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Net Zero Carbon Buildings at Building Lasting Change 2017

Building Lasting Change is your best source for Net Zero Buildings expertise, providing multiple opportunities to learn from industry leaders and experts in the field of net zero buildings.

Join us for the official launch of Canada's first zero carbon verification program at Building Lasting Change 2017 in Vancouver. The new program is part of a broader CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative created to champion the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in support of Canada's efforts to reduce GHG emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit (7 GBCI CE hours*)
May 30, 2017

The Net Zero Summit is a full-day pre-conference event featuring a kick-off to the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Buildings Standard, including five technical sessions addressing the key challenges and opportunities for net zero design and construction. Delegates will be introduced to the foundational components of zero carbon buildings and real-life strategies for modelling and designing for net zero emissions, surveying the policy horizon across Canada, net zero approaches to existing building retrofits, evaluating the embodied carbon of building materials, and exploring pathways to net zero. The lunch plenary will feature a diverse roundtable of international and domestic experts on net zero discussing their insights and lessons learnt in delivering net zero buildings on the ground.

Abstracts for each session will be posted once presenters have been finalized.

Net Zero Summit Proposed Schedule (speakers and descriptions to be updated)

7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Presenting CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard & Pilot Projects

Victoria Burrows, Project Manager, Advancing Net Zero, World Green Building Council
Mark Hutchinson, VP Green Building Programs, CaGBC
David Ramslie, Principal, Integral Group

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session 1: Modeling and Designing for Net Zero Emissions

Mohawk College’s new Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation is a Canadian pilot project for the CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Framework. The framework’s carbon emissions metric (and energy consumption that produces the carbon) is an absolute metric and the emissions of utilities can vary significantly by fuel source and provincial grid source energy. In addition, the primary output of the modeling exercise is a more accountable performance metric. This presentation will discuss how these factors change the focus of the design and energy modeling exercise. Mohawk College is a leader in sustainability and the project team of experts include McCallumSather and B+H Architects, and RDH Building Science.

Joanne McCallum, Director, McCallum Sather Architects
Kevin Stelzer, Principal, B+H Architects
Steve Kemp, Principal, RDH Building Science
Tony Cupido, Chief Building and Facilities Officer, Mohawk College

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Session 2: Net Zero Carbon Policies across Canada

Across Canada, leading jurisdictions are introducing a net zero mandate by developing policies and programs that focus on reducing carbon emissions from the building sector. In this session, we explore perspectives at the federal, provincial and municipal levels through a panel discussion including the Ministry of Natural Resources Canada, BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, the City of Toronto, and the City of Vancouver. This presentation will be moderated by Integral with a focused conversation on the importance of addressing carbon emissions, comparisons across respective policies and programs, and the challenges and opportunities for achieving high-performance low carbon buildings across Canada.

Dave Ramslie, Principal, Integral Group – Moderator
Sean Pander, Green Building Manager, City of Vancouver - Panelist
Lisa King, Senior Planner, City of Toronto – Panelist
Mark Hutchinson, VP Green Building Programs, CaGBC – Panelist
Zachary May, A/Director, Policy and Codes Development, Building and Safety Standards Branch, Office of Housing and Construction Standards, Government of B.C.
Ian Meredith, Program development Officer, Buildings and Industry Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, NRCan

11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Plenary (1.5 GBCI CE hours*)

The Net Zero Summit Lunch Plenary will feature a roundtable of international and domestic experts in net zero policy development and building design or retrofit in a facilitated discussion. The panel will begin with an introduction of examples of policies, programs and actual projects that have been introduced in other regions to drive the net zero carbon agenda. Key issues and lessons learnt to successfully advance low or zero carbon buildings in Canada will be discussed.

Susanne Formanek, President, IBO – Austrian Institute for Healthy and Ecological Building
Brad Liljequist, Director, Net Zero Energy program, International Living Future Institute
Niall Crosson, Senior Engineer, Ecological Building Systems
Bernd Vogl, Head of Municipal Department for Energy Planning, City of Vienna

Jonathan Laski , World Green Building Council

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Session 3: Net Zero Building Retrofits

Achieving Zero Carbon in existing building retrofits poses different challenges compared to new construction. The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and WSP present a case study of the renovation of the OAA headquarters from the perspective of both the owner and the design team, offering lessons learned on how to achieve cost-effective, net-zero retrofits. The OAA will outline how they chose to pursue zero carbon, and how they addressed other imperatives such as comfort, culture and function. WSP will present key success factors from a design process and a technical perspective, including an iterative, integrated design process, energy modeling, and commissioning.

Doug Webber, VP Sustainability and Energy, WSP
Sheena Sharp, Principal, Cool Earth Architecture, Chair of the Building Committee, OAA

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Session 4: Evaluating the Embodied Carbon of Buildings

As GHG emissions from building operations decrease, it becomes increasingly important to look at GHG emissions embodied in buildings. The Zero Carbon Buildings standard includes an embodied carbon component: applicants must conduct a cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment (LCA) of the project and report the embodied “global warming potential” results. This session will explain the what, why and how for this requirement, and use a case study to illustrate the importance of material selection.

Jennifer O’Connor, President, Athena Sustainable Materials Institute
Julie-Anne Chayer, Eng., Director of Business Relations, Groupe AGÉCO

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Session 5: Pathway to Net Zero

Net Zero Buildings are often achieved by maximizing the benefits of passive technologies, such as the building envelope, but it is difficult to know how much to invest in these technologies relative to HVAC systems or power generation. We will explore the impact and trade-offs between both common and innovative envelope variables under the assumption that a highly efficient HVAC system is employed. We will use our innovative energy mapping tool to compare thousands of energy simulation runs for a high rise residential building in both Vancouver and Edmonton, enabling attendees to better understand how to best invest in their envelope to cost effectively achieve a net zero building.

Mark Lucuik, Director of Sustainability, Morrison Hershfield
Alex Blue, Building Simulation Consultant, Morrison Hershfield

*Attendees who wish to claim GBCI hours for the Summit and the Lunch will need to self report or contact after June 5.

Registration Closed

Stream 1: Getting to Net Zero Carbon Buildings
May 31 to June 1

During the main conference, choose one or attend all seven sessions which complement the Summit where you will find the information you need to help design, construct and operate net zero carbon buildings, homes and neighbourhoods. Leading Canadian and international examples will be showcased along with guidance and insight into how we can scale up the number of new buildings and retrofits that reach low carbon targets.

CaGBC Members who register for the conference will save $200

$200 Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit (Member, Full Conference Delegate)
$300 Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit (Non-Member, Full Conference Delegate)
$300 Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit (Member, Non-Delegate)
$400 Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit (Non-Member, Non-Delegate)


Net Zero Carbon Buildings
Summit Morning Sponsor

Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit Lunch & Green Building Industry Leaders Dinner


Net Zero Carbon Buildings
Summit Afternoon Sponsor