IIBEC Chapter News – March/April 2020

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April 21, 2020

IIBEC Announces Mexico City Branch

We at IIBEC International HQ are thrilled to announce that we have just received the final signature solidifying the formation of the new IIBEC Mexico City Branch. This branch is an offshoot of the IIBEC Gulf Coast Chapter, which operates out of the Houston, TX area. This officially means that IIBEC has leadership representation across all of North America. The new Mexico City Branch will be led by Branch Liaison Alejandrina Galicia, at agalicia@buildingdx.com.

IIBEC now has 27 chapters and 11 branches throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well as members in South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Please join us in congratulating and supporting the Mexico City Branch and the Gulf Coast Chapter in their exciting new endeavor.

“We are proud that Mexico City has the opportunity to grow with IIBEC in our quest to enhance all facets of the profession of the building enclosure consultant. We appreciate the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter for sponsoring us.

The presence of IIBEC in Mexico will ensure excellence and professional development in the building enclosure areas and contribute to Mexico’s construction industry by bringing quality education and programs with high standards.

The IIBEC Mexico City Branch will provide an opportunity to build a network of professionals not only here in Mexico, but in Latin America, guided by IIBEC’s code of ethics and standards that without a doubt will make a positive difference in the manner in which we perform our professional services.”

-IIBEC Mexico City Branch Liaison Alejandrina Galicia

IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter Hosts Breakfast Seminar

By IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter Director Meagan Kikuta

The IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter hosted a Breakfast Seminar on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at BraeBen Golf Course in Mississauga, ON. The first seminar, led by Andre Turrin from DuRock, included an informative session on EIFS, and included discussion on heat transfer, air leakage, vapor diffusion, and precipitation. Turrin also discussed fire protection requirements and, most notably, non-combustible construction, spatial separation, and exposure protection.

Breakfast Seminar Presentation.

The second presentation focused on passive building design and was presented by Graeme Stewart from ERA Architects. The presentation showcased the over-cladding retrofit of a multi-story residential apartment building which met passive building strategies.

Both presentations were informative and well received. Thanks to all who attended!

Visit the IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter website at https://southernontario.iibec.org/ for details on all upcoming events.

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IIBEC Georgia Chapter Participates in CareerExpo

By IIBEC Georgia Chapter President Rich Johnson

The IIBEC Georgia Chapter participated in the 2020 Construction Education Foundation of GA (CEFGA) CareerExpo & SkillsUSA on March 12 and 13 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. The chapter sponsored a booth in the “World of Roofing” section administering tests on roofing terminology.

The CEFGA CareerExpo links students directly to professionals in the areas of construction, utility contracting, highway contracting, electrical contracting, mechanical contracting, energy, mining, and more. The CareerExpo features hands-on displays that allow students to engage with industry leaders, equipment, and materials, and tap into their unique skills and interests. The event also features the SkillsUSA State Championships, a competition in which students showcase their skills in a number of construction-related disciplines. This combined event continues to grow each year and drew a record 8,615 attendees in 2019.

Current IIBEC GA Chapter President Rich Johnson administers the test.
IIBEC Georgia Chapter's booth, with President Rich Johnson and Past President Rich Chapman.

A Strong Start to the Year for the Delaware Valley Chapter

By IIBEC Delaware Valley Chapter President Julie Palmer

The IIBEC Delaware Valley Chapter hosted a great event on February 25, 2020, at Soprema’s contractor training facility in Newark, NJ. Attendees earned five continuing education hours learning about PMA/PMMA flashings and below-grade waterproofing products, seeing how the products are installed, and even trying to install some PMMA themselves.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the Delaware Valley Chapter is looking ahead to a bright future. Events are in the planning stages for later in the year and the chapter has launched an Education Committee to assist with identifying potential speakers, presentation topics, and other exciting educational opportunities for future chapter events.

Soprema demonstrates proper installation of PMMA flashings at a roof/wall interface.
Delaware Valley members find out first-hand that flashing a pipe penetration is not as easy as it looks.

IIBEC Mid-Atlantic Chapter Hosts Annual Meeting, Educational Seminar

By IIBEC Mid-Atlantic Chapter Secretary Sam Zalok

The IIBEC Mid-Atlantic Chapter hosted its annual chapter meeting at Granite City Food & Brewery on January 29, 2020, in National Harbor, MD. Great food, drinks, and company were enjoyed by all attendees.

On March 3, 2020, the chapter hosted a Chapter Educational Seminar covering the following topics:

Marty Fischer gives a presentation on rainscreen claddings.

Carolinas Chapter Announces Fall Events

By Carolinas Chapter Secretary Tim Stokes

The IIBEC Carolinas Chapter is planning their annual golf outing on Friday, August 28, 2020, in High Point, NC.

The chapter will also host an AIA course & hands on training event in Mount Pleasant, SC, on Thursday, October 22, 2020.  This event will be coordinated with Sika Sarnafil and Velux Skylights.