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ShockProof Your Project

October 5 2021: Registration is Open

Attend In Person (Toronto, ON) or Virtually (Online)

Continuing Education Hours certificate available

Shockproof Your Project

Sustainability, regeneration and resilience have given the building community many ways to think about and react to the longer wave of climate change.

But if climate change is like a tumultuous tide, COVID-19 is like a quick, fierce tsunami. It foreshadows the acceleration of change that we will be facing and reminds us: we need to prepare for shock profiles both rapid and sustained.

At the 2021 Green Building Festival, programming will explore intersectional designs and solutions to shockproof your project at all scales.

Two ways to attend the 2021 Green Building Festival: In Person or Online

 

Last year’s Green Building Festival took place virtually, which generated a lot of positive feedback about the experience. But many repeat Festival attendees told us that they prefer the in-person experience, so this year we’re offering both options to our community.

Onsite Festival Delegate Pass

Gather at the Toronto Downtown Marriott for a day-long conference featuring the top-notch speakers, networking and event extras that make the Green Building Festival a must-attend event for innovators and leading practitioners in the sustainable built environment. Limited passes are available, and organizers will apply best-practices to ensure a safe and healthy event.

$350 Onsite Festival Delegate Pass includes:

  • access to all onsite programming
  • live Q&A’s
  • meals and networking reception
  • plus a continuing education hours certificate for industry associations and partners

We recognize there is uncertainty surrounding in-person events. With this in mind, we have made our cancellation/refund policy very inclusive. If the situation does not allow for an in-person festival, or delegates no longer feel comfortable attending, the in-person pass will be converted to a virtual ticket, and delegates will be refunded the difference in price.

Virtual Delegate Pass

$50 Virtual Delegates Pass includes:

  • access to all live-streamed programming
  • the chance to participate in live Q&A’s with all presenters through chat
  • continuing education hours certificate for industry associations and partners.

Programming

Tuesday – October 5, 2021

KEYNOTE - Radically Local Solutions: Demain Montréal Project

Daniel Pearl
Speaker Bio

In 1992, Daniel Pearl founded l’ŒUF (l’Office de l’Éclectisme Urbain et Fonctionnel) with Mark Poddubiuk, where he works mainly in the fields of environmental architecture, urban housing, residential and commercial renovation. Danny is also a professor specializing in architectural research, criticism and theory.

For more than seventeen years, l’ŒUF has developed its reputation particularly in the fields of sustainable and environmental architecture. The expertise of the partners is recognized for the architectural quality of their projects, their technical and professional skills and their active participation in the academic, professional and community context. This expertise is always based on the search for a balance between the appropriate technique, the economic feasibility, the architectural expression and the environmental impact of the project.

Presentation Outline

Today’s migration to cities is staggering, driving an urgent need for urban growth. The climate risk this creates is immense.

Past development was carbon intensive and based on cheap energy, long supply chains and cars. Changing this worldview is a cultural and lifestyle challenge. Cities must drive down carbon fluxes, increase social justice, enrich cultures and be radically local to meet the challenge.

Danny Pearl and his office L’OEUF are part of the winning C40 Reinventing Cities project, “Demain Montreal”. By focusing on process, contextualization, and co-creation of local circular and sharing economies, the Demain Montreal project facilitates massive collaborative impact by people working together.

Targeting 100% renewable energy and renewable construction materials, the project has an ambitious Carbon Positive objective based on both a reduction of the embodied carbon of the building and a strong strategy to capture carbon during the operational phase. Site planning will focus on biodiversity with enhanced vegetative cover, an urban forest and local food production.

Pearl’s project boldly forecasts massive carbon reductions through high-performance and embodied carbon approach to construction. It puts emphasis on innovative occupations supporting the circular economy, materials, mobility, food and smart learning technologies, and proposed strategies of co-learning and lifestyle change.

Time: TBA

KEYNOTE - Two-Eyed Seeing: Centennial College Project

GBF21 speaker Eladia Smoke
Eladia Smoke | KaaSheGaaBaaWeak, OAA, OAQ, MAA, MRAIC, LEED®AP

Smoke Architecture Inc. (Hamilton ON)

Speaker Bio

KaaSheGaaBaaWeak | Eladia Smoke is Anishinaabekwe from Obishikokaang | Lac Seul First Nation, with family roots in Alderville First Nation, Winnipeg, and Toronto. Eladia has worked in architecture since 2002, founded Smoke Architecture as principal architect in 2014, teaches as a Master Lecturer at Laurentian’s McEwen School of Architecture, and serves as a founding member of RAIC’s Indigenous Task Force.

Eladia represented Canada at the 2018 Venice Biennale Unceded exhibition as part of an international team of Indigenous designers and architects. Current professional work includes community-based and institutional projects working alongside Indigenous stakeholders, collaborating with First Nation communities, and listening closely to our Elders.

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Eladia has worked in architecture since 2002 and founded Smoke Architecture as principal architect in 2014. Her career includes principal architect with Architecture49, Thunder Bay, and architect with Prairie Architects, Winnipeg. Eladia’s priority is to bring the traditions, heritage, and cultures of indigenous people back into the field of architecture, in collaboration with Elders, traditional knowledge holders, and other community leaders. She uses a collaborative and participatory approach in her work, since a meaningful and inclusive process is the path to relevant design and teaching.

Eladia has worked at many scales of institutional, commercial, and residential design starting in 2002, responsible for guiding projects through all phases, from conception to completion.

Some example of past professional projects include the Aboriginal People’s Television Network new studios, Migiizi Agamik Aboriginal Student Centre at University of Manitoba, and Makkonsag Intergenerational Learning Centre (completed in Winnipeg with Prairie Architects).

Current work includes community centre, office, and multi-family residential projects specializing in First Nation clients.

 

Presentation Outline

Architect Eladia Smoke grew up in the boreal forest near Sioux Lookout and her home community of Obishikokaang (Lac Seul First Nation) and has family ties in Alderville First Nation. Eladia is the first Anishinabekwe architect in Manitoba and Ontario, the third Indigenous woman to be an architect in Canada. Practicing since 2002, Eladia founded Smoke Architecture as principal architect in 2014, where she brings the traditions, heritage, and cultures of Indigenous people to a variety of successful projects, working with Elders and other community leaders.

“Two-Eyed Seeing” is a Mi’kmaq concept of observing the world through both an Indigenous and Western lens. For Centennial College’s A-Block expansion project, DIALOG + Smoke Architecture turned to Two-Eyed Seeing. Hear how the firms’ winning design suggests a path forward for architects, and potential solutions to the ongoing crises of climate and inequity.

Time: TBA

Designing for Resilience: Lessons Learned from COVID

Michelle Xuereb
Michelle Xuereb, Director of Innovation

BDP Quadrangle

Speaker Bio
Michelle is an architect at BDP Quadrangle and Human Space with over 25 years of experience. She has worked on projects ranging from the first mass timber office building at 80 Atlantic to some of the most intricate adaptive reuse projects such as 700 Bay and 130 Bloor Street West.

She is a passionate environmentalist, setting the green strategy for the firm and staying abreast of rapidly evolving requirements through wide-ranging industry connections, education and advocacy.

At TEDx Toronto in 2019, Michelle delivered a talk called “How Architecture can Fight Climate Change”. As BDP Quadrangle’s Director of Innovation, she harnesses expertise from across the practice and the industry to collaboratively test ideas that respond to the pressing global issues of our time.

Presentation Outline
BDP Quadrangle has been thinking about resilience and how buildings can help foster community connections and increase a community’s resilience in the face of emergency, especially in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Michelle will present three projects:
- Neighbourhood Nests is a reimagining of residential amenity space as a community connector and resiliency centre in the face of climate change emergency.
- Imagining the Future of Living looks at the intersection of shrinking residential unit sizes and design impacts as a result of Covid 19.
- The Nightengale Hospital in the UK converted a Convention Centre into a Covid 19 hospital in the early days of the pandemic demonstrating how existing community assets can be converted expediently during emergency.

Learning goals:
How fostering social connection is key to building community resilience;
How we can capture the lessons learned from the pandemic and integrate them into our work, using our collective experience and shared vocabulary to explain why we need to build for resiliency;
Why working across disciplines is what is required to solve some of the big issues of our day.

Time: TBA

The Existing Building Conundrum: Shockproof Your Building through Decarbonized Capital Planning

GBF21 speaker Antoni Paleshi
Antoni Paleshi, Energy Performance Specialist, WSP Canada

WSP in Canada

Speaker Bio

Antoni Paleshi is the practice leader of WSP’s Canadian building performance analysis team with 15 years of experience in the field. He specializes in the design, simulation and evaluation of building energy efficiency measures with experience leading teams towards high-performance buildings in all major sectors.

Antoni’s broader consulting expertise includes enclosure design, energy and water measurement and verification, indoor air quality design, and environmental life cycle assessment. Antoni also has a passion for corporate sustainability action and has helped to lead WSP’s office in Kitchener, Ontario towards low-carbon operations for the past 10 years. Antoni is an experienced energy modeller and listed on the CaGBC Experienced Modellers List.

Presentation Outline

Can we anticipate and prepare for the dual shock of: (i) the climate change we can’t avoid and (ii) the economic/political change that will keep things from getting any worse? What do these shocks mean for existing buildings, which represent the majority of all emissions in the building sector over the next 30 years? How do we capitalize on the embodied carbon within existing buildings while upgrading them to be more resilient and low-carbon?

Deep retrofits in existing buildings present a significant opportunity to reduce operational carbon, improve indoor environmental quality and overlap with the needed action on climate resilience.

This session will provide examples from Antoni and co-presenter Scott Armstrong’s project work on evaluating existing assets and their vulnerability to climate change, the steps necessary for evaluating the magnitude of risk, and actions taken to mitigate these risks.

They will also use case studies of recent deep retrofit projects including practical examples for achieving operational carbon savings through effectively integrating a suite of enclosure, HVAC, fuel switching and renewable energy systems.

Lastly, they will provide an overview of the roadmap for retrofits (i.e. decarbonized capital planning): where to start, what to analyse, how to align improvements with existing capital plans and how to deliver and measure success.

Time: TBA

Optimizing HVAC Systems for a Healthy Environment

Josh Lewis GBF21 speaker
Josh Lewis, CEM, CMVP, Engineering Manager

Nerva Energy Group Inc.

Speaker Bio

Josh Lewis, CEM, CMVP, is the Engineering Manager at Nerva Energy Group, an energy advisory firm and specialty contractor providing smart building optimization by leveraging niche expertise with leading IoT technologies to ensure buildings function more intuitively and efficiently, creating energy earning & carbon reduction opportunities, and fostering a positive impact on occupancy, quality of life and the overall environment.

As an award-winning leader in the energy sector, including being recognized as the AEE International Energy Innovator of the Year in 2019, and cutting-edge business development strategist with a wide knowledge base in green buildings, energy conservation, carbon reduction, and environmental sustainability, his delivery of projects is with a commitment to continuous improvement and lean principles which leads toward world-class levels of performance through multi-tiered approaches.

Josh joined Nerva in January 2019 as he saw it as an ideal opportunity to leverage his knowledge, experience, and passion for energy efficiency in a way that would benefit the wider ecosystem of professionals in the building sector, including architects, engineers, developers, owners, and operators. Through a mandate to make education a top priority, Josh is continuously learning about the newest advancements in practices and technology, and then sorting through the chaff to ensure that he can deliver the best information to Nerva’s clients and the public in order to help catalyze both incremental and systematic improvements to our built environment.

Presentation Outline

When COVID-19 became a pandemic in 2020, there was an immediate realization that the risk of transmission within buildings was likely very high due to the aerosolization of viral particles. This forced buildings owners and operators to quickly implement strategies to improve indoor air quality and reduce the risk of disease transmission.

However, many of the strategies to improve indoor quality can lead us down a path of reducing the energy efficiency and increasing the carbon emissions of our buildings. At the same time, in our just society, it is impossible to put a price on the health and well-being of any person. On average, we spend 90% of our life indoors – so maintaining air quality has and will always be critical. But we must achieve a balance between efficiency, air quality, and comfort.

Josh’s presentation will provide insight on the typical measures being deployed within buildings to mitigate disease spread by improving indoor air quality, while simultaneously discussing the positive or negative impact they can have on energy efficiency and carbon emissions, in order to help provide education on the range of options available to address this issue which now has a renewed focus in the building sector.

Time: TBA

What Does Climate Change Mean for Indoor Environmental Quality and Occupant Health?

Sandra Dedesko GBF21 speaker
Sandra Dedesko, MASc, P.Eng, WELL Advisor, WELL Faculty, WELL AP
PhD Student and Researcher

Harvard University

Speaker Bio

Sandra specializes in high-performance buildings that promote occupant health and environmental sustainability. She is a PhD student and researcher in the Healthy Buildings group at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she combines her building design and engineering background with expertise in environmental health and exposure assessment. She has international research and consulting experience in this area and has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications on this topic.

Sandra is passionate about translating scientific findings to practical applications and is involved with developing and delivering education through the University of Toronto, the Canada Green Building Council, and the International Well Building Institute.

Presentation Outline

Climate change has brought more varied climatic conditions and extreme weather events that pose new challenges to the built environment. While growing attention is being put towards designing for enhanced resilience and physical durability, there has been less consideration of the impacts on indoor environmental quality. The average North American spends over 90% of their time indoors where they are exposed to numerous dynamic environmental conditions. Accordingly, time spent in buildings has a prominent impact on human health and wellbeing.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has garnered more widespread appreciation for this, there are additional climate change considerations beyond infectious disease control that must be considered to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes resulting from time spent in buildings in the years to come. .

These considerations will be explored by examining specific climate change-driven events and the resulting impacts on the indoor environment, including:

  • The influence of flooding on the indoor microbiome;
  • The impacts of wildfires on indoor air quality; and
  • The effects of heatwaves on indoor thermal conditions and occupant perceptions.

Each scenario will be presented to answer two main discussion questions:

  1. What are the impacts on indoor environmental quality?
  2. What does this mean for occupant health and wellbeing?

This session will provide an overview of indoor environmental quality and highlight design considerations of increasing importance in our ever-changing climate reality.

Time: TBA

The Existing Building Conundrum: Shockproof Your Building through Decarbonized Capital Planning

GBF21 speaker Scott Armstrong
Scott Armstrong, Building Science Project Principal, WSP Canada

WSP in Canada

Speaker Bio

Scott is passionate about buildings: their design and construction, ongoing performance, deterioration and failure, and, ultimately, their renewal. His projects have spanned commercial, institutional, heritage, recreational, residential, and neighbourhood development in Canada, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

A LEED Accredited Professional, past Secretary and Board member of the CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter, a Building Science Specialist (BSS), and Certified Engineering Technologist (CET), Scott successfully bridges the traditional gap between Architectural and Engineering disciplines and is frequently invited to speak publicly on topics such as enclosure design, high performance building design, and existing building retrofits.

Presentation Outline

Can we anticipate and prepare for the dual shock of: (i) the climate change we can’t avoid and (ii) the economic/political change that will keep things from getting any worse? What do these shocks mean for existing buildings, which represent the majority of all emissions in the building sector over the next 30 years? How do we capitalize on the embodied carbon within existing buildings while upgrading them to be more resilient and low-carbon?

Deep retrofits in existing buildings present a significant opportunity to reduce operational carbon, improve indoor environmental quality and overlap with the needed action on climate resilience.

This session will provide examples from Scott and co-presenter Antoni Paleshi’s project work on evaluating existing assets and their vulnerability to climate change, the steps necessary for evaluating the magnitude of risk, and actions taken to mitigate these risks.

They will also use case studies of recent deep retrofit projects including practical examples for achieving operational carbon savings through effectively integrating a suite of enclosure, HVAC, fuel switching and renewable energy systems.

Lastly, they will provide an overview of the roadmap for retrofits (i.e. decarbonized capital planning): where to start, what to analyse, how to align improvements with existing capital plans and how to deliver and measure success.

Time: TBA

Planning and Designing Buildings and Cities for a 1.5 Degree Lifestyle

Lloyd Alter GBF21 speaker head shot
Lloyd Alter, Editor, Author, Sustainable Design Instructor

Treehugger.com, Ryerson University Faculty of Communication & Design

Speaker Bio

Lloyd Alter is editor of architecture and design at TreeHugger.com, the “world’s largest green lifestyle website.” His book “Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle” is published by New Society Publishers in fall, 2021.

Lloyd has worked as an architect, a real estate developer, and an entrepreneur in prefabricated housing. He teaches Sustainable Design at the Ryerson University Faculty of Communications and Design and is a Past President of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. His writing has been published in the Guardian, Azure, and Corporate Knights Magazines.

Presentation Outline

In his new book Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle, Lloyd Alter examines the carbon footprint of his life. The key finding from the exercise is that looking at the world through the lens of embodied carbon changes everything; An iPhone eats up 12 days of his carbon budget, a Tesla Model 3, 5 years. Buildings look different too; a cubic meter of concrete represents two months.

The international scientific consensus is that we have less than a decade to drastically slash our collective carbon emissions to keep global heating to 1.5 degrees and avert catastrophe. Many of us will have to cut our individual carbon footprints by over 80% to 2.5 tonnes per person per year by 2030. But where to start?

The key lesson is that while efficiency is important, what really matters is sufficiency. Lloyd will extrapolate from individual choices to design and policy decisions that hinder or help the fight to reduce embodied carbon. The session will illustrate how we need to plan and design buildings and cities to make living the 1.5 degree lifestyle possible.

Time: TBA

Green Building Festival 2021 Sponsors

Thank you to valued Green Building Festival sponsors for their support

Platinum Sponsor:

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Gold Sponsor:

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Silver Sponsor:

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Energy Profiles Limited
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Bronze Sponsors:
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