Education Program (Wednesday, June 8)

Program is subject to change. View full stream descriptions here.

Continuing Education Hours

Continuing education (CEU) hours will be attributed to each session. Be sure to have your delegate badge scanned by one of our volunteers as you enter each session (stream or plenary). GBCI hours will be reported automatically only if your badge has been scanned upon entry to a session. Delegates must self-report in order to collect hours for any other association (including OAA and AIBC) and may be required to provide proof of participation. Please email jeaton@cagbc.org after June 9 and she will provide you with the information you need.

 

Session 1, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Stream 1: Green Real Estate: Taking the Lead in Canada

Meeting Room 200 AB

Follow the Money: Integrating Sustainability into Property Planning

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by: Neil Pegram, Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Manager, National, Morguard; Morgan McDonald, Director of Operations, Ledcor Renew; Francisca Quinn, Founder and Managing Partner, Quinn & Partners
Description: There is a blame game going on between Investors/Owners, Asset Managers, and Property Managers. They all claim to support sustainability, but that the other one is blocking the implementation of green initiatives in existing buildings. The reality is that each have different needs and drivers. By increasing sustainability disclosure in property planning and investor dialogue, we can align the needs and create significant change. Learn the key non-financial indicators that are driving those discussions to understand where your organization sits in that disclosure so you can be a catalyst not a block.

 


Stream 2: The Climate Change Imperative: Getting to Zero/Low Carbon Buildings

Meeting Room 206 A

Wood Buildings - Moving from Prototype to Mainstream

1 GBCI CE hour, LEED Specific, BD+C,
Presented by:
Jennifer Sanguinetti, Director of Project Services, University of British Columbia; Oliver Lang, Architect, Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture; Penny Martyn, Green Building Manager, University of British Columbia
Description: In the context of accelerating urban growth and climate change, we need to capitalize on opportunities to dramatically reduce the embodied carbon signature of our buildings. Pushing the boundaries of wood as a structural material is one part of this puzzle. This presentation will investigate the use of mass timber construction in several different case studies, including both site built and prefabricated cases from the UBC campus and around Vancouver. Case studies include the 18-storey Brock Commons, the new Campus Energy Centre and the Monad prototype. As well, we will challenge the audience with questions of how we can achieve the necessary paradigm shift that will allow us to create livable, adaptable and affordable solutions for our urban environments.


Stream 3: Getting in on the Ground Floor: Health and Well-being Takes Off

Meeting Room 206 B

Better Health through Greener Buildings

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by:
Kathy Gerwig, Vice President, Kaiser Permanente (Master Speaker)
Description:  Designing and building facilities that are good for the planet and for the well-being of people who work in them has enormous potential. Kaiser Permanente has made the health of the natural environment a part of its approach to providing quality, affordable health care. By addressing environmental stressors that affect communities as a whole, we can also create healthier places for individuals. Examples include cleaner energy, non-toxic materials, and minimizing waste. Blurring the lines between the community and the facility with walking paths, gardens, and farmers markets makes healthy and greener activities easier.

 


Stream 4: Solutions for Greening the Multi-residential Sector

Meeting Room 206 C

How to Design a Sustainable Building Envelope Capable of a Net Zero Carbon Footprint in Cold Climates

CEU:
Presented by:
Paul Girard, ATA POP Homes
Description: There are different approaches to achieving a net zero building but the colder the climate, the more difficult it is to remain cost effective and code compliant.  An energy efficient building envelope paired with a design that maximizes space and a technique that minimizes construction is a solution. These factors reduce energy needs and allow for smaller and less expensive renewable energy systems. Innovative construction and the technologies and design being implemented in northern Canada will be examined to demonstrate that if a net zero carbon footprint can be achieved in the coldest climates, it can be achieved anywhere.


Stream 5: International Developments in the Green Building Sector

Meeting Room 206 D

Understanding the SITES Rating System: System, Strategies and Solutions for Sustainable Landscapes

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by:
  CeCe Haydock, Project Manager, 2-Star SITES, U.S. Green Building Council
Description:
SITES is the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. The SITES program is based on the understanding that land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed, and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits that people enjoy from healthy, natural systems. Elevating the concept of ecosystems services, it offers a comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable sites, measure their performance, and ultimately evaluate the value of landscapes. Administered by GBCI, the SITES rating system can apply to developed projects located on sites with or without buildings – ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes and homes, and much more.

 

Session 2, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


Stream 1: Green Real Estate: Taking the Lead in Canada

Meeting Room 200 AB

National Energy Benchmarking Framework

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by: Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, Canada Green Building Council; David Ramslie, Principal, Sustainability Planning and Research, Integral Group; Marco Iacampo, Supervisor, Policy, Environment and Energy, City of Toronto
Description: Learn how a standardized approach to energy benchmarking simplifies policy development and implementation. By providing reliable data to support strategic building improvements, energy and GHG emissions targets, benchmarking is fundamental to achieving objectives in corporate and community energy plans. Participants get an overview of energy benchmarking approaches in the U.S. and Canada as they relate to components of a national strategy, and can provide feedback on proposed mechanisms for a national framework.


Stream 2: The Climate Change Imperative: Getting to Zero/Low Carbon Buildings

Meeting Room 206 A

Net-zero Buildings in Cold Climates

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by:
Lyle Scott, Principal, Footprint; Andre Legault, Footprint
Description: Achieving net-zero is challenging for buildings in cold climates. Significant energy reductions are essential to achieving a net-zero building as onsite renewable opportunities are often limited. Consideration for site and building massing become important to cost effectively provide sufficient renewable energy.  Hear their experiences on several net-zero energy projects, noting the differences between the design processes and the technologies highlighting the secret to a successful net-zero project. (spoiler alert : It’s not the advanced technologies). The impact of building orientation, building envelope performance and different HVAC design strategies will be analyzed. Taking analysis one step further, you’ll see how the design changes if an Architectural 2030 target or a carbon neutral target is selected.


Stream 3: Getting in on the Ground Floor: Health and Well-being takes off

Meeting Room 206 B

LEED for Healthcare and WELL in Canada's North

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by: John Lyons,  National Director of Sustainability, DIALOG
Description:
The Edson Healthcare Centre is a much needed rural Healthcare facility being constructed on the outskirts of Edson, Alberta. The project scope has expanded to include a continuing care facility and a physician's clinic. Following an Integrated Design approach, the project team is seeking certification under the innovative USGBC LEED for Healthcare 2009 Rating System. Delve into the sustainability aspects of the LEED Silver targeted Edson Healthcare Centre and pay particular emphasis to unique Healthcare credits that speak to the Integrated Design Process, Innovative Materials and Interiors, and the Health/Green Benefits of Green Building and Design. In addition, lessons learned on implementing the Healthcare Rating System through LEED Online will be shared. The project will be used as a model for briefly exploring LEEDv4 for Healthcare certification, and how that will relate to the WELL Standard.


Stream 4: Solutions for Greening the Multi-residential Sector

Meeting Room 206 C

Improving Building Performance: An Accessible Guide to Post-occupancy Evaluations in MURB

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by: Lisa Westeroff, Intermediate Planner, Integral Group, Craig Brown, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ryerson University; Christian Cianfrone, Principal, Morrison Hershfield
Description:A growing interest in green buildings has opened up a window of opportunity for post-occupancy evaluations (POE), especially in the residential sector. However, existing POE frameworks are often overly academic, complicated, and expensive, and have been designed primarily for the evaluation of commercial and institutional buildings. To fill this gap, we present the results of a recent project in which a POE specifically for MURB was created and applied, with the intention that those with little technical expertise could be able to use it. A simple and accessible POE tool will be shared while past and current thinking approaches to POE and their applicability to MURB are reviewed, identifying the barriers, benefits, and constraints to conducting POE in MURB. The results of our application to several building in BC's lower mainland will also be reviewed.

 


Stream 5: International Developments in the Green Building Sector

Meeting Room 206 D

A Merger of Interests in Dutch Eco-neighbourhoods

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by: Anke van Hal, Professor, Sustainable Housing Transformation, Delft University of Technology and Nyenrode Business University
Description:
Energy-efficiency in the existing housing stock ranks high on the Dutch political agenda. It seems hard, however, to reach the goals. Research shows that environmental considerations influence their choices but only for a small group of people. These findings resulted in a new Dutch approach of the greening of the built environment: The Merger of Interest Approach. The key of that approach is to focus on the interests of people involved and to use sustainable measures to meet their needs. Experiences with several Dutch sustainable neighbourhoods, built in the 90’s, confirm the value of this approach.

 

Session 3, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


Stream 1: Green Real Estate: Taking the Lead in Canada

Meeting Room 200 AB

Green is the New Black: Case Studies in Sustainability at TD Centre

1 GBCI CE hour, LEED Specific, O+M
Presented by: David Hoffman, General Manager, Cadillac Fairview (Master Speaker)
Description: Sustainability is a business necessity in the real estate industry. Recognizing this, Cadillac Fairview and the team at TD Centre embarked on a sustainability journey in 2009, making investments at the property that also support tenants and their corporate objectives. Along this journey, TD Centre has achieved LEED EB:O&M Platinum certification, published North America’s first property-specific Sustainability Report, and implemented a broad-reaching tenant engagement program focused on health and well-being. This session will explore the challenges, successes and lessons learned at TD Centre. We’ll share practical insights on sustainability initiatives relevant to property owners, managers and operators that will help differentiate and add value to property and tenants’ businesses.


Stream 2: The Climate Change Imperative: Getting to Zero/Low Carbon Buildings

Meeting Room 206 A

Exploring Metrics that Best Define High-performance Building Designs

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by: Ian Meredith, Program Development Officer, Natural Resources Canada, Office of Energy Efficiency
Description: Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) will present on the status of their recent consultation on “high-performance building design metrics”. This exercise follows comprehensive research undertaken by OEE on comparative metrics that could potentially identify the most energy-efficient buildings; ones demonstrating significant progress along the path towards net-zero energy. During the winter of 2016, OEE requested feedback from over 100 industry experts across Canada, the United States and Mexico (including building owners, designers, architects, academics, provincial representatives and energy consultants) on a selection of existing and new metric options, as well as more general issues concerning the recognition of high-performance designs.

 


Stream 3: Getting in on the Ground Floor: Health and Well-being takes off

Meeting Room 206 B

Daylight Autonomy in LEED v4 and WELL

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by: Marc Trudeau, Sustainable Building Specialist, Stantec Consulting
Description:  LEED v4 and the WELL Building Standard have the same requirements for daylight modelling and spatial daylight autonomy, and these requirements are increasingly applied as targets for Canadian projects.  Spatial daylight autonomy results will be presented for a typical office space in Canadian locations, as modelled using DIVA-for-Rhino.  Join this discussion on how to meet the LEED and WELL requirements in Canadian locations, including north of the Arctic Circle. Model results will be used to show how the daylit area is affected by floor plate depth, window size, and window orientation.


Stream 4: Solutions for Greening the Multi-residential Sector

Meeting Room 206 C

Achieving High Performance in Toronto's Multi-residential Buildings

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by:  Ian Jarvis, President, Enerlife Consulting; Aderonke Akande, Project Manager, City of Toronto; Bryan Purcell, Director of Policy and Programs, Toronto Atmospheric Fund
Description: In Toronto, multi-residential buildings represent over 50 per cent of the housing stock and 15 per cent of total building sector emissions. Improvements to energy, indoor environmental quality (IEQ), water and waste require knowledge. Learn from some of Toronto's successes. Panelists from the City of Toronto and Enerlife Consulting will present the impacts of benchmarking and assessing performance through the City’s Tower Renewal Program and share metrics and results gained from supporting owners in taking improvement action. The Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) will present case studies of buildings partnering with TAF to undertake major energy and IEQ retrofits. Attendees will see how successes are achieved through unique financing mechanisms, support programs, and innovative design solutions.

 


Stream 5: International Developments in the Green Building Sector

Meeting Room 206 D

Achieving Low Energy Buildings: Leading Examples from Austria

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by: Johannes Kislinger, Founder and CEO, Innovative Gebaeude
Description: Innovative Gebaeude© -Innovative Buildings- is an NPO publishing the yearly review of outstanding projects meeting the 90% minimum admission criteria of any building labeling system such as BREEAM, LEED or ÖGNB. Over the past 20 years, the notion of planning and building has undergone a drastic change. Innovative concepts, such as passive houses and net zero-energy or energy-plus buildings, were key factors in creating a better understanding of the needs for building energy performance and comfort in buildings.  Now, is the time to develop our building culture further – from energy and technology to humane and environmental.  

Session 4, 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.


Stream 1: Green Real Estate: Taking the Lead in Canada

Meeting Room 200 AB

Should we Save Energy, or Just Talk About it?

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by: Peter Daldoss, Project Principal, WSP Group; Adrienne Cressman, Embedded Energy Manager, Cadillac Fairview
Description: From investigations at over 150 buildings, we have found that significant energy savings in the range of 10 to 20 per cent is often practical at a reasonable ROI. Owners profit by implementing both operational strategies like efficient scheduling, and capital strategies like equipment installation. Yet many opportunities are postponed while energy costs continue to rise. What prevents us from saving energy? Join this session for a practical discussion of barriers, risks and opportunities, and the value of prioritizing activities, internal resources, and understanding financing options.


Stream 2: The Climate Change Imperative: Getting to Zero/Low Carbon Buildings

Meeting Room 206 A

Innovative Planning Frameworks that Yield Low Carbon Solutions for UBC Okanagan Campus and Waterfront Toronto

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by:
Kathy Wardle, Associate Principal, Perkins + WIll Architects; Anna Palamarchuck, Project Manager, Waterfront Toronto
Description:
This session highlights two projects that are developing frameworks on how to implement integrated sustainability solutions. With a focus on low carbon development and climate change resilience, attendees will learn about the consultation process, challenges and opportunities, and results from UBC Okanagan’s Campus Whole System Infrastructure Plan that outlines a roadmap for realizing positive ecological landscape, 64% water reduction, 41% energy reduction, and 91% carbon reduction by 2030 despite growth. You will also learn about Waterfront Toronto’s new Resiliency and Innovation Framework, which has defined objectives, strategies, targets, pilot opportunities and tools for implementation to achieve the next level of leadership in low carbon development, climate change resilience, and advanced innovation within Toronto’s designated waterfront area.


Stream 3: Getting in on the Ground Floor: Health and Well-being takes off

Meeting Room 206 B

Health and Wellbeing: We have Lift Off

CEU:
Presented by:
John Alker, Campaign and Policy Director, U.K. Green Building Council
Description:
We are seeing the issue of health and wellbeing rise rapidly up the agenda for the real estate sector. Explore some of the key trends driving this and hear arguments for why this is no passing fad. The work of the World Green Building Council's "Better Places for People" campaign will be introduced, highlighting work that is taking place around the international network - focusing on efforts to quantify and make the business case for health, wellbeing and productivity. Crucially, participants will learn what professionals can do to capitalize on the growing levels of interest and help ensure we breakthrough to the mainstream.

 


Stream 4: Solutions for Greening the Multi-residential Sector

Meeting Room 206 C

Living Green Opportunities for Sustainability in MURBS

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by: Jeanne Medland, Director of Sustainability, KingSett Capital; Meaghan Kahnert, Project Manager, WSP Group
Description: With the evolution of LEED and the Toronto Green Standard (TGS), sustainability in the multi-residential sector has moved from being leading edge to mainstream. With insights from both the owners and the consultant’s perspective, this presentation will explore how:
•    LEED and TGS have pushed sustainability into the mainstream;
•    TGS Tier 2 rebates change the financial equation;
•    Sustainable residential design is seen as a value-add, and not a premium;
•    Perceptions have changed in different sectors of the residential market;
•    Leading building owners continue to maintain their leadership, by implementing sustainability initiatives that go going beyond pay back periods.

 


Stream 5: International Developments in the Green Building Sector

Meeting Room 206 D

News from Austria

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by:
Tobias Waltjen, Editor, IBO Magazine, Austrian Institute for Healthy and Ecological Building
Description: Join us for this session which will look at green building in Austria. It will include an introduction and overview of the upcoming construction catalogue "Details for Passive Houses: Renovation, “ and provide highlights of the recent 2016 BauZ! Congress which had a theme of "New Stuff from Old Houses – renovation, conversion, recycling“. We will also look ahead to plans for the 2017 BauZ! Congress, including discussing how things may change between now and 2050, and take a look at the Austrian version of LEED, called “klimaaktiv” – its requirements, similarities and differences.