Stream 5: International Developments in the Green Building Sector

Room 206 D
The global green building market is undergoing a rapid transformation as the private sector realizes major opportunities for investment in tools, products and technologies while policy makers finally see the major opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts with green buildings. Following the introduction of LEED v4, WELL and GRESB, other next generation rating tools and programs such as SITES, PEER and Envision may soon be available in the Canadian market. New approaches to sustainable design and construction such as tall wood buildings, passive houses and carbon positive development are becoming more commonplace. Learn about these new tools and approaches from Canadian and international experts to take advantage of these emerging environmental and business opportunities.

Conference delegates will be given access to PowerPoint presentations which will be posted to the website over the next two weeks.


Tuesday, June 7

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

Global Progress & Innovation:  Green Building Councils Leading the Way

1 GBCI CE hour

Presented by: Romilly Madew, CEO, Green Building Council of Australia; Sundaresan Raghupathy, Executive Director, Confederation of Indian Industry; Christine Lemaitre, CEO, Germany Green Building Council
Moderated by: Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, Canada Green Building Council Description: Join the Chief Executives of three of the largest Green Building Councils for this multi-national perspective on innovation in green building. Hear about how Australia, India and Germany are making progress on net zero energy building, health and wellness, affordable green housing and green real estate. Participants will learn about the common challenges and real pathways to change as these innovative GBCs work with their respective governments, industry stakeholders and supporters to achieve their ultimate goal of transforming the built environment.


11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

The CO2-neutral Society

1 GBCI CE hour

Presented by: Paul de Ruiter, Directeur, Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter bv (Master Speaker)
Description: At Paul de Ruiter Architects they are convinced that sustainability issues can be resolved at the city level, not just individual buildings. By connecting buildings to each other, they're enabled to share energy in order to achieve a more intelligent and energy-neutral living environment. By blending functions and ensuring circularity, CO2 emissions can be limited, as well as water consumption and waste streams, resulting in healthier cities. Intelligent buildings have the power to affect society on all different levels. They are not only able to generate energy in technical terms, but also in terms of the human factor.


4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Planning for Social Sustainability: Insights from Sustainable Neighbourhoods in Northern Europe

1 GBCI CE hour

Presented by: Meg Holden, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University; Charling Li, Planner, Sustainable Solutions, Stantec Consulting; Daniel Sturgeon, Development Planning Technician, Simon Fraser University
Description:  In this session, participants will learn about a new theoretical framework for evaluating the outcomes in sustainable neighbourhood planning, developed through the Ecourbanism Worldwide international research project. The audience will discuss how existing certification frameworks may better incorporate social sustainability.


Wednesday, June 8

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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 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, SITES 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.


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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.


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

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.  

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

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.