Stream 4: Solutions for Greening the Multi-residential Sector
Room 206 C
Major cities in Canada are seeing an unprecedented wave of new condominium construction with most projects still being built the conventional way. The split incentive along with a lack of knowledge and perception of risk of green building are the main reasons for developers to maintain the status quo. Drawing on leading expertise in Canada and elsewhere, this session will provide some of the solutions to delivering green condo projects. Leading developers across Canada may share how they finance, design, construct and deliver (and sell) best in class green projects across Canada. Governments and utilities can share financing mechanisms, incentive and support programs to engage a larger number of developers.
Conference delegates will be given access to PowerPoint
presentations which will be posted to the website over the next two
Tuesday, June 7
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Improving MURB Sustainability via Cross-pollination: Transferring Knowledge between Condos and Dormitories
1 GBCI CE hour, LEED Specific, BD+C, Homes
Presented by: Grant Peters, Manager of Green Building Services, Fluent
Group Consulting Engineers, Inc; Saher Fazilat, Executive Director of
Facilities Development and Engineering, Western University
Description: MURBs can generally be grouped into two categories: those
built by a developer (e.g. condominiums) and those built by an owner or
institution (e.g. dormitories). Each is unique, representing different
contexts and characterized by decision makers with varying motivations,
priorities, and protocols. The result is distinctive design trends,
unique to each category, that can dramatically alter building
performance. This session compares and contrasts MURB categories with
the aim of cross-pollinating knowledge and lessons learned between
contexts. A summary of ownership structures, market conditions,
technology choices, and design processes sets the stage. Then, drawing
on first hand experience, the presentation will outline proven
sustainable design strategies that successfully translate between MURB
11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Value Proposition for Green Condos
1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by: Wells Baker, Director of Conservation and Sustainable
Design, Minto Group Inc.; Brian DePratto, TD Bank Group; Jenny McMinn,
Vice President, Build Green Solutions Inc.
Description: There are many paths available for implementing and valuing
green measures in condos. During this session we will identify
different perspectives on investment strategies for achieving green and
highlight the potential value proposition for the condo owner and review
a special report released by TD Economics on the Market Benefit of
Green Condos. The research analyzed the resale data for LEED certified
and non-certified condos in Toronto over the last 10 years to identify
differences in pricing, timing, and maintenance costs. Then, we'll look
at a developer-focused approach that contains any additional investment
to the developer, yielding beyond-LEED condos at market rates. Technical
and business models used on condos achieving LEED Platinum and/or
carbon neutral will be highlighted.
4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency
1 GBCI CE hour, LEED Specific, BD+C, Homes
Presented by: Tim Stoate, Executive Vice President, Efficiency Capital
Corp; Allison Annesley, Vice President of Energy Solutions, Efficiency
Capital Corp; Jimmy Lu, TowerWise Coordinator, Toronto Atmospheric Fund
Moderated by: Fariha Husain, Efficiency Capital Corp
Description: In 2050, 80 per cent of the buildings we’ll be using will
be existing buildings, so energy efficiency retrofits are critical to
reducing costs and climate pollution. Learn about emerging regulations
as drivers, demand for green homes in the multi-residential sector,
innovative financing options and the importance of energy monitoring,
measurement and verification. The value proposition for energy
efficiency and the opportunity cost of inaction will be explored and
participants will identify barriers and solutions in a case study.
Wednesday, June 8
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
How to Design a Sustainable Building Envelope Capable of a Net Zero Carbon Footprint in Cold Climates
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.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Improving Building Performance: An Accessible Guide to Post-occupancy Evaluations in MURB
1 GBCI 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.
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
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.
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
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