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Sustainable Buildings Canada calls on industry to accelerate

For Immediate Release

Toronto April 22, 2022. According to Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) there has never been a
better time for building owners and operators to invest in improving their aging building
infrastructure. The non-profit organization points to numerous government incentives and
commitments recently outlined in the 2022 federal budget as reasons to act now. In addition,
rising energy costs and increased climate events have made the case for investing now in our
aging buildings even more urgent.

“We know that heating and cooling the more than 4 million commercial, institutional and multiresidential
buildings in Canada is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions”, said Mike
Singleton, Executive Director of Sustainable Buildings Canada. “We also know the cost to run
older buildings will rise dramatically in the coming years. We have the technology, expertise,
and various levels of government support to address the issue now.”
One proven method that SBC believes will help the building industry accelerate deep retrofits is
through the integrated design process. By bringing industry professionals together across
multiple disciplines, building owners and operators benefit from a holistic approach to problem
solving.

“A building owner may believe the quickest and cheapest path to improving energy efficiency is
by installing triple-pane windows,” adds Singleton. “This might be part of the solution but
through the integrated design process we often discover options that produce even more
immediate and impactful energy savings such as eliminating thermal bridges and installing nonmetal
window frames.”

Andrea Pietila, Energy and Sustainability Engineer at RDH Building Science Inc., agrees. “We
start every retrofit project with a feasibility study to determine what aging equipment and
materials can be replaced and upgraded. These recommendations are used to calculate the
reduction in operational energy and carbon from the building upgrades. When you factor in the
carbon price and more frequent extreme weather events, the anticipated cost of operating a
building in 10 years will be much higher, reinforcing the need to develop a plan and invest
now.”

About Sustainable Buildings Canada:
Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the
building industry build better buildings. For 20 years, SBC has been a leader is the ‘next level’ of
sustainability — helping developers/builders/operators achieve high performance outcomes in
the built environment, encompassing a range of positive results including creating healthy
spaces, lower energy and water use, clean and renewable energy, and positive behavioural
outcomes. SBC believes our survival depends on taking aggressive steps to fight climate change.

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.