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Savings By Design Webinar Series

The Enbridge Savings by Design programs went virtual in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic response measures. During this time, Enbridge identified the need for primer webinars on common SBD program topics and allow potential participants an opportunity to get a look into the type of questions that can be answered through the Integrated Design Process. Sustainable Buildings Canada developed a series of webinars addressing topics including Energy Modelling, Air Tightness, Low Impact Development and how to approach Deep Energy Retrofits. Each of the webinars includes a short video addressing the most common questions and a live question and answer period with subject matter experts. Future webinars will be posted here and recordings can also be found on the SBC YouTube channel.

In 2020, five webinars will be delivered. Check out the first three below:

  • Energy Modelling : This webinar reviews the processes of energy modelling, the benefits it can provide to developers and designers, and how it can support good decision-making.
  • Deep Energy Retrofits : This webinar addresses existing buildings. The focus is on differences between conventional retrofits, which upgrade one building element at a time, and deep energy retrofits, which involves an evaluation of the interrelated performance of all building elements.
  • Low Impact Development including storm water management and green roofs! This 1 hour webinar focused on Storm Water Management and low impact development.  Specific topics covered include policy trends affecting SWM in Ontario, how developers can address upcoming regulations and how best to integrate low impact development practices.

The remaining two webinars are not something you want to miss:

November 16th 2020: REGISTER HERE

This webinar will feature 3 presenters and will provide a holistic understanding of air tightness in high performance buildings with leading experts in enclosure systems, mechanical design, and indoor environmental quality. The presentation will include discussion of common sources of air leakage and the effects of these leaks on energy efficiency, structural durability, and human occupants. The focus of this session is on tall multi-unit residential buildings, but air tightness is important for all buildings and the knowledge transcends building type.

Questions that will be answered in this webinar:

  • Why is air leakage bad for buildings and building occupants?
  • How and where does untreated air enter buildings?
  • What can we do to minimize uncontrolled air flow through buildings?
  • What is air tightness testing and how is it done?
  • What are the benefits of having an airtight building?

Presenters are: Rand van Straaten, RDH Building Science, Cara Sloat, Reinbold Engineering, Bettina Hoar, Sage Living

November 17th 2020: REGISTER HERE

This webinar will take a deeper dive into the building science of high performance envelopes and related air tightness issues.  Subject matter expert Scott Armstrong from WSP will describe the principles and requirements for designing/constructing a high performance envelope in a Part 3 commercial building and showcase a number of examples.  Issues covered include:

  • Durability and resilience
  • Materials
  • Constructibility
  • Cost
  • Testing, verification and commissioning

The session will also examine air tightness testing requirements and include field results for specific project.

Natalia Ortiz Moreno

Natalia Ortiz, student of Project Management Environmental (PME) program in Seneca Polytechnic, has an Environmental Engineering background completed at Universidad El Bosque in Colombia. She has always been involved in sustainability roles and projects that included Environmental Management Systems implementation, Water Treatment Systems’ design and operation, Hazardous and Conventional Waste management and minimization practices, as well as Ecosystem’s Conservation and Energy
Efficiency programs.

For the PME – Applied Project Management Course, Natalia developed a Green Roof Assessment Tool for Seneca Polytechnic’s Office of Sustainability, with the aim to provide green roof technology recommendations best suited to a particular scenario, taking into consideration multiple aspects of green roofs and buildings; infrastructure, design, materials, environmental factors, and costs, as well as the Toronto Municipal Code – Green Roof bylaw. Natalia also has a scientific journal publication as the main author of the project “Selection and sizing of industrial wastewater treatment units required at the
new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) aircraft facility owned by Avianca S.A. in Rionegro Antioquia” in the El Bosque University Journal of Technology.

Natalia strongly believes there are several research topics left to be developed, and the importance of
working towards Sustainability from different backgrounds, knowledge, and cultures to build strong, productive, and resilient communities.
With the vision of growing cities and infrastructure along with nature, always preserving and respecting the ecosystems’ attributes and services, Natalia would like to keep researching and acquiring more experience in Sustainability roles.



Emily Smit

Emily is a second-year PhD student in Geography at the University of Toronto, and a co-operator of a small home renovation company, Magnus Home Improvements. Her research seeks to determine how single-family homes can quickly and best be retrofit to achieve Toronto’s emissions reductions targets – including net-zero by 2040 – as part of the TransformTO climate action plan. Specifically, she will assess the impact of municipal home energy reporting and disclosure programs, as well as produce recommendations for growing the retrofit labour force in ways that attend to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Further, her research seeks to understand how home retrofit activities can be regenerative and produce net-positive impacts for humans and the environment towards transformative, place-based sustainability. When not at her computer, Emily can be found cycling with her kids to and from school or making funky sounds on her analog synthesizer.

Bofa Udisi

Bofa is a sustainability professional with over seven years in the energy and environment industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Petroleum Studies from Novena University in Nigeria and graduate certificates in Energy Management and Environmental Project Management from Seneca College in Toronto. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Environment and Business degree. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Building Science program at Toronto Metropolitan University, researching whole-life carbon reduction in new construction and building renovations.

Bofa‘s work experience is primarily in the built environment, working in the private and public sectors in roles that involve structural and environmental assessment of building structures, HVAC engineering design and sales, and facilities management. Bofa is a member of several industry associations, such as the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). SBC’s bursary will go a long way in supporting Bofa‘s research and his desire to learn.