14th Green Building Festival Returns

October 8 2019 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre 

Full Delegate Pass only $195
(limited time only)


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.

We need to simultaneously design for the extremes of a changed climate and build in a way to reverse those changes. How do we get there? Do we need to throw ever more complex technology into buildings to 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
- 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

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. 

Teresa Coady, FRAIC

Teresa Coady
FRAIC, Architect AIBC, AIA, LEED Fellow

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

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.

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

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.

Benjamin Dillenburger photo

Benjamin Dillenburger 
Principal Investigator, Swiss 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

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).

Anton Falkeis photo

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

Building Innovation for an Architecture in Motion

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 falkeis / architects. Vaduz (2011).
The 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.

Russell Ibbotson, VELUX Canada Inc.

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

Multiple Perspectives on the Active House Standard

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.

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

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.

Marianne Touchie, University of Toronto

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

What Does the Data Say? Simple Envelope vs Complex Mechanical Systems
in Existing Buildings

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.

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