Building Envelope Technology Access Centre (BETAC)

Red River College

The Building Envelope Technology Access Centre (BETAC) enables organizations in the building construction industry to access Red River College’s capability, equipment, assets and expertise. BETAC’s services address the inherent challenges with designing and constructing a durable, energy efficient building envelope in Manitoba’s unique climate.

Construction Technology

Areas of Innovation Expertise

  • Building construction
  • Building airtightness
  • Building envelope test methods
  • Commercial and institutional buildings
  • Building envelope testing
  • Building commissioning


Point of Contact:

Rob Spewak

Centre Manager

Phone: (204) 632-2357



Mailing address:

Building Envelope Technology Access Centre (BETAC)
Red River College
A1-34 – 2055 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3H 0J9



Technical and Business Services

Assistance with building products approvals and commercialization

Business development & market research services

Commercialization referrals

Competitive assessments

Components/parts fabrication

Concept ideation & design review

Construction Consultation Services

Early-Stage Business Development

Fabrication, Prototyping and Installation Services

IP Protection facilitation

Literature reviews

Non-destructive inspection (NDI)

Performance Monitoring and Management

Sample analysis & testing

Field trials/Simulation

Market analysis

Problem solving

Product testing

Proof of concept

Regulatory guidance

Scientific and technological monitoring

Scientific report writing

Technology & workflow consultation

Technology development

Technology evaluation / validation

Testing Services

Whole wall testing – thermal, moisture, structural


Applied Research and Development


Concept validation

Design of Experiment

Laboratory/pilot scale prototyping

Non-destructive inspection

Product Re-design & Improvement

Technology validation and transfer

Cost avoidance

Industrial scale prototyping

Performance monitoring and analysis

Process optimization

Provincial and federal grant proposal development

Regulatory guidance

Report preparation on R&D results



Corporate on-site & in-house training

Design, development, and delivery of customized training

Interactive Workshop Sessions

Needs assessment and gap analysis

Skills assessment/Competency evaluation

Training planning

Building envelope modelling training

Curriculum development

Large building airtightness training

Qualitative & quantitative research

Train the trainer


Technology Diffusion

Customized technology demonstrations

Networking events

Open houses – Testing facility & personnel

Presentation of results at conferences

Publishing in Peer Reviewed Literature

Field site product demonstration

Industry-specific events & symposia

Participation at trade shows & other venues with or on behalf of partners

Rental of space & equipment

Seminars and Workshops


Inventory of Specialized Equipment

  • Dual environmental chambers with common wall section – independently controlled, additive humidity and -40 C to +40 C temperature range
  • Fenestration test system – capable of testing 12’ x 12’ wall assembly for air and water infiltration, as well as structural deflection
  • Large building blower door test equipment – for airtightness testing of institutional and commercial buildings. 50,000 cfm capacity
  • Building envelope sensors – temperature, moisture, relative humidity, heat flux
  • Miscellaneous building envelope diagnostic tools – mini-lab for window and door testing in field; infrared thermography cameras; video boroscope for wall investigations; moisture meters