The SBC Blog: What’s in store at SBE16Toronto?

February was a hive of activity as preparations for the SBE16Toronto Sustainable Built Environment Conference of the Americas move full steam ahead. Hmm, maybe it’s time for a greener version of that metaphor? How about, as preparations for SBE16 are propelled by great electro-magnetic force…?

However you say it, there is much news to relay as we head into daylight savings time, including capturing video footage of a range of important green building and policy professionals who will star in an upcoming SBE16Toronto video series (Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Diane Saxe speaks to the camera below). We are pleased and grateful for the strong support of SBE16Toronto sponsor and partner organizations, led by our Platinum Sponsor, Enbridge.

SBC March 2016 blog photo ECO video shoot

The SBE16Toronto conference theme of urban resiliency is multi-faceted and is drawing the interest of diverse environmental stakeholders, architectural community, engineering, academic, utility and technology to name a few.

And the day has finally arrived! We are extremely excited to announce conference registration has opened so we invite you to take advantage of the early bird rates now in effect and save $100 on a delegate pass. You can register here.

SBE16Toronto has a strong technical stream and we have received more than 70 technical papers in response to our call. Our Canada conference partner is hard at work in the review process. The diversity of subject matter re-affirms the myriad solutions to the climate change challenge on so many fronts. Some 40 papers will be either presented on September 19 and 20, or the subject of facilitated workshops.

Among submitted papers, for example, multi-unit residential buildings in dense urban settings is a frequent topic. For much of the existing building stock, suite metering is rare. Yet more than 70% of energy is consumed in-suite, de-coupling the resident from the financial impact of energy use as a result of the net lease, and there are millions of unmetered suites. While this is not news, the dilemma begs for, in the absence of a technology solution, an approach that builds on resident engagement and attitudes.

Pittsburgh's 2030 District will present at SBE16TorontoAnother paper looks at the success of an initiative spreading across North America called the 2030 District. The premise is that engaging building owners/managers at the ‘district scale’ is a manageable undertaking that can unite, motivate, and mobilize stakeholders, to collaborate in pursuit of a collective (and measured) set of resource reduction targets. In this piece, the success of the 2030 Pittsburgh District and its 66+ million sq. ft. of real estate is both an inspiring and insightful story.

A third paper takes a look at the implications of “triple bottom line” thinking, the accounting framework that redefines the ‘R’ in ROI and properly accounts for the social and environmental implications and how it can (re)shape public infrastructure projects and redefine the requirements beyond conventional financial metrics. The inner workings of two world-class community developments, boasting the highest levels of sustainability anywhere are the focus of this workshop, exploring the realm of the possible and what it takes to get there.

This is just a sampling of the dozens of presentations and workshops, in what will be two days packed full of provocative and inspirational content.

Check in regularly for news and updates, and don’t forget to register while the early bird rates are in place. We look to seeing you at SBE16Toronto Sustainable Built Environment Conference of the Americas.

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.