News & Views E-blast

Alberta Chapter

Canada Green Building Council

September 11, 2012 

In this issue:

Tour event  - St. Joseph's Seminary 

Lunch & Learn - Geothermal heathing and cooling

Green Associate Study Course in Alberta

Lunch & LEED


Calendar of Events


September 12

Lunch & Learn  - SAIT’s Green Building Technologies – Calgary

September 13

Emerging Green Builders Networking - MKT Fresh Food

September 19

Lunch & LEED – Edmonton

September 25

Tour event - St. Joseph Seminary - Edmonton

October 2 & 3

LEED Green Associate Study Course - Calgary

October 9

Lunch & Learn - Geothermal Heating & Cooling: The Viability of Geothermal Technology in Alberta - Calgary

October 16 & 17

LEED Green Associate Study Course - Edmonton

October 29 & 30

Alberta Infrastructure Partners Conference

November 13

Lunch & Learn – Health + Energy + Material – Designing a new prototype for interiors - Calgary

November 27-28

BIM Symposium – Edmonton

December 6

Better Buildings Breakfast - Better Buildings Breakfast - Edmonton North LRT Expansion - Edmonton

Tour event - St. Joseph's Seminary
September 25 - Edmonton  Register now!

Join the Alberta Chapter - CaGBC and the Illuminating Engineering Society - Edmonton Chapter as we tour the new St. Joseph Seminary.

The design speaks to history and to continuity. It evokes the tradition of monastic buildings with their cloisters, courtyards and gardens. At the same time, it is open and forward looking, a contemporary and vital institution with strong connections to the community. St. Joseph Seminary is an important legacy for the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.

 This vision demands a building durable enough to last. Energy conservation is also important; the seminary is targeting LEED-NC certification. Lowtemperature heating systems with condensing boilers, exhaust air energy recovery and energy-efficient lighting contribute to a lowered footprint.

Edmonton has been home to the St. Joseph Seminary since 1927. As the seminary expanded, it moved several times to larger and more modern buildings. Today, the seminary sits at the crest of the North Saskatchewan River bank overlooking downtown Edmonton.

Click here to view a profile of St. Joseph Seminary from the Alberta Focus edition of SAB magazine

Time 7:00 - 7:30 pm     Registration & Networking 
7:30 - 10:00 pm    Presentation & Tours   
Register now!
Tour guides

Nicholas Popowich
Nicholas joined the Seminary project team towards the end of construction. He participated in site meetings and periodic reviews of the mechanical system installation on behalf of the design team and Mechanical engineer.

Nicholas' background: Tradesman, REd Seal Journeyman Sheet Metal Certificate, Air Balancing Certificate and Contract Administration Certificate

His main role with DLG since starting in 2008 is Mechanical Contract Administration for large projects.

Blair Bisson 
Blair was involved with the Seminary project since the beginning of the production of the contract documents doing design and followed the project through to the end of the construction acting as the Stuctural Contract Administrator.  He has been with Dialog since 2007.

Location St. Joseph Seminary
9828 84 St NW
Price Alberta Chapter - CaGBC Members/IES Members:  $30.00
EGB/Student Members:  $25.00
Non-members:  $40.00                
Register now!
GBCI Continuing Education:  1 CE hour - live presentation 

Lunch & Learn: SAIT’s Green Building Technologies
September 12 - Calgary

Please join the Alberta Chapter - CaGBC as they host a Lunch and Learn hilighting some of SAIT's Green Building programs.

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) established a Green Building Technologies (GBT) applied research program in 2008 to lead industry in implementing GBT, to provide opportunities for students and to enhance commercialization of new technologies. The program mandate is to advance the environmental building movement through the design, construction and measurement of Net Zero Energy Homes (NZEH). These buildings produce as much energy as they consume while optimizing water consumption, indoor air quality and envelope durability, and reducing greenhouse gases and waste.


11:30 am - noon
Registration, Networking & Lunch
Noon - 1 pm

Click here to register


Ryan Amies, Principal Investigator, Net Zero Design
Ryan has been employed at SAIT since 2010. His current responsibilities include providing architectural services and project management for Green Building initiatives including design, research and development, construction and curriculum integration as well as establishing client partnerships to engage in Green Building Technologies design innovation.

David Silburn, M.Arch., BA Env. St., Research Associate, Green Building Technologies
David has been employed at SAIT since 2005. His current responsibilities include identifying and managing projects and employees in the Green Building Technologies (GBT) research initiative. He also
acts as designer, construction manager and technical consultant for the Net-Zero (Discovery) series of homes being built on campus, while working with multiple industry partners to design, fabricate and introduce building integrated renewable technologies and advanced envelope assemblies into the residential and small commercial market.

Dean Jones, B.Sc., P.Geoph., Principal Investigator, Architectural Ecology
Dean has been employed at SAIT since 2010. Currently he is responsible for the design and commissioning of the Rainwater Harvesting for Reuse system, green roof balcony and living wall at the Discovery 5 House. He has the ongoing role to oversee the ecological research at the D5 House. He is also responsible for the design of a Rainwater Harvesting for Reuse Brochure for the City of Calgary Development and Building Approvals business unit. He is working on research into green roofs and living walls: how they apply to Calgary’s climate and how they may be used to carry out “building integrated water filtration”. Dean is also developing an industry partner to further greywater reuse/recycling research and technologies.

Kevin Kowal, Principal Investigator, Automation Technologis
Kevin has worked at SAIT since 2010. He is the Principal Investigator for research, development and integration of automation systems with Green Building Technologies, including Home Energy Management, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Green Roof and Rainwater Harvesting projects. He is also the Principal Investigator for High Efficiency Sprinkler project.


1301 16th Ave NW
MD 307-“D” Wing of the Stan Grad Centre


Alberta Chapter - CaGBC Members:  $30.00
EGB/Student Members:  $20.00
Non-members:  $40.00

GBCI Continuing Education:  1 CE hour - live presentation 


Lunch & Learn - Geothermal Heating & Cooling
October 9 - Calgary

Please join the Alberta Chapter for this objective appraisal of geothermal heating and cooling technology in Alberta. 

The presentation attempts to dispel common myths about geothermal technology and show when and where geothermal heating and cooling can be used most effectively. Presentation topics include how geothermal heating and cooling works, the advantages and disadvantages, problems with past installations, what it takes to properly design a geothermal system, and also looks into the financial side including a payback example. It also includes 3 real life examples of buildings in Alberta. 


11:30 am - noon
Registration, Networking & Lunch
Noon - 1 pm

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Jacob Komar, chief mechanical engineer at rEvolve Engineering Inc.


Geothermal Systems Design, having designed more than twenty commercial geothermal systems (and numerous residential systems) on a variety of projects ranging from multi-story commercial office buildings to apartment buildings and government facilities. Jacob also has experience with the design and installation of solar thermal systems and the integration of those systems to the geothermal heat exchanger. In addition, Jacob has extensive experience in Building Energy Modeling, most notably for a 3-story "net-zero energy" apartment as well as several LEED projects. Jacob’s passion for designing sustainable, energy-efficient buildings is evident in each of his projects and he always strives to push the envelope in energy efficient designs.


Jacob Komar is a registered course provider with the Alberta Architects Association and this course is an approved presentation worth one core credit to Architects



City of Calgary - Water Centre
Bow River Room
2503 Spiller Rd. SE
Calgary, Alberta


Alberta Chapter - CaGBC Members:  $30.00
EGB/Student Members:  $20.00 (please email)
Non-members:  $40.00

GBCI Continuing Education:  1 CE hour - live presentation 
AAA - 1 Core learning

LEED Green Associate Study Course
Oct 2 & 3 - Calgary    Oct 16 & 17 - Edmonton

The LEED Green Associate Exam is an introductory level exam for individuals who wish to demonstrate a general knowledge of LEED and green building practices, or continue on to more advanced LEED credentials, such as the LEED AP with specialty.

The LEED Green Associate study course is an important element of an individual’s study plan. It provides opportunities to gain and test new knowledge through the use of lecture, small and large group activities, and practice test questions.

*Any CaGBC workshop will meet eligibility requirements for the Green Associate exam.


The target audience for this workshop is individuals studying for the LEED Green Associate exam.
This may include architects, engineers, interior designers, project managers, real estate agents, product manufacturer representatives, students, and any individuals working or interested in the green building industry.


  • Identify the LEED credit categories

  • Identify the general concepts, technologies and strategies associated with each credit category

  • Describe the purpose of each LEED rating system

  • Successfully register for the LEED Green Associate Exam


National Members

Non Members

Chapter Members





Registration include:  workshop material, morning coffee break and lunch

Lunch & LEED
Edmonton - September 19

Considering Becoming a LEED Professional?
Bring your lunch and join
the Alberta Chapter - Canada Green Building Council for a 1 hour presentation about LEED.  This is the opportunity to get all questions answered about what it takes to become a LEED Professional and how to fulfill continuing education requirements.

We will cover:

  1. Brief Overview of the LEED Rating Systems

  2. Institutions You Should Know

  3. LEED Accreditation + Exam Info

  4. Credential Maintenance Program (CMP)

  5. Available Resources

We will answer questions such as:

  • What are LEED credentials and how will they help me professionally?

  • What is the new three-tier system?  What is GBCI?

  • Should I go for my LEED Green Associate credential or become a LEED AP?

  • Am I eligible to take the exam?  How hard is it?  What resources are there to help me pass the exam and how do I register?

  • Which speciality should I choose?

  • How do I maintain my credential?

Already a LEED AP or Studying for Your Exam?
Even if you've earned your credential or know where to begin studying, we'll be covering the Credential Maintenance Program and available tools and resources to support you in earning and maintaining your credential.  This is also a great opportunity to connect with other aspiring LEED Professionals and form study groups.

When September 19
noon - 1pm
Where Centennial Room
Stanley A. Milner Edmonton Public Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

You must register to confirm your attendance

Register click here



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