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Program

Ticketed event, not included with full conference pass

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Networking

 

Stream Definitions

Stream 1: Getting to Net Zero Carbon Buildings

Stream 1: Getting to Net Zero Carbon Buildings

Net zero carbon buildings, homes and neighbourhoods are a must if Canada is to meet its climate change commitments. This stream provides details and insight into the new CaGBC Net Zero Carbon Standard. The stream complements the Net Zero Summit* with information about how to get to net zero carbon buildings. Leading Canadian and international examples of successful Net Zero Carbon and low energy buildings, homes and neighbourhoods will be showcased along with insight into how we can scale up the number of building construction and retrofits meeting low carbon targets including federal/provincial policy, incentive and/or financing programs featuring domestic and international speakers.

*All delegates interested in attending this stream are encouraged to attend the pre-conference Summit – details coming soon.

Stream 2: Targeted Actions for Existing Buildings

Stream 2: Targeted Actions for Existing Buildings

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 projects to achieve low carbon performance in existing buildings.

Stream 3: Commercial Real Estate is Meeting the Climate Change Challenge

Stream 3: Commercial Real Estate is Meeting the Climate Change Challenge

Commercial real estate owners and investors play an important role in achieving a low carbon future. This stream will focus on the evolution and future path of green commercial real estate in addressing ‘carbon’ as the most pressing environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) and business issue. We invite presentations that provide solutions for a carbon constrained future shaping the direction of this sector while balancing business objectives and returns on investment. This might include benchmarking and reporting best practices; building performance management and results; investment in advanced building performance such as net zero, LEED v4 Platinum; and health and wellness. We will also consider how other commercial real estate assets such as retail (shopping centres, big box retail), industrial and residential assets can be built to a low carbon standard. The GRESB report for Canada and the trends therein will also be discussed in a designated session.

Stream 4: Cutting Edge International Innovation

Stream 4: Cutting Edge International Innovation

This stream will focus on what we can learn from innovators and projects across the globe to move toward zero carbon and environmental footprint buildings and communities. We look to global design and business leaders to share their ideas, practices, and success stories as it pertains to the development toward “triple zero” (carbon, water, waste) environmentally advanced and resilient buildings and communities. Opportunities to reduce the carbon and environmental footprint and transparency of building materials and products along with resilient and adaptive design and retrofit will be part of this stream providing a path to a sustainable future.

Stream 5: Large Scale Transformation Toward the Triple Zero City

Stream 5: Large Scale Transformation Toward the Triple Zero City

In the race to reduce or even eliminate GHG emissions while enhancing livability, the City of Vancouver’s Renewable City and Net Zero Building Strategy was the first of its kind. This can serve as an excellent example and deserves significant consideration given increasing trends in urbanization in Canada and globally. This stream will provide delegates with information about new developments, programs and ideas surrounding city scale transformation of the built environment, not just in Vancouver but other jurisdictions who are on the same path. Delegates can learn from Canadian and international leading edge plans, initiatives and projects that strive to achieve zero carbon, water and waste targets through “deep green” buildings design and retrofit along with sustainable infrastructure developments.


 
 

Monday, May 29

9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

HackathonLocation: To Be Announced


Hackathon

For students or new graduates interested in learning more about sustainability in the green building industry this high-energy half-day hackathon give you the opportunity to problem-solve a real-life issue affecting all of us right now. Click here for more info.

Not included in the full conference package.

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Tuesday, May 30

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit VCC West, Room 301

The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit

This full-day pre-conference event will kick-off the CaGBC's new Zero Carbon Building Standard for commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings in Canada. The Summit will feature five technical sessions addressing the key challenges and opportunities for net zero design and construction and an exclusive lunch plenary including a diverse panel of international experts. Delegates will be introduced to the foundational components of zero carbon buildings and real-life strategies for modelling energy consumption and carbon emissions, keeping zero carbon construction affordable, integrating renewables, evaluating the carbon footprint of building materials, and innovating to zero carbon.

Not included in the full conference package.

8:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tour #1: Setting the Standards for Health and Wellness in Downtown Commercial Buildings Walking Tour: Departs on foot from VCC

Tour #1: Setting the Standards for Health and Wellness in Downtown Commercial Buildings

This tour will give attendees an exclusive opportunity to view a range of commercial projects in downtown Vancouver which are incorporating health, wellness and sustainability into building design and operations.

Not included in the full conference package.

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tour #2: Wood on the Rise: A Walking Tour of UBC Wood BuildingsShuttle to UBC: Shuttle departs from VCC

Tour #2: Wood on the Rise: A Walking Tour of UBC Wood Buildings

This walking tour at UBC will explore the theme of wood, stopping at the Centre for Research on Sustainability, the Bio-Energy Research Centre and Brock Commons.

Not included in the full conference package.

1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Tour #3: Marine Gateway: An Ambitious, Transit- Oriented Mixed-Use DevelopmentCanada Line to Marine Gateway: Depart from Waterfront Station

Tour #3: Marine Gateway: An Ambitious, Transit- Oriented Mixed-Use Development

Tour the Marine Gateway, a new mixed-use development in south Vancouver designed by Perkins+Will in partnership with PCI Developments.

Not included in the full conference package.

12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tour #4: Getting to Net Zero in VancouverShuttle departs from VCC

Tour #4: Getting to Net Zero in Vancouver

Enjoy a guided tour of a multi-unit residential property which is currently Canada’s largest Passive House building and visit research facilities at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Not included in the full conference package.

 

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Canadian Green Building AwardsVCC West, Room 306

Canadian Green Building Awards

The Canadian Green Building Awards, a joint program of the CaGBC and Sustainable Architecture & Building (SABMag), recognize excellence in the design and execution of Canadian residential and non-residential buildings of all types.


5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CaGBC Annual General MeetingVCC West, Room 306

CaGBC Annual General Meeting

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Welcome ReceptionVCC West, Ballroom AB

Welcome Reception

One pass is included in each full delegate pass. Additional or individual tickets can be purchased.

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Chapter After-PartyMahony & Sons Pub

Chapter After-Party

Not included in full delegate pass. Tickets can be purchased online now or at the door. Includes one complimentary drink.

Not included in the full conference package.

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Wednesday, May 31

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Opening PlenaryVCC West, Ballroom CD

Opening Plenary featuring Jeremy Rifkin, sponsored by Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions

As the principal architect of the long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change, Mr. Rifkin will present information, ideas and evidence that will inform and educate attendees about a new economic paradigm that is poised to dramatically change the way we organize economic life on the planet.

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Education Breakout Sessions

Stream 1 (Net Zero Carbon): Designing to Net Zero with a Net Zero ScheduleVCC West, Room 109

Designing to Net Zero with a Net Zero Schedule
(1 GBCI CE hour)

Mohawk College is a committed leader in sustainability. The college’s new Centre for Partnership and Innovation is the pilot project for the CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative and the WGBC Net Zero Initiative. The project, led by expert consultants including McCallum Sather, B+H Architects, and RDH Building Science, has been driven by a net zero energy budget and has garnered national attention including that of The Joyce Family Foundation and the federal government. This presentation will demonstrate how, through a solutions-based collaboration, the project team navigated the challenges the mandate within an accelerated schedule to qualify for the federal government’s April 2018 funding deadline.

Presented by: Steve Kemp, RDH Building Science; Kevin Stelzer, B+H Architects; Tony Cupido, Mohawk College; Joanne McCallum, McCallum Sather Architects

Stream 2 (Existing Buildings): A Road Map to Net-Zero Carbon for CampusesVCC West, Room 110

A Road Map to Net-Zero Carbon for Campuses
(1 GBCI CE hour)

A holistic methodology to create net-zero carbon campus “roadmaps” has been developed by RWDI and DIALOG. This presentation will think outside the bounds of a single building to suggest how a campus of buildings can operate as a system, an essential strategy to achieving carbon reductions from existing buildings. The method starts with a campus' reported carbon footprint to establish a baseline and then tests the relative benefit of implementing low-carbon strategies overtime to allow realistic future-casting and target setting. Any operators and designers that are strategically planning to leverage climate action funding should plan to attend.

Presented by: Mike Williams, RWDI; Craig Applegath, DIALOG

Stream 3 (Green Real Estate): The Changing Carbon Landscape: Practical Implications for Organizations & Buildings in CanadaVCC West, Room 111-112

The Changing Carbon Landscape: Practical Implications for Organizations & Buildings in Canada
(1 GBCI CE hour)

Carbon targets. Carbon taxes. Cap and trade regulations. Net Zero Carbon buildings. There is a lot on the table to digest. The past year has seen considerable movement around the carbon landscape in Canada. The federal government, provinces and key organizations have worked hard to revitalize efforts to achieve Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas emission target. Some companies, such as Oxford Properties, have taken a leadership role in adopting a new carbon target to demonstrate their responsibility to drive change and reduce GHG emissions. What’s the impact of these regulations and how have other countries responded? How can the commercial real estate sector collaborate to drive a low carbon agenda?

Presented by: Marlee Kohn, Oxford Properties; Duncan Rotherham, ICF

Stream 4 (International Innovation): HAUT: Building Tall in TimberVCC West, Room 114-115

HAUT: Building Tall in Timber
(1 GBCI CE hour)

HAUT is a 73 metre-tall timber apartment building in Amsterdam. Upon completion in 2018 it will be the tallest wooden building of The Netherlands and, depending on construction schedules, it is a contender for the title of tallest timber tower in the world. What does it take to initiate a project such as this and more importantly, how will developers and municipalities become inspired to invest in innovation? Find out how Team V and Arup created a convincing design and what makes HAUT’s concept of ‘tailor-made’ architecture so very special.

Presented by: Do Janne Vermeulen, Architect, Team V Architecture

Stream 5 (Large Scale Transformation): From Buildings to Districts: How Two Universities are Scaling Up Sustainability.VCC West, Room 116-117

Scaling up Sustainability from Buildings to Districts: How Two Universities are Leveraging Change through Integrated Design and Stakeholder Engagement

This session will explore how two universities have advanced toward higher levels of sustainability that reconcile diverse interests, technical issues and stakeholder demands through integrated design process and cutting edge planning tools and techniques. UBC operates like a small city with a mix of commercial, residential and institutional buildings with aggressive goals to advance toward a regenerative community setting targets towards zero carbon, zero waste as well as net positive ecological and human wellbeing. The University of Calgary’s University District presentation will demonstrate how the new community will generate a long-term endowment for the institution and achieved Canada’s largest LEED-ND Platinum certification (V2009).

Presented by: John Madden, University of British Columbia (UBC); Martin Nielsen, DIALOG

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Networking BreakVCC West, Foyer

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions

Stream 1 (Net Zero Carbon): Evaluating the Passive House Standard as a Means to Achieving Net Zero Carbon and Healthy BuildingsVCC West, Room 109

The Passive House Connection: Evaluating the Passive House Standard as a Means to Achieving Net Zero Carbon and Healthy Buildings.
(1 GBCI CE hour)

The Passive House standard has recently experienced rapid levels of growth throughout North America, predominantly due to its ability to provide proven results in building energy consumption. Passive House’s conservation-based approach to energy efficiency provides an ideal foundation for Net Zero Carbon objectives. But in pursuit of carbon emissions reduction from our building stock, have we forgotten about people? Climate change mitigation and human health and wellbeing are two very interdependent factors, yet linkages between these two factors are often missing in practice. Does Passive House act as a bridge between Net Zero Carbon and Human Health & Wellbeing, or does it further expose gaps in a truly holistic focus?

Presented by: Kaitlyn Gillis, Light House Sustainable Building Centre; James Woodall, HCMA Architecture + Design; Kamilia Vaneck, WSP

Stream 2 (Existing Buildings): To Be AnnouncedVCC West, Room 110

To Be Announced

Stream 3 (Green Real Estate): Meet Changing RequirementsVCC West, Room 111-112

Designing a Sustainability Program for Building Operations to meet Changing Client, Industry and Regulatory Requirements
(1 GBCI CE hour)

Leveraging technology and engaging operations staff enables the development of an operational sustainability program, which is relevant and supports changing industry standards, regulations, and client requirements. This discussion will review the process and key success factors in the recent update to Cadillac Fairview’s Green at Work program and will include: Critical components of a successful sustainability program for building operations; Stakeholder review process; Key tools used for engagement and support; Leveraging technology to support performance based programs and standards; and, a case study from a Vancouver property.

Presented by: Melissa Potter, Cadillac Fairview; Terry Connors, Cadillac Fairview; Ringo Ng, Cadillac Fairview

Stream 4 (International Innovation): Transitioning Beyond Co-GenerationVCC West, Room 114-115

Transitioning Beyond Co-Generation
(1 GBCI CE hour)

Energy Policy in the UK - led by London - actively promotes the uptake of combined heat and power systems (co-gen) in buildings to reduce carbon emissions, decentralize energy generation, and capture energy cost savings. However, the economic and technical viability of co-gen continues to be undermined by lower heating demands as building envelopes are improved and lower hot water demands as water efficiency is increased. There are growing concerns around co-gen’s impact on urban air quality, and as electricity grids decarbonize the carbon emissions reductions offered by co-gen disappear. Has co-gen had its day?

Presented by: Clara Bagenal George, Integral Group; Ed Garrod, Integral Group

 

Stream 5 (Large Scale Transformation): Reimagining the Good Life – Reinventing Detroit by developing the first US Sustainable Urban AgrihoodVCC West, Room 116-117

Reimagining the Good Life – Reinventing Detroit by developing the first US Sustainable Urban Agrihood

Presented by: Gabe Wing, Herman Miller; Charlene Wall, BASF; Trevor Langdon, Green Standards

Guided Tour of Vancouver Convention CentreWalking tour departs from Registration Desk

Guided Tour of Vancouver Convention Centre

The Vancouver Convention Centre is a LEED® Platinum-certified facility. From the design of the facility, the use of the latest green technologies to the adoption of green operating practices, the VCC is committed to being as environmentally sustainable as possible. Join us on this guided tour to find out more about this beautiful, functional and green facility. Sites include: black water treatment plant; the West building’s six-acre living roof; and restored marine habitat which is built into the foundation of the West building.

Tour capacity: 20 people maximum. First come, first served.

12:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Green Business Showcase with Delegate Lunch & EGP Mentor Lounge on the showcase floor VCC West, Ballroom AB


Green Business Showcase with Delegate Lunch

CaGBC’s new Green Building Showcase is a combined exhibit and business connection opportunity. With a limit of 50 booths and dedicated space throughout for business-to-business matchmaking meetings, delegates and exhibitors get a chance to connect like never before.

EGP Mentor Lounge on the showcase floor

The new EGP Mentor Lounge on the Green Business Showcase floor gives EGPs the chance to meet with Master Speakers and Industry Experts and find out how they got their start in green building.

12:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Business to Business MeetingsVCC West, Ballroom AB

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions

Stream 1 (Net Zero Carbon): Carbon as the new metric: introducing the Zero Carbon Buildings program (Master Speaker Series)VCC West, Room 109

Carbon as the new metric: introducing the Zero Carbon Buildings program (Master Speaker Series)

The objective is audacious: to eliminate emissions from buildings by 2050. The CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative will provide the clarity required for industry to move toward this goal, redefining what should be the top environmental consideration for building design and retrofit – and the benchmark for building operations. See inside the CaGBC’s new zero carbon verification program, which is the first of its kind in Canada. This session will also include the release of a World Green Building Council report calling for action by business, government and NGOs around the world to stimulate the delivery of net zero buildings at a massive scale.

Presented by: Mark Hutchison, CaGBC; David Ramslie, Integral; Jonathan Laski, World Green Building Council

Stream 2 (Existing Buildings): How to Locate, Validate and Achieve GHG Reductions in Large Existing PortfoliosVCC West, Room 110

How to Locate, Validate and Achieve GHG Reductions in Large Existing Portfolios
(1 GBCI CE hour)

Ontario has a challenge ahead - how to reduce emissions in existing buildings to meet new, deep Greenhouse Gas reduction targets, and how to select the most cost-effective measures that will hit those targets. This presentation will uncover the scale and complexity of the challenge for Ontario’s exiting buildings, showcasing the tool and model developed to leverage retrofit industry best practices, existing asset management databases from across various service providers and business units. See how a “Big Data” approach can enrich and customize decision-making around climate change policy in a fiscally prudent way, especially when dealing with public funds and public buildings.

Presented by: Howlan Mullally, Infrastructure Ontario

Stream 3 (Green Real Estate): Transformation to a High Performance Real Estate PortfolioVCC West, Room 111-112

Transformation to a High Performance Real Estate Portfolio
(1 GBCI CE hour)

With a diverse real estate portfolio that spans 25,000,000ft2, 2,600 facilities, two countries, varying building uses, and assets that date back to the late 1800s, TD Bank has identified the need to move away from the current conventional model of asset ownership and management to a pro-active and relationship-focused approach. Working with TD’s vested partners, BGIS and CBRE have developed a comprehensive and data-driven strategic roadmap to reduce the operating expenses, improve occupant health and productivity, and minimize the carbon footprint of its real estate portfolio. The roadmap integrates financial analytics and asset intelligence across all portfolio services to identify anomalies, operational exceptions and opportunities to trigger appropriate portfolio-scale solutions.

Presented by: Richard Macintosh, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions; Jacquelynn E Henke, TD Bank Group

Stream 4 (International Innovation): Revitalization Strategies for Existing Building - Lessons from the Netherlands VCC West, Room 114-115

Revitalization Strategies for Existing Building - Lessons from the Netherlands
(1 GBCI CE hour)

In developed economies, at least half of the buildings that will be in use in 2050 have already been built. This means that the sustainability of our cities depends largely on how we use and reuse the existing building stock. However, successful revitalization and repurposing of buildings is a great challenge. Many technologies are currently available, but making them work effectively for existing properties remains a difficult task. Projects including a former textile factory, an abandoned 1960s office building and post-war community housing will be discussed as participants explore strategies to revitalize existing buildings and draw lessons from the Netherlands.

Presented by: Wilco van Bemmel, World of Walas

Stream 5 (Large Scale Transformation): To Be AnnouncedVCC West, Room 116-117

To Be Announced

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Networking BreakVCC West, Foyer

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions

Stream 1 (Net Zero Carbon): To Be AnnouncedVCC West, Room 109

To Be Announced

Stream 2 (Existing Buildings): Energy Management in World-Class Event VenuesVCC West, Room 110

Energy Management in World-Class Event Venues
(1 GBCI CE hour)

Event venues are increasingly under pressure to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and reduce operating costs. Each day brings a new rock concert, hockey game, conference, trade show, wedding, or corporate party, each with its own energy management challenges and opportunities. Join WSP as we share insights and true stories of energy management at venues across Canada including Ottawa’s TD Place, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Presented by: Eric Chisholm, WSP; Thomas Martin, WSP

 

Stream 3 (Green Real Estate): Master Speaker Presentation (Working title)VCC West, Room 111-112

Master Speaker Presentation (Working title)

Presented by: To Be Announced

Stream 4 (International Innovation): Absolute Control Platforms' - Innovation Platforms for Buildings, Users and Smart GridsVCC West, Room 114-115

Absolute Control Platforms' - Innovation Platforms for Buildings, Users and Smart Grids
(1 GBCI CE hour)

The ‘Absolute Control Platform’ solution has been developed in Europe and trialed in over 50 buildings delivering a return on investment. Developed with global companies, these solutions aim to standardize and simplify the user controls of buildings and how they can link into smart grids. The benefits of the platform include: standardization, energy savings, maintenance efficiencies, user satisfaction, increased productivity and utility payments from smart grids. This discussion will provide insight into this productized solution that the Canadian market is encouraged to consider, trial and adopt.

Presented by: Wayne Ward, BSSEC

Stream 5 (Large Scale Transformation): Zero Emissions Building Design: Showcasing City LeadershipVCC West, Room 116-117

Zero Emissions Building Design: Showcasing City Leadership
(1 GBCI CE hour)

In July 2016, the City of Vancouver approved its Zero Emissions Building Plan, targeting to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions for all new buildings by 2030 towards its wider Greenest City and Renewable City Strategy policies. One element of this Zero Emissions Building Plan was the commitment for all new City-owned buildings to be certified under the Passive House standard, and to develop a plan to achieve zero emissions in new city-owned buildings by 2018. See inside the first project to emerge under this policy. The redevelopment of Vancouver Fire Hall #17, is set to become not only Gold certified under LEED® v4 but also one of the first non-residential Passive House buildings in Canada.

Presented by: James Woodall, HCMA Architecture + Design; Craig Edwards, City of Vancouver

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

CaGBC Leadership Gala ReceptionVCC West, CD Foyer

CaGBC Leadership Gala Reception

One pass is included in each full delegate pass. Additional or individual tickets can be purchased.

 

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

CaGBC Leadership Gala Dinner and AwardsVCC West, Ballroom CD

CaGBC Leadership Gala Dinner and Awards

One pass is included in each full delegate pass. Additional or individual tickets can be purchased.

 

9:30 p.m. - Midnight

CaGBC Leadership Gala CelebrationVCC West, Ballroom CD

CaGBC Leadership Gala Celebration

One pass is included in each full delegate pass. Additional or individual tickets can be purchased.

 

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Thursday, June 1

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Green Real Estate Executive Breakfast CaGBCVCC West, 2nd floor foyer

Green Real Estate Executive Breakfast CaGBC

Join industry colleagues for this green real estate breakfast. Details to come.

Not included in the full conference package.

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

EGP Innovation ChallengeVCC West, Room 105

EGP Innovation Challenge

In front of an invitation-only audience, three EGPs will test their concepts and tame some butterflies, share their vision and walk away with valuable feedback from subject matter experts.



 

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Business to Business MeetingsVCC West, Room 118, 119, 120, 121

Business to Business Meetings

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Stream 1 (Net Zero Carbon): A Journey Through Net Zero Communities: Perspectives on Real ChallengesVCC West, Room 109

A Journey Through Net Zero Communities: Perspectives on Real Challenges
(1 GBCI CE hour)

Review the journey of planners, consultants, and developers as they work together to apply the lessons learned from past projects, to current and future projects. Listen to a range of international perspectives on a journey that spans 15 years of community building, multiple countries, and different contexts. BedZED in London, England and Dockside Green in Victoria, BC established benchmarks for what sustainable communities could achieve. Now, 10 and 15 years on, how can the lessons learned from these projects contribute to future communities in Ottawa (Zibi), Edmonton (Blatchford) and Pittsburgh (Almono)? How far have we come?

Presented by: Jenny McMinn, BuildGreen Solutions; Noah Friedman, Perkins+Will; Pooran Desai, Bioregional;

Stream 2 (Existing Buildings): Reimagine: Triple Bottom Line ResultsVCC West, Room 110

Reimagine: Triple Bottom Line Results
(1 GBCI CE hour)

The real estate industry has developed effective strategies to reduce our Climate Change impact, especially in new buildings. But what about existing buildings? With their huge stores of embodied energy and carbon, they should be reimagined rather than demolished. The reimagined approach to retrofit existing buildings yields triple-bottom-line results for owners and investors alike. A recent case study sees the transformation of a 1970s precast office tower past its prime reimagined as a LEED® Gold, modern office space that attracts and retains important tenants while saving operational costs. Best of all: work was completed without requiring the building to be vacated.

Presented by: Vivian Manasc, Manasc Isaac

Stream 3 (Green Real Estate): Technology and Health and WellbeingVCC West, Room 111-112

Technology and Health and Wellbeing
(1 GBCI CE hour)

The design and operation of our buildings shape our environment, and, in turn, these conditions shape our health, comfort, and productivity. Join the World Green Building Council’s Better Places for People project, to consider the science connecting green buildings to human performance and the emerging technologies that will allow us to understand and act to promote health and well-being. The session discusses the latest research findings from the laboratory and field; examines new integrative processes for health promotion; and reviews emerging technologies that are changing how we measure thermal comfort, ventilation, acoustics, lighting, indoor emissions, and outdoor air pollution. The combination of research-based insights, integrative processes, and game-changing technology provide the foundation for intentional, effective action to promote health and well-being.

Presented by: Chris Pyke, Aclima; Kelly Worden, USGBC; Colin Powell, WGBC

Stream 4 (International Innovation): Infrastructure Innovation Informed by NatureVCC West, Room 114-115

Infrastructure Innovation Informed by Nature
(1 GBCI CE hour)

Strains are being placed on inherently complex local ecosystems and existing infrastructure in Central America from the constant growth of cities and migration of people from rural to urban areas. Cities must be prepared for the increase in density and demand for basic needs, such as housing, water, energy, and transportation. Investigate sustainable design principles that can be integrated into urban design allowing the design community to manage and deliver a product which better anticipates the needs of all systems without putting native and indigenous habitants at risk.

Presented by: Neil Myers, Williams Creek

Stream 5 (Large Scale Transformation): Master Speaker Presentation (Working title)VCC West, Room 116-117

Master Speaker Presentation (Working title)

To Be Announced

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Networking BreakVCC West, Foyer

Networking Break

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Stream 1 (Net Zero Carbon): Navigating low carbon building design and constructionVCC West, Room 109

Navigating low carbon building design and construction
(1 GBCI CE hour)

A unique business case for a commercial client and a non-profit was created to build a commercially viable core and shell space that will be Net-Positive Energy. The design process differs significantly from the well-known process using ASHRAE or MNECB. The most notable difference is in the management of future space usage, office equipment and food preparation. Join the discussion and review the modeling tools, financial analysis and business tools used to achieve this stringent energy target as well as the process of working with a commercial client and a non-profit organization as they strive to bridge the gap from high-performance to net-positive.

Presented by: Matthew Cable, Stantec; Randy Irwin, Stantec; Andrea Frisque, Stantec

Stream 2 (Existing Buildings): GBCI Investor Confidence Project comes to CanadaVCC West, Room 110

GBCI Investor Confidence Project comes to Canada

The Investor Confidence Project (ICP) standardizes energy efficiency retrofits ensuring best practices are used to deliver quality renovations that offer predictable savings projections and investment yields. ICP uses existing standards and practices to certify Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ projects creating a consistent and transparent roadmap for building owners, service providers, and investors. The program is administered through Green Business Certification Inc. and announced in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund as a strategic vision for accelerating investment in energy efficiency. Now, in partnership with CaGBC and MaRS, ICP will be delivered to the Canadian market.

Presented by: Matt Golden, Director of the GBCI Investor Confidence Project

Stream 3 (Green Real Estate): Tower Power: Tenants Have the Power to Drive ChangeVCC West, Room 111-112

Tower Power: Tenants Have the Power to Drive Change

Tenants have the power to influence change in a greater scale by voting with their wallets. They have been pushing for sustainable Commercial Real Estate, and the developers and owners that have listened have benefited greatly from quickly leased out commercial buildings. While new sustainable developments in Vancouver – TELUS Garden, 745 Thurlow, MNP Tower and The Exchange Building are in different stages of design, they all have realized the positive return on investments for building green. Targeting LEED® and sustainability were the primary goals of the towers and energy modeling design was applied to reach these goals.

Presented by: Goran Ostojic, Integral Group; Kevin Welsh, Integral Group; Ali Nazari, Integral Group

Stream 4 (International Innovation): Heating a City in a Decarbonized World (Master Speaker Series)VCC West, Room 114-115

Master Speaker Presentation Heating a City in a Decarbonized World (Master Speaker Series)

Starting with a look at the entire energy system and the changes we are facing at the moment, we’ll focus on Vienna’s strategies, innovations and ideas on decarbonizing the heating sector. To truly achieve change we must consider mobility and the heat supply of cities, not just changing the electricity system from coal, gas and nuclear to wind and solar. We need solutions to use waste heat and renewable energies on a large scale in dense cities. Vienna’s experiences, innovative building solutions and some lighthouse projects will be discussed as well as highlights from seven energy theses which were developed by Vienna’s energy planning department.

Presented by: Bernd Vogl, City of Vienna

Stream 5 (Large Scale Transformation): The Path to Net Zero: A Design CollaborationVCC West, Room 116-117

The Path to Net Zero: A Design Collaboration
(1 GBCI CE hour)

In support of efforts by the Province of Ontario, a design collaboration was initiated to uncover the opportunity to achieve net zero energy and carbon, water, waste, and operations in mixed use buildings. With progress of climate change policy, there is a need for the building industry to understand the implications of proposed new activities on related building practices, and the codes and the regulations. This collaboration, supported by Enbridge Gas Distribution and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC), used integrated design workshops, led by Sustainable Buildings Canada, to identify opportunities and barriers to adopting a Net Zero Energy/Carbon, Zero Waste and Zero Water practices from a building design perspective, using an actual building site.

Presented by: Lisa Prime, Prime Strategy & Planning Inc.; Mike Williams, RWDI; Michelle Xuereb, Quadrangle

Guided Tour of Vancouver Convention CentreWalking tour departs from Registration Desk

Guided Tour of Vancouver Convention Centre

The Vancouver Convention Centre is a LEED® Platinum-certified facility. From the design of the facility, the use of the latest green technologies to the adoption of green operating practices, the VCC is committed to being as environmentally sustainable as possible. Join us on this guided tour to find out more about this beautiful, functional and green facility. Sites include: black water treatment plant; the West building’s six-acre living roof; and restored marine habitat which is built into the foundation of the West building.

Tour capacity: 20 people maximum. First come, first served.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch PlenaryVCC West, Ballroom CD

Lunch Plenary

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Stream 1 (Net Zero Carbon): Landing Net ZeroVCC West, Room 109

Landing Net Zero
(1 GBCI CE hour)

Use this as a roadmap for achieving net zero buildings and infrastructure. Project examples will demonstrate successful approaches for creating key performance metrics and lifecycle analyses, to identify critical industry gaps and to show how holistic, systemic approaches result in more resiliency. Ultimately, we believe that working together is the solution, and that only when we embrace a culture of sharing and expand our notion of territory, will we achieve replicable strategies for achieving regenerative, net positive results that can be applied across a variety of climates, throughout this country and around the world.

Presented by: Heidi Nesbitt, Local Practice Architecture + Design; Mark Porter, Associated Engineering

Stream 2 (Existing Buildings): Arc: Actions, Connections and Quality of Life (Master Speaker Series)VCC West, Room 110

Arc: Actions, Connections and Quality of Life (Master Speaker Series)

Are climate change and human health competing issues? What should I do to improve the bottom line? Where should I focus my efforts? Connecting people and systems on a single platform simplifies ways to optimize strategies and see improved outcomes in all areas. A single platform also simplifies reporting and improves results. This session discusses the Arc platform, its history, how it supports all rating systems, where it is going and why it is the next generation of rating, reporting, value generation and analytics.

Presented by: Scot Horst, USGBC

Stream 3 (Green Real Estate): Make the Local Global - I say LEED, You say protect Mother EarthVCC West, Room 111-112

Make the Local Global - I say LEED, You say protect Mother Earth
(1 GBCI CE hour, LEED Specific, BD+C)

Too often governments or professionals apply a global solution with no consideration to the local requirements. In 1981, two identical schools were built for the two unique communities of Peerless Trout First Nation. No consideration was given for the identity or sustainability of each community, resulting in schools that do not contribute to stewardship of the environment. 35 years later, we held interactive engagement sessions among the First Nation representatives and design team, allowing for the unique values and views of the Nation’s health and wellness to be realized for their schools. Learn how this approach was able to make local go global.

Presented by: Heather Bretz, Stantec; Markous Gad, Stantec; Zoë Rezac, Stantec

Stream 4 (International Innovation): Reproducing natural light indoors VCC West, Room 114-115

Reproducing natural light indoors
(1 GBCI CE hour)

Imagine the warm light of the sun glimpsing into the room, illuminating objects and casting their shadows, blue tinged by the diffused light of the sky. CoeLux is a ground breaking optical system based on nano technology to artificially reproduce the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky in spaces that are deprived of natural light, creating the sensation of infinite space. Learn about the CoeLux Technology as you investigate the positive impact of recreating natural light, using the components of the direct light of the sun and the diffused light of the sky, to bring it indoors.

Presented by: Paolo di Trapani, CoeLux Srl; Piero Palermo, CoeLux Srl; Elena Veneziani, CoeLux Srl

Stream 5 (Large Scale Transformation): To Be AnnouncedVCC West, Room 116-117

To Be Announced

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closing PlenaryVCC West, Ballroom CD

Closing Plenary

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