Zero Carbon Buildings at Building Lasting Change 2018
with WorldGBC Congress Canada

Building Lasting Change is your best source for Zero Carbon Building expertise, providing multiple opportunities to learn from industry leaders and experts in the field of zero carbon building.

Join us for the latest learning on Canada's first Zero Carbon Building program at Building Lasting Change 2018 with WorldGBC Congress Canada in Toronto. The new program, launched by CaGBC in 2017, champions 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.


Zero Carbon Buildings Summit – A full day of learning featuring technical education, pilot project showcases, program updates, and design activities.

Date: Tuesday, June 5
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Location: Beanfield Centre, Room 200 ABC

This exclusive full-day event will provide participants with updates and real-life insights into the CaGBC's Zero Carbon Building Standard based on the first-hand experiences of our Zero Carbon Building Pilot Projects. Hear about strategies to overcome challenges in new new zero carbon buildings and retrofits, and get a sneak peek at a new Zero Carbon Costing Study before its publication.

Seating is limited. CaGBC Members who register for the conference will save up to $200.

Registration now closed.

Time Session

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Updates on CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard and Pilot Projects
(1 GBCI CE Hour*)

The pilot projects began working with the Zero Carbon Standard one year ago.  Learn about new developments within the Zero Carbon program, challenges being faced by the pilots, and get a glimpse at the future in this year one program update.

Mark Hutchinson, Vice President of Green Building Programs, CaGBC
Fin MacDonald, Manager, Zero Carbon Building Program, CaGBC

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Zero Carbon Design Challenges for New Buildings
(1 GBCI CE Hour*)

Occupancy Issues:  The performance of a well-designed building is still subject to the behavior of its occupants.  Learn what the Joyce Center for Partnership & Innovation pilot project is doing to anticipate plug loads and occupant behavior, and how they aim to create a cultural shift in how the building is occupied.

Tony Cupido, Ph.D., P.Eng - Chief Building and Facilities Officer, Mohawk College

Electrification:  Designing buildings to be financially viable without fossil fuels requires a combination of passive and active strategies.  Learn what the Evolv1 pilot project did to reduce the heating and cooling loads and the technology that was used to meet the space conditioning demands.

Richard Williams, Stantec
Andrea Frisque, Stantec

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Zero Carbon Performance Challenges for Retrofits
(1 GBCI CE Hour*)

Geothermal and Solar:  Retrofitting renewable energy on an existing building is more challenging than it is for new construction.  Learn about the challenges faced by the Arthur Meighan Building retrofit pilot project, and the solutions that they are considering for implementation.

Mirela Nasaudean, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
Andrew Penner, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS)

Thermal Comfort: Thermal comfort is a fundamental consideration for Zero Carbon Buildings. Done right, thermal comfort optimization represents an opportunity to enable alternative design strategies and significantly decrease GHG emissions. Done wrong, thermal comfort can threaten occupant satisfaction and undermine the success of a building project. Learn about how the University of Calgary’s MacKimmie Complex Redevelopment is tackling the challenge of delivering exceptional thermal comfort in a Zero Carbon Building.

Speaker: Adam Stoker, P.Eng., LEED AP (BD+C, O+M, ND), University of Calgary

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.

Zero Carbon Costing Study
(1 GBCI CE Hour*)

Achieving Zero Carbon with new construction across Canada will involve varying strategies based on high performance carbon reduction measures that take into consideration the regional electric grid and climate zone.  CaGBC has partnered with WSP, REALPac, the Real Estate Foundation of B.C., and the Government of Canada to analyze the lifecycle costs for new commercial offices and retail, high-rise multi-unit residential, and school buildings to get to zero.  This session will give participants a first look at the findings of this study before its publication.

Luka Matutinovic, P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C, WSP
Mark Hutchinson, CaGBC

1:15 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Zero Carbon Design and Operations Challenge
(2 GBCI CE Hours*)

In this facilitated workshop, participants will be empowered to develop solutions to design and operational challenges in zero carbon buildings through a collaborative rapid-idea generation activity. Attendees are encouraged to draw from their own experiences with Zero Carbon Buildings and bring design or operational challenges to the table for this exercise.

Adam Stoker, P.Eng., LEED AP, University of Calgary

3:00 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.

Innovative Products and Technology
(2 GBCI CE Hours*)

This discussion will introduce cutting edge technology and innovative products that contribute to Zero Carbon Buildings.  The panel will discuss best practices as well as synergies that allow them to work together to reduce building emissions.

Fin MacDonald, Manager, Zero Carbon Building Program, CaGBC

Suzanne Wiltshire, Mitsubishi
Catherine Thorne, Enwave
Shawn Torbert, Rockwool
Brandon Tinianov, View
Mike Andrade, Morgan Solar

*Attendees who wish to claim GBCI hours for the Summit and the Lunch will need to self report or contact after June 11

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Building Lasting Change 2018 with WorldGBC Congress

Education Stream 1 - Moving Toward Zero Carbon
Seven one hour sessions over two days - June 6 and June 7
Beanfield Centre, Room 206A


Building Lasting Change 2018 with WorldGBC Congress presents 35 industry relevant sessions delivered by 80 green building industry professionals. A full stream of education is focused on Moving Toward Zero Carbon.

Stream 1: Moving toward Zero Carbon - The CaGBC’s Canadian-made solution to guide low carbon buildings of the future has inspired many developments across the country. This stream will provide an opportunity to learn from the results to date of the Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program and will highlight innovation in achieving net zero building performance. Topics can include zero carbon design and retrofits, embodied carbon of materials, lifecycle assessment and lifecycle costing, renewable energy technologies and options, and how to balance the GHG reduction imperative with health and other environmental priorities. Projects from Europe, the U.S. and other countries are encouraged to apply in order to provide insight into global net zero projects through the WorldGBC Net Zero initiative; and to examine the challenges and progressive policies/regulations for progressing new and existing buildings to zero carbon.

Meeting the goals of the Vancouver Declaration on Climate Change in facilities owned and operated by the Federal Government – 24 month Progress Update with Case Studies
Wednesday, June 6, 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This moderated panel discussion features four presenters from Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and BGIS. They will provide a 24 month progress update on how they are working together to implement the Vancouver Declaration on Climate Change which promotes the development of aggressive, comprehensive, building-specific carbon reduction plans for facilities owned and operated by the federal government.

Presented by: Maxime St. Denis, PSPC; Frédéric Genest, NRCAN; Maria McGibbon, PSPC; Daniel Gosselin, BGIS; Mike Greidanus (Moderator), BGIS

Quantifying Emissions and Emissions Reductions
Wednesday, June 6, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

This session will introduce some of the different quantification methods available for emissions and emissions reductions, and introduce how design teams can employ them to evaluate carbon neutrality. A panel discussion exploring the strengths and weaknesses of different quantification methodologies including their acceptance in the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Standard and other international reporting protocols will follow and give attendees the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to apply these methods to their own work.

Presented by: Leigh St. Hilaire, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA); Aidan Brookson, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TCRA) 

Paradigm Shift - Livable, Affordable and Sustainable Housing towards Carbon Neutrality
Wednesday, June 6, 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

To achieve lasting and regenerative yet affordable sustainability in mixed use housing today we require a reset or paradigm shift in how we approach, design and construct buildings. When we combine a high level of holistic ecology with desirable urban living solutions and affordability, it is particularly challenging to move towards carbon neutrality over the life cycle of a building when using current paradigms. Our panelists will lead a detailed discussion and share experiences about required change towards a new generation of truly integrated buildings, to achieve carbon neutrality at scale. The goal is to move past one-off prototype buildings.

Presented by: Oliver Lang, LWPAC+IC; Monte Paulsen, RDH Building Science; Robert Malczyk, Equilibrium

One Click LCA
Wednesday, June 6, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Carbon emissions from construction materials (embodied carbon) have become a priority for rating systems and regulations. In a low-carbon energy grid, embodied carbon exceeds emissions from operating energy. With energy-efficiency and use of renewables, the importance of embodied carbon grows. Find out how more than 110 surveyed green building rating systems, standards and regulations address embodied carbon. Surveyed schemes are classified based on the methodologies they apply to achieving carbon reductions, and best practices and patterns are identified.  The session closes with an outlook of how such schemes are likely to develop in the future.

Presented by: Panu Pasanen, One Click LCA

From Zero to a Hundred…and Back: Cradle to Cradle Approaches to Net Zero
Thursday, June 7, 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

In this session, Integral Group’s international leaders will showcase the global scale of innovative projects across their life cycles from innovate code and policy development, to early design, to delivery, commissioning, and aftercare. These experts will share approaches that have worked—and what hasn’t worked—from regional offices in Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia, and discuss how they have overcome at-times-disparate local approaches to use diversity for the benefit of clients and cities. Zero carbon roadmaps for countries (Canada), cities (London Energy Initiative, Cambridge, DC Roadmaps), districts (Minneapolis Loop Project, Denver water), and buildings (Packard, DPR) will be featured along with a discussion about how to use whole life commissioning to continue building roadmaps.

Presented by: Ed Garrod, Integral Group; Neil Bulger, Integral Group; David Ramslie, Integral Group

The Emerging Solar Opportunity for Commercial Real Estate
Thursday, June 7, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

The solar industry in Canada has experienced growth, uncertainty, turmoil and success over the past 10 years. Regulations and market forces have been active and ever-changing. The technology is proven, but interest and awareness among major commercial real estate owners and managers is mixed. How has the solar industry evolved in Canada? What is the story today? What best practice projects exist? What is the opportunity for Real Estate? What is easy? What is hard? What lessons have been learned to date? Come to this interactive session to learn more about the emerging solar opportunity for commercial real estate from leading experts in the space.

Presented by: Darryl Neate, Oxford Properties; Fidel Reijerse, Resco; Clarke Herring, Great Circle Solar; Doug Webber (Moderator), WSP

Building, Learning and Living Net-Zero in Austria
Thursday, June 7, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

The Vienna Region in Austria has outstanding examples of sustainable buildings. The Plus-Plus-Energy high rise is the Vienna University of Technology’s (TU Vienna) is a deep renovation with innovations developed within a PPP research project minimizing overall energy use bringing the overall energy balance to Net Positive. The Metro big box supermarket in St. Pölten is a massive wood-construction supermarket built as a sustainable Net Zero building. The Green.Building.Solutions. international summer university program was established eight years ago. The intensive program teaches how to design and build sustainable buildings and cities on a human scale the Austrian way.

Presented by: Naomi Morishita, TU Wien, Institute for Building Constructions and Technology



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