Green Homes Summit - Halifax

Friday, October 23, 2015
Halifax Central Library

9:00 - 10:00 Exhibitor Trade show set Up
9:30 - 10:00 Delegate Registration
10:00 - 11:00 Conference Keynote - Keys to Broad Market Adoption of Sustainable Housing
Emmanuel Cosgrove, ecohabitation

The housing ‘’market’’ is composed of many stakeholders- builders, developers, homebuyers, municipalities, housing authorities, financial and insurance institutions- all of which have different reasons for adopting the idea of sustainable homes. In his keynote, Emmanuel Cosgrove will outline strategies used in Quebec that are helping market transformation towards better building practices. He will also introduce LEED V4 through a passive project he built recently.  
11:00 - 12:00

Session 1A - Provident Developments and Owens Corning Canada - the Path to Affordable Net Zero Housing Communities

Salvatore Ciarlo, Owens Corning Canada

Provident Developments from Halifax has been chosen as one of five Canadian home builders from across the country to participate in an exciting new project in cooperation with Owens Corning Canada and Natural Resources Canada, as part of the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative. The overall project will see the construction of at least 25 net-zero energy and net zero energy ready homes in four provinces: Quebec, Nova Scotia, Alberta, and Ontario.  This presentation will provide an overview of the net zero technical elements and the journey that Provident has taken thus far. The presentation will also provide a high-level overview of the other builders’ progress across Canada


Session 1B - Building Social Capital Pools for a Greener Future.

Kristy O'Leary, Scout & Burrow

This session will provide an introduction to building pools of social capital in Nova Scotia. Topics covered include CEDIF community investment policy, overview of latent capital in our region, stakeholder engagement for a greener future, design thinking for rapid innovation as well as assessing and communicating true value to stakeholders. 

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch & Tradeshow
1:30 - 2:30

Session 2A - Project Profile: Can a sustainable home be affordable?

Tanya Doran, CaGBC Alberta Chapter

The Habitat for Humanity Net Zero Prototype duplex was recently awarded LEED Canada for Homes Platinum certification; and we want to share our project profile, lessons learned, pros and grows. Our collaborative project team worked with Habitat for Humanity and multiple members of the  Alberta Chapter - CaGBC to create an innovative and affordable housing option for urban infill. As Edmonton’s Habitat for Humanity first net-zero home, we pushed the limits with insulated precast concrete panels, with it’s unique modern aesthetic and modular properties, it challenged Habitat’s current construction standards.

We set our sights early on energy and water efficiency and committed to renewable energy and NetZero electricity. NetZero, meaning the goal was to produce as much electricity as it consumes in a calendar year, was quite complex on an infill site in an historic neighbourhood, with mature elm trees. The interest in NETZero stemmed from the social need to allow for these affordable homes be not only low cost for home owners to buy, but for the home to be affordable to pay for the utilities. Net Zero performance goals did add extra costs initially for the hybrid geothermal/solar heating system and solar photovoltaic system, and it significantly reduces monthly utility costs.

Session 2B - Photovoltaic Produced Electricity for Homes.

Chris Randall, West Prince Solar.

This session will discuss the integration of solar generated electricity in today's homes. We will give examples of the energy available throughout the year, the area, orientation, and equipment needed to collect this energy and make it available to the electrical system of the home. From the builders prospective we will show examples how each step of the installation fits into the construction process, and highlight some of the key benefit to the homeowner when solar energy is included in their housing plans.

2:30 - 3:30

Session 3A - Passive House Pioneering Social Housing Project.

Ramzi Kawar, Housing Nova Scotia

This session will discuss Housing Nova Scotia’s  (HNS) long-term commitment to greening and sustainability. With more than 30 years of experience testing and implementing sustainable strategies, HNS has successfully reduced emissions and cost of energy in its residential properties across the province. The Passive House development in Truro, Nova Scotia, the first of its kind for HNS, is the most recent example of innovation in this sector and will be highlighted.

Session 3B - Engaging Local Resources in a Collaborative Design Process
Aaron Stavert, Open Practice
This session will utilize a completed LEED home as an illustrated example to highlight the role of local resources and their impact on the design. The attributes of local materials extend beyond the geographical source and physical characteristics. This presentation introduces the idea of people and local skills to be considered as part of a local resource. These human resources include the inherent knowledge gained through harvesting, manufacturing, finishing and selling local products.  This knowledge when folded into the design process can play a key role; influencing everything from high level approach to wall assembly construction, re-interpretation of traditional detailing, or providing solutions for rain water harvesting.



3:30 - 4:00 Trade show tear down/Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:00

Public Session - Green Homes - 10 Myths, 10 Secrets to Success

What happens when experienced green builders come together? An opportunity for the public to participate in a conversation about the biggest myths and the secrets to success of building green homes.

From planning through design, construction and occupancy, our panel of residential green building experts will discuss green home projects in terms of sustainable design features, cost of technology, payback periods, and project management. We explore the building process from site selection, to envelope design, water and energy systems, occupant controls, final finishes, and long - term operation. The conversation will discuss options around LEED Canada for Homes, Passive House, Net Zero and Multi Use Residential projects.

We will illustrate what homeowners, designers and builders need to know in order to have intelligent and successful conversations about their sustainability goals. Potential green home owners are invited to ask tough questions about design and construction best practices so that they can bust the myths and enjoy the success of their green building projects.

Preferred room rate of $159 at The Lord Nelson Hotel for those who are travelling to Halifax for the Green Homes Summit:

Book Room at The Lord Nelson