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Emerging Green Professionals
Net zero carbon buildings, homes and neighbourhoods are a must if Canada is to meet its climate change commitments. This stream provides details and insight into the new CaGBC Net Zero Carbon Standard. The stream complements the Net Zero Summit* with information about how to get to net zero carbon buildings. Leading Canadian and international examples of successful Net Zero Carbon and low energy buildings, homes and neighbourhoods will be showcased along with insight into how we can scale up the number of building construction and retrofits meeting low carbon targets including federal/provincial policy, incentive and/or financing programs featuring domestic and international speakers.
*All delegates interested in attending this stream are encouraged to attend the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit on May 30.
Existing buildings are critical in reducing carbon emissions from the building sector and stimulating the economy. Building on the CaGBC’s proposal to reduce 40% of GHGs from existing buildings, this stream will focus on how these GHG savings can best be realized including operations, deep retrofit, renewable energy options and fuel switching. Attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of federal and provincial policies under development for existing buildings, get insight into energy, reporting and benchmarking policies and best practices from leading jurisdictions in Canada and the United States, and hear from experts on innovative projects to achieve low carbon performance in existing buildings.
Commercial real estate owners and investors play an important role in achieving a low carbon future. This stream will focus on the evolution and future path of green commercial real estate in addressing ‘carbon’ as the most pressing environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) and business issue. We invite presentations that provide solutions for a carbon constrained future shaping the direction of this sector while balancing business objectives and returns on investment. This might include benchmarking and reporting best practices; building performance management and results; investment in advanced building performance such as net zero, LEED v4 Platinum; and health and wellness. We will also consider how other commercial real estate assets such as retail (shopping centres, big box retail), industrial and residential assets can be built to a low carbon standard. The GRESB report for Canada and the trends therein will also be discussed in a designated session.
This stream will focus on what we can learn from innovators and projects across the globe to move toward zero carbon and environmental footprint buildings and communities. We look to global design and business leaders to share their ideas, practices, and success stories as it pertains to the development toward “triple zero” (carbon, water, waste) environmentally advanced and resilient buildings and communities. Opportunities to reduce the carbon and environmental footprint and transparency of building materials and products along with resilient and adaptive design and retrofit will be part of this stream providing a path to a sustainable future.
In the race to reduce or even eliminate GHG emissions while enhancing livability, the City of Vancouver’s Renewable City and Net Zero Building Strategy was the first of its kind. This can serve as an excellent example and deserves significant consideration given increasing trends in urbanization in Canada and globally. This stream will provide delegates with information about new developments, programs and ideas surrounding city scale transformation of the built environment, not just in Vancouver but other jurisdictions who are on the same path. Delegates can learn from Canadian and international leading edge plans, initiatives and projects that strive to achieve zero carbon, water and waste targets through “deep green” buildings design and retrofit along with sustainable infrastructure developments.
Are you a student or a new graduate who is interested in learning more about sustainability in the green building industry? Join CaGBC on May 29th for a high-energy half-day hackathon where you will have the opportunity to problem-solve a real-life issue currently being experienced: the high cost of living in Vancouver, and what it means for the youth and future generations who call this progressive city home.
Course participants will have the opportunity to take part in charrettes where they will examine new ideas surrounding sustainable urban development and emerging forms of housing, including elements relating to the needs of changing lifestyles and the concept of a sharing economy. Groups will report back at the end of the day, with the winning group members will be awarded free CaGBC education.
A “hack-a-thon” can be defined generally as an event which brings people together to creatively solve problems. Though shorter than a ‘typical’ hack-a-thon, CaGBC hopes this event will foster fruitful discussion among some of the most motivated and creative of individuals: students and young professionals. Participants will walk away with a fresh perspective on what can be done to better Vancouver’s urban center.
A pizza lunch will be included.
Member: $35 | Non Member $40
Students: please send firstname.lastname@example.org a copy of your student card or transcript to receive a 25% off discount code.
This full-day pre-conference event will kick-off the CaGBC's new Zero Carbon Building Standard for commercial, institutional and multi-residential buildings in Canada. The Summit will feature five technical sessions addressing the key challenges and opportunities for net zero design and construction and an exclusive lunch plenary including a diverse panel of international experts. Delegates will be introduced to the foundational components of zero carbon buildings and real-life strategies for modelling energy consumption and carbon emissions, keeping zero carbon construction affordable, integrating renewables, evaluating the carbon footprint of building materials, and innovating to zero carbon.
Not included in the full conference package.
This tour will give attendees an exclusive opportunity to view a range of commercial projects in downtown Vancouver which are incorporating health, wellness and sustainability into building design and operations.
Not included in the full conference package.
This walking tour at UBC will explore the theme of wood, stopping at the Centre for Research on Sustainability, the Bio-Energy Research Centre and Brock Commons.
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Tour the Marine Gateway, a new mixed-use development in south Vancouver designed by Perkins+Will in partnership with PCI Developments.
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Enjoy a guided tour of a multi-unit residential property which is currently Canada’s largest Passive House building and visit research facilities at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
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The Canadian Green Building Awards, a joint program of the CaGBC and Sustainable Architecture & Building (SABMag), recognize excellence in the design and execution of Canadian residential and non-residential buildings of all types.
One pass is included in each full delegate pass. Additional or individual tickets can be purchased.
Not included in full delegate pass. Tickets can be purchased online now or at the door. Includes one complimentary drink.
Not included in the full conference package.
The Zero Marginal Cost Society
As the principal architect of the long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change, Mr. Rifkin will present information, ideas and evidence that will inform and educate attendees about a new economic paradigm that is poised to dramatically change the way we organize economic life on the planet.
Mohawk College is a committed leader in sustainability. The college’s new Centre for Partnership and Innovation is the pilot project for the CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative and the WGBC Net Zero Initiative. The project, led by expert consultants including McCallum Sather, B+H Architects, and RDH Building Science, has been driven by a net zero energy budget and has garnered national attention including that of The Joyce Family Foundation and the federal government. This presentation will demonstrate how, through a solutions-based collaboration, the project team navigated the challenges within an accelerated schedule to qualify for the federal government’s April 2018 funding deadline.
Presented by: Steve Kemp, RDH Building Science; Kevin Stelzer, B+H Architects; Tony Cupido, Mohawk College; Joanne McCallum,
McCallum Sather Architects
A holistic methodology to create net-zero carbon campus “roadmaps” has been developed by RWDI and DIALOG. This presentation will think outside the bounds of a single building to suggest how a campus of buildings can operate as a system, an essential strategy to achieving carbon reductions from existing buildings. The method starts with a campus' reported carbon footprint to establish a baseline and then tests the relative benefit of implementing low-carbon strategies overtime to allow realistic future-casting and target setting. Any operators and designers that are strategically planning to leverage climate action funding should plan to attend.
Presented by: Mike Williams, RWDI; Craig Applegath, DIALOG
Carbon targets. Carbon taxes. Cap and trade regulations. Net Zero Carbon buildings. There is a lot on the table to digest. The past year has seen considerable movement around the carbon landscape in Canada. The federal government, provinces and key organizations have worked hard to revitalize efforts to achieve Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target. What’s the impact of these regulations and how have other countries responded? How can the commercial real estate sector collaborate to drive a low carbon agenda?
Presented by: Darryl Neate, Oxford Properties; Doug Webber, WSP; Josha MacNab, Pembina Institute
HAUT is a 73 metre-tall timber apartment building in Amsterdam. Upon completion in 2018 it will be the tallest wooden building of The Netherlands and, depending on construction schedules, it is a contender for the title of tallest timber tower in the world. What does it take to initiate a project such as this and more importantly, how will developers and municipalities become inspired to invest in innovation? Find out how Team V and Arup created a convincing design and what makes HAUT’s concept of ‘tailor-made’ architecture so very special.
Presented by: Do Janne Vermeulen, Team V Architecture
This session will explore how two universities have advanced toward higher levels of sustainability that reconcile diverse interests, technical issues and stakeholder demands through integrated design process and cutting edge planning tools and techniques. UBC operates like a small city with a mix of commercial, residential and institutional buildings with aggressive goals to advance toward a regenerative community setting targets towards zero carbon, zero waste as well as net positive ecological and human wellbeing. The University of Calgary’s University District presentation will demonstrate how the new community will generate a long-term endowment for the institution and achieved Canada’s largest LEED-ND Platinum certification (V2009).
Presented by: John Madden, University of British Columbia (UBC); Martin Nielsen, DIALOG
The Passive House standard has recently experienced rapid levels of growth throughout North America, predominantly due to its ability to provide proven results in building energy consumption. Passive House’s conservation-based approach to energy efficiency provides an ideal foundation for Net Zero Carbon objectives. But in pursuit of carbon emissions reduction from our building stock, have we forgotten about people? Climate change mitigation and human health and wellbeing are two very interdependent factors, yet linkages between these two factors are often missing in practice. Does Passive House act as a bridge between Net Zero Carbon and Human Health & Wellbeing, or does it further expose gaps in a truly holistic focus?
Presented by: Kaitlyn Gillis, Light House Sustainable Building Centre; James Woodall, HCMA Architecture + Design; Kamilia Vaneck, WSP
The built environment is flush with examples of existing buildings which have embraced and successfully achieved their high performance objectives. These buildings typically comprise a more energy and/or water intense footprint presenting a different challenge to the design and construction community. While clients understand the importance of embracing energy-efficient infrastructure, the planning process to evaluate the cost-benefit analysis and ensuring the efficiency measures can be implemented with ease is equally important. Architects, engineers, commissioning practitioners and facility owners will get an overview of opportunities available to continuously optimize their buildings beyond the traditional systems approach through case studies and lessons learned.
Presented by: Kalum Galle, Morrison Hershfield; Yichao Chen, Morrison Hershfield; Chris Piché, Integral Group
Leveraging technology and engaging operations staff enables the development of an operational sustainability program, which is relevant and supports changing industry standards, regulations, and client requirements. This discussion will review the process and key success factors in the recent update to Cadillac Fairview’s Green at Work program and will include: Critical components of a successful sustainability program for building operations; Stakeholder review process; Key tools used for engagement and support; Leveraging technology to support performance based programs and standards; and, a case study from a Vancouver property.
Presented by: Melissa Potter, Cadillac Fairview; Terry Connors, Cadillac Fairview; Ringo Ng, Cadillac Fairview
Energy Policy in the UK - led by London - actively promotes the uptake of combined heat and power systems (co-gen) in buildings to reduce carbon emissions, decentralize energy generation, and capture energy cost savings. However, the economic and technical viability of co-gen continues to be undermined by lower heating demands as building envelopes are improved and lower hot water demands as water efficiency is increased. There are growing concerns around co-gen’s impact on urban air quality, and as electricity grids decarbonize the carbon emissions reductions offered by co-gen disappear. Has co-gen had its day?
Presented by: Clara Bagenal George, Integral Group; Ed Garrod, Integral Group
Global corporations are taking action through an innovative partnership to building stronger communities for a better world. BASF, General Motors, Herman Miller and Green Standards have come together to support The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI), a Detroit-based non-profit whose mission is to use urban agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community and to uplift and empower urban neighborhoods. MUFI is debuting America’s first sustainable urban agrihood, an alternative neighbourhood growth model that positions agriculture as the centerpiece of a mixed-use urban development. The partners will restore a long-vacant three-story building across from MUFI’s urban garden into a LEED® certified Community Resource Center.
Presented by: Gabe Wing, Herman Miller; Trevor Langdon, Green Standards
The Vancouver Convention Centre is a LEED® Platinum certified facility. From the design of the facility, the use of the latest green technologies to the adoption of green operating practices, the VCC is committed to being as environmentally sustainable as possible. Join us on this guided tour to find out more about this beautiful, functional and green facility. Sites include: black water treatment plant; the West building’s six-acre living roof; and restored marine habitat which is built into the foundation of the West building.
Tour capacity: 20 people maximum. First come, first served.
CaGBC’s new Green Building Showcase is a combined exhibit and business connection opportunity. With a limit of 50 booths and dedicated space throughout for business-to-business matchmaking meetings, delegates and exhibitors get a chance to connect like never before.
The new EGP Mentor Lounge on the Green Business Showcase floor gives EGPs the chance to meet with Master Speakers and Industry Experts and find out how they got their start in green building.
Registered participants will be able to request unique individual business meetings with other participants.
The objective is audacious: to eliminate emissions from buildings by 2050. The CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative will provide the clarity required for industry to move toward this goal, redefining what should be the top environmental consideration for building design and retrofit – and the benchmark for building operations. See inside the CaGBC’s new Zero Carbon Building Standard, which is the first of its kind in Canada. This session will also include the release of a World Green Building Council report calling for action by business, government and NGOs around the world to stimulate the delivery of net zero buildings at a massive scale.
Presented by: Mark Hutchinson, CaGBC; David Ramslie, Integral Group; Jonathan Laski, World Green Building Council
Ontario has a challenge ahead - how to reduce emissions in existing buildings to meet new, deep Greenhouse Gas reduction targets, and how to select the most cost-effective measures that will hit those targets. This presentation will uncover the scale and complexity of the challenge for Ontario’s existing buildings, showcasing the tool and model developed to leverage retrofit industry best practices, existing asset management databases from across various service providers and business units. See how a “Big Data” approach can enrich and customize decision-making around climate change policy in a fiscally prudent way, especially when dealing with public funds and public buildings.
Presented by: Howlan Mullally, Infrastructure Ontario
With a diverse real estate portfolio that spans 25,000,000ft2, 2,600 facilities, two countries, varying building uses, and assets that date back to the late 1800s, TD Bank has identified the need to move away from the current conventional model of asset ownership and management to a pro-active and relationship-focused approach. Working with TD’s vested partners, BGIS and CBRE have developed a comprehensive and data-driven strategic roadmap to reduce the operating expenses, improve occupant health and productivity, and minimize the carbon footprint of its real estate portfolio. The roadmap integrates financial analytics and asset intelligence across all portfolio services to identify anomalies, operational exceptions and opportunities to trigger appropriate portfolio-scale solutions.
Presented by: Richard Macintosh, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions; Jacquelynn E Henke, TD Bank Group
In developed economies, at least half of the buildings that will be in use in 2050 have already been built. This means that the sustainability of our cities depends largely on how we use and reuse the existing building stock. However, successful revitalization and repurposing of buildings is a great challenge. Many technologies are currently available, but making them work effectively for existing properties remains a difficult task. Projects including a former textile factory, an abandoned 1960s office building and post-war community housing will be discussed as participants explore strategies to revitalize existing buildings and draw lessons from the Netherlands.
Presented by: Wilco van Bemmel, World of Walas
As the pace of building technology advances, thinking holistically about the city and where energy is needed can open up opportunities for unique synergies and significant financial opportunities for building and community stakeholders. This session opens with a discussion of low carbon strategies that include energy sharing between buildings, from waste streams, and within neighbourhoods with economics that work in today’s market. Learn how the District Energy System policy can be used to create a “virtual district energy system” where almost all new and existing multi-family and commercial buildings in almost any community could participate in a fiscally-connected network that reduced their carbon emissions by up to 80%.
Presented by: Carson Gemmill, Enwave Energy Corporation; Nick Farina, eStream Energy Partners
Though the concept of zero energy buildings originated only about 15 years ago, leading practitioners are finding ZE to be an increasingly viable “new normal”. We begin with a high level look at Canadian ZE codes and policies including the recent BC Energy Step Code and the Canadian National Building Code targeting Net Zero Ready by 2030. In the US, ZE programs for schools, cities, and institutions led by the New Buildings Institute drive market uptake, along with new certification tools and pathways from the International Living Future Institute. We end with case studies of recent cold climate ZE buildings.
Presented by: Zachary May, Office of Housing and Construction Standards, Government of B.C.; Brad Liljequist, International Living Future Institute (ILFI); Mark Frankel, Technical Director at New Buildings Institute
Event venues are increasingly under pressure to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and reduce operating costs. Each day brings a new rock concert, hockey game, conference, trade show, wedding, or corporate party, each with its own energy management challenges and opportunities. Join WSP as we share insights and true stories of energy management at venues across Canada including Ottawa’s TD Place, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Presented by: Eric Chisholm, WSP; Thomas Martin, WSP
The uptake in sustainable building practices will be accelerated by demonstrating organizational benefits beyond energy savings, thus strengthening the business case. This session will outline a multi-metric definition of organizational productivity and report on the outcomes of an analysis of a large HR database from RBC, which showed that LEED®-certified offices had better outcomes on several organizational productivity metrics. The session will then look to put forth a hypothesis on the potential influencers of productivity in a building by framing Cadillac Fairview’s business approach to well-being and sharing experiences and benefits from TD Centre’s WELL™ certification and Occupant Engagement Program.
The Absolute Control Platform solution has been developed in Europe and trialed in over 50 buildings delivering a return on investment. Developed with global companies, these solutions aim to standardize and simplify the user controls of buildings and how they can link into smart grids. The benefits of the platform include: standardization, energy savings, maintenance efficiencies, user satisfaction, increased productivity and utility payments from smart grids. This discussion will provide insight into this productized solution that the Canadian market is encouraged to consider, trial and adopt.
Presented by: Wayne Ward, BSSEC
In July 2016, the City of Vancouver approved its Zero Emissions Building Plan, targeting to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions for all new buildings by 2030 towards its wider Greenest City and Renewable City Strategy policies. One element of this Zero Emissions Building Plan was the commitment for all new City-owned buildings to be certified under the Passive House standard, and to develop a plan to achieve zero emissions in new city-owned buildings by 2018. See inside the first project to emerge under this policy. The redevelopment of Vancouver Fire Hall #17, is set to become not only Gold certified under LEED® v4 but also one of the first non-residential Passive House buildings in Canada.
Presented by: James Woodall, HCMA Architecture + Design; Craig Edwards, City of Vancouver
With the overarching theme: The Scale of the Challenge, Dr. Seitzinger will discuss the carbon policy landscape, including carbon tax, and the challenges that lie ahead for companies, governments and individuals in reaching decarbonisation targets. Dr. Seitzinger will explore recent key findings from Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions researchers that will shed light on the importance of facing these challenges head-on and the real impact that the built environment will have on reaching multiple decarbonisation goals.
This event is sponsored by: Avison Young; Bentall Kennedy; Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd; KingSett Capital; Triovest Realty Advisors Inc.
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In front of an invitation-only audience, three EGPs will test their concepts and tame some butterflies, share their vision and walk away with valuable feedback from subject matter experts.
Review the journey of planners, consultants, and developers as they work together to apply the lessons learned from past projects, to current and future projects. Listen to a range of international perspectives on a journey that spans 15 years of community building, multiple countries, and different contexts. BedZED in London, England and Dockside Green in Victoria, BC established benchmarks for what sustainable communities could achieve. Now, 10 and 15 years on, how can the lessons learned from these projects contribute to future communities in Ottawa (Zibi), Edmonton (Blatchford) and Pittsburgh (Almono)? How far have we come?
Presented by: Jenny McMinn, Urban Equation; Noah Friedman, Perkins+Will; Pooran Desai, Bioregional
The real estate industry has developed effective strategies to reduce our Climate Change impact, especially in new buildings. But what about existing buildings? With their huge stores of embodied energy and carbon, they should be reimagined rather than demolished. The reimagined approach to retrofit existing buildings yields triple-bottom-line results for owners and investors alike. A recent case study sees the transformation of a 1970s precast office tower past its prime reimagined as a LEED® Gold, modern office space that attracts and retains important tenants while saving operational costs. Best of all: work was completed without requiring the building to be vacated.
Presented by: Vivian Manasc, Manasc Isaac
The design and operation of our buildings shape our environment, and, in turn, these conditions shape our health, comfort, and productivity. Join the World Green Building Council’s Better Places for People project, to consider the science connecting green buildings to human performance and the emerging technologies that will allow us to understand and act to promote health and well-being. The session discusses the latest research findings from the laboratory and field; examines new integrative processes for health promotion; and reviews emerging technologies that are changing how we measure thermal comfort, ventilation, acoustics, lighting, indoor emissions, and outdoor air pollution. The combination of research-based insights, integrative processes, and game-changing technology provide the foundation for intentional, effective action to promote health and well-being.
Presented by: Chris Pyke, Aclima; Kelly Worden, USGBC; Colin Powell, WGBC
Strains are being placed on inherently complex local ecosystems and existing infrastructure in Central America from the constant growth of cities and migration of people from rural to urban areas. Cities must be prepared for the increase in density and demand for basic needs, such as housing, water, energy, and transportation. Investigate sustainable design principles that can be integrated into urban design allowing the design community to manage and deliver a product which better anticipates the needs of all systems without putting native and indigenous habitants at risk.
Presented by: Neil Myers, Williams Creek
In the hyper-competitive, globalized world of the 21st century, our cities are essential enablers of innovation and economic growth. But the industries of the future require us to rethink the way we design and build our cities. Will our cities become magnets for human capital and innovation? Or will poor planning and lack of infrastructure investment damage the long-term sustainability of our cities and our ability to compete in the new innovation economy?
Presented by: Tony Arnel, Norman Disney & Young
A unique business case for a commercial client and a non-profit was created to build a commercially viable core and shell space that will be Net-Positive Energy. The design process differs significantly from the well-known process using ASHRAE or MNECB. The most notable difference is in the management of future space usage, office equipment and food preparation. Join the discussion and review the modeling tools, financial analysis and business tools used to achieve this stringent energy target as well as the process of working with a commercial client and a non-profit organization as they strive to bridge the gap from high-performance to net-positive.
Presented by: Matthew Cable, Stantec; Randy Irwin, Stantec; Andrea Frisque, Stantec
The Investor Confidence Project (ICP) standardizes energy efficiency retrofits ensuring best practices are used to deliver quality renovations that offer predictable savings projections and investment yields. ICP uses existing standards and practices to certify Investor Ready Energy Energy Efficiency™ projects creating a consistent and transparent roadmap for building owners, service providers, and investors. ICP is owned and administered worldwide by Green Business Certification Inc. and was developed with the strategic leadership and vision of the Environmental Defense Fund to accelerate investment in energy efficiency. We are excited to be partnering with CaGBC and MaRS to lay the foundation for delivering ICP to the Canadian market.
Presented by: Matt Golden, Director of the GBCI Investor Confidence Project
Tenants have the power to influence change in a greater scale by voting with their wallets. They have been pushing for sustainable Commercial Real Estate, and the developers and owners that have listened have benefited greatly from quickly leased out commercial buildings. While new sustainable developments in Vancouver – TELUS Garden, 745 Thurlow, MNP Tower and The Exchange Building are in different stages of design, they all have realized the positive return on investments for building green. Targeting LEED® and sustainability were the primary goals of the towers and energy modeling design was applied to reach these goals.
Presented by: Goran Ostojic, Integral Group; Kevin Welsh, Integral Group; Ali Nazari, Integral Group
Starting with a look at the entire energy system and the changes we are facing at the moment, we’ll focus on Vienna’s strategies, innovations and ideas on decarbonizing the heating sector. To truly achieve change we must consider mobility and the heat supply of cities, not just changing the electricity system from coal, gas and nuclear to wind and solar. We need solutions to use waste heat and renewable energies on a large scale in dense cities. Vienna’s experiences, innovative building solutions and some lighthouse projects will be discussed as well as highlights from seven energy theses which were developed by Vienna’s energy planning department.
Presented by: Bernd Vogl, City of Vienna
In support of efforts by the Province of Ontario, a design collaboration was initiated to uncover the opportunity to achieve net zero energy and carbon, water, waste, and operations in mixed use buildings. With progress of climate change policy, there is a need for the building industry to understand the implications of proposed new activities on related building practices, and the codes and the regulations. This collaboration, supported by Enbridge Gas Distribution and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC), used integrated design workshops, led by Sustainable Buildings Canada, to identify opportunities and barriers to adopting a Net Zero Energy/Carbon, Zero Waste and Zero Water practices from a building design perspective, using an actual building site.
Presented by: Lisa Prime, Prime Strategy & Planning Inc.; Mike Williams, RWDI; Michelle Xuereb, Quadrangle
The Vancouver Convention Centre is a LEED® Platinum-certified facility. From the design of the facility, the use of the latest green technologies to the adoption of green operating practices, the VCC is committed to being as environmentally sustainable as possible. Join us on this guided tour to find out more about this beautiful, functional and green facility. Sites include: black water treatment plant; the West building’s six-acre living roof; and restored marine habitat which is built into the foundation of the West building.
Keynote: Eric Usher, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), will speak about the climate imperative and business case for investing in the low carbon transition.
Panel Discussion: Getting to 2030: Commercial Real Estate Investment in a Low Carbon Future featuring four of Canada’s most influential green real estate entities who will discuss their approaches to carbon mitigation and portfolio planning.
Use this as a roadmap for achieving net zero buildings and infrastructure. Project examples will demonstrate successful approaches for creating key performance metrics and lifecycle analyses, to identify critical industry gaps and to show how holistic, systemic approaches result in more resiliency. Ultimately, we believe that working together is the solution, and that only when we embrace a culture of sharing and expand our notion of territory, will we achieve replicable strategies for achieving regenerative, net positive results that can be applied across a variety of climates, throughout this country and around the world.
Presented by: Heidi Nesbitt, Local Practice Architecture + Design; Mark Porter, Associated Engineering
Are climate change and human health competing issues? What should I do to improve the bottom line? Where should I focus my efforts? Connecting people and systems on a single platform simplifies ways to optimize strategies and see improved outcomes in all areas. A single platform also simplifies reporting and improves results. This session discusses the Arc platform, its history, how it supports all rating systems, where it is going and why it is the next generation of rating, reporting, value generation and analytics.
Presented by: Scot Horst, Arc
Too often governments or professionals apply a global solution with no consideration to the local requirements. In 1981, two identical schools were built for the two unique communities of Peerless Trout First Nation. No consideration was given for the identity or sustainability of each community, resulting in schools that do not contribute to stewardship of the environment. 35 years later, we held interactive engagement sessions among the First Nation representatives and design team, allowing for the unique values and views of the Nation’s health and wellness to be realized for their schools. Learn how this approach was able to make local go global.
Presented by: Heather Bretz, Stantec; Markous Gad, Stantec; Zoë Rezac, Stantec
Imagine the warm light of the sun glimpsing into the room, illuminating objects and casting their shadows, blue tinged by the diffused light of the sky. CoeLux is a ground breaking optical system based on nano technology to artificially reproduce the natural light and visual appearance of the sun and sky in spaces that are deprived of natural light, creating the sensation of infinite space. Learn about the CoeLux Technology as you investigate the positive impact of recreating natural light, using the components of the direct light of the sun and the diffused light of the sky, to bring it indoors.
Presented by: Elena Veneziani, CoeLux Srl
Across Canada, provinces are taking strides in implementing legislation to put a price on carbon. However, local governments are stuck in the lurch as they wait for investments from other orders of government in order to adapt to a changing climate and mitigate future risk. How are municipalities responding to new carbon mitigation and adaption programs across Canada, in trying to uphold their commitments to stakeholders and citizens, while facing the costs of carbon and a changing climate? This interactive panel discussion will address how local and provincial governments in BC, AB, and ON are responding to these challenges.
Presented by: Lisa King, City of Toronto; Jenny Hong, City of Edmonton, Remi Charron, City of Vancouver
Moderated by: Arsheel Hirji, City of Calgary
Charting a Positive Future – Rethinking Environmentalism: The CaGBC is proud to present Dr. Ray Cole, one of Canada’s most influential educators and trailblazers of sustainable architecture. It is our privilege to set the stage for him as he delivers his final official presentation before he embraces the luxury of his well-deserved retirement.