Chris Wright

Chris Wright

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Mr. Wright has investigated and repaired building envelopes during the ‘leaky condo’ crisis in the late 1990s-2010. Repairing included concept and schematic design of the building envelope, development permit variance applications, building permit applications, Homeowner Protection Office compliance and HPO-mandated warrantor risk reviews, preparation of alternate solutions, tendering and administration of the construction contract (CCA) including the post-construction warranty period. CCA included creation and control of change orders, monthly Certificates For Payment, and project budgeting for the building envelope primarily, but this also included other disciplines such as retaining architects, code consultants, and engineering consultants. He has also specialized in building envelope products and systems for new construction, completing dozens of combustible and non-combustible homes, multi-unit residential buildings, as well as institutional, educational, and commercial structures, while providing technical support to colleagues across Canada. Mr. Wright has authored hundreds of depreciation reports/ reserve fund studies/building condition assessments since 2010, including multi-disciplinary asset evaluation studies for municipal buildings and portfolios. Currently, changing regulatory bodies such as the BC Building Code and the Energy Efficiency Act are necessitating energy and GHG modelling for operational energy for the envelope, whereby correctly defining air leakage and U-values for outside walls has become critical. Looking forward, with Net-Zero-ready initiatives for new construction not being able to meet regulatory targets, his practice is expanding to include low-embodied energy materials such as midrise timber, and the field of Natural Buildings. The emergence of an inaugural BC Building Code for additions and alterations of existing buildings.

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