundamentals of building science, building envelope performance including thermal performance and how precast concrete fulfils these performance criteria.

March 27, 2019
Halifax, NS
Location: Lord Nelson, Admiral Room


Malcolm Hachborn, M. SC., P. Eng President, M. E. Hachborn Engineering

Malcolm has over 30 years of structural design experience for concrete, steel and wood structures. He has experience in building science, manufacturing and construction. He has been involved in the design of simple, single storey precast structures to 50 plus storey residential projects. Malcolm has designed precast for water treatment facilities, multi storey condominiums, large institutional projects (hospitals and courthouses) and multi-storey commercial and office structures. He has been involved in building science products for the past 25 years from manufacturing to construction and is active in the promotion of effective building envelope construction. Malcolm sits on a number of CSA technical committees for advanced materials and many of the committees for the Canadian and American Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institutes. Malcom is active in promoting the development of new products and methods of construction using precast concrete. Malcolm is the author of Architectural Precast Concrete Wall Best Practice Guide.

Alex Lukachko, M. Arch, Principal, Senior Building Science Specialist at RDH Building Science Inc.

Alex manages the firm's Ontario region and consults with clients in Canada and the United States, including building material manufacturers, constructors, and architecture firms. Alex also teaches the integration of energy, building science and design concepts in the architecture programs at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. Alex has active research interests in the development of future building enclosure systems and the design of high performance, low environmental impact buildings. In particular, he is interested in the link between architectural design and quality assurance that ensures high building performance. These interests are part of a long-term pursuit of effective (and measurable) sustainable building practices.

Valon Sylaj, B.Sc., Ph.D. candidate, Director of Technical Services, CPCI

Prior to starting his graduate studies, Valon has worked in the precast industry. During his work in the industry, he was involved with designing and manufacturing various types of underground precast structures. During his studies at Queen's University, most of his research work was focused on developing and experimentally investigating new designs of precast insulated concrete walls using high strength materials such as UHPC concrete and FRP reinforcement. He also has studied the benefits of using FRP stay-in-place forms as a replacement of reinforcement for concrete walls and beams. As an integral part of the CPCI team, he is involved in the development of best practice guides and CPCI research projects as well as providing technical support.


Architectural Precast Concrete Best Practice Guide

The Guide reflects current recommended best practice in design and construction. Best Practice in the context of this guide means design and construction practices that are an effective balance of currently available technology and materials, and normal skilled workmanship to produce functioning and durable buildings. The Guide does not consider the requirements of architectural precast installed as the facade of unenclosed structures, buildings with extreme interior environmental conditions or the structural requirements of load bearing architectural precast. Value $99.00.

Precast Concrete Wall Thermal Performance Calculator Software

Energy and thermal performance requirements are growing and playing an increasingly significant role in building codes throughout North America. However, understanding and meeting the requirements has also become increasingly complex for building designers. At the same time, it has become clear that important decisions regarding basic enclosure assembly design and window area need to be made early in the design process to achieve the most cost-effective, energy efficient, and comfortable building. CPCI's new Web-enabled software provides designers, builders, and owners with a program to ensure compliance options for modern building energy codes, and suitable methods for quickly estimating, at an early design stage, the thermal performance of precast concrete enclosure wall systems. Value $120.00.

Continuing Education Credits

Attendees will earn Professional Development Hours (PDH). A certificate of completion will be provided at the conclusion of the seminar.