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BUILDEX Calgary: 2 Presentations

November 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm UTC-5

BUILDEX Calgary is Alberta’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries.BUILDEX will take place November 7-8, 2018 at the BMO Centre in Calgary, with more than 175 exhibits and over 40 educational seminars – and we’re excited to present two of them!

Conference and registration information can be found here.

Eric Corey Freed will present Carbon Based Lifeforms Creating Zero Carbon Buildings during the Green Leaders Breakfast. This session will take place on November 8 at 8:00 a.m.  Then at 2:30 p,m., Yichao Chen and Susan Kapetanovic-Marr will present Leveraging Sustainability Certifications and Energy Labelling toward Low Carbon in Existing Buildings.  Session overviews are provided below.

Session 1 Overview:

In the last decade, carbon levels increased 20 parts per million (from 380 to 403), the population grew by one billion, global temperature increased by half a degree Celsius, and 25 percent more people moved into our cities.

The world is rapidly changing and will be a very different place by 2030. In this talk, Eric Corey Freed will explore dozens of disparate trends in technology, sustainability and the construction industry and connect the dots to get a glimpse into how we can save the world AND save our businesses at the same time. You will learn how to stack emerging trends to forecast opportunities in the green building space.

Climate change is redefining the design parameters and project demands for building design. Uncertainty in the future will require solutions that measure and manage energy, water and health outcomes in innovative ways.

During this energetic and entertaining session, attendees will be engaged in a collaborative process to better address systemic barriers to healthy, high-performing, sustainable, resilient buildings. Together, we will acknowledge the challenges and complexities facing project teams pursuing net zero / zero carbon projects and how to identify the risks amplified over and above a conventional development.

Hear from an award winning architect in a lively discussion that will change how you look at the future, regardless of how bleak it may seem!

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand lessons learned from recent developments in net zero energy, carbon pricing and financial risk models, and how to apply them to your upcoming projects.
  • Appreciate key financial barriers facing these projects, and discover creative ways to communicate these opportunities to the owners.
  • See how advances in automation, energy storage, biophilia and climate planning will change how building owners set requirements for their projects.
  • Learn about innovative strategies being used on current projects to design and build low carbon communities.
  • Gain experience in co-creating holistic solutions through a collaborative and inclusive process to address systemic barriers to innovation in net zero building.

Session 2 Overview:

Our existing building stock has significant potential for energy savings and carbon reduction. Commercially available sustainability certifications for existing buildings, such as LEED EBOM, BOMA BEST, WELL, and Fitwel standards, provide defined frameworks and metrics for targeting sustainability in existing buildings. This presentation will examine several case studies where sustainability certifications were considered for retrofit implications, capital and operating cost, as well as additional benefits to building users.

Examples of how different building types might find suitable retrofit opportunities and sustainability certifications towards a low carbon future will be presented, including:

  • The CORE shopping center in downtown Calgary – the first building of its kind to pursue LEED EBOM certification and to use the Energy Jumpstart path to meet the LEED EBOM energy prerequisite.
  • Centre 10 – a high-rise office building in downtown Calgary that is currently pursuing LEED EBOM certification and conducting recommissioning (RCx) to identify suitable retrofit opportunities.
  • The Harry Hays Government of Canada Building – currently pursuing LEED EBOM certification under the federal government’s low carbon initiative and after having conducted ASHRAE level 2 energy audits to identify energy saving opportunities.
  • The City of Edmonton Municipal Buildings – ongoing efforts to conduct ASHRAE level 2 energy audits and feasibility studies for LEED EBOM and BOMA BEST certifications on energy intensive municipal buildings.

These case studies aim to inform how different building types may find suitable retrofit opportunities and sustainability certifications towards a low carbon future.

About our Presenters:

Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disrupter



Susan Kapetanovic-Marr, Sustainability Specialist




Yichao Chen, Building Energy Consultant


November 8, 2018
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm UTC-5
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