7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
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
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.
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:
Stream 3 - East Meeting Room 11
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.
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
Presented by: Jeremy Trigg, Vancity Credit Union
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.