Form Follows Nature: Building a Net Positive Environment
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre
The world’s most advanced buildings and cities are eliminating carbon and making positive contributions to energy, air and water.
Discover the processes, problems and solutions that result in projects that do more good than harm: retrofitting homes to net-zero in one day, tons of carbon sequestered in hybrid wood hi-rises, intensifying housing without towers, collaborative project delivery, transformative energy innovations and more.
- October 5 2017 (8 am - 8 pm)
- Venue: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, 525 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5G 2L2
- Programme: A full day of inspired expert speakers, intriguing case studies from real-world buildings and cities
- Plentiful networking opportunities: over breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and at a 5-7 pm cocktail reception
- Continuing Education credits / hours will be available.
Early bird rate: $195 CAN + HST (includes all programming, meals and networking reception, CE hours certificate)
Russell Acton, Architect AIBC AAA SAA OAA FRAIC
Principal, Acton Ostry Architects Inc., Vancouver
Brock Commons Tallwood House: Mass Wood for the Masses
When completed this spring, the 18 storey Brock Commons Tallwood House student residence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver will be the tallest contemporary mass wood building in the world! From a highly collaborative integrated design process, to a “Keep it Simple” design approach, learn how Brock Commons aspires to be a model for a future that features extraordinarily ordinary mass wood buildings for the masses.
Bryn Davidson, B.Eng. M.Arch, LEED-AP
Co-Owner, Lanefab Design/Build.
From Laneway Houses to Net Positive Development
In 2009 Lanefab designed and built the City of Vancouver’s first laneway house using R40 prefab walls and triple glazed windows. In the ensuing years the Lanefab team has completed more than 60 high performance homes (of all sizes) and are now working on a wide range of passive house projects in Vancouver & San Francisco. Lanefab’s projects have been featured in the New York Times, Gray Magazine, Western Living and the Vancouver Sun.
Bryn trained in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley before completing his Masters of Architecture at the University of British Columbia. His approach to Net Positive development was the topic of a TEDx talk in 2014.
Kevin Flanagan, MRAIC, AIA
Partner, PLP Architecture, London, UK
The Edge, Amsterdam and The Oakwood, London
Kevin Flanagan is a Partner at PLP Architecture and an architect with 30 years’ experience establishing a reputation for award-winning designs throughout major world cities His design solutions resolve both the city context and environmental concerns in a single bold concept; his designs are a response to the nature of place.
Amongst other projects, Kevin is currently working on PLP’s timber tower research project together with the University of Cambridge. The feasibility proposals imagine the future development of laminated timber tall buildings in central London, adding an 80-storey, 300-metre tower and additional levels of housing to the Barbican complex.
Birgit Siber, B. Arch OAA RAIC LEED AP
Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects
ecoMetrics – Energy Modeling for the Rest of Us
Ms. Siber is a principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects and has practiced architecture since 1987. Sustainability has been a constant focus in Birgit’s work; she chairs the office sustainable design committee and actively promotes green building design within the office, community and at sustainable design conferences. Birgit has been instrumental in developing ecoMetrics, an in-house tool to support energy literacy, inform energy benchmarking and forward sustainable design within the office and beyond. Birgit also serves as vice chair of the Toronto 2030 District Advisory Board.
In the role of project architect, Birgit has focused on a broad range of institutional and laboratory projects including the University of Guelph-Humber, which incorporates the first innovative large scale living bio-filter plant wall, CANMET Metallurgical Materials lab for the federal government that is LEED Platinum certified and recipient of the 2015 AIA COTE Top 10 Award and most recently, the newly opened Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Toronto Schools.
Mike Williams, P.Eng, MSc., LEED AP
Principal, Sustainability, RWDI
ecoMetrics – Energy Modeling for the Rest of Us
Mike Williams brings over a decade of sustainable design experience to RWDI’s High Performance Buildings group. Clients benefit from his expertise in green standards compliance and in the development of carbon reduction and energy efficiency strategies. Mike has been a key contributor to some of Canada’s greenest buildings, including the CANMET Materials and Testing Laboratory in Hamilton and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation Headquarters in Toronto, both of which earned LEED Platinum certification and set new standards for sustainability in their respective communities. Mike has a strong record of in-house innovation and thought leadership, including the creation of COMPASS, a groundbreaking energy data visualization platform.