Building Lasting Change 2015 Education Program

Building Lasting Change is renowned for its quality education, networking opportunities and dynamic presenters. 

Continuing Education Hours: Education Sessions are one hour long including a 50 minute presentation and 10 minutes reserved for Questions and Answers. Divided into five unique streams, described below, the conference delivers a compelling educational program for industry professionals. One GBCI continuing education (CE) hour has been attributed to each session LEED specific hours are noted where applicable. GBCI hours will be reported automatically only if your badge is scanned upon entry to each session. Delegates must self report and provide proof of participation in order to collect CE hours from any other association. Please email AFTER June 8 and she will provide you with the necessary documentation.

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Stream 1 - Transitioning to LEED v4 : The Path to Continuous Improvement

Meeting Room 11

This stream will be dedicated to help the industry transition to LEED v4 while on a path of continuous improvement in building performance and positive environmental change. This is an opportunity to provide in-depth discussion on the challenges and solutions to applying new core elements in LEED v4. This applies particularly to the Materials section of LEED v.4 with material sourcing and ingredients requirements, whole building and product lifecycle assessment. Additional key areas and elements in LEED v4 which represent a major change will also be discussed.

Stream 2 - New Tools and Programs to Increase Performance and Resiliency in Green Buildings

Meeting Room 12

This stream will introduce new tools that contribute to making every building greener. Some of the new tools which are emerging in the marketplace effectively contribute to enhancing building performance in areas such as health & well-being (WELL standard), sustainability in commercial real estate (GRESB), regeneration (Living Buildings), low energy performance (Passive House) and sustainable communities (EcoDistricts). Proprietors and users of these new tools will share their systems, projects and results/outcomes to date.

Stream 3 - International Green Building Innovations: What Can We Learn?

Meeting Room 15

This stream will provide a forum for Canadian and international practitioners and experts to speak to innovations and advancements in high performance and resilient green building and community developments. The global proliferation of green building has resulted in outstanding projects and initiatives, new thinking and approaches that Canadian practitioners and owners could add to their projects to achieve more ambitious performance targets including net positive, regenerative, resilient, healthy, productive and equitable design.

Stream 4 - Regenerative Design: The New Paradigm

Meeting Room 10

This stream will showcase the most advanced approaches to regenerative and resilient design of buildings, neighbourhoods and cities in North America to support the adaptation to a changing climate, generate net positive environmental impacts, enhance health, well-being, equity and livability. Leading practitioners and researchers will share their experiences and knowledge on leading design, research and innovation on actual and experimental projects.

Stream 5 - Closing The Performance Gap: Realizing the Full Benefits of Green Buildings

Meeting Room 8

There is both anecdotal and research-based evidence of the existence of a performance gap between predicted and actual performance; and between building occupant pre-occupancy expectations and post-occupancy opinions. The existence of such a gap in the performance of green buildings continues to pose a significant challenge to the advancement of sustainable practices in the building industry and advancement toward high performance design. This stream offers an opportunity to: discuss the performance gap from a number of perspectives including case studies where the gap has been characterized and strategies to address it have been proposed/implemented; explore why the performance gap is still occurring having been recognized more than two decades ago and how has it changed over the years; examine if the experience of early studies revealing the gap and associated strategies needed to reduce it, have been implemented successfully; and, consider the explicit costs or trade-offs where the performance gap has been overcome. This stream will be delivered in conjunction with the University of British Columbia.