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2023 Awards of Excellence Banquet

March 30, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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RES CON (Residential Construction Forum) 2023 is the Annual Conference, Builders’ Forum, Trade Show, and Annual Gala Awards Banquet of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association New Brunswick.
RES CON brings industry professionals together to discuss trends, provides valuable and pertinent information on issues relevant to our business, and provides valuable networking opportunities for all participants.
This year’s two-day Trade Show and Builders’ Forum features renowned presenters who are experts in their field on topics such as high-performance home construction and wall assemblies, integrated project design, carbon emissions calculations, costing tools and other speakers whose presentations will focus on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Our participants come from many sectors of the industry and include builders, renovators, developers, engineers, building supply dealers, building officials, energy advisors, HVAC installers, suppliers, and other industry professionals. If you work in the residential construction industry and want to increase your client list and build relationships with new clients, this Conference is a great opportunity for you to do just that!
March 29-30, 2023
(Registration Deadline: March 20, 2021)
Fredericton Convention Centre
Fredericton, NB
Hotel Information
Conference participants have a choice of hotels and are invited to take advantage of the special room pricing we have arranged for
Our room rate is $159 + Taxes.
To receive this special pricing contact the:
The Crowne Plaza
The Hilton Garden Inn
This fantastic rate is available until
March 13, 2023.
A limited block of rooms are available –
don’t delay.
March 29, 2023
Registration & Breakfast With Exhibitors
Welcome to our Trade Show & Conference! Grab some breakfast and visit with our Exhibitors as they display their innovative products and services. Find new energy efficient products that meet your everyday building & renovating needs.
Cost Benefit Analysis Workshop
This workshop is designed to help builders and renovators better understand the technologies and costs of building to higher levels of energy performance. The workshop will help select performance targets, define a case study home to work on, illustrate the range of technology combinations and associated costs, and explain how to choose the optimum solution while exploring options from a cost and technology perspective. The workshop is also designed for participants to trial Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) costing tool, in real-time, to have a working understanding of the tool as well as the output results. Instructed by Lauren Lipka and Andy Oding.
Integrated Design Process (IDP) Workshops
This session is designed to emphasize inter-disciplinary collaboration between builders, renovators, trades, industry experts, manufacturers, and other stakeholders from the beginning of the design process. IDP encourages discussion on the importance of various high-performance issues and establishes a consensus on the matters of concern. IDP takes a holistic approach to the construction process; costing, design of systems, energy engineering and simulations, material selection, building/renovating constraints, and provides objective information on the aspect of performance. IDP enables clear communication of performance targets, and strategies required to achieve these targets and allows for continuous iteration through feedback loops. Instructed by Lauren Lipka and Andy Oding.
Material Carbon Emissions Estimator (MCE2)
A downloadable tool and user guide designed to support the home building and renovation industries in making informed material choices to reduce up-front carbon emissions. MCE2 allows users to quantify the cumulative carbon footprint of their home and renovation projects with a comprehensive set of calculations and provides insights for reduction opportunities. Instructed by Lauren Lipka and Andy Oding.
Lunch with Exhibitors
Grab some lunch and visit with the exhibitors.
Acceptable Solutions to High-Performance
Wall Assemblies
This session is a must-attend for builders, developers, building officials, manufactured homes, energy advisors and designers. Take a deep, hands-on, dive into Net Zero technology focusing on the building envelope.
Our CHBA Qualified Net Zero Builder – Brad McLaughlin of MCL Construction and Lauren Lipka – Qualified CHBA Net Zero Energy Advisor and Trainer for the CHBA-NB Centre for Residential Construction Excellence will demonstrate several wall assemblies for high-performance Net Zero homes. Richard LeBlanc of Riko Passive Homes will join the presenters, providing a demonstration of the wall assembly used in his recent high-performance build. This session will explore methods of preventing moisture penetration into the building envelope, construction of air-tight building envelopes for high-performance homes, air barrier installation for airtight results and display various assemblies to meet current and future Building Codes that will lead industry to achieve our Net Zero emissions goals by 2050. 
Instructed by Lauren Lipka, Brad McLaughlin and Richard LeBlanc
Networking and Dinner at Dooly’s
Come join us for a fun night of networking, pool, refreshments and a delicious Chinese buffet dinner with your fellow workshop participants. Transportation to and from the event from your hotel is provided.
March 30, 2023
Breakfast With Exhibitors
Grab some breakfast and visit with our Exhibitors as they display their innovative products and services. Find new efficient products that meet your everyday building & renovating needs.
Acceptable Solutions to High-Performance Wall Assemblies – Continued
This session is a continuation of the previous day.
Instructed by Lauren Lipka, Brad McLaughlin and Richard LeBlanc
Lunch With Exhibitors
Grab some lunch and visit with the exhibitors.
How DuPont™ Styrofoam™ Brand XPS Foam Insulation Integrates Into DuPont’s Wall Systems and More
1:00pm – 2:00pm
In this presentation, you will learn how Styrofoam™ Extruded polystyrene rigid board contributes to DuPont’s Wall Systems performance as well as all six sides of the building. Alone or with DuPont™ Tyvek® WRB. Continuous Insulation (CI) is essential to delivering energy-performing houses. The presenter will show you how Styrofoam™ contributes to this and other benefits like better managing condensation risk in the wall.
Instructed by Eric Lavoie
Solar, Storage, and Energy Dashboards- Leading the Charge for New Home Builds
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Builders across North America are rapidly shifting towards solar-ready or solar-connected homes. The Smart Energy Company will guide you through the essentials of solar panels, batteries, and energy dashboards while demonstrating the additional value these technologies can provide to your customers. Key features of this presentation will include: 
  • Understanding the significance of these systems in ensuring energy security and resilience during power outages, as well as their contribution to the overall sustainability of Net Zero homes.
  • Offering real-time information on energy consumption and guidance on how homeowners can make informed decisions about their energy usage.
  • Highlighting the economic benefits of these systems, such as potential cost savings and increased property values.
Instructed by Mark McAloon
Awards of Excellence Reception & Banquet
6:00 pm – Reception
7:00 pm – Banquet
10:30 pm – Toast The Winners & Dance
$150 + HST – CHBA-NB Member
$200 + HST – Future CHBA-NB Member
Our Annual Awards of Excellence Banquet is truly the premier event for our Association in New Brunswick. It is the accumulative celebration of our Association, our Industry and most importantly of our Members. Join us as we recognize and celebrate “Building Excellence” during this night of fine wine, fine dining, laughter, applause and dancing.
We begin the night with a reception, followed by a delicious dinner, paired with the perfect wine, and delicious desserts. We will view the best new homes and renovations of 2022 and present our Members with Awards celebrating “Building Excellence”!
Grab a glass and join us to toast the winners. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate.
This is truly an event everyone will be talking about and one you will not want to miss!!
Dave Lawrence, EMCEE
Born and raised in London, Ontario. Dave began his career as a stand-up comedian, signing on with Yuk Yuk’s Canada and touring with the likes of Howie Mandel, Tom Green, Pauly Shore, Gerry Dee & Norm MacDonald. Transitioning into radio almost 10 years ago, Dave quickly became the #1 morning show host in Fredericton and one of the most in-demand emcees on the east coast and Ontario. 
During COVID, Dave wrote a children’s book about his autistic son called “Noah Bear” that became a best seller on Amazon and was picked up by Chapters.
George Street, Musical Talent
George Street is a party band based out of Halifax that will keep you dancing, clapping and singing all night long. Doug Hawco is from St. John’s, Newfoundland and grew up performing in pubs on George Street in St. John’s, Newfoundland before moving to Halifax and touring the A circuit venues throughout Atlantic Canada. Eric Hardiman is from Halifax, Nova Scotia and performed in various bands throughout Canada and the USA while receiving a music degree in Hollywood, California. Together this Atlantic duo will bring a kitchen party to our event, their multi-music genre style will bring songs by Great Big Sea to Michael Jackson. Be ready to sing and dance because there is always a party on George Street!
Introducing the Presenters
Lauren Lipka
Centre for Residential Construction Excellence
Lauren Lipka works for the CHBA-NB Center for Residential Construction Excellence as their Energy Efficiency Manager, Trainer, and Consultant. Lauren is Licensed by Natural Resources Canada as an Energy Advisor for their residential housing programs. Lauren frequently partners with other organizations to deliver residential energy efficiency training throughout New Brunswick, Atlantic Canada and in Northern Communities. 
In the 1990s Lauren embarked on a new career in the residential industry serving in various capacities including a professional designation with the Appraisal Institute of Canada as a Canadian Residential Appraisal, Service New Brunswick’s Assessment Department, Natural Resources Canada Energy Advisor and has worked in Saskatchewan, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador, and New Brunswick. Lauren specializes in energy efficiency consultations, plan evaluations (Hot2000), air tightness testing, the R-2000 Program, ENERGY STAR® for New Homes and the EnerGuide Rating System for New and Existing Homes. Lauren is also a Qualified CHBA Net Zero Energy Advisor and Trainer for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association building energy advisor and builder capacity and serves on their CHBA Net Zero Technical Committee, ENERGY STAR’s Technical Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Consulting Energy Advisors as well as on their Technical Committee.
Andy Oding
Vice President, Building Knowledge Canada
With an extensive background as a builder for 20+ years Andrew brings an insightful and real-life practicality to building science principles and their in-field applications. As a recognized building science trainer by the government of Canada-Office of Energy Efficiency, Building Science Specialist (University of Toronto), and HVAC designer and commissioner, Andrew is working closely with the development of new Building Codes, advanced building programs (i.e. ENERGY STAR®, Net Zero, LEED for HomesTM, etc.) across North America.
Mark McAloon
The Smart Energy
Company ™
Founder & CEO of The Smart Energy Company – a New Brunswick based firm responsible for developing over 50% of the Solar connected to the grid in New Brunswick. Mark is a Professional Technologist with diplomas in both Power and Mechanical Engineering, along with being an energy consultant for contractors and other business owners.
Eric Lavoie, P. Eng
Dupont Canada
For the past 26 years, Eric has worked in the technical and commercial services of world-class manufacturing companies. In 2009, he was recruited by Dow Chemical Canada ULC in the role of demand creator, and subsequently served as Channel Manager since his transition to DuPont de Nemour Inc. in 2019, became Technical Director for the Eastern Canada region, and most recently for all Canada, advising engineers and architects on solutions for insulation of infrastructures and buildings envelop performances.
Mr. Lavoie has had a career path allowing him to accumulate various expertise such as the construction of heavy infrastructure; road design and construction; R&D, industrial treatment processes; technology transfer; Commercial and Technical Director for Eastern Canada Northeast USA; industrial adhesives; engineered wood structural components; building envelope as well as frost heave insulation protection.
His expertise in several fields, both technical and commercial, distinguishes him by these combined skills of technical, professional, communication, and persuasion based on science.
Brad McLaughlin
MCL Construction Ltd.
Born and raised in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Brad McLaughlin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from St. Francis Xavier University. Following university, Brad continued his education at Moncton Flight College, successfully completing his Commercial Multi-Engine IFR and Class Three instructor ratings. Brad continued working at the Flight College as a commercial flight instructor before moving back to Quispamsis in 2010 to join the family business in residential construction.
Brad has been a champion of Net Zero residential construction, taking an active role in continuous learning and educating others in building science throughout his 12 years in the industry. Brad is an active member of various Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) Committees, including; the Technical Research Council, Net Zero Renovation Working Group, and Net Zero Council. Brad incoming President of CHBA – New Brunswick. Engaged in his career and his home life, Brad lives in Quispamsis with his wife Kathryn and their 4 children and remains active volunteering his time coaching hockey.
Richard LeBlanc
Riko Passive Homes
For over 20 years, Richard LeBlanc, owner of Riko Passive Homes and Forefront Construction, has been building custom homes in the Greater Moncton area. His expertise and specialization are in custom energy-efficient homes of diverse types, designs, and configurations. He has been using multiple approaches to ensure optimal performance in his constructions. With his hands-on experience and love for research, his companies are trusted for their ability to build energy-efficient homes.
Pricing & Location Details
March 29-30, 2023
(Registration Deadline: March 20, 2021)
Fredericton Convention Centre
Fredericton, NB
Exhibitor Registration (Member Rate) – $300
Exhibitor Registration (Non-Member Rate) – $400
Exhibitor Power in Booth – $50
Additional Booth Space – $100
Platinum Sponsorship – $5,000
Gold Sponsorship – $3,500
Silver Sponsorship – $2,000
Award Sponsorship – $1,000
Friends of the Conference Sponsorship – $500
Delegate Registration
CHBA-NB Member Rates
  • Day Sessions Only – $500
  • Banquet Ticket Only – $150
  • Fun Night Ticket at Dooly’s Only – $75
  • Spouse Breakfast – $35
  • Spouse Lunch – $50
  • Full Conference Price (Includes all sessions and events) – $575
Future CHBA-NB Member Rates
  • Day Sessions Only – $550
  • Banquet Ticket Only – $200
  • Fun Night Ticket at Dooly’s Only – $100
  • Full Conference Price (Includes all sessions and events) – $675
All prices above are subject to HST
Thank you to our Confirmed Sponsors



March 30, 2023
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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