January 12, 2012 

Calendar of Events


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January 25
Case Study & Tour:  Greening a Heritage Building - Calgary 

February 1 & 2
LEED Green Associate Study Course - Edmonton

February 8
Alberta Energy Efficiency Event - Calgary

February 10
Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase Gala Awards - Calgary

February 14
Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium call for presenters deadline

February 15
Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium super saver rates end

February 28
Case Study & Video Tour:  Greening a Heritage Building - Edmonton

March 6 & 7
LEED Green Associate Study Course - Calgary

March 14
Annual General Meeting

May 3 
Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium - Calgary



Case Study & Tour - Greening a Heritage Building
January 25 5:00 - 7:30 pm - Calgary  Click here to register
February 28  7:30 – 9:00 am  Edmonton 
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The Calgary Public Building is historically significant to the landscape of our city. It is located at the eastern end of Stephen Avenue in downtown Calgary and was built in 1929 by the federal government as the local post office and purchased by The City of Calgary in 1979 for use as offices. Part of proudly serving a great city is taking care of places like the Calgary Public Building. It is part of our history and to be able to restore as many of its original features as possible, while reducing energy consumption and focusing on sustainability including doing more with the assets we already own, in this case, increasing the occupancy of the building from 210 to 350.


The completed renovation improved the environmental performance of the building while lowering operating costs by 46 per cent, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 54 per cent. The Calgary Public Building has achieved gold and is awaiting a platinum rating on the LEED Commercial Interiors scale.


5:00- 5:30 pm     
Registration, Networking & Refreshments
5:30 - 7:00 pm    
Case Study Presentation & Tour

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7:30 – 8:00 am     
Registration, Networking & Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am    
Case Study Presentation & Video Tour

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Russ Golightly, P.Eng, LEED™ Accredited Professional, SMART Project Management Certified

Project Manager, The City of Calgary

Russ graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of Calgary and has worked in several areas of consulting before landing into municipal projects.  He has worked in construction as well as oil & gas for Colt Engineering.  It was his work at Reid Crowther that opened the door to working at The City of Calgary.  Russ has been working with The City of Calgary since 1999.

Russ is the project manager responsible for the municipality’s first LEED-Gold rated office structure – the Water Centre.

Russ has contributed his knowledge and experience working on the Water Centre to the University of Calgary’s Environmental Design Courses and contributed to the implementation of the City of Calgary’s Sustainable Building Policy.  He has also helped develop and deliver courses with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) on creating and maintaining a sustainable building policy as well as serving as a director on the national council of the CaGBC from 2007 - 2008.  He is currently a technical advisor for the LEED rating system for Sustainable Sites & Water categories.

Along with the Talisman Centre Roof Replacement, Russ has recently completed the renovation of the Calgary Public Building – applying his green skills in managing a consulting team to create an energy-efficient heritage building.


Public Building, 3rd flr Chicago bdrm
205 8 Avenue Southeast

Edmonton City Hall – Heritage Room1 Sir Winston Churchill Square


Alberta Chapter - CaGBC Members:  $30.00
EGB/Student Members:  $25.00
Non-members:  $40.00

GBCI Continuing Education:  1 CE hour - live presentation 

Public Consultation on Changes to LEED Canada for Homes Energy Requirements

Since 2009, nearly 2000 homes across the country have been registered under LEED Canada for Homes. The success of the program is driving a call from the market for improvements to ensure continued progress. The Canada Green Building Council is responding by seeking feedback on a proposed change aimed at ensuring the rating system continues to advance green home construction across the country.

The CaGBC is proposing to raise the minimum energy efficiency threshold for participation in the program from EnerGuide 76 to 80. This change is being proposed with the goal of advancing the industry while ensuring that the minimum performance benchmarks are achievable, with a reasonable degree of effort.  Of the almost 200 homes certified to date, 98% have achieved EnerGuide 80 or better (or the HERS / prescriptive point equivalent). 

This change has been recommended by the LEED Canada for Homes Technical Advisory Sub-Committee and would only affect projects registered after the implementation of any changes, which would likely take place mid-2012. 

As a national 3rd party verified rating system, we would like feedback from across the country to guide the continued evolution of LEED Canada for Homes. Please take a moment to help shape the future of the LEED Canada for Homes program and respond to the survey questions found by clicking on the link below. The survey will run until February 17, 2012.

Link to Survey

Call for Presenters - 15th Annual 
Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium
The Business of Green - "What's in it for Me?"

Have you or your organization developed an innovative approach or a practical solution or product that advances sustainable building and the business of green – and answers what’s in it for me? 
Here’s your chance to showcase your work!

The ASBS 2012 organizing committee is looking for best practices that address the continuum of sustainable building from residential to commercial and industrial projects.

For more information and to see the full call for presenters click here.

News & Views is the biweekly e-blast of the Alberta Chapter, Canada Green Building Council.

Do you have a short submission you would like included or websites you would like to share? E-mail Tanya Doran, Executive Director.