14th Green Building Festival Returns

October 8 2019 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre 

Full Delegate Pass only $195
(limited time only)

SIMPLE VERSUS COMPLEX

 

Building in a Changed Climate

The building industry has more challenges to meet than ever before - and according to climate science, we have 12 years to cut carbon emissions in half.

How do we simultaneously design for the extremes of a changed climate and build in a way to reverse those changes? Will ever more complex technology help us meet the challenge? We’ve seen some very sophisticated green buildings perform poorly, and some simple structures perform exceptionally well.

The 2019 Green Building Festival will look at both simple and complex strategies, techniques and technologies to inspire the building community in reaching the goal of zero carbon.

GBF19 programming features:

- An office building in snowy Austria that regulates comfort and temperature all without a mechanical system
- A movable building envelope that uses Phase Change Materials to collect and release thermal energy
- Active House versus Passive House projects and approaches
- 3D printed concrete forms that minimize waste
- Integrated mechanical and envelope strategies for new and existing buildings
- Innovative technologies that can reduce and possibly eliminate CO2 in concrete production, and more …

Registration is now open at the limited-time rate of only $195 which includes programming, meals and continuing education credits.

 

 

Date: October 8  2019, 8 am – 7 pm
Location: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, 525 Bay Street, Toronto ON M5G 2L2 CANADA
Cost: Full Delegate Pass only $195 for a limited time only
Pass includes: Action packed full day of inspiring speakers and expert programming, meals, networking reception, continuing education hours certificate for GBCI, OAA, OALA, OPPI and PEO

Dietmar Eberle, Partner, Baumschlager Eberle Architects

Dietmar Eberle
Partner, Baumschlager Eberle Architects

Cold, snow and no HVAC: How Baumschlager Eberle Architekten’s new head office is an inspiring call to action

Bio

Austrian architect Dietmar Eberle is the winner of over 150 national and international competitions, and has been a teacher in several universities in North America and Europe. Since 1999 he has been Professor at the ETH Zurich and was the Dean of the School of Architecture between 2003-2005. He has also been head of the Center of Housing and Sustainable Urban Development at the ETH Zurich. The architectural practice Baumschlager Eberle is a network of international offices run by Dietmar Eberle together with eleven partners. The offices, located at twelve sites in eight different countries in Europe and Asia, have completed well over 400 buildings. 

Presentation Outline

The world is becoming ever more complex, not least for building owners and users. Many buildings vie to outdo one another with ever more technically sophisticated ways to save energy, rendering the human beings within them no more than disruptive elements being regulated and even limited by building mechanical services.

2226 is an alternative model which is elegantly simple. Developed using the elemental means of architecture, 2226 buildings are constructed with the focus back on occupants: 22°- 26° C is precisely the range human beings experience as a pleasant room temperature. Without wasting energy on heating, ventilation or cooling, 2226 buildings like the architect’s office building in Lustenau, Austria bring investors, building owners and users back to their comfort zone, with top quality and little technology.

Teresa Coady, FRAIC

Teresa Coady
FRAIC, Architect AIBC, AIA, LEED Fellow

Simplicity: Rebuilding the Planet through the 12 Principles of Conscious Construction

Bio

Teresa Coady is a professional consultant and strategic business advisor, currently completing her first book, ‘Rebuilding the Planet, The 12 Principles of Conscious Construction’ for distribution Spring 2020 by Random House. She advises the Architectural institute of British Columbia and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia with respect to Advanced Code Knowledge, Regulatory and Building Codes Committees, and Certified Professional Programs. She is currently a member of the NRC Technical Committee for Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Guidelines.

Ms. Coady is internationally recognized for her innovative thinking and her leadership in sustainability and works closely with various agencies to create new policies and practices to benefit society. She is a past board member UNEP SBCI, and is VP of iiSBE, a member of UNEP GlobalABC and the only Architect to serve on the British Columbia Provincial Government’s Climate Action Team (CAT). 

Ms. Coady was most recently the Chief Operating Officer, COO, of Kasian, an international design firm. Prior to her role at Kasian, Ms. Coady was the president and CEO of Bunting Coady B+H. Ms. Coady is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a LEED Fellow of the USGBC. 

An award-winning female entrepreneur, Ms. Coady has over 50 publications, numerous television and video appearances, and is actively involved as a mentor for emerging businesses and as a professional lecturer.

Presentation Outline

It is time for our industry to act. Buildings and development patterns today undermine our physical, mental and emotional health. Buildings and development patterns also destroy habitat and migration paths through change in land use, resource extraction, pollution and emissions, and through the degradation of water sources and wetlands. Our industry is in the midst of a massive shift from the industrial to the digital age. This has real, and positive, implications for the future well-being of all species on Earth.

In this session you will learn how and why to:

  1. Design for life, not machines
  2. Protect all waters and wetlands, discharge nothing to the oceans
  3. Restore and protect all forests, keep cities green
  4. Restore and protect eco-corridors, abandon the paved grid
  5. Use solar first
  6. Embrace distributed energy systems first
  7. Limit manmade CO2 emissions to 22GT, discharge no toxins or pollutants to the atmosphere
  8. Regulate EMFs Mandate EPDs Build only what is needed, design to human scale
  9. Design for speech music and dance, eliminate noise pollution, restore natural sounds
  10. Restore natural connections
  11. Measure happiness first
  12. Balance financial, production, social, human and environmental capital

Adam Cohen, Global Impact Entrepreneur

Adam Cohen
Certified Passivhaus Consultant; Architect, LEED AP, NAHB Green Professional, Edmund Hillary Fellow as a Global Impact Entrepreneur

Passiv for the Masses: Tunneling through the cost barrier through innovative design and production methods

Bio

As an active builder, architect and high-performance building expert, Adam Cohen is a leading North American Passivhaus practitioner whose innovative work on market rate delivery of commercial high-performance building has made his expertise sought-after for projects across North America. His work’s impact has recently been recognized with the award of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship as a Global Impact Entrepreneur. The Edmund Hillary Foundation fosters humankind’s creative potential from Aotearoa New Zealand, by supporting a community of impact entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers to build meaningful solutions to global problems.

 As a recognized North American leader in both the Passivhaus and Integrated Project Delivery movements he has presented technical papers at both national and international conferences. His leadership in commercial Passivhaus design and IPD has made him a sought-after speaker, consultant and teacher of advanced courses in market rate delivery ultra-low energy design.

He served as Vice-Chair of the Passive House Institute US technical committee for 5 years and co-authored and taught the Passive House Institute US’s builder training curriculum. Adam is a current board member of Yestermorrow Design/Build School and Passive Buildings Canada.

Presentation Outline

For many building teams, it is an almost impossible challenge to simultaneously deliver high performance, cost efficient buildings while maintaining high customer satisfaction and profitability. It is not uncommon for high performance commercial buildings to cost 10% - 20% more to build than conventional buildings. Cost efficient high performance buildings rely on holistic analysis and implementation of design, construction and testing to produce consistent results.

This presentation will explain the history and basics of Passiv design principles. It also examines integrated project delivery methods essential within the design and construction team taking joint responsibility for decisions and actions from schematic design through project construction, commissioning and monitoring. Built examples and areas for capturing money typically left on the table in conventional design-bid-build project delivery situations will also be discussed.

Brent Constantz

Dr. Brent Constantz Ph.D.
Founder, Chief Scientist, and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Planet Ltd

Carbon negative concrete sounds impossible. It’s on the way.

Bio

Brent Constantz is a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the inventor on over 100 issued US patents, with more currently pending.

He was a Consulting Associate Professor teaching biomineralization, carbonate sedimentology, mineralization of bone, and The Role of Cement in Fracture Management at Stanford University. In the 1980s Constantz discovered the basic process used by corals to form their skeletons in his doctoral studies. He used this to develop modern biological bone cements, which are found in most orthopedic surgery operating rooms performing orthopaedic surgery globally. In 2007, he launched his efforts to address climate change by creating a sequestered CO2 cement for use in concrete that sequesters carbon dioxide using a method that is scalable and economically and technically sustainable. In 2012 he launch Blue Planet to make sequestered CO2 aggregate for concrete.

A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Constantz has been awarded many grants from governments, has testified before both the US Senate and the House of Representative about solutions to Climate Change, has won a number of awards and honors, and regularly contributes to philanthropic causes.

Presentation Outline

Blue Planet Ltd mimics the way coral uses carbon to build itself. The process combines captured CO2 and recycled concrete or slag aggregate to create synthetic limestone and sand. These carbonate rocks eliminate quarried limestone. Carbon is diverted from the atmosphere and stored permanently in concrete, the single most widely used solid material in the world.

It gets better. 55 billion tons of rock is mined every year worldwide for buildings and roads and 70% of it is limestone containing 22 billion tons of CO2. More than half of this CO2 could be consumed by replacing mined aggregate with synthetic limestone. After water, aggregate is the most transported material on Earth. The transportation and product delivery infrastructure for delivering carbon sequestered aggregate is already in place in every country and at every site in the world that is producing concrete, asphalt and road base thus avoiding CO2 related to mining and transportation. Additionally, when CO2 is captured from cement plants, the Portland cement component of concrete can be made carbon-neutral, eliminating the need to reduce Portland cement content in concrete.

Creating aggregate from CO2 is one of the few highly impactful, globally sustainable means to significantly address climate change, since a new infrastructure is not required. Beyond this, no retrofit of existing concrete plants is necessary. The funding to purchase aggregates is already in-place globally, and mainly part of a government procurement process, creating credit-worthy off-takers, and allowing governments to use their procurement power to mitigate CO2 and drive the transformation from mining.

Benjamin Dillenburger photo

Benjamin Dillenburger 
Principal InvestigatorSwiss National Competence Centre of Research in Digital Fabrication (NCCR DFAB)Assistant Professor for Digital Building Technologies, Institute of Technology In Architecture (ITA), Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich

Digital Pathways to Sustainable Buildings

Bio

Benjamin Dillenburger is an architect who explores computational design methods and digital fabrication to broaden the design freedom for architecture and to develop performative building solutions. Recent works include the design of two full-scale 3D printed rooms for the FRAC Centre, Orleans and the permanent collection of Centre Pompidou, Paris. Benjamin Dillenburger holds a PhD degree from the ETH Zurich, and is Assistant Professor for Digital Building Technologies (DBT) at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich after having taught as Assistant Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto. He is Principal Investigator of the Swiss National Competence Centre of Research in Digital Fabrication (NCCR DFAB).

Presentation Outline

With dramatically increasing urbanization worldwide and limited resources, we need new ways to plan and build buildings more efficiently. Digitalization and automation, which is still in its infancy in architecture and the construction industry, must play a key role here.

Discover how the combination of computer-aided design methods and digital manufacturing processes such as large-format 3D printing can allow us to create a more sustainable and rich built environment in the future.

Anton Falkeis photo

Anton Falkeis
Co-Founderfalkeis|architects.vienna, falkeis|architects.vaduz, and falkeis2architects.building innovation lab

Building Innovation for an Architecture in Motion: A movable building envelope that uses Phase Change Materials to collect and release thermal energy

Bio

Anton Falkeis studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he graduated in 1986. He is a licensed architect in Austria and Liechtenstein. Together with Cornelia Falkeis-Senn he is the co-founder of falkeis/architects.Vienna (1988) and Vaduz (2011). Their architectural work has been widely published. Among these are: Mauthausen Memorial, Museum and Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance, Roof Top Enlargement University of Applied Arts Vienna, Curhaus St. Stephan’s Square Vienna, “Austria Abroad” – Exhibition Austrian Parliament Vienna, Active Energy Building, Vaduz. The work was exhibited at Venice Biennale, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Vienna.

He started his academic career as a guest researcher at the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1992 and has been teaching and lecturing at several universities such as the Royal College of Art, London; ELISAVA, Barcelona; ESAG, Paris; Denmark’s Design School, Copenhagen. Since 2000 he is Professor for Special Topics in Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he was Vice-Dean of the School of Architecture from 1999 to 2003. In 2012 he was guest professor at Nanjing University of Art China, conducting the experimental studio. Currently, he is Head of Department and Expertise Chair of the Master Programme Social Design, Arts as Urban Innovation and visiting critic at University of Liechtenstein and ETH Zurich.

Presentation Outline

Falkeis2architects have developed and built the first ‘active energy building’, the winning entry in an international competition for an apartment building in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Along with a geothermal system, a movable building envelope harvests solar radiation for energy production and heating, and interstellar radiation for cooling. These ‘climate wings’ use Phase Change Materials (PCM) that store energy and release it when the wings are folded back and connected to the building’s ventilation system.

Based on intensive research, the project’s building-integrated energy production system creates more energy than it consumes. The building is a networked smart node managing an interconnected cluster of existing buildings, sharing information as well as energy surplus. A double axis PV tracking system follows the sun through the day and the seasons. In fact, access to solar radiation dictated the building form; the massing was “eroded” to allow for maximum sun exposure. An extremely efficient Voronoi load bearing structure allows for maximum flexibility in current and future floor plans.

Russell Ibbotson, VELUX Canada Inc.

Russell Ibbotson, P. Eng, LEED AP, CTR
Technical ManagerVELUX Canada Inc. 

Multiple Perspectives on the Active House Standard

Bio

A professional engineer with 17 years of experience representing manufacturers in the residential and commercial building sectors. 

Russell spent the first half of his professional career in renewable energy before transitioning into windows. Russell is now the Technical Manager at VELUX Canada where his team is responsible for commercial business development, building code compliance, product and project support and after sales support.

Russell has made volunteering with industry associations a part of his job description. Russell spent 2 years on the board for the Canadian Home Builder’s Association, is in his forth year of being on the RCI Ontario board and second year of being on the CSC Toronto Chapter’s board where he co-chaired the Building Expo earlier this year. In 2016, Russell and his family were the test drivers of the Great Gulf Centennial Park Active House. Russell is also the first Active House Verifier in North America.

Presentation Outline

Representing the international Active House Alliance, Russell Ibbotson and Shaun Joffe will introduce the audience to the Active House Specification.

With building codes taking the lead on the energy efficiency requirements, industry leaders can focus on improving experience of daily indoor life. There is growing evidence that we can design and build buildings better for people and that factors around comfort can be measured. If you can measure it, you can improve it.

Explore the benefits of the Active House Specification through case studies and gain an understanding of why Active House is gaining momentum worldwide.

Shaun M Joffe, Great Gulf Group of Companies

Shaun M Joffe
Executive Director, Sustainability & Building Sciences, Great Gulf Group of Companies

Multiple Perspectives on the Active House Standard

Bio

An executive with more than 15 years of experience in the building industry ranging from Site Management to Global Building Initiatives including the First Certified Active House in the World. 

Shaun Joffe, Executive Director, Sustainability & Building Sciences, leads a high performing team to implement new building standards for one of North America’s premier real estate organizations, the Great Gulf Group of Companies. He is responsible for creating and constantly improving the Great Gulf sustainability corporate and product development programs. 

He focused on Economics and Philosophy when studying at the University of Guelph and studied Real Estate and Project Management at the University of Toronto. He is committed to the community and has contributed as a board member to the Jay Care Foundation, The House, CJPAC and served on numerous committees including the Crohn’s and Colitis Society. He currently sits on the OHBA/BILD technical committee with the mandate to review Ontario building codes.

Presentation Outline

Representing the international Active House Alliance, Russell Ibbotson and Shaun Joffe will introduce the audience to the Active House Specification.

With building codes taking the lead on the energy efficiency requirements, industry leaders can focus on improving experience of daily indoor life. There is growing evidence that we can design and build buildings better for people and that factors around comfort can be measured. If you can measure it, you can improve it.

Explore the benefits of the Active House Specification through case studies and gain an understanding of why Active House is gaining momentum worldwide.

Marianne Touchie, University of Toronto

Marianne Touchie
Assistant Professor, Departments of Civil & Mineral Engineering and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto

Simple solutions creating complex problems: overcladding in post-war apartment buildings

Bio

Marianne Touchie is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in the Departments of Civil & Mineral Engineering and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the U of T faculty in 2016, she was the Building Research Manager at the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on improving the energy performance and indoor environmental quality of existing buildings to make them more comfortable, healthy and sustainable through comprehensive retrofits.

Most recently, Dr. Touchie and her colleagues have been studying the interaction between energy performance and indoor environmental quality in Toronto’s aging multi-unit residential buildings including a number of buildings used for social housing.

Dr. Touchie teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in both Civil and Mechanical Engineering including Building Science and HVAC Fundamentals. She is also the Vice President of the Building Science Specialist Board and the Vice Chair of the Technical Committee on Physiology and Human Environment at ASHRAE.

Presentation Outline

Single-glazed windows, no thermal insulation, significant air leakage, pressurized corridor ventilation systems, hydronic baseboard heating – all characteristics common to hundreds of post-war apartment buildings in our region. Overcladding and window replacement retrofits are becoming more common as a way to address these issues and improve envelope thermal performance and thermal comfort. However, by only considering envelope improvements, existing challenges with the building HVAC systems become even more problematic.

By examining both local and international studies, we’ll see how important it is to consider alternative ventilation strategies when undertaking an overcladding retrofit and explore the consequences of not doing so.

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