November 16, 2011 

Calendar of Events


November 23
LEED Canada Documentation Course - Calgary

November 24
Energy Audits: Gateway towards sustainability in the existing building sector - Edmonton

December 1
Holiday Social & Epcor Tower Tour - Edmonton

Alberta Construction Magazine's Top Projects Awards gala - Calgary

December 15
Energy Audits: Gateway towards sustainability in the existing building sector - Calgary



It's a Green Christmas!
Holiday Social & Epcor Tower Tour

Join us for a Holiday Social and tour in support of the Edmonton Food Bank.  Click here to RSVP.

Epcor Tower 
10423 101 Street, Edmonton- Main Lobby
Thursday, December 1
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Greet the season with members of the Canada Green Building Council over a
warm mug of mulled wine.

Ledcor, Qualico & Rancho Group are hosting and providing tours of the new addition to the Edmonton skyline, Epcor Tower which is targeting LEED Gold.

Refreshments will be served. 
Admission is free with your donation of a non-perishable food item.

Energy Audits: Gateway towards sustainability in the existing building sector
November 24 Breakfast- Edmonton
December 15 Lunch & Learn- Calgary

The Canadian energy use database published by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) shows a consistent increase in the secondary energy use per unit area (also called the energy utilization index or EUI) in the existing commercial and institutional building stock. This increase in the EUI results in an increase in the building operating costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Despite the increasing stringency of the energy performance codes, the mounting EUI rankings of the buildings raise certain questions and invite a re-look at the existing building energy systems, operations, envelope insulation integrity, water usage etc. to identify the factors contributing to this trend.

The process of conducting the survey of the building systems and identification of the opportunities to improve the energy efficiency, reduce GHGs and save the operating cost of the building is called Energy Auditing.  

Energy audits can also help in achieving the LEED for Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance and identification of the potential measures to attain the sustainable performance in the existing buildings. 

The objective of this presentation is to share the ideas and knowledge with the green building community in Alberta on achieving sustainability through retrofits identified by the energy audits. The presentation will address the following topics:

  • Scope of different levels of energy audits defined by ASHRAE

  • Discuss the benefits of the energy audits to the building owners and the environment

  • Methodologies to conduct the energy audits

  • Software tools used to calculate the energy and cost savings

  • Technical information on energy audits available from the Canadian and international resources

  • Financial resources available to implement the energy conservation retrofits

It is expected that this presentation will transfer useful information and lessons learned to the audience and share interesting tips on conducting energy audits for general sustainability and LEED requirements and reaping their economic and environmental benefits in the existing buildings sector.


Ali Syed 
Hemisphere Engineering

Ali M. Syed is a mechanical engineer and has a background in the energy modeling and HVAC design for commercial, residential and institutional facilities. Ali has been heavily involved in conducting energy audits, energy feasibility studies, LEED facilitation and documentation and has been involved in a number of projects registered with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Canada and US Green Building Councils.

Ali is a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships in the field of renewable energy studies and green HVAC systems, including the Legend in Energy Award in 2010 by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Ali has been involved in the research in the renewable energy system design and energy modeling. He has authored 14 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has been nominated as one of the Top Five New Faces of Engineering by ASHRAE in 2009. Ali holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University, Halifax and B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. Ali is a LEED accredited professional and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

Edmonton - Breakfast Calgary - Lunch & Learn


7:30 -8:00 am 
Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:00 - 9:00 am  
Presentation & Questions
9:00 - 9:30 am  

11:30 am - noon
Registration, Lunch & Networking
nooon- 1:00 pm
 Presentation & Questions
1:00 - 1:30 pm



City Hall - Heritage Room
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Edmonton AB

Talisman Centre, Riverview Room
2225 Macleod Trail S#
Calgary AB



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

Register for Edmonton Register for Calgary
GBCI Continuing Education:  1 CE hour - live presentation

LEED Canada Documentation
November 23  - Calgary

This one-day interactive workshop discusses the LEED certification process and the tools in place to assist applicants seeking LEED Canada project certification for New Construction. This workshop addresses a number of the more complex documentation requirements in the LEED NC 1.0 + addendum and the following application guides:

Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURB)

Campus and Multiple Buildings (CMB)

Core and Shell (CS)

Due to time constraints, not all documentation requirements are discussed in detail. Please note that this workshop does not cover the NC 2009 documentation process. This workshop, like any CaGBC education program, meets eligibility requirements for the Green Associate exam.

Target Audience:

The target audience for this workshop is anyone seeking LEED Canada certification for projects under the NC 1.0 Rating System and Addendum, and especially those individuals coordinating and submitting certification applications. The course also provides CE hours that meet the requirements for credential maintenance for LEED professionals, as well as prescriptive education for LEED APs without specialty upgrading to LEED AP with BD+C.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine how to systematically approach and complete the LEED certification process

  • Utilize the LEED letter templates to enhance a LEED certification application
  • Identify what to include and what not to include in the first LEED submission
  • Describe common mistakes made in LEED submissions
  • Identify steps that will improve the overall quality of LEED submissions
  • Describe CaGBCs process for reviewing completed applications



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Non Members

Alberta Chapter Members

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GBCI Continuing Education:  7.5 CE Hours
AAA:  7.5 Core Learning Units

World's Largest Green Build Event "Ecobuild"
London UK March 20-22, 2012 
Canadian Pavilion - RSVP Dec 1, 2011

Ecobuild ( is now approximately five months away, and already there is a buzz in the industry for the 2012 edition which promises to be bigger and better then 2011. If you haven't yet signed up for the event, now is the time to do so as space in the Canada Pavilion is limited.

For the last three years, Ecobuild has been the World's largest greenbuild event. 2011 attracted over 1400 exhibitors and 55,000 visitors. Predictions for 2012 suggest Ecobuild will attract approximately 66,000 visitors and 1800 exhibitors.

Highlights of the 2012 Canadian Pavilion include: 

  • Canada Pavilion located in prime positions in the Ecobuild exhibition  
  • Attractive design featuring a larger private meeting room area then last year and refreshment 
  • 3 options for booth spaces - 4m, 9m and 12m booth spaces; other requests can be considered 
  • Turnkey exhibition booth with full logistical support

In addition, the High Commission of Canada/Trade Commissioner Service is considering offering additional support to Canadian participants which may include the following: 

  • Pre-show briefing and networking for Canadian exhibitors 
  • Networking reception 
  • Canada @ Ecobuild website - a dedicated website profiling Canadian exhibitors and linked through the Ecobuild website 
  • Direct mail campaign to key UK buyers, agents and distributors 
  • More may follow with future announcements.

Another option may exist to participate; the Government of Alberta is considering a presence at Ecobuild. Depending on feedback and interest from the Alberta industry by Dec 1, 2011 to attend, exhibit and/or be featured at this event. Should enough interest be expressed companies can participate via an Associated Exhibitor Program which includes

  • Free distribution of 25 pieces of your literature to be displayed in the Alberta Exhibit. However due to limited space, products or demonstrations cannot be displayed). 
  • A one page profile, as provided by your organization (approximately 150 to 200 words) can be utilized in a potential reference book at the show and a pre promotional program. The booklet also serves as a mini directory on Alberta companies who wish to do business in, or who are already doing business in the area of green building. 

Should you be uncertain as to whether Ecobuild is the right event for you, please feel free to email Jason Kee  or Betty Jandewerth. It is in all our best interests to ensure this event is the right one for you and at the right time in your export development plans.

Your presence at the show as an exhibitor or delegate will be an excellent way for you to promote your products, services and technologies, find partners and, of course, an opportunity to gather valuable intelligence on the European market.

Should you have any questions about the Canada Pavilion and registration/payment, please email Boris Murray.

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.