Edmonton events

November 8
The Complete Picture - Environmental product declarations and the future of product labelling

November 10
Solar Energy:  Best Practices for Residential Buildings

November 24
Energy Audits: Gateway towards sustainability in the existing building sector

Calgary events

November 8
Solar Energy:  Best Practices for Residential Buildings

November 23
LEED Canada Documentation

November Green Building Education


The complete picture - Environmental product declarations and the future of product labelling
November 8 - Edmonton

The marketplace is cluttered with green claims and greenwash - the use of misleading information to convey a positive environmental image. 

While everyone seems to play by their own rules when it comes to transparency around a product's potential environmental impacts, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), a global standard for product transparency (ISO 14025) provide a more complete picture based on third party verification and full cradle-grave life cycle assessment, allowing consumers and specifiers to make better informed decisions.  

Awareness and demand is growing for EPDS, as evidenced by the USGBC's recent launch of Pilot Credit 43 for Product Certifications rewards the use of products with Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). This session will provide an overview of what EPDs are and explore their significance in the future of green building.

Time:

7:30 -8:00 am Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:00 - 9:00 am Presentation & Questions
9:00 - 9:30 am  Networking

Speaker::

Nadine Gudz 
Director, Sustainability Strategy
InterfaceFLOR Canada

Nadine Gudz is Director of Sustainability Strategy for InterfaceFLOR Canada, the world’s leading manufacturer of modular carpet. In her role, Nadine is responsible for strategically leveraging and expanding InterfaceFLOR’s environment and sustainability leadership position in order to help increase visibility of the company’s Mission Zero™ vision through communication, education and training.

Location:

Grant MacEwan University
10700 104 Avenue, Edmonton
Room 7-265, 2nd Floor, Building 7

Price:

Alberta Chapter - CaGBC Members:  $30.00

EGB/Student Members:  $25.00

Non-members:  $40.00

GBCI Continuing Education:  1 CE hour - live presentation

Solar Energy:  Best Practices for Residential Buildings
November 8 - Calgary   November 10 - Edmonton

Discover how you can take advantage of solar energy in this one-day workshop! This course is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge of solar energy and understand how it can be used in a residential setting. The workshop covers design, technical, and installation issues and gives you best practices for designing and installing residential solar water heating and photovoltaic systems.

Target Audience:

Anyone interested in solar energy for residential applications. This could include homeowners, architects, builders, developers, engineers, technicians/technologists, and real estate professionals.

Learning Objectives:

Identify the opportunities for solar energy in residential buildings

• Understand the design, technical and installation requirements for residential solar thermal and photovoltaic systems

• Calculate the Return On Investment (ROI) for residential photovoltaic installation

• Describe the Micro FIT (Feed In Tariff) program and application process

• Identify other aspects of photovoltaics for future exploration

Price:

 

  National Members

Non Members

Alberta Chapter Members

Early Bird*

$300

$360

$300

Regular

$325

$395

$325

Register Now

GBCI Continuing Education:  4.5 CE Hours

LEED Canada Documentation
November 23  - Calgary

This one-day interactive workshop discusses the LEED certification process and the tools in place to assist applicants seeking LEED Canada project certification for New Construction. This workshop addresses a number of the more complex documentation requirements in the LEED NC 1.0 + addendum and the following application guides:

• Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURB)

• Campus and Multiple Buildings (CMB)

• Core and Shell (CS)

Due to time constraints, not all documentation requirements are discussed in detail. Please note that this workshop does not cover the NC 2009 documentation process. This workshop, like any CaGBC education program, meets eligibility requirements for the Green Associate exam.

Target Audience:

The target audience for this workshop is anyone seeking LEED Canada certification for projects under the NC 1.0 Rating System and Addendum, and especially those individuals coordinating and submitting certification applications. The course also provides CE hours that meet the requirements for credential maintenance for LEED professionals, as well as prescriptive education for LEED APs without specialty upgrading to LEED AP with BD+C.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine how to systematically approach and complete the LEED certification process

  • Utilize the LEED letter templates to enhance a LEED certification application
  • Identify what to include and what not to include in the first LEED submission
  • Describe common mistakes made in LEED submissions
  • Identify steps that will improve the overall quality of LEED submissions
  • Describe CaGBC’s process for reviewing completed applications

Price:

 

  National Members

Non Members

Alberta Chapter Members

Early Bird*

$325

$430

$365

Regular

$365

$375

$400

Register Now

GBCI Continuing Education:  7.5 CE Hours
AAA:  7.5 Core Learning Units

Energy Audits: Gateway towards sustainability in the existing building sector
November 24 - Edmonton

The Canadian energy use database published by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) shows a consistent increase in the secondary energy use per unit area (also called the energy utilization index or EUI) in the existing commercial and institutional building stock. This increase in the EUI results in an increase in the building operating costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Despite the increasing stringency of the energy performance codes, the mounting EUI rankings of the buildings raise certain questions and invite a re-look at the existing building energy systems, operations, envelope insulation integrity, water usage etc. to identify the factors contributing to this trend.

The process of conducting the survey of the building systems and identification of the opportunities to improve the energy efficiency, reduce GHGs and save the operating cost of the building is called Energy Auditing.  

Energy audits can also help in achieving the LEED for Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance and identification of the potential measures to attain the sustainable performance in the existing buildings. 

The objective of this presentation is to share the ideas and knowledge with the green building community in Alberta on achieving sustainability through retrofits identified by the energy audits. The presentation will address the following topics:

  • Scope of different levels of energy audits defined by ASHRAE

  • Discuss the benefits of the energy audits to the building owners and the environment

  • Methodologies to conduct the energy audits

  • Software tools used to calculate the energy and cost savings

  • Technical information on energy audits available from the Canadian and international resources

  • Financial resources available to implement the energy conservation retrofits

It is expected that this presentation will transfer useful information and lessons learned to the audience and share interesting tips on conducting energy audits for general sustainability and LEED requirements and reaping their economic and environmental benefits in the existing buildings sector.

Time:

7:30 -8:00 am Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:00 - 9:00 am Presentation & Questions
9:00 - 9:30 am  Networking

Speaker:

Ali Syed 
Hemisphere Engineering

Ali M. Syed is a mechanical engineer and has a background in the energy modeling and HVAC design for commercial, residential and institutional facilities. Ali has been heavily involved in conducting energy audits, energy feasibility studies, LEED facilitation and documentation and has been involved in a number of projects registered with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Canada and US Green Building Councils.

Ali is a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships in the field of renewable energy studies and green HVAC systems, including the Legend in Energy Award in 2010 by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Ali has been involved in the research in the renewable energy system design and energy modeling. He has authored 14 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has been nominated as one of the Top Five New Faces of Engineering by ASHRAE in 2009. Ali holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University, Halifax and B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. Ali is a LEED accredited professional and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

Location:

 

City Hall - Heritage Room
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Edmonton AB

Price:

 

Alberta Chapter - CaGBC Members:  $30.00

EGB/Student Members:  $25.00

Non-members:  $40.00

GBCI Continuing Education:  1 CE hour - live presentation