News & Views E-blast

Alberta Chapter

Canada Green Building Council

September 4, 2012 

In this issue:

SAIT's Green Building Technologies

Geothermal heating & cooling

LEED Education - anyway you want it!

Lunch & LEED





Calendar of Events


September 4

Solar Energy – Direct Uses
(6 weeks) – Edmonton

September 11

Better Buildings Breakfast - Geothermal Heating & Cooling: The Viability of Geothermal Technology in Alberta - Edmonton

September 12

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

September 19

Lunch & LEED – Edmonton

September 25

Tour event - St. Joseph Seminary - Edmonton

October 9

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

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


Back to school season is here for Alberta green building professionals and the Alberta Chapter has a full slate of education options to choose from this fall.

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

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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 

Better Buildings Breakfast - Geothermal Heating & Cooling
September 11 - Edmonton
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. 


7:30 – 8:00 am     
Registration, Networking & Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am    

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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



Heritage Room
Edmonton City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

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 Education - anyway you want it!

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

LEED AP BD+C Study Course
Virtual Classroom - 2 month online course
Register now

Successfully prepare for the LEED AP Building Design + Construction (BD+C) exam with this 2-month virtual classroom LEED AP BD+C study course. For more information click here.

The LEED AP Building Design + Construction credential demonstrates advanced knowledge of green building practices with specialization in the Green Building Design + Construction LEED rating systems (New Construction, Schools and Core & Shell). 

This credential is designed for professionals with hands-on technical experience on a LEED® registered and/or certified project, including architects, designers, engineers, designers, and building managers. The approximately 30 hours of activities in this study course provide fundamental knowledge for the LEED AP BD+C exam and make it an important element of your study plan. Access the on-line readings, recorded audio presentations and practice test questions whenever convenient; you are encouraged to submit comments and questions to online discussions several times a week to maximize your learning.

Higher Education LEED Education in Alberta

The CaGBC offers the Higher Education Program in partnership with three Alberta insitutions - NAIT, Mount Royal University and SAIT. The Higher Education programs offered at these institutions are the only CaGBC approved full-semester courses for post-secondary education in Alberta.

The two  higher education courses available in Alberta through continuing education are:

  • LEED Green Building Strategies and Green Associate exam preparation course (36 hours) 
  • Building Green with LEED:  LEED Canada for New Construction 2009 (36 hours)

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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