Existing Buildings Event Series

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Existing buildings will, in large part, determine whether or not Canada meets the climate change objectives outlined in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change. The majority of buildings which will be standing in 2050 have already been built and there is strong interest from federal, provincial and local governments to incentivize changes that will significantly improve the performance of existing buildings.


Upcoming Existing Building Events

Toronto | April 6, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
CaGBC’s Existing Buildings Summit

Learn how to accelerate deep retrofits and maximize the performance of existing buildings at this unique CaGBC forum

In metropolitan centers, buildings are responsible for approximately half of all emissions. In fact, cities like Toronto attribute 53 per cent of their emissions to the built environment. We know that over 80 percent of Canada’s building stock today will be operational in 2030 and beyond. In order to reach a low carbon future, it will be essential to retrofit existing buildings.

In research commissioned by CaGBC, it was found that retrofitting large commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings can reduce GHG emissions by up to 44 per cent - equivalent to a 19.4 million tonne reduction from the 2005 baseline by 2030. This would result in $6.2 billion in energy savings; but in order to do so, we need to accelerate a robust and innovative retrofit economy.

To help guide the industry, the CaGBC is holding an Existing Buildings Summit in Toronto on April 6, 2017. This event will provide an opportunity to learn about exceptional deep retrofit projects; explore different approaches to optimizing building performance; and understand provincial and federal initiatives to drive the energy efficiency improvements for Canada’s existing buildings.


Time Topic Session
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Persuasion: the science behind how we think and act in the age of climate change. Keynote Speaker
James Garvey, Philosopher and author of “The Persuaders: The hidden industry that wants to change your mind” 
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Future of Buildings and Canada’s Role
Existing buildings are key to a carbon-free future. They make up over 80 per cent of Canada’s building stock which will continue to be in operations in 2030 and beyond. This presentation will showcase research findings that offer a roadmap for the role that commercial, institutional buildings over 25,000 sq.ft. and high-rise residential buildings 5 storeys or greater, can play in meeting climate change targets while fostering economic growth and energy savings.
Thomas Mueller, President & CEO, CaGBC
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The New Business Case for Retrofits
Rethinking how we assess and manage our building assets is the first step in improving the way buildings perform. Panelists will explore the emerging business case for retrofits and how that has begun to reshape decision-making in the industry. Considerations for retrofits extend beyond energy savings and payback schedules, rather they include there is evidence they positively impact leasing rates, tenant retention and attracting new talent.
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Morgan McDonald, Director of Operations, Ledcor Renew

  1. Philippe Bernier, Director of Sustainability, Triovest
  2. Derek Billsman, Director of Real Estate & Sustainability, HOOPP
  3. Jonathan Westeinde, CEO and Co-Founder, Windmill
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Exceptional Building Retrofits
Considering improvements in your building portfolio? This session will explore examples of three distinct building typologies - commercial heritage, office and multi-unit residential building - that have undertaken deep retrofits. The panelists will describe the motivations for upgrades, outcomes of audits and retrofit option analysis, the strategies and technologies that were employed and the overall impact on environmental and economic factors.
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Robert Edwards, Business Manager, Private Sector, Conservation & Corporate Relations, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

  1. Matthew Hirsch, Project Principal, Sustainability & Energy, WSP Canada
  2. Kevin Stelzer, Principal, B+H Architects
  3. Roger Thompson, VP Strategy & Sustainability, First Service Corporation
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Building Performance Data: the New Gold
In order to get the benefits that result from optimizing building performance, property executives and facility managers increasingly consider the data they can collect in buildings and the analyses they can complete to inform decision-making. Advanced information technology has expanded the volume, velocity and variety of data, or “big data,” that can be collected. Get the inside scoop on where the industry is going and what it should expect from the future of building performance data.
Speaker: Scot Horst, CEO of ARC Skoru Inc.
2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ontario’s Energy Benchmarking Regulation
Discover how you are affected by Ontario’s mandatory Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) legislation for Large Buildings and learn how the initiative will be rolled out over the next year. This workshop will explore reporting deadlines and phase-in requirements for various building types and sizes; methods for accessing data from utility distributors; verification and reporting requirements; and the framework for public disclosure.
Instructor: Eric Chisholm, Technical Lead, WSP Canada

Speaker: Brian Byrnes, Senior Advisor, Conservation Programs and Partnerships Branch, Ministry of Energy
3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. BREAK
3:45p. to 4:30pm Securing Retrofit Financing
Building owners can be reluctant to invest in retrofits, as they don’t know if a project will generate enough savings to service their new debt. Learn about the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) and its Investor Ready Energy Efficiency project certification, which aims to reduce the risk associated with retrofit projects through standardized methods and third party verification, increasing certainty around energy savings and financial return. Learn how the ICP system is being deployed in the US and Europe is leading to lower transaction costs and increased access to capital, and how it can lead to increased energy efficiency in Canada.
Announcement and Presentation
Speaker: Ron Dizy, Managing Director, Advanced Energy Centre, MaRS

St. John’s | April 6, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
BuildGreen Atlantic

BuildGreen Atlantic will be held on April 6, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s. This year's conference will focus heavily on energy efficiency and sustainability in existing buildings and will feature an entire education stream on existing buildings.

More details on the existing buildings events at BuildGreen Atlantic to come soon.

Click here. to see more details about the upcoming BuildGreen Atlantic Conference.

Vancouver | Building Lasting Change 2017 | May 31 – June 1, 2017
Targeted Actions for Existing Buildings, Stream 2

Existing buildings are critical in reducing carbon emissions from the building sector and stimulating the economy. Building on the CaGBC’s proposal to reduce 40% of GHGs from existing buildings, this stream will focus on how these GHG savings can best be realized including operations, deep retrofit, renewable energy options and fuel switching. Attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of federal and provincial policies under development for existing buildings, get insight into energy, reporting and benchmarking policies and best practices from leading jurisdictions in Canada and the United States, and hear from experts on innovative project. to achieve low carbon performance in existing buildings. One session is reserved for the Emerging Green Professional Innovation Challenge.