Program

 

Stream Descriptions

 

Stream 1 – Examining the intersections between green buildings and new technologies. Sponsored by: Superior Essex Inc.

Transformative technologies, access to vast amounts of data, and smart cloud-based solutions are transforming how we design, construct, operate and benchmark our built form. By leveraging innovative technologies, combined with new policies and sustainable strategies, building performance is being optimized, leading to better decisions and planning for the future. The sessions in this stream will address how innovation in advanced manufacturing, construction processes, data-access and analytics, and cloud-solutions is redefining the interface between green and smart. We will also learn how technology has influenced how we think about renewable energy generation, delivery and storage for buildings.

Stream 2 – The role of sustainable buildings in the new low carbon world. Sponsored by: B+H Architects

As we continue on the path to zero carbon, the way forward is defined by the policy, innovation and integrated approaches that are needed to accelerate real results. In this stream, sessions will showcase strategies for zero and near-zero carbon buildings, including applications of CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. Innovation in energy efficiency, renewable on-site and district energy systems, and the most current thinking on embodied carbon will be explored, as well as the impacts of Canadian carbon policies and the costs and opportunities of the low carbon economy.

Stream 3 – Accelerating and broadening your impact

Led by the industry’s top practitioners, take part in advanced discussions about the evolution of Canada’s leading green building tools. Navigate the challenges and opportunities associated with LEED v4 and the exciting improvements that will make LEED v4.1 an even better tool to guide and verify holistic sustainability. Explore how these programs reflect resilience and climate change mitigation, including significant updates in the way they assess energy performance, and discuss the tools and measures that will help ensure ongoing high performance. Hear from early adopters of the RELi resilience standard, TRUE Zero Waste program, the Parksmart certification system for parking structures and the Sustainable SITES Initiative for landscapes.

Stream 4 – Retrofits for a clean and resilient economy. Sponsored by: RJC Engineers Inc.

Retrofitting 55,000 large existing buildings across the country is essential to meet Canada’s GHG emission reduction targets. A robust retrofit economy requires the private, public and non-governmental sectors to work together to make Canada’s existing building stock capable of withstanding, responding to and recovering from climate change. This stream covers portfolio-wide retrofit strategies, district energy systems and new financing models. Increase your understanding of energy benchmarking as a means to identify and prioritize retrofit opportunities. Explore IREE certification for quality assurance and consider the value of bundling projects for major investments.

Stream 5 – Harmonizing social, economic and environmental sustainability. Sponsored by: Shaw Contract

As the industry focuses on low carbon solutions, it’s critical that we do not lose sight of the economic, social and broader environmental benefits of green buildings. The spaces in which we live and work should have a positive impact on our productivity, job satisfaction and well-being, leading to stronger employee recruitment and retention, lower operating costs, and higher rent revenues for owners and operators. Learn about new programs and research, the embodied energy of materials and explore case studies of projects that are successfully balancing green building, health and wellness with business priorities.

 

Delivery Models

 

Interactive Learning (two-hour session)

Lead a mini workshop within the conference program for enhanced hands-on learning.

These hands-on, facilitated learning sessions will be enhanced with the support and guidance of the CaGBC education team. Building on the concepts proposed by the applicants, our education experts will help create and deliver a two-hour session to achieve key learning objectives.

International

Provide global green building insights that shine light on new approaches and innovation.

New perspectives, best practices and leading examples from outside of Canada provide valuable insight for our delegates. Ideally, there will be one international presentation in each stream.

Panel Presentation

Propose a panel of subject matter experts for a cohesive, aligned session, with different perspectives.

These sessions are submitted as a fully integrated session or panel discussion with no more than three presenters. The presentation should be configured to provide equal time for each speaker and allow for questions from the audience. Panelists may be from different companies.

Policy

Suggest policy-centric sessions that discuss the impact and potential for growth and change in the green building industry.

As the political landscape in North America morphs into a new reality, discussions around current policies, proposed changes and future requirements will influence every aspect of the industry. One session in each stream will address relevant/related policy and the advocacy positions taken.

Technical Deep Dive

Skip the formalities and take a closer look at the details.

These sessions provide delegates with the opportunity to participate in a technical, comprehensive exploration of a specific, issue-driven deep dive. If you have something that fits the bill in any of the streams, select this model and provide delegates with in-depth insights they might not otherwise receive.

Tour (two-hour session)

Showcase a site or project that’s close to the Vancouver Convention Centre and accessible by bike, foot or kayak, or augment your unique teaching style by taking participants outside.

This year we are integrating tours into the education program on core conference days. Two hours will be allotted to each tour, which will be designed with the support of the CaGBC education team to deliver a unique learning experience to delegates who are up for a little adventure.

 

Event Types

 

Conference

Special
Events

Business to
Business Meetings

Networking

 

Schedule

 
 

Tuesday, May 28

All Day

International Delegate Program Tours

The International Trade Delegation will have many opportunities to network and learn from speakers and experts from across Canada and around the world. Combined with opportunities for one-on-one business to business meetings, each participant can attend tours, choose from over 30 education sessions, three keynote plenaries, and explore the Green Business Showcase which features innovative products and services from across the Canadian green building industry. Today's activities include two green building tours. Details will be shared soon.

Co-hosted by: Vancouver Economic Commission

Accelerating to Zero Summit - Vancouver Convention Centre East, Meeting Rooms 301 - 305

Join us for this full day Summit to to explore the policies, programs and innovations needed to achieve zero carbon buildings. Delegates will gain insight and information about: the Zero Carbon pilot program; Zero Carbon Costing Study findings; international Zero Carbon projects; strategies to reduce embodied carbon and more.  The full program will be posted soon. Be sure to register for this important event.

Sponsored by: Mistubishi Heating and Cooling, Integral Group, Lafarge Canada Inc, Schneider Electric

noon – 4:00 p.m.

10th Clean Energy Ministerial/4th Mission Innovation Event Expo - Vancouver Convention Centre West

This year, the CaGBC is proud to give Building Lasting Change delegates the opportunity to explore the CEM-10/MI-4 Innovation Showcase.  The showcase features world-changing technologies and dynamic activities allowing visitors the chance to meet with cleantech companies and understand their technology.  This event is in the Vancouver Convention Centre West and is free for BLC delegates to attend.

 

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

CaGBC Annual General Meeting - Vancouver Convention Centre West, Meeting Room 306

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

 

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception - Vancouver Convention Centre East, Expo Hall B

Join us for the opening event of Canada’s premier green building industry event. Meet with peers, mingle with exhibitors and once again 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.

CaGBC BC Chapter After Party Steamworks, Uber Room, 375 Water St

Join us for an evening of socializing, networking, and great local drinks. The Chapter After-Party takes place after the Welcome Reception at CaGBC's Building Lasting Change conference. The After-Party is open to both conference delegates and the general public, and will take place at the fun and friendly Steamworks brewpub, a one-of-a-kind steam generated brewery, named after the famous steam that runs through its historic Gastown pub.

Location: Steamworks, Uber Room, 375 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8 – MAP - (5 min walk from conference)

Registration: To register for the afterparty, click here and click the afterparty option in your conference registration (Option 1), or select Option 3 to only sign up for the afterparty.

Tickets can be purchased online now for $15 or at the door for $20.

Includes one complimentary drink.

Not included in the full conference package.

 

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Wednesday, May 29

7:15 a.m.

Delegate Breakfast - VCC East, Meeting Room 1, 2, 3 and South Foyer

Food and refreshments available for all delegates.

Sponsored by: Morguard Investments Limited

 

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Plenary and Keynote Presentation by Chris Turner, Sustainability and Global Cleantech Expert, VCC East, Ballroom ABC

Tracking the Global Energy Transition: Drawing on 15 years of reporting, Chris Turner will provide an up-to-the-minute update on the progress of the emerging shift to a low-carbon economy worldwide and the pivotal role for the built environment in that transition.

Don’t miss author, journalist and sustainability strategist, Chris Turner’s opening address on May 29.

Click here for details.

Sponsored by: BGIS

 


 

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Stream 1 East Meeting Room 12 - Technical Deep Dive - Parts 1 and 2
#1 : Healthy buildings for everyone. Tapping into biology to grow the next generation of buildings.
#2 : Disruptive innovation for green construction: The role and impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and drones (UAVs)

This session consists of four 30 minute presentations and runs from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Attendees will have a brief break after Presentation #2.

The first two presentations are:

#1 Title: Healthy buildings for everyone. Tapping into biology to grow the next generation of buildings.

Description: The way buildings are built today has remained relatively unchanged for nearly 200 years. The $9 trillion a year global construction industry is responsible for nearly 60% of climate change emissions, a third of landfill waste and a shocking array of negative health effects. In 2016, the XPRIZE Foundation set out to establish a “moonshot” for construction by creating the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings.  Learn how one team approached this unique opportunity to develop a way to (literally) grow buildings by fusing synthetic biology, genomics, parametric modeling and 3D printing to create a disruption and paradigm shift that could switch us from a PETRO-chemical world, to a BIO-chemical one

Presented by: Eric Cory Freed, Sustainability Disruptor, Morrison Hershfield

#2 Title: Disruptive innovation for green construction: The role and impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and drones (UAVs)

Description: The past decade has seen a surge in disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), drones (UAVs) and 3D printing in the consumer based economy. More recently though, these innovative technologies are being adopted and integrated by the Engineering, Design, Procurement and Construction sectors, making an impact on industrial processes. It is no surprise that in 2018, the sector for the manufacturing and development of drones was primarily driven and influenced by the widest application of drones in the construction sector. This presentation focuses on how the integration of smart technology and UAVs in construction benefits and impacts the green built environment and will also showcase case study projects with the integration of using UAVs including the integration of infra-red thermography in construction projects in several phases  to monitor construction progress; identify site conditions; and for quality control of a building retrofit.

Presented by:
Dr. Azzeddine Oudjehane, Instructor, SAIT

Stream 2 - East Meeting Room 8

Details to come

Stream 3 - East Meeting Room 11

Details to come

Stream 4 - Walking the Walk: A roadmap for  low carbon neutrality in existing buildings - East Meeting Room 10

Title: Walking the Walk: A roadmap for low carbon neutrality in existing buildings

Description: In response to The Greening Government Strategy and their commitment to achieving a carbon neutral portfolio by 2050, with a stretch goal of carbon neutrality by 2030, Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC) have developed guidelines for the evaluation and recommendation of projects which have an impact on the GHG emissions associated with their real-estate portfolio. Through this guideline, PSPC have established that carbon neutrality will be measured and reported at the portfolio level. The intention of this engaging panel discussion is to capture the broad process laid out by BGIS on behalf of PSPC and the challenges and risks inherent to an aggressive carbon reduction target.  Furthermore, the aim of this panel is to lay out the competing priorities faced by Morrison Hershfield’s consulting team such as energy/GHG reduction targets, capital and maintenance cost plans, operations and replacement cycles, technical feasibility, impact on schedule as well as short/long-term federal priorities. With the input from various stakeholders in the Carbon Neutral Study (CNS) process, the panel intends to dissect the integrated design process (IDP) implemented by the multi-disciplinary consultant team of specialists in the areas of building envelope design, mechanical, electrical, controls, calibration energy simulation, broader sustainability and resiliency, lifecycle cost assessment (LCCA), and a broad stakeholder engagement process via workshop facilitation.  The panel will introduce specific project examples from various geographical regions to facilitation discussion and engage the audience in analyzing various energy efficiency and carbon mitigation measures already implemented through this CNS process. 

Presented by: Kalum Galle, Morrison Hershfield; Brian Miltimore, BGIS; TBC, Government of Canada (PSPC)

Stream 5 - The ingenious approach that repurposed and reconnected Levels 8 and 9 of the Vancouver Public Library - Two-hour guided tour - East Meeting Room 15

Title: The ingenious approach that repurposed and reconnected Levels 8 and 9 at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch

Description: Two decades after the building's completion, the design team of Moshe Safdie Architects, DA architects and landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander reunited to fulfill the original design intent of a public roof garden atop Vancouver’s Public Library. The top two floors of the library were previously occupied by the the Government of BC. The completion of that lease afforded the City of Vancouver the opportunity to reclaim the space for public use. While construction in a constrained, urban environment always presents unique design challenges, a major renovation adds its own complexities—especially in a heavily trafficked public institution. The library would remain open and operational throughout its transformation. The ingenious approach entailed renovation of 40,000 square feet of interior space and 20,000 square feet of open, public space, completely repurposing the top two floors of the building. Two escalators were added, lowered by a crane through the cavity created by removing an existing skylight. As a result, the top two floors of the building were reunited with the lower floors, providing much needed space to fulfill the evolving needs of the library. The roof garden rises above the adjacent buildings, presenting to its visitors the built context surrounding the library. Aside from the roof garden, multipurpose spaces with sliding glass partitions, a theatre, exhibition hall and a quiet reading room make the upper floors a popular destination for library users.  The project is currently seeking LEED Canada Commercial Interior certification.

Led by: Brenda Martens, Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Break - VCC East, Meeting Rooms 1, 2, 3 and South Foyer

Refreshments available for all delegates. Sponsored by Enbridge Inc.

 

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Stream 1 East Meeting Room 12 - Technical Deep Dive - Parts 3 and 4
#3 : Smart thermal grids: the future of sustainable energy systems using low-carbon heating and cooling
#4 : Leveraging technology to achieve net zero: A case study 

This session consists of four 30 minute presentations and runs from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Attendees will have a brief break before Presentation #3.

The two presentations in this one hour session are:

#3 Title: Smart thermal grids: the future of sustainable energy systems using low-carbon heating and cooling
Description: In the buildings of our low-carbon future, ambient thermal loops will use a mix of heat pumps, thermal storage, and waste heat recovery to heat and cool our spaces. This panel will discuss how advanced thermal technologies can be combined to provide low-carbon heating and cooling for a single high-performance building, or an entire smart thermal grid. It will discuss how algorithms can be used to optimize the mix of geothermal exchange, sewer water heat recovery, building-to-building load sharing, and conventional plant equipment to achieve specific greenhouse gas or economic targets.

Presented by: Matthew Tokarik, Subterra Renewables; Mike Walters, MEP Associates LLC; Lynn Mueller, SHARC International Systems; Christian Cianfrone, ZEBx

#4 Title: Leveraging technology to achieve net zero: A case study
Description: The Innovation Centre at Red River College is a high-performance building in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, one of the first in the region to target net-zero while adding to a historic building. Targeting an EUI of 100, the design process made use of cloud computing for early phase energy modelling, extensive energy data from similar building types, hybrid modelling to overcome software obstacles, and employed a design assist process for the design of BIPV panels. This case study offers valuable lessons and practical advice on how to meet ambitious energy targets while using technically advanced methods and technologies.

Presented by:
Michael Leckman, Diamond Schmitt Architects;  Steve Kemp, RDH Building Science Inc.; Ali Nazari, Integral Group

Stream 2 - Architecture in motion - the impact of active buildings - East Meeting Room 8

Title: Materials in motion - the impact of active buildings

Description: In a new low carbon world, ‘Active Buildings’ are stretching their wings towards the sky. Photovoltaic cells and Phase Change Materials as part of a movable building envelope are harvesting solar radiation for energy production and heating and interstellar radiation for cooling. Building-­‐integrated energy production systems are utilizing renewable energy sources exclusively. The ‘Active Energy Building’ is the first realized prototype of an urban and decentralized energy production system providing a more democratic model of energy production as well as energy distribution.

Presented by: Anton Falkeis, falkeis2architects

Stream 3 -  East Meeting Room 11

Details to come

Stream 4 – Exploring real world solutions to large building retrofits - Panel Presentation - East Meeting Room 10

Title: Exploring real world solutions to large building retrofits

Description: This diverse panel is geared to people interested in understanding the challenges and potential opportunities with large-scale building retrofits. The discussion will include unique perspectives from the Owner, Architect, Design-Build Contractor, and Consulting firms currently engaged in a multi-million dollar two-tower re-cladding project in Toronto. We will share information on topics such as: efficiency opportunities, embodied energy, design strategies, construction logistics, tenant management, and costs versus asset value. Our cities contain hundreds of mid- and high-rise buildings with significant retrofit needs, this panel will give attendees valuable insight into making these kinds of project successful.

Presented by: Lisa Chandler, Oxford Properties Group; Harrison Chan, WZMH Architects; Don Delaney, Flynn Canada; Scott R. Armstrong, WSP

Stream 5 - Two-hour tour underway

Title: The ingenious approach that repurposed and reconnected Levels 8 and 9 at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch

Description: Two decades after the building's completion, the design team of Moshe Safdie Architects, DA architects and landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander reunited to fulfill the original design intent of a public roof garden atop Vancouver’s Public Library. The top two floors of the library were previously occupied by the the Government of BC. The completion of that lease afforded the City of Vancouver the opportunity to reclaim the space for public use. While construction in a constrained, urban environment always presents unique design challenges, a major renovation adds its own complexities—especially in a heavily trafficked public institution. The library would remain open and operational throughout its transformation. The ingenious approach entailed renovation of 40,000 square feet of interior space and 20,000 square feet of open, public space, completely repurposing the top two floors of the building. Two escalators were added, lowered by a crane through the cavity created by removing an existing skylight. As a result, the top two floors of the building were reunited with the lower floors, providing much needed space to fulfill the evolving needs of the library. The roof garden rises above the adjacent buildings, presenting to its visitors the built context surrounding the library. Aside from the roof garden, multipurpose spaces with sliding glass partitions, a theatre, exhibition hall and a quiet reading room make the upper floors a popular destination for library users.  The project is currently seeking LEED Canada Commercial Interior certification.

Led by: Brenda Martens, Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre

This two-hour guided tour began at 9:45 a.m. and will return to the Vancouver Convention Centre by 12:15 p.m.

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Green Business Showcase opens with Delegate Lunch - VCC East, Expo Hall B

CaGBC’s 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 and discussion pods, 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

Lunch Sponsored by: FortisBC

 

12:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

B2B sessions begin on the Green Business Showcase Floor - VCC East, Expo Hall B

Registered participants will be able to request individual business meetings with other participants. Be sure you indicate your interest when you register as a delegate, sponsor or exhibitor.

 

Emerging Green Professionals Mentor Lounge and CaGBC Education Station on the Green Business Showcase Floor - VCC East, Expo Hall B

Quickly becoming the place to be on the Showcase floor, the EGP Mentor Lounge gives young professionals a chance to meet with industry experts to find out how they got their start in green building.

 

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Stream 1 - Vancouver's heritage meets modern building technology - Two-hour guided tour - East Meeting Room 12

Title: Vancouver's heritage meets modern building technology

Description: This tour session will lead participants through a AAA class 405,000 sq. ft. office tower with hotel and retail components. Attendees will get a glimpse of the historic 11-storey Vancouver Old Stock Exchange building façade, that has earned a “Heritage Building” designation. The Exchange is the first Vancouver heritage conservation to achieve LEED Platinum Certification. Participants will learn about the building’s exemplary environmental features, including a geo-exchange and solar thermal system, radiant heating/cooling, LED lighting and rainwater harvesting. The Exchange will expend only half the energy of a like-sized office tower and has been developed with sustainability and occupant wellbeing in mind.

Presented by:
Gordon McDonald, Integral Group; Alex Wong, Integral Group; Daniel Hawreluk, Iredale Architecture

This is a two-hour guided tour which will return to the Vancouver Convention Centre by 5:00 p.m.

Stream 2 –  Stop shying away from WBLCA! - Two hour interactive learning session - East Meeting Room 8

Title: Stop shying away from WBLCA!

Description: Embodied carbon, the emissions from making the materials of our built environment, is a larger source of global warming than we thought. And getting to zero by 2050 to avert our 1.5-degree tipping point means reducing embodied carbon is more urgent than ever. Luckily many of the tools and expertise are here to tackle embodied carbon head on, but aren't widely used or understood by the building community, yet. This instructive session will get people started.  Collective deep expertise of a sustainability consultant, a structural engineer, an owner and architect, and director of the Carbon Leadership Forum will instruct the group and draw from the CLF "LCA Practice Guide," the ASCE/SEI "WBLCA Reference Building Structure and Strategies," and other seminal documents.  The last activity consists of tools "speed-dating" where participants will rotate through tables with WBLCA tool providers for hands-on demonstrations and Q&A.

Presented by: Frances Yang, ARUP; Dirk Kestner, Walter P Moore; Meghan Lewis, WeWork; Kate Simonen, Carbon Leadership Forum

This is a two hour interactive session which will conclude at 5 p.m. including an allowance for a delegate break.

Stream 3 - Materialize - East Meeting Room 11

Title: Materialize

Description: In a market driven by planet and human health and the reduction of carbon emissions, the responsibilities of built environment professionals are continuously shifting. With this change comes a great deal of complexity around communicating healthy building materials and transparency. How do we, as an industry, begin to tackle these conversations around material health? This session will focus on making sense of this shift through a collaborative effort to simplify the selection of building materials using Mindful Materials, taking the audience through an engaging design process of a commercial environment and challenging them to think about the materials they are specifying.

Presented by: Tim Conway, Shaw Contract; Alexandra Setmajer, Brightworks Sustainability; Max Richter, Perkins+Will

Stream 4 - Fuel switching retrofits at scale - East Meeting Room 10

Title: Fuel switching retrofits at scale

Description: Retrofit programs and policies that concentrate on improvements in energy efficiency alone will be insufficient in meeting our carbon emissions reduction targets. That’s why industry actors, from local governments to building owners, must support and engage in deep emissions retrofits of existing buildings. This session explores some of the key components of fuel switching retrofits using the concept of market transformation. The session presents a roadmap that identifies the regulatory and other tools necessary to make the switch, as well as the experiences of two large owners – BC Housing and QuadReal – in achieving cost-effective retrofits at scale.

Presented by: Lisa Westerhoff, Integral Group; Betsy Agar, Pembina Institute; Jamie Gray-Donald, QuadReal Properties

Stream 5 - The Phoenix triple play: LEED, Fitwel and Zero Carbon - East Meeting Room 15

Title: The Phoenix triple play: LEED, Fitwel and  Zero Carbon

Description: Housing Lemay’s new headquarters, the Phoenix, a 100,000 ft2 industrial building refurbished into a living laboratory, addresses the biggest challenges in cities: developing inspiring healthy living spaces to increase occupant wellbeing and productivity; producing as much renewable energy as we consume with energy storage solutions; and retrofitting the large inefficient existing building stock to mitigate our impact on climate change. With the intent of inspiring change for a new era of sustainable workplaces, the Phoenix project has the potential to be replicated broadly. The project is targeting three certifications: LEED Platinum, Fitwel and Zero Carbon.

Presented by: Hugo Lafrance, Lemay; Martin Roy, Martin Roy et associés

3:30 p.m.

Break - VCC East, Meeting Room 1, 2, 3 and South Foyer

Refreshments available for all delegates.

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Stream 1 - Two-hour tour underway

Title: Vancouver's heritage meets modern building technology

Description: This tour session will lead participants through a AAA class 405,000 sq. ft. office tower with hotel and retail components. Attendees will get a glimpse of the historic 11-storey Vancouver Old Stock Exchange building façade, that has earned a “Heritage Building” designation. The Exchange is the first Vancouver heritage conservation to achieve LEED Platinum Certification. Participants will learn about the building’s exemplary environmental features, including a geo-exchange and solar thermal system, radiant heating/cooling, LED lighting and rainwater harvesting. The Exchange will expend only half the energy of a like-sized office tower and has been developed with sustainability and occupant wellbeing in mind.

Presented by:
Gordon McDonald, Integral Group; Alex Wong, Integral Group; Daniel Hawreluk, Iredale Architecture

This two-hour guided tour began at 2:30 p.m. and will return to the Vancouver Convention Centre by 5:00 p.m.

 

Stream 2 - Two-hour session underway

Title: Stop shying away from WBLCA!

Description: Embodied carbon, the emissions from making the materials of our built environment, is a larger source of global warming than we thought. And getting to zero by 2050 to avert our 1.5-degree tipping point means reducing embodied carbon is more urgent than ever. Luckily many of the tools and expertise are here to tackle embodied carbon head on, but aren't widely used or understood by the building community, yet. This instructive session will get people started.  Collective deep expertise of a sustainability consultant, a structural engineer, an owner and architect, and director of the Carbon Leadership Forum will instruct the group and draw from the CLF "LCA Practice Guide," the ASCE/SEI "WBLCA Reference Building Structure and Strategies," and other seminal documents.  The last activity consists of tools "speed-dating" where participants will rotate through tables with WBLCA tool providers for hands-on demonstrations and Q&A.

Presented by: Frances Yang, ARUP; Dirk Kestner, Walter P Moore; Meghan Lewis, WeWork; Kate Simonen, Carbon Leadership Forum

This two hour interactive session began at 2:30 p.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m. including an allowance for a delegate break.

Stream 3 - East Meeting Room 11

Details to come

Stream 4 – Confidence you can take to the bank: Standardizing building energy retrofits to increase funding opportunities - Policy Discussion East Meeting Room 10

Title: Confidence you can take to the bank: Standardizing building energy retrofits to increase funding opportunities

Description: Are you a developer looking for a quality assurance mechanism for originating your retrofit project? An investor looking for a steady stream of high-quality, pre-certified projects or perhaps a program administrator looking for off-the-shelf technical requirements and best practices to attract high quality contractors, private investors and projects?  If you said yes to any, then you need to learn about an innovative new tool for developing building retrofit projects: The Investor Confidence Project (ICP) and their Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE) certification. By standardizing the way in which energy efficiency projects are conceived, developed, measured, and verified, the IREE certification is transforming how the market underwrites and invests in energy conservation measures for existing commercial and multifamily buildings. To help introduce this tool in Canada, the ICP Early Adopters Program is enabling retrofit projects to pursue the IREE Certification with added technical support and industry recognition.

Presented by: TBA

Stream 5 - Integrating equity into practice (Panel Presentation) - East Meeting Room 15

Title: Integrating equity into practice

Description: This panel presentation will offer participants a methodology for defining, acknowledging and integrating social equity into their work through the application of a social equity toolkit. The toolkit, originally established by the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative, was created to advance access to opportunities for historically under‐served and underrepresented communities—particularly communities of colour, and immigrant and refugee communities. The kit was adapted with the support of the City of Seattle, into a tool for design teams and has broad applications across all areas of practice, at all scales for projects, programs, and initiatives. The panel will present the context for development of the toolkit including the reason for leading with race, relevance of social equity to planning and design practice areas, how research informs methods and practice, acknowledgement of institutional inequities, and the process of adapting the toolkit for a planning and design firm. The components of the toolkit will be shared, along with outcomes and lessons from current project work.

Presented by: Rebecca Holt, Perkins+Will; Aram Hernandez, Perkins+Will; Michael Austin, Seattle Planning Commission

6:00 p.m.

Leadership and Green Building Excellence Awards Gala Reception - VCC East, Meeting Room 1, 2, 3

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

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

Sponsored by: Manulife Financial

 

7:00 p.m.

Leadership and Green Building Excellence Awards Gala Dinner and Presentation - VCC East, Expo Hall A

Join us for this full evening of celebration and recognition. The CaGBC Leadership, Green Building Excellence, Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project and Product of the Year winners will all be revealed tonight.

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

After Gala Celebration - VCC East, Expo Hall A

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.

Sponsored by: Oxford Properties Group

 

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Thursday, May 30

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Women in Green Breakfast (space is limited) - Pan Pacific Hotel, Ocean View Room 1, 2

Join us for this inaugural Women in Green Breakfast where we will delve into the many ways that women lead with purpose to embrace diversity, inspire others, and enable transformational change. This event is free to attend for full conference delegates, plus we have reserved some seats for Emerging Green Professionals. This event is included with full conference delegate passes but space is limited so be sure to add this event to your package when you register online. Click here for more details.

Sponsored by: Perkins + Will, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary


 

International Delegate Breakfast (space is limited) - Pan Pacific Hotel, Cypress Ballroom

Learn about Vancouver's $3.3 Billion Green Building Opportunity

Join us for an exciting breakfast taking place as part of the Building Lasting Change conference in Vancouver.

Open to all Building Lasting Change delegates, the breakfast is hosted by the Vancouver Economic Commission and CaGBC. Featured speakers will explain current building policies in Vancouver and throughout the Pacific region and walk participants through the specific product and manufacturing opportunities identified in the Vancouver Economic Commission’s “Green Buildings Market Forecast.”

The Zero Emissions Building Plan and the B.C. Energy Step Code are forecasted to generate $3.3 billion for green building products between now and 2032. The VEC analysis shows that there are unique opportunities for B.C. and foreign companies to meet this need by sharing intellectual property, building manufacturing partnerships and targeting the market in Cascadia.

Featured Speakers:

  • George Benson, Green Building Market Acceleration, Vancouver Economic Commission
  • Sabina FooFat, Senior Green Buildings Planner, City of Vancouver

This event is included with full conference delegate passes and the one day conference pass for Thursday, May 30. Be sure to add this event when you register online for the conference. Space is limited.

Sponsored by: Vancouver Economic Commission



 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Stream 1 – Using data to diagnose the performance gap between design and operational building energy use - Technical Deep Dive East Meeting Room 12

Title: Using data to diagnose the performance gap between design and operational building energy use

Description: Seeing energy conscious design translate into real-world carbon reductions is imperative to combat negative climate change impacts. Although innovations in energy metering technologies have emerged, meaningful data analysis is rare. With unprecedented access to extensive energy use data and energy models for over 100 buildings, we defined the ‘performance gap’ between models and metered data. This analysis allowed us to support or demystify conventional wisdom and assumptions common in the green building industry. The goal of this study is to support Sidewalk Labs in moving beyond industry-standard energy benchmarks towards real carbon-reduction results, which can be replicated across future developments.

Presented by: Jenny McMinn, Urban Equation; Craig McIntyre, EQ Building Performance; Charlotte Matthews, Sidewalk Labs; Jason Manikel,  Energy Profiles Limited

Stream 2 - Net Zero at University of Calgary: MacKimmie Tower Retrofit Case Study - Panel Presentation - East Meeting Room 8

Title: Net Zero at University of Calgary: MacKimmie Tower Retrofit Case Study

Description: The MacKimmie Tower and block redevelopment is one of the most ambitious low-carbon projects in Canada providing more than 35,000 m² of re‐energized space in the heart of the campus. The presentation will highlight the project drivers along with the unique design and construction processes employed in this low carbon deep retrofit project. Additionally, panelists will share a technical review of the active double-skin façade system that will provide a superior interior environment and a 90% reduction in energy consumption, compare modelled performance to the Zero Carbon Building standard, and discuss challenges of targeting zero carbon in a retrofit application.

Presented by: John Souleles, DIALOG; Stefan Holst, Transsolar; Adam Stoker, University of Calgary, Boris Dragicevic, University of Calgary

Stream 3 - East Meeting Room 11

Details to come

Stream 4 – Retrofit to the max: Elite performance is not just for new builds - Technical Deep Dive East Meeting Room 10

Title: Retrofit to the max: Elite performance is not just for new builds

Description: Achieving certification to Zero Carbon Building Standard or Passive House can seem like a daunting task, particularly on a retrofit project. The relative impact of thermal bridging and envelope transitions is amplified in low energy buildings and particularly challenging to resolve in retrofit conditions. Humber College’s Deep Energy Retrofit Project for the Nx Building surmounted these challenges through careful integration across architectural design, energy modelling, envelope design, and mechanical design. Construction phase challenges were also met by implementing a robust testing protocol to facilitate EnerPhit and Zero Carbon Building certification.

Presented by: Holly Jordan, B+H Architects; Steve Murray, Morrison Hershfield; Aman Hehar, Humber College

Stream 5 - Re-imagining urban development in the context of sustainability, health and equity (Panel Presentation) - East Meeting Room 15

Title: Re-imagining urban development in the context of sustainability, health and equity

Description: As individuals and families continue to be attracted to urban centres, professionals, developers and city officials need to adapt the way they address climate change while attaining economic, social and ecological balance. Two exceptional projects will share how districts face the fundamental challenges to bridge diverse stakeholders and complex systems to holistically address equity, resilience and sustainability in a manner that is scalable and repeatable. Both projects are transforming post-industrial parcels of lands into vibrant mixed-used districts that will act as a catalyst for their cities. As Canada’s first project to pursue EcoDistricts certification, East Harbour in Toronto aims to demonstrate how a district-based approach to carbon neutrality, resilience and equity is an effective approach to build large-scale developments. As a LEEDv4-ND Plan Platinum project, Technopole Angus in Montréal will share how it’s development is evolving in resonance with neighbourhood needs and aims to offer a new frame for a sustainable way of life.

Presented by:
Nadia Yen, First Gulf; Juhee Oh, WSP; Guillaume Martel, Provencher_Roy Architectes; Celine C. Mertenat, Provencher_Roy Architectes

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

B2B meetings - VCC East, Meeting Rooms 19, 20

Registered participants will be able to request individual business meetings with other participants. Be sure you indicate your interest when you register as a delegate, sponsor or exhibitor.

 

10:00 a.m.

Break - VCC East, Meeting Rooms 1, 2, 3

Refreshments available for all delegates.

 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Stream 1 - Measure and move to net zero: Jobsite Insights - Technical Deep Dive East Meeting Room 12

Title: Measure and move to net zero: Jobsite Insights

Description: The drive to reduce energy consumption and carbon use during the construction and operation of buildings is forcing industry to explore new technologies such as the Internet of Things based sensors, and controls with machine learning/advanced analytics models. This session will explore how the Jobsite Insights platform provides immediate and actionable site information for improved decision making and reduced emissions during construction and how secure, cost-effective control systems can continue to save building owners after project completion.  Finally, we will delve into the barriers that need to be removed to fully leverage intelligent systems.

Presented by: Chris Palmer, PCL; Brent Bauman, Stantec

Stream 2 - Working Title: Low-carbon forecasting and investment analysis for portfolios - East Meeting Room 8

Working title: Low-carbon forecasting and investment analysis for portfolios
Description to come:
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Stream 3 - East Meeting Room 11

Details to come

Stream 4 – Pathways to zero: Innovation opportunities to accelerate climate leadership at university campuses - Panel Presentation East Meeting Room 10

Title: Pathways to zero: Innovation opportunities to accelerate climate leadership at university campuses

Description: This panel presentation will highlight innovation opportunities to accelerate climate leadership at Canadian post-secondary education institutions. Both the University of British Columbia and the University of Calgary have reached 30% absolute reductions in institutional greenhouse gas emissions and have set their sights on carbon neutrality by 2050. Participants will learn about how these two institutions aim to reach their goals and what they need from industry and government to get there. This provocative discussion will explore topics such as solution partnerships, the disruptive 3Ds (decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization), resiliency and climate adaptation, policy enablement and more.

Presented by: Joanne Perdue, University of Calgary; John Metras, University of British Columbia. Moderated by: Brent Gilmour, CaGBC

Stream 5 – Drivers of investment in sustainability in the Canadian commercial real estate market from 2006 to 2019 and beyond - Panel Presentation East Meeting Room 15

Title: Drivers of investment in sustainability in the Canadian commercial real estate market from 2006 to 2019 and beyond

Description: Several Canadian asset managers were interviewed in 2017/2018 and asked to identify the key drivers of investment in energy efficiency in commercial real estate portfolios over three periods, 2006-2011, 2012-2016, and 2017 and beyond. The findings of this study were surprising and will be shared with attendees. Two industry panelists will also comment on their experience over this period and how they anticipate the current federal carbon pricing legislation and provincial responses to affect such decision-making over the next five years. Finally, best practices identified in this study will be presented.

Presented by: Jenn McArthur, Ryerson University; Karen Jalon, Cadillac Fairview Corporation; Darryl Neate, Oxford Properties Group; Michael Brooks, REALPAC

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch Plenary - VCC East, Ballroom ABC

Details to come

Sponsored by: Avison Young, Kingsett Capital

 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Stream 1 - The past, present and future of building enclosures - Panel Presentation -  East Meeting Room 12

Title: The past, present and future of building enclosures

Description: Building enclosures hugely impact building performance. Thermal comfort, energy usage, thermal resilience, life cycle impacts, and durability all emerge from building enclosure design. The construction and quality assurance of enclosures also significantly impacts project costs and timelines. In this session, panelists will explore the evolution of fenestration, opaque wall, and air tightness performance. This discussion will include market challenges/opportunities, technological developments, and the evolution of voluntary standards as well as North American building codes. Speakers will offer their vision for where the industry is headed. This will be followed by a panel Q&A focused on identifying and addressing barriers to building better enclosures, including defining what “better” means.

Presented by:
Peter Dushenski, GlasCurtain Inc.; Dr. Randy Van Straaten, RDH Building Science; Ed Dornn, Greenstone Structural Solutions

Stream 2 - Zero carbon city: An in-depth look at the city of Vancouver's approach to policy and projects for a zero emissions future - Panel Presentation - East Meeting Room 8

Title: Zero carbon city: An in-depth look at the City of Vancouver’s approach to policy and projects for a zero emissions future

Description: As a global leader in sustainability, the City of Vancouver will share its approach to the diverse set of municipal buildings that are under construction and undergoing retrofit to successfully achieve a Zero Carbon City.  The presenters will share the larger civic goals and policies that have led to a variety of strategies tailored to unique building types and conditions. HCMA and Integral Group will then share their experience working on the Vancouver Fire Hall 17, the City of Vancouver’s first non-residential project targeting Passive House, CaGBC Zero Carbon, LEED v4 Gold and Net Zero Energy. The presenters will share lessons learned on one of the most ambitious projects in North America and offer insights on the overlap and conflict between the different certifications.

Presented by: Craig Edwards, City of Vancouver; Chris Higgins, City of Vancouver; Zina Berrada, HCMA Architecture + Design; Scott Ghomeshi, Integral Group

Stream 3 - Understanding interaction  between GBCI Canada's newest green building programs - East Meeting Room 11

Title: Understanding interaction between GBCI Canada's Newest Green Building Programs

Description:
Learn about GBCI Canada’s slate of new Green Building Programs, their intent, and the synergies. This session will cover LEED and LEED Zero, TRUE Zero Waste program, the Parksmart certification system for parking structures, and the Sustainable SITES Initiative for landscapes. It will also touch on ZCB, ICP, GRESB, Arc, WELL, and the RELi resilience design criteria. Obtain the key information you require in order to choose your project’s targeted rating system(s).

Presented by:
Brandy Burdenuik, GBCI Canada

Stream 4 – Full disclosure: Industry leadership on building performance - Technical Deep Dive - East Meeting Room 10

Title: Full disclosure: Industry leadership on building performance

Description: Completing effective building energy reduction projects in Canada represents the most affordable way to cut national GHG emissions, holds the largest potential for energy savings, and could unlock billions of dollars in economic opportunity, but in Canada these activities are being hamstrung. Through the Disclosure Challenge Program, industry is taking the lead to demonstrate the value of disclosing benchmarking data, which will improve understanding of how Canadian buildings are performing, where they can be improved, and what kinds of support are necessary to make those improvements. This program will showcase the true value and opportunity that sharing performance data has to reduce costs and improve asset value.

Presented by: Ryan McCuaig, OPEN Software Development; Dave Ramslie, Concert Properties; Philippe Bernier, Triovest; Jamie Gray-Donald, QuadReal Property Group, Akua Schatz, CaGBC

Stream 5 - Triple bottom line approach to facility management - East Meeting Room 15

Title: Triple bottom line approach to facility management

Description:  By intentionally embedding social and environmental priorities into the formation of the built environment, we have an opportunity to keep this built environment – and ourselves – healthier. Through our creative solutions for space usage and energy challenges, we’ve transformed energy drains into energy gains. Since 1991, we have reduced energy use per employee by more than 55%. Since 2012, our approach has resulted in an increase to 87% waste diversion including the donation of nearly 50 metric tonnes of office material, and energy savings of upwards of $7 million dollars.

Presented by: Jeremy Trigg, Vancity Credit Union

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Plenary by Dr. Kristie Ebi, Professor at University of Washington and lead author of IPCC's special report on global warming - VCC East, Ballroom ABC

Cross roads and health challenges imposed by climate change and how healthy and resilient buildings can help tackle vulnerability

Join us for this compelling hour as Dr. Ebi discusses the conclusions of the IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5C, the health risks of climate change, and the co-benefits of mitigation policies.

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Sponsored by: CRH Canada

 

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Partnered event: Meeting of the High-Performance Building Community of Practice for a Low Carbon Economy (space is limited) - VCC East, Meeting Room 11

Natural Resources Canada formed the High-Performance Building Community of Practice (HPB-CoP) in late 2017 to stimulate a national discussion on effective ways for the building sector to strive towards an eventual goal of net-zero energy. This initiative complements and supports a number of government and industry efforts, including the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard, BOMA Canada’s Net Zero Challenge awards program and certification initiatives such as Passive House and the Living Building Challenge. These efforts all contribute to our national progress towards a net-zero energy performance ideal and the HPB-CoP was created to build on that momentum.

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