2019 Student Bursary Awardees

Mar 13, 2019

This September 19-20,  the 11th iteration of the Green Building Festival will take place over two days and includes the Sustainable Built Environment Conference of the Americas. The SBE series is well established globally and the addition of juried papers and workshops to the highly praised GBF content is an exciting development. This year’s record-breaking winter underscores the need to move well beyond sustainability. Under the banner of “Resilient and Regenerative Urban Environments” we will explore advanced real-world solutions and exciting futuristic concepts intended to reverse the damage to our ecosystem. We are pleased to welcome Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray and newly appointed Environmental Commissioner Dr. Dianne Saxe to kick off proceedings this year. Minister Murray is an outstanding speaker who has a deep understanding of sustainable built environments. Dr. Saxe has decades of environmental law experience and was Toronto’s first Environmental Lawyer of the Year, is considered Canada’s leading author on environmental law, and rated as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers. World-renowned Dr. Ray Cole will galvanize the proceedings with his energetic take on the state of built environment. Ray is the Academic Director of UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) “an internationally recognized research institution that accelerates the adoption of sustainable building technologies and sustainable urban development practices in society”. Ray’s research at CIRS includes Urban Metabolism & Ecosystems Services, the Performance Gap, and Regenerative Neighbourhoods. Princeton Architectural Press claims that Biomimicry is the fastest-growing movement in architecture and engineering. Professor Mark Swackhamer is head of the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota and author of Hypernatural: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature. Marc will illustrate how “pioneers in the emerging biomimicry movement are developing design methods and materials to create intelligent buildings that emulate life itself (from) an international collection of forty-two case studies that illustrate astonishing new applications possible in this rapidly growing field” (Princeton Architectural Press). Lloyd Alter is an architect, developer, teacher, speaker and writer. He won the 2014 USGBC Leadership award for writing on green building but he’s also an iconoclast who isn’t afraid to question our obsession with net-zero energy.  Lloyd is an advocate for simplifying design, local autonomy, consuming far fewer resources and engaging people with IEQ and comfort instead of energy reducing gizmos. He writes for MNN, TreeHugger.com, contributes to the Guardian, Corporate Knights Magazine and Azure Magazine. The SBE portion of the conference will consist largely of academic papers but there will also be several workshops geared toward green building professionals. The workshops will feature experts in building regenerative districts, energy master plans that facilitate occupant engagement and achieving 2030 District goals among others. The academic papers that have been submitted cover a broad spectrum both in terms of subjects and country of origin. Subjects include BIM and energy modeling, biophilia, IEQ and comfort, resilience guidelines for retrofits, urban resilience, rethinking insulation in a cold climate, biomimetic thermal materials, design for climate change, green roofs, vegetated structures and much more. The Green Building Festival portion will continue its tradition of thought leadership with provocative content that covers climate change and design at an urban scale. We plan on covering carbon pricing, insurance issues, integrated project delivery, resilient planning, case studies of advanced buildings, energy and thermal innovations and more. We are looking forward to an outstanding event that will engage, educate and inspire our delegates and give them new and effective tools for their own projects. Tom Ponessa M Arch, LEED AP Director of Programs Sustainable Buildings Canada 416 655 3111
Author: Tom Ponessa

Author: Tom Ponessa

Director of Programs, Sustainable Buildings Canada