Sustainable Built Environment Conference of the Americas

September 19 & 20, Toronto, Canada

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Conference organizers thank Dr. Mark Gorgolewski, Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University and the team of SBE16Toronto reviewers for their work assessing call for paper submissions.

PLENARY: What are the Realities of Building in the Age of Carbon Tax and Climate Change?

Monday Sept 19, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Weather Gone Wild: The Worst Is Yet to Come, So You Better Adapt
Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo

Land Use Planning: Getting Serious About GHG Reduction
Pamela Blais, Principal, Metropole Consultants

Challenges, Opportunities and Leadership In An Uncertain Future
Alec Hay, Principal in Risk, Resilience & Security Planning, Southern Harbour

Government Policy On Carbon and The Effects Of Cap-and-Trade On Buildings
Alex Wood, Executive Director, Climate Change Directorate, Ontario Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change

SBE Series

Monday Sept 19, 12:15 - 12:30 PM

SBE Series Update, COP21 Buildings Day & The Global ABC
Nils Larsson, Executive Director, iiSBE

Session 1 – Energy Modelling and Metrics

Monday Sept 19, 1:45 - 3:00 PM

Demystifying and Democratizing the Energy Use Conversation to Support the Net Zero

Birgit Siber, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects
Mike Williams, Associate, Sustainability, RWDI Consulting Engineers

Session 1 – Materials and Benchmarking

Monday Sept 19, 1:45 - 3:00 PM

Rethinking A Global Junkyard: A Strategy to Reformulate Shipbreaking
Edward Dromgool, Architectural Student, Victoria University of Wellington
Kevin Sweet, Academic Staff / First Year Coordinator, School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington

Development Of A Sustainable Material Alignment Framework
A. K. Azizi, B. Arch Sci, Ryerson University
M. C. Gelowitz, M.A.Sc, Ryerson University

Session 2 – Indoor Environment

Monday Sept 19, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Biophilia and Nature-Based Features to Support Stress Reduction in Knowledge Workers
Ann Callaghan, Professor, Conestoga College
Dr. Shauna MalloryHill, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba

Reflections on a Canadian Building Performance Evaluation Methodology
Ghazal Ebrahimi, Author, PhD Canadidate, University of British Columbia

Smart, Green + Productive Workplace
Simone Skopek, Energy and Sustainability Services Operations Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle

Session 2 - Envelope and Energy

Monday Sept 19, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

The Toronto Method of Construction: Re-Thinking How We Insulate Our Homes
Kelsey Saunders, Building Science & Sustainability Coordinator, Sustainable.TO Architecture & Building
Mark Flynn, MASc Candidate, Ryerson University
Craig Race, Architect, SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building

Session 2 - Urban Design

Monday Sept 19, 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Raising The Roof: Making Contemporary Housing Developments Solar Ready
Charles Riddell, Building Science and Project Engineering, Ryerson University
Dr. Miljana Horvat, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science, Ryerson University

Improving the Resilience of Urban Buildings: An Integrated Approach to Measuring Optimum Demand Density
Chibulu Luo, PhD Student, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto

Building In Existing Contexts – Densication
Dr. Paul Floerke, Associate Chair External and Mobility Director, Ryerson University
Sonja Weiss,  Dipl. Ing., Architektin

WSBE17 Hong Kong

Monday Sept 19, 5:00 - 6:15 PM

WSBE17 Hong Kong Update
Man-kit Leung, Sub-Committee Chairman, WSBE17 Hong Kong Scientific Committee


Monday Sept 19, 5:00 - 6:15 PM

Hypernatural: Architecture’s New Relationship with Nature
Professor Marc Swackhamer, Head + Associate Professor, School of Architecture, College of Design University of Minnesota and Principal, HouMinn Practice

2030 Workshop: Stamford 2030 District and the 2030 District Network

Tuesday Sept 20, 8:30 - 9:45 AM

Inspiring Communities Towards 2030 Goals with Voluntary Performance Benchmarking
Stamford 2030 District & 2030 District Network
Presenters: Jeff Ranson, Executive Director, Toronto 2030 District
Megan Saunders, Executive Director, Stamford 2030 District

Session 3 - Community Building

Tuesday Sept 20, 8:30 - 9:45 AM

The Third Success Factor Of Energy Friendly Renovation Processes
Anke Van Hal, Professor, Nyenrode Business Universiteit/TUDelft, Center for Entrepreneurship & Stewardship

Session 3 - Energy and CO2 Reduction

Tuesday Sept 20, 8:30 - 9:45 AM

When Is Heat Recovery Cost Effective In Canadian Commercial Buildings?
Daniel Knapp, Energy Efciency Expert, Arborus Consulting

Session 3 - Occupant Behaviour

Tuesday Sept 20, 8:30 - 9:45 AM

Post-Occupancy Evaluation of a High-Density Affordable Housing Complex with Innovative Mechanical Heating and Ventilation Systems      
Frank Suerich-Gulick, Postdoctoral Researcher, CanmetENERGY – Natural Resources Canada

Occupant’s Household Energy Behaviour and Conservation Strategies in a High-Rise Residential Building in Toronto, Canada
Miles Roque, Projects K.K. Japan Planning Manager, Canadian Solar
Vera Straka, Associate Professor, Ryerson University
Dr. Alan S. Fung, Associate Professor, Ryerson University

The Effect of Occupant Behaviour On Real-Time Electricity Consumption In School Spaces
Mohamed Ouf, PhD Candidate, University of Manitoba
Dr. Mohamed H Issa, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba


Tuesday Sept 20, 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Conservation Let’s Get Serious
Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Government of Ontario

PLENARY – Energy and Thermal Innovations

Tuesday Sept 20, 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Energy Storage to Make Renewables More Viable: The Challenges and Opportunities
Jack Simpson, Vice-President, Generation, Toronto Hydro

CO2 – Business Resilience in Refrigeration Solutions
Steven Horwood, Vice President, Sales & Operations, Neelands Refrigeration Ltd.

PLENARY - Getting to the Next Level – A Road Map to Regenerative Buildings

Tuesday Sept 20, 1:15 AM - 3:15 PM

Building Biology - 7 Keys to Health and Resilience
Paula Baker-Laporte, Econest Architecture Inc.


Net-Zero in Edmonton: On Time and On Budget With Lean Integrated Project Delivery
Jen Hancock, Director of Innovative Construction, CHANDOS

Olympic Design & Building for Performance
Donna Vakalis, 2 x Olympian, LEED AP BD+C and PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

PLENARY - Urban Resilience – Community, Density and Ecosystems

Tuesday Sept 20, 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Learning from Goldilocks
Lloyd Alter, Adjunct Professor, Sustainable Design, Ryerson University;; The Guardian


A Framework for Community Resilience Planning: the Moncton story
Antonio Gómez-Palacio, Principal, Dialog


UniverCity: A Living Lab for Resilient Development
Gordon Harris, President & CEO, SFU Community Trust

Strengthening Symbiotic Flows: Valuing Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital
Craig Applegath, Architect and Founding Principal, DIALOG Toronto
Jeff Schnurr, Executive Director, Community Forests International

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