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 weeks.


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 categories.


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 periods.