BLC Conference Program


Here you’ll find the most current program details for Building Lasting Change with WorldGBC Congress events. Activities run from Tuesday, June 5 to Thursday, June 7. If you are looking for WorldGBC specific activities from Sunday, June 3 to Tuesday, June 5 for WorldGBC CEO, Board, CAB or Members’ Day, please go to this page. If you are looking for details about the International Trade Delegation Program, visit this page. To get all registration information about the great events throughout the week, view this page.


 

Stream Definitions

Stream 1: Moving toward Zero Carbon / Sponsored by B+H

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 zero carbon building performance. Topics 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 will provide insight into global net zero projects through the WorldGBC Net Zero initiative, and examine the challenges and progressive policies/regulations for progressing new and existing buildings to zero carbon.

This stream is sponsored by: B+H

Stream 2: Establishing a Retrofit Economy in Canada / Sponsored by RJC Engineers

Stream 2: Establishing a Retrofit Economy in Canada

Accelerating the large scale retrofits of existing buildings is critical in achieving global climate change targets. Successful pathways for improvement in existing building performance will be showcased in this stream, including first-hand experiences of deep building retrofit practices, fuel switching and renewable energy applications in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. The best examples of scaling up retrofits across Canada, particularly in class B and C office buildings, institutional buildings (government, universities/colleges), multi-unit residential buildings, and national defence facilities, will be featured. Presentations on initiatives and programs that enable retrofits and the Investor Confidence Project, as well as leading Canadian policies and programs on benchmarking, performance data and management tools, will round out this stream.

This stream is sponsored by: RJC Engineers

Stream 3: WorldGBC International Stream: Insights from the World’s Green Building Leaders and Experts / Sponsored by Shaw Contract

Stream 3: WorldGBC International Stream: Insights from the World’s Green Building Leaders and Experts

This international stream is developed and delivered with guidance from the WorldGBC to provide all delegates with access to information that focuses on global innovation, demonstrates what is possible in Canada, and where future market opportunities might lie for Canadian companies. The momentum demonstrated by major global leaders, practitioners and policy makers embracing Net Zero, Health and Well-being, and Green Cities will be showcased along with exemplary approaches from around the world. International market leaders on health, well-being and productivity will present ground-breaking research showing the link between people, planet and profit – encouraging us to consider green building as part of our HR strategies, not just our sustainability strategies. Major trends in urban planning and city-scale building policies from the world’s cutting-edge cities will inspire and encourage delegates to think differently about how we plan, build and retrofit our cities.

This stream is sponsored by: Shaw Contract

Stream 4: Creating Green and Resilient Cities / Sponsored by Enbridge

Stream 4: Creating Green and Resilient Cities

Cities are the focal point for action on climate change mitigation and resilience enhancing the livability, safety and well-being of Canadians in urban environments. This stream will provide new thinking on how green building design aligns with creating resilient neighbourhoods and cities, and share new industry standards and approaches that drive change on a city-wide scale beyond the building structures. Presentations will address opportunities to scale up change through LEED for Cities and LEED for Transit; enhance health and well-being through WELL 2.0 and the WELL Community standard; and offer action in other areas such as green mobility (Parksmart); sustainable landscapes (SITES); eliminating waste disposal and promoting the circular economy (Zero Waste/TRUE).

This stream is sponsored by: Enbridge

Stream 5: Insight, Innovation and Leadership for Advanced LEED Practitioners / Sponsored by Colliers International

Stream 5: Insight, Innovation and Leadership for Advanced LEED Practitioners

The acceptance and reputation of LEED in the marketplace provides a significant opportunity to expand its adoption and reduce environmental impacts like no other rating system. With more than 150 LEED v4 projects in Canada, and growing, this stream is targeted towards the advanced practitioner. This stream will focus on the role of LEED v4 in getting to low energy/carbon performance and achieving exceptional building performance in a range of LEED categories from Energy, Water and Materials to Sites, and Health and Well-being. The alignment of the WELL and LEED standards to support superior occupant health, and the emergence of a robust Arc platform to support performance management and project recertification, will be discussed. Learn from expert practitioners with real insights and solutions that can be applied directly to your buildings.

This stream is sponsored by: Colliers International

Innovation Challenge for Emerging Green Professionals

Innovation Challenge for Emerging Green Professionals

Building on the success of our first Innovation Challenge in Vancouver – we’ve selected creative, innovative and enthusiastic Emerging Green Professionals and invite you to show your support as they present their visionary projects in front of a panel of green building industry mentors. Space is limited.

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Tuesday, June 5

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Zero Carbon Buildings Summit Beanfield Centre, Room 200 ABC

The Zero Carbon Buildings Summit

The Zero Carbon Buildings Summit is Canada’s premier event to learn about the newest developments in the CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative.  The summit will include technical education, pilot project showcases, technical education, program updates, and design activities. 

Not included in the full conference package.

View the program details here »

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 a.m. Full Day Bus Tour

Tour #1: Green Buildings in HamiltonCheck in at meeting point at Hotel X at 8:20 a.m. / Shuttle departs at 8:30 a.m.

Tour #1: Green Buildings in Hamilton
(8 GBCI CE Hours)

Explore the growth of the green building market in Hamilton. Tour will include: Mohawk College – Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation (Pilot project for the Zero Carbon Building Standard); the Burlington Performing Arts Centre; McMaster Innovation Park; Parkdale Landing

Not included in the full conference package.

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Half Day Bus Tour

Tour #2: Green Operations in Fabrication and Manufacturing Check in at meeting point at Hotel X at 8:20 a.m. / Shuttle departs at 8:30 a.m.

Tour #2: Green Operations in Fabrication and Manufacturing
(4 GBCI CE Hours)

This unique tour will give participants a view from a different angle as they visit manufacturing facilities and green building projects in North West Toronto. Sites will include Great Gulf’s H+ME Technology manufacturing facility and Inline fiberglass facility. Please note that attendees on this tour will be required to wear CSA-approved safety boots.

Not included in the full conference package.

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Half Day Walking Tour

Tour #3: Waterfront Toronto Walking TourCheck in at meeting point at CaGBC office at 8:20 a.m. / Group departs at 8:30 a.m.

Tour #3: Waterfront Toronto Walking Tour
(4 GBCI CE Hours)

Formally created in 2001, Waterfront Toronto has a 25-year mandate to transform 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of brownfield lands on the waterfront into beautiful, sustainable mixed-use communities and dynamic public spaces. Destinations include: Queens Quay, The Bentway, Rees Street Park and the Enwave Deep Lake Cooling Facility.

Not included in the full conference package.

12:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Half Day Walking and Subway Tour

Tour #4: Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension TourCheck in at meeting point at CaGBC office at 12:35 p.m. / Group departs at 12:45 p.m.

Tour #4: Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Tour
(4 GBCI CE Hours)

The new TTC subway line opened in December 2017 with five new architecturally significant stations. Hear from project designers and architects about how the line was created to spur and reflect development in North Toronto and Vaughan. This tour will be hosted in collaboration with the Toronto Transit Commission.

Not included in the full conference package.

12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Half Day Walking Tour

Tour #5: Unique Post-Secondary Downtown DesignCheck in at meeting point at CaGBC office at 12:20 p.m. / Group departs at 12:30 p.m.

Tour #5: Unique Post-Secondary Downtown Design
(4 GBCI CE Hours)

Explore interesting new design in Toronto’s downtown and how innovative design contributes to enhanced learning, creativity and student success. Sites include: The University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty Building, the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability Office.

Not included in the full conference package.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CaGBC Annual General MeetingBeanfield Centre, Room 202AB

CaGBC Annual General Meeting

This event is free to attend but when you register online you will be asked to indicate if you will be attending.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Welcome ReceptionBeanfield Centre, Ballroom C

Welcome Reception

Join us for the opening event of Canada’s premier green building industry event. Meet with peers, mingle with exhibitors and enjoy the fantastic music from Side One Entertainment. All of the Green Business Showcase exhibitors will be ready to greet you. Be sure to participate in the interactive activities throughout the floor and scout out the exhibitors you want to meet with on Wednesday afternoon.

One pass is included in each full delegate pass. Additional or individual tickets can be purchased.

Sponsored by: PCL Construction

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Chapter After-PartyBrazen Head Irish Pub & Restaurant (165 East Liberty St. Toronto, ON, M6K 3K4)

Chapter After-Party

The GTA Chapter is looking forward to seeing you at this fun and informal gathering. Details will be posted soon.

Not included in the full conference package. Tickets can be purchased online now or at the door. Includes one complimentary drink.

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Wednesday, June 6

7:00 a.m.

Registration OpenBeanfield Centre

Registration Open

Details to come.

7:45 a.m.

Delegate Breakfast Beanfield Centre, Pre-function C

Delegate Breakfast

Details to come.

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Opening Plenary, Keynote PresentationBeanfield Centre, Ballroom D

Building a Better Tomorrow
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

By: Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute

Revolutionizing the green building industry will be key to achieving the developmental and environmental goals laid out in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer will give keynote remarks on creating a movement within green buildings, moving past the incremental change we are seeing today into a worldwide push towards an energy efficient and sustainable future.

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Education Breakout Sessions

Stream 1 (Zero Carbon): Meeting the Goals of the Vancouver Declaration on Climate ChangeRoom 206 A

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
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

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, and 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

Stream 2 (Retrofit): Building Strong Market Infrastructure for Canada's Retrofit Economy Room 206 B

Building Strong Market Infrastructure for Canada's Retrofit Economy
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

CaGBC’s research demonstrates that national targets can only be reached by reducing the emissions of the millions of square feet of existing institutional, commercial, and residential buildings across the country. Yet, while green building approaches, practices, and technologies are being widely adopted for new buildings, there is an underinvestment in the retrofit of Canada’s existing building stock to drive energy and GHG reductions. Correcting this underinvestment requires the development of a strong retrofit economy where the market takes the lead in transforming Canada’s built environment to help fight climate change and create new economic opportunities for Canadians. This presentation sets out a series of comprehensive and specific actions to build one of the world’s most robust and dynamic retrofit economies by 2030.

Presented by: Akua Schatz, Canada Green Building Council

Stream 3 (WorldGBC International): Advancing Net Zero: A “Glocal” ImperativeRoom 200 AB

Advancing Net Zero: A “Glocal” Imperative
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

Globally, buildings are responsible for nearly 40% of annual energy consumption and up to 30% of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.  In 2016, WorldGBC launched Advancing Net Zero, a campaign to accelerate uptake of net zero carbon buildings to 100% by 2050. Panelists include representatives from GBCs in Germany, Australia and South Africa. Each will introduce and share their progress and approach, including their new Net Zero Carbon certification tools, and how their country specific applications relate to the project framework; achieving coordinated local solutions to a global crisis.

Presented by: Dr. Christine Lemaitre, German Sustainable Building Council; Romilly Madew, Green Building Council of Australia; Dorah Modise, Green Building Council of South Africa; Victoria Burrows (Moderator), WorldGBC

Stream 4 (Resilient Cities): Introducing the  USGBC's New RELi Resilience Rating System Room 206 C

Introducing the USGBC's New RELi Resilience Rating System
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) formally adopted RELi, the resilience consensus standard co-developed by MTS, Perkins+Will and other key stakeholders at Greenbuild 2017. RELi is a comprehensive rating system that works synergistically with LEED helping architects, city planners, developers, governments, and businesses design buildings, neighbourhoods, and communities to better withstand shocks and stressors like extreme weather, sea level rise, social + economic volatility and resource shortages. RELi’s adoption by the USGBC means that the standard will soon become a global rating system under the USGBC’s rubric. Join this collaborative session for a hands-on look at this next-generation tool.

Presented by: Doug Pierce, Perkins+Will; Kathy Wardle (Moderator), Perkins+Will

Stream 5 (LEED v4): Lessons Learned from the First LEED v4 ID+C ProjectsRoom 206 D

Lessons Learned from the First LEED v4 ID+C Projects
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

Join three different consultants and an owner to discuss challenges, solutions and lessons learned from various projects across the country. Attendees will gain insight into the process of designing and documenting a project for LEED V4 ID+C certification, from the importance of location selection, to creative solutions for new credit requirements, such as addressing the new material options. Project types include both commercial office space and retail interior fit-outs from across the country.

Presented by: Marsha Gentile, Ledcor; Ben Campbell, WSP; Julie Hardy, Vertima; Peter Whitred, Canada Green Building Council; Ryan Heays (Moderator), Canada Green Building Council

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Networking Break Beanfield Centre, Lounge A

Networking Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions

Stream 1 (Zero Carbon): Quantifying Emissions and Emissions ReductionsRoom 206 A

Quantifying Emissions and Emissions Reductions
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

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. These brief presentations will be followed by a panel discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of different quantification methodologies, including their acceptance in CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Standard and other international reporting protocols.

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

Stream 2 (Retrofit): EnerPHit Retrofit of a Derelict Multi-family BuildingRoom 206 B

EnerPHit Retrofit of a Derelict Multi-family building
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

This seminar explores the deep energy retrofit of a derelict building to the EnerPHit standard. Numerous project constraints and site conditions presented substantial challenges to realizing the project. What emerges is a highly efficient, comfortable, affordable multi-unit residential building that rehouses at-risk tenants: a true model of social, environmental, and economic sustainability. The seminar offers two perspectives; the first is the design perspective: how the building can be designed to achieve such an ambitious performance target. The second is the developer perspective: what approaches, processes, and tools are required to actually deliver the performance targets on time and on budget.

Presented by: Andrew Peel, Peel Passive House Consulting; George Sweetman, Indwell

Stream 3 (WorldGBC International): The EeMAP Project: Making a Market for Green Mortgages in EuropeRoom 200 AB

The EeMAP Project: Making a Market for Green Mortgages in Europe
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

In Europe, work is well underway with a consortium of major European banks to create a Green Mortgage that – if successful – will change the housing and bond market for green investment. With major European banks such as Barclays, BNP Paribas, Société Générale and Unicredit supporting the initiative, the concept has caught the attention of policy makers at the national and EU levels. Green mortgages are set  to be a key pillar of European sustainable finance strategy. Hear about green mortgages from the perspectives of the financial, valuation and green building sectors, and the wider implications for increasing energy efficiency investment worldwide.

Presented by: James Drinkwater, WorldGBC Europe Regional Network; Ursula Hartenberger, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Stream 4 (Resilient Cities): Leading from Behind: Local Green Building Standards Making WavesRoom 206 C

Leading from Behind: Local Green Building Standards Making Waves
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

In recent years, standards for sustainable buildings and communities have both evolved and multiplied. Studies continue to demonstrate the positive impacts to environmental quality and human health. In the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland have provided striking examples of leadership in sustainability and resilience, particularly in their most densely occupied urban areas. Meanwhile, in the City of Toronto, Canada's largest urban centre is leading the transformation of the built environment by setting a clear pathway of low energy, carbon and resilience targets. Typically seen as “bringing up the bottom of the market,” these municipal examples are in fact becoming change catalysts. The session will provide an in-depth look at several examples of local policies and standards that are supporting positive change in the built environment. 

Presented by: Lisa King, City of Toronto; Sandra Leibowitz, Sustainable Design Consulting Group; Luka Matutinovic (Moderator), WSP

Stream 5 (LEED v4): LEED v4.1: Driving Performance in Existing BuildingsRoom 206 D

LEED v4.1: Driving Performance in Existing Buildings
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

Existing buildings are key to greenhouse gas reduction targets and to better, healthier indoor spaces. LEED v4.1 O+M redefines ongoing performance, dramatically simplifying the process and putting a greater emphasis on performance outcomes including greenhouse gas reductions. This session will explore how the updates to LEED O+M provide a streamlined approach that allows timely annual assessment to be easily integrated into normal operations. It will also discuss the intersection of the Arc platform and LEED, and the role of ongoing benchmarking with Arc in supporting buildings at all levels of performance.

Presented by: Mark Hutchinson, Canada Green Building Council

12:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Green Business Showcase with Delegate Lunch and EGP Mentor Lounge on the showcase floor Beanfield Centre, Ballroom C


Green Business Showcase with Delegate Lunch

CaGBC’s Green Building Showcase is a combined exhibit and business connection opportunity. With a limit of 60 booths and dedicated space throughout for business-to-business matchmaking meetings, delegates and exhibitors get a chance to connect like never before. Showcase will be open to the general public from 1:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

EGP Mentor Lounge on the showcase floor

The 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.

12:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Business to Business MeetingsBeanfield Centre, Ballroom C

Business to Business Meetings

Registered participants will be able to request unique individual business meetings with other participants.

 

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions

Stream 1 (Zero Carbon): Paradigm Shift: Livable, Affordable and Sustainable Housing towards Carbon Neutrality Room 206 A

Paradigm Shift: Livable, Affordable and Sustainable Housing towards Carbon Neutrality
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

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. A process of incremental improvements to known building typologies and construction systems have proven to be incapable to generate holistic solutions that generate buildings that can simultaneously create sustainable communities with a high degree of livability at a fundamentally reduced carbon footprint and within a feasible budget. When we combine a high level of holistic ecology, both socially and environmentally with desirable urban living solutions and affordability, it is particularly challenging or impossible to move towards carbon neutrality over the life cycle of a building, both operationally and embodied, when using current paradigms. LWPAC (Architecture+PrefabSystems), RDH (Building Envelope+Passive House) and Equilibrium (Structural Engineering) are actively collaborating, researching, designing, engineering, prototyping and constructing projects to deliver this new paradigm.

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

Stream 2 (Retrofit): Renewing a Landmark: A Deep Retrofit Case Study of 60 Bloor Street West Room 206 B

Renewing a Landmark: A Deep Retrofit Case Study of 60 Bloor Street West
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

The deep building retrofit at 60 Bloor Street West, a 1970s-vintage, 300,000 sf office building at the landmark intersection of Bay and Bloor streets in Toronto, is at the leading edge of a trend towards large scale existing building retrofits in Canada. Morguard in partnership with Ledcor Renew identified the potential for real value growth at this property through a retrofit that includes significant mechanical and electrical upgrades including the use of alternative energy sources, installation of a modern building envelope, and major upgrades to the building’s retail podium – all while the building is occupied. The project is targeting an energy use reduction of more than 25% and pursuing LEED EB:O&M Gold certification.

Presented by: Matthew Hirsch, WSP; Jim Vanderveen, Ledcor; Margaret Knowles, Morguard

Stream 3 (WorldGBC International): Productivity at Work: Data-driven Case Studies to Showcase Best Practices in Healthy OfficesRoom 200 AB

Productivity at Work: Data-driven Case Studies to Showcase Best Practices in Healthy Offices
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

To build healthy and green buildings we need practical examples. The WorldGBC Case Study Report used a rigorous selection process to find the best data-driven examples showcasing how healthy and green building features can increase employee satisfaction and productivity in green buildings. We will present three green building stories: one researching the impact of healthy features on different floors of an office building; an "Acoustics Palace" that dramatically improved employee satisfaction; and one that demonstrated the cost savings and economic impact of using Cradle to Cradle products.

Presented by: Tim Conway, Shaw Contract; Pascal Eveillard, St. Gobain; Julie Hirigoyen, UK Green Building Council; Dr. Whitney Gray, Delos; Jonathan Laski (Moderator), WorldGBC

Stream 4 (Resilient Cities): A Regional Emphasis: Rapid GHG Reductions and Resilience in the Built Environment  Room 206 C

A Regional Emphasis: Rapid GHG Reductions and Resilience in the Built Environment
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

Explore how extreme climate-driven events in urban population centres may trigger governments and policy makers to take action to mitigate risks associated with the impact of climate change. With the collaboration of policy makers in local municipalities and provincial government, this presentation intends to dissect the actions being taken and challenges being faced by various provincial and municipal government fronts such as the introduction of new minimum energy performance requirements in building codes, implementation of carbon tax, and greater emphasis on durability, resiliency and urbanization strategies aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change. The discussion is driven by a position paper developed by 16 members and associates of iiSBE (the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment).

Presented by: Kalum Galle, Morrison Hershfield; Nils Larsson, iiSBE (International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment)

Stream 5 (LEED v4): Assessing Evolving Energy Performance Metrics  (Master Speaker Series) Room 206 D

Assessing Evolving Energy Performance Metrics
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

In an effort to drive greater energy and greenhouse gas reductions, new energy performance metrics are being applied through building codes, green building policies and certification programs. These new metrics require designers and modellers to learn new skills, and to often apply multiple, at times conflicting, requirements to individual projects. This session will provide an overview of the assessment metrics, outlining their influence on design and contrasting the advantages of each. Metrics will include traditional relative performance metrics such as the various iterations of ASHRAE 90.1 and NECB, as well as absolute metrics including Energy Use Intensity, Thermal Energy Demand Intensity and Greenhouse Gas Intensity metrics.

Presented by: Steve Kemp, RDH Building Science (Master Speaker)

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

Networking Break Beanfield Centre, Lounge A

Networking Break

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions

Stream 1 (Zero Carbon): Embodied Carbon Reduction: A Global Review of Rating & Regulatory Systems Room 206A

Embodied Carbon Reduction: A Global Review of Rating & Regulatory Systems
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

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 in focus, the importance of embodied carbon grows. Presentation explains how 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. Session closes with an outlook of how such schemes are likely to develop in the future.

Presented by: Panu Pasanen, One Click LCA

Stream 2 (Retrofit): How to Age Gracefully: Helping Old Buildings Keep Up with the Millennials Room 206 B

How to Age Gracefully: Helping Old Buildings Keep Up with the Millennials
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

One of the challenges facing older buildings today is how to compete with newly constructed ones from an energy perspective. Through energy disclosure initiatives, properties have better insight into consumption patterns, which leads to operational improvements and savings. Disclosure also promotes innovation and a holistic approach to building management. Through these practices, even Gen-X buildings are able to compete with millennial buildings. Disclosure also allows prospective tenants and brokers to know exactly how energy efficient older buildings can be compared to new ones. Learn how following a disciplined and patient approach to upgrades and retrofits has shown results.

Presented by: Jamie Gray-Donald, QuadReal Property Group

Stream 3 (WorldGBC International): Global Trends in Cities on Energy EfficiencyRoom 200 AB

Global Trends in Cities on Energy Efficiency
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

Cities consume nearly 80% of energy production worldwide and account for a roughly equal share of global greenhouse gas emissions. Led by the World Resources Institute, in support of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, this session highlights global trends in energy efficiency in cities looking at innovations in technology, projects and policies. Panelists will discuss the Building Efficiency Accelerator, a public-private collaboration that speeds the development and implementation of building efficiency policies and practices in cities around the world. A case study on Bogota, Colombia will highlight how ambitious and practical policies are coming together.

Presented by: Harry Verhaar, Philips; Cristina Gamboa, Colombia Green Building Council; Clay Nesler (Moderator), Johnson Controls

Stream 4 (Resilient Cities): High-performance, Sustainable Parking Comes of Age:  Parksmart Certification across the Globe   Room 206 C

High-performance, Sustainable Parking Comes of Age:  Parksmart Certification across the Globe
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

Making the leap to parking as a high-performance, integrated, energy-efficient tool that produces more mobility using fewer resources is the business opportunity for next-generation parking. A century after the emergence of the Model T, parking facility owners, developers, planners, architects, operators, policy makers, and others are moving from a narrow “Where do we put the cars?” approach to an integrated vision of “How do we move more people, more efficiently?” The Parksmart sustainability certification – now integrated with LEED 2009 and v4 and administered in Canada by GBCI Canada – has over 90 projects across the globe making the leap. Learn about how and why parking asset owners are embracing Parksmart certification for new and existing parking structures.

Presented by: Paul Wessel, US Green Building Council; Maryluz Velasco, Canada Green Building Council

Stream 5 (LEED v4): Light and the Human Response Room 206 D

Light and the Human Response
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

Light – it is referred to as the fourth dimension of architecture, an unseen medium which impacts space dramatically. Recently, researchers have studied this medium and its impact on human health more in depth. As a result, sustainable lighting design solutions have gone beyond energy efficiency, codes and standards. This presentation discusses how exposure to daylight and electric light can impact human health. It describes various ways that quality lighting design embraces light as an active and tangible building material to create a user-centric space. It explains the relationship between innovative light planning solutions and achieving high indoor environmental quality credit based in LEED vv44 for human well-being and comfort.

Presented by: Ellie Niakan, Integral Group

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

CaGBC Awards Gala ReceptionLiberty Grand, Courtyard

CaGBC Awards Gala Reception

Get ready for the gala and join us for the pre-awards reception.

One pass is included in each full delegate pass. Additional or individual tickets can be purchased.

Sponsored by: Lafarge



 

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

CaGBC Awards Gala DinnerLiberty Grand, Governor's Ballroom

CaGBC Awards Gala Dinner

What you’ve all been waiting for! In addition to the CaGBC Leadership and Green Building Excellence Awards, the WorldGBC will present the Chairman’s Award and the David Gottfried Award. Come for this full night of celebration.

One pass is included in each full delegate pass. Additional or individual tickets can be purchased.

Sponsored by: Oxford Properties Group



 

9:30 p.m. - Midnight

CaGBC Awards Gala CelebrationLiberty Grand, Artifacts Room

CaGBC Awards Gala Celebration

Bask in the glow, dance and enjoy the evening with the award winners, friends and colleagues.

One pass is included in each full delegate pass. Additional or individual tickets can be purchased.

 

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Thursday, June 7

6:30 a.m.

Registration OpenBeanfield Centre

Registration Open

Details to come.

7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

EGP Innovation ChallengeBeanfield Centre, Room 202 AB

EGP Innovation Challenge

Join us inspiring presentations from these next generation leaders. Show your support as they present their visionary projects with a panel of green building industry mentors who then provide on the spot feedback that the EGPs can use to further their careers and fuel their passion for green building industry innovation. Presentations include:

First Tiny Step into LEED for Homes by Ethan Borlé, Borlé Bros. Contracting Corp.
Healthy Buildings: the Future of Affordable Housing by Joshua Bénard and Lisa Bélanger, Alberta Rural Development Network
The Next Life of Building Materials by Johanna Becker, University of British Columbia
A Northern Centre for Sustainability in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories by Thevishka Kanishkan, University of Toronto on behalf of William Gagnon, Ecology North

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Green Real Estate Executive Breakfast: Are Our Buildings Resilient Enough for Climate Change?Toronto Board of Trade, 77 Adelaide Street West

Green Real Estate Executive Breakfast: Are Our Buildings Resilient Enough for Climate Change?

This event is sponsored by: Cadillac Fairview, First Capital, WSP

Not included in the full conference package.

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Business to Business MeetingsBeanfield Centre, Room 203 A, B, 204 A

Business to Business Meetings

Registered participants will be able to request unique individual business meetings with other participants.

7:45 a.m.

Delegate Breakfast Beanfield Centre, Lounge A

Delegate Breakfast

This event is sponsored by: Morguard Investments Ltd.

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Education Breakout Sessions

Stream 1 (Zero Carbon):  From Zero to a Hundred…and Back: Whole Life Approaches to Net Zero Room 206 A

From Zero to a Hundred…and Back: Whole Life Approaches to Net Zero
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

In this session, Integral Group’s international leaders will showcase the global scale of innovative projects across their life cycles from innovative code and policy development, to early design, to delivery,commissioning, and aftercare. They will share approaches that have worked –and what hasn’t worked – from regional offices in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Australia, and how they have overcome at-times disparate local approaches to use diversity for the benefit of clients and cities. Featured will be zero carbon roadmaps for countries (Canada), cities (London Energy Initiative, Cambridge, DC Roadmaps), districts (Minneapolis Loop Project, Denver Water), and buildings (Packard, DPR), and how to use whole life commissioning to continue building roadmaps.

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

Stream 2 (Retrofit): A Sneak Peek at the Latest European Retrofit StrategiesRoom 206 B

A Sneak Peek at the Latest European Retrofit Strategies
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

High energy prices, strict government policies and severe resiliency challenges make Europe a hotbed for innovations in building retrofits. We examine the latest trends and approaches that are implemented across Europe to reduce energy consumption and introduce greener solutions. Subjects that are discussed include large scale solar energy integration, algae as a source of energy in buildings, the use of phase changing materials and smart insulation products, gradual greening strategies and urban food systems. We look at two large retrofit projects in the Netherlands where such innovations have been prototyped and implemented, and discuss how this applies to challenges in Canada.

Presented by: Wilco Van Bemmel, Walas

 

Stream 3 (WorldGBC International): Affordable Green: Solutions and Opportunities for Social and Low-Income HousingRoom 200 AB

Affordable Green: Solutions and Opportunities for Social and Low-Income Housing
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

How do we put people at the heart of buildings? How do we make green homes affordable? This panel will share insights into raising environmental awareness, lowering building operating costs through sustainable design and construction, convincing building owners to make the switch and prioritize greener properties, and how these strategies can add to the health and well-being of the people that occupy the building. Panelists will share strategies for stakeholder engagement to make green affordable housing a reality with best practice and solutions from Australia, Jordan, Canada and Latin America proving that green buildings can be for everyone, everywhere.

Presented by: Romilly Madew, GBC Australia; Ala'a Abdulla, Jordan GBC; Tom Hunter, CityHousing Hamilton; Juanita Alvarez (Moderator), WorldGBC Americas Network

Stream 4 (Resilient Cities): Navigating the Landscape of Sustainability Programs and Building CertificationsRoom 206 C

Navigating the Landscape of Sustainability Programs and Building Certifications
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

There are several types and variations of sustainability programs and building certifications available in the Canadian market. Understanding and navigating the requirements, benefits and differences between them can be a significant endeavor. This session will focus on the Cadillac Fairview (CF) experience with sustainability programs and building certifications, by providing insight into how and when CF determines which certifications to pursue. In addition, challenges and solutions in managing multiple certification methodologies will be discussed. The discussion will leverage case studies from WELL certification at 222 Bay Street and the Arc performance platform.

Presented by: Jag Singh, Cadillac Fairview; Ringo Ng, Cadillac Fairview

 

Stream 5 (LEED v4): The Evolution of Green Building ROI: Adding Health and Productivity to the Equation (Master Speaker Series)Room 206 D

The Evolution of Green Building ROI: Adding Health and Productivity to the Equation
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

The green building movement was started by developers and owners who recognized the energy cost savings of efficient buildings, and the movement accelerated as evidence of higher rent premiums and occupancy rates emerged in green buildings. These two incentives have gotten the green building movement to less than 5% market share. In this session, we will discuss new research on the productivity benefits to employees in the building and health benefits to society as a whole that will redefine the return on investment for green buildings.

Presented by:
Piers MacNaughton, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Master Speaker)

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break Beanfield Centre, Lounge A

Networking Break

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Education Breakout Sessions

Stream 1 (Zero Carbon): The Emerging Solar Opportunity for Commercial Real EstateRoom 206 A

The Emerging Solar Opportunity for Commercial Real Estate
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

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)

Stream 2 (Retrofit): Maximizing Your Outcomes Through Deep Energy Retrofits: A FrameworkRoom 206 B

Maximizing Your Outcomes Through Deep Energy Retrofits: A Framework
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

A deep energy retrofit is a compelling route to transformative results in conserving energy, costs, meeting emissions targets and addressing deferred maintenance backlogs. This presentation will introduce a framework that participants can use to maximize the outcomes of energy retrofits at their facilities. The framework addresses project readiness, outcomes-based planning, partnering for the right expertise, capitalizing on incentives and funding, and mitigating major risks throughout the project lifecycle. You’ll learn how this framework was applied to deep energy retrofits in three facilities, achieving exceptional energy efficiency, cost savings and greenhouse gas emissions reduction, among other outcomes.

Presented by: Frederick Leonard, Ecosystem Energy Services; Bryan Purcell, The Atmospheric Fund

Stream 3 (WorldGBC International): BUILD UPON (Master Speaker Series)Room 200 AB

BUILD UPON
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

National renovation strategies are essential to upgrade today's building stock and ensure its fit for the future. The current renovation rate of 1% in the developed world must reach 3% in order to meet the Paris agreement. Rather than a building-by-building approach, large scale levers like awareness-raising, policy regulation and incentives, and industry-wide collaboration on strategic objectives can lead to the transformation required.dra Learn from the BUILD UPON process and recommendations in Europe which supported the development of 13 national renovation strategies in countries including Spain, Sweden and Ireland.  

Presented by:
James Drinkwater, WorldGBC Europe Regional Network (Master Speaker)

Stream 4 (Resilient Cities): Beyond LEED: An In-Depth Look at the University of British Columbia's Sustainability Journey (Master Speaker Series)Room 206 C

Beyond LEED: An In-Depth Look at the University of British Columbia's Sustainability Journey
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

UBC has been a strong leader in sustainability for over 20 years. That journey continues today. This presentation will cover what is being done to go beyond LEED certification to implement the University’s sustainability policies and Green Building Plan. Topics will include the climate and seismic resilience planning work for the campus (completed with the framework of the LEED Resilience Pilot Credits); a review of the lessons learned from the first project pursuing SITES certification in Canada (Library Gardens); the complete lifecycle assessment of the Tall Wood (Brock Commons) building; and the city-scale work just commencing, including work with smart cities and investigation of LEED for Cities/Communities.

Presented by: Jennifer Sanguinetti, University of British Columbia (Master Speaker)

Stream 5 (LEED v4): Pushing and Predicting Passive Performance: Tips, Tricks and Tools from Retrofits to ResilienceRoom 206 D

Pushing and Predicting Passive Performance: Tips, Tricks and Tools from Retrofits to Resilience
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

Pushing the passive envelope performance has been an increasing focus for deep green retrofits and projects seeking higher building performance. Practitioners are looking at the role of whole building rating systems, such as LEED v4, coupled with other energy or wellness focused rating systems, such as Passive House, WELL Standard, Net Zero, RELi, or Carbon Neutral / Positive programs to assist in pushing towards exceptional building performance. This presentation discusses the substantial changes and importance of envelope design; from Lifecycle Assessment and Building Envelope Commissioning, to new products like thermal clips, advanced glazing, double facades and dynamic cladding. The presenters will also discuss new tools and techniques that can be used to better predict performance from thermal bridging, new processes to commission the envelope and methods to increase durability and resilience. The two presenters, both LEED Fellows, Sustainability and Building Science Consultants, will include lessons learned from 20+ years of LCA work, 10+ years of LEED Durable Building projects in Canada, and five years of Building Envelope Commissioning work.

Presented by
: Jamie McKay, Morrison Hershfield; Mark Lucuik, Morrison Hershfield

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Plenary and Executive ViewpointBeanfield Centre, Ballroom D

Lunch Plenary and Executive Viewpoint
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

Maximizing GHG reductions while Prioritizing Human Health
Prioritizing health and wellness benefits while maximizing GHG emission reductions are key priorities in the design and management of green buildings. Hear about the latest findings from the third report in the revolutionary COGfx Study, a joint initiative from Harvard University and SUNY Upstate Medical University, that examines the impact of green building on cognitive function. This presentation will be followed by a moderated c-suite discussion exploring how innovation in building technology is driving the market forward to meet climate change goals while also prioritizing health and wellness.

  • Introducing COGfx Study 3: Global Buildings: Piers MacNaughton, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • Executive Viewpoint: John Mandyck, UTC and Rao Mulpuri, View. Moderated by REALPAC CEO Michael Brooks.

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions

Stream 1 (Zero Carbon):  Building, Learning and Living Net-Zero in Austria (Master Speaker Series)Room 206 A

Building, Learning and Living Net-Zero in Austria
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

The Vienna Region in Austria has outstanding examples of sustainable buildings. The Plus-Plus-Energy high-rise is the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)'s 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 Construction and Technology (Master Speaker)

Stream 2 (Retrofit): Big Buildings, Big Wins: Lessons Learned from Edmonton's Building Energy Benchmarking ProgramRoom 206 B

Big Buildings, Big Wins: Lessons Learned from Edmonton's Building Energy Benchmarking Program
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

On June 5, 2017, Edmonton became the first Canadian municipality to host a voluntary building energy benchmarking program that will lay the foundation for Edmonton’s transition to a low carbon, sustainable energy future by making building energy performance more accessible. The program aims to compile and compare building energy consumption across Edmonton’s large building stock in order to benchmark building energy performance, facilitate energy efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas reductions in existing buildings. Similar programs and policies across North America have proven the value of this approach, and recently they have gained considerable momentum in Canada. Join us to gain an in depth understanding of the development, design,  successes and flaws of Edmonton's Building Energy Benchmarking Program.

Presented by: Lisa Dockman, City of Edmonton

 

Stream 3 (WorldGBC International): The Insider's Perspective of Green Building in Emerging MarketsRoom 200 AB

The Insider's Perspective of Green Building in Emerging Markets
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

Green building is widely adopted globally, with strong growth expected in most countries, but most particularly in the developing world. This global trend includes aspects of energy conservation, efficient use of water; indoor air quality and design, construction and operation of buildings. Different countries are uniquely affected by climate conditions, culture and tradition, plus a range of environmental, economic and social priorities. This session provides an overview of key market opportunities and trends to watch in United Arab Emirates, India and Brazil. This session is specifically for companies wishing to break into these growing international markets.

Presented by: Saeed Al Abbar, Emirates GBC/AESG; Sundaresan Raghupathy, Indian Green Building Council; Felipe Faria, GBC Brasil; Terri Wills (Moderator), WorldGBC

Stream 4 (Resilient Cities): High Impact Communities: The Val-Martin Project Case StudyRoom 206 C

High Impact Communities: The Val-Martin Project Case Study
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

We always talk about low impact development in an environmental point of view, but let’s switch the paradigm by considering the positive effect on the neighbourhood, the community and the people. It’s with a high impact sustainable mission that the Val-Martin project team has led the concept and drawn each line of this new social housing community located in Laval (Quebec). Comprised of 357 dwelling units and a community centre, the project has been developed with a LEED ND v4 certification goal. Passive stormwater management, environmental lifecycle impact of materials, energy efficiency, walkability, comfort and well-being are all strategies integrated through an IPD/BIM process.

Presented by: Mélanie Pitre, Ædifica; Charles Thibodeau, CT Consultant

 

Stream 5 (LEED v4): Inside Scoop: Reviewer Tips for LEED v4Room 206 D

Inside Scoop: Reviewer Tips for LEED v4
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

LEED v4 certification: what’s changed, what’s easier, what’s harder, and what’s unexpected. Get tips and tricks from some of the people who review BD+C, ID+C and O+M projects. The presentation will highlight common issues seen during reviews, and identify problematic credits. This session will engage the audience and provide ample time for questions and discussion.

Presented by Canada Green Building Council LEED Technical Staff: Chantal Daigle-Verrier, Marnie Fletcher, Ryan Heays, Colleen Loader, Cloelle Vernon, Peter Whitred

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closing Plenary, Keynote and Panel DiscussionBeanfield Centre, Ballroom D

Closing Plenary, Keynote and Panel Discussion
(1 GBCI CE Hour)

Keynote Presentation

Transitioning Buildings, Cities, and Countries to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy for all Purposes Worldwide
By: Mark Z. Jacobson, Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil Engineering at Stanford University
Global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity are three of the most significant problems facing the world today. This talk discusses the development of technical and economic roadmaps to convert the energy infrastructures of buildings, cities, and countries of the world to those powered with 100% wind, water, and sunlight for all purposes, namely electricity, transportation, industry, and heating/cooling, after energy efficiency measures have been accounted for. Aside from mitigating global warming, these roadmaps have potential to eliminate 4-7 million air pollution deaths annually, stabilize energy prices, reduce catastrophic risk, and reduce international conflict over energy.

Panel Discussion

This timely presentation featuring industry experts discussing global approaches to zero carbon buildings will be an appropriate follow up to the keynote presentation. Confirmed panelists include: Veronica Silva, Director General, Service Lead, Technical Services, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Kevin Hydes of Integral and Alec Saltikoff, JP Morgan Chase. Panel moderator: Amy Erixon, Avison Young

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