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BC Housing Building Smart Webinar: Key Considerations for High Performance Walls

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Our very own Patrick Roppel (Principal / Building Science Specialist), will be co-presenting this 3-hour online webinar for BC Housing, titled Building Smart: Key Considerations for High Performance Walls. It will take place on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. PST. More information and registration here.

Session Overview:

This session will help broaden the common understanding of how high-rise residential buildings can meet the next generation of net-zero or net-zero ready standards that are applicable to all climate zones in Canada and build upon current design requirements and construction practice. It will illustrate solutions for higher levels of performance in Part 3 buildings, as required by Passive House, BC Energy Step Code, and the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan.

Half of the session will be dedicated to the review of typical wall assemblies and will explore practical solutions for designing and building to the effective R-values required for higher levels of the BC Energy Step Code. Parapet, clear wall, window, slab and door full size mock-up details will be reviewed step-by-step to emphasize constructability, durability, moisture control and fire protection.

The session will also outline useful guides and tools available to the design and construction community to help meet multiple objectives, including reducing energy consumption, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing resiliency and passive survivability.

This event is presented in collaboration with ZEBx, BCIT and other industry stakeholders.

WABO Annual Education Institute: Air & Moisture Barriers

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The Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) annual Education Institute training sessions will take place March 25-28, 2019 in Lynnwood, Washington. Our team is excited to take part in training the state’s Building Code Officials on the building envelope!

More information and registration can be found here.

Medgar Marceau, Principal / Senior Building Science Engineer, will present Air & Moisture Barriers: What to Look for in Drawings and On Site.

Presentation Overview:

The presentation will review the purpose of the building envelope and describe the concept of continuous control layers to protect the building envelope. The presentation will describe the building envelope control layers for controlling water penetration, air leakage, heat flow, and water vapor diffusion. The presentation will emphasize “continuity” of the control layer and what to look for in the drawing and in the field to verify that continuity of the control layers has been maintained. Numerous construction details, material samples, and construction photos, will be used to show examples of the concepts. This presentation will explain the difference between air barriers, water barriers, and vapor barriers and show how the design of the envelope can incorporate some or all of these functions into a single material. The presentation will also discuss implication of improper placement of control layers or consequences of improper material selection.

This session will take place during the afternoon session on Tuesday, March 26.

About our Presenter:

Medgar Marceau, P.E., CDT
Principal / Senior Building Science Engineer

Medgar has a unique mix of building envelope, energy modeling and life-cycle assessment (LCA) experience. In addition to Medgar’s building science expertise, he has extensive knowledge in whole building energy simulation and material science including infrared thermographic analysis, modeling of air and moisture transfer through envelope systems, air leakage, and mass transfer. Medgar’s sustainability goal is to help designers increase building durability and reduce building energy consumption.

2°C Symposium: Keynote + Panel

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Organized by COTE AIA|LA, the 2°C Symposium is an opportunity to learn essential technologies, strategies and tools that address climate change at a critical time for our collective future. We’re excited that our very own Sustainability Disruptor, Eric Cory Freed, will be presenting a keynote and participating in a panel at this year’s event!

The 2°C Symposium will take place on Friday, March 1, 2019 in Los Angeles. More information here.

Keynote Overview – Building as a Conscious Act: Finding Opportunity in Health, Resiliency and Community

An inspirational look at the global crises facing the world and lessons from work with hundreds of municipalities, agencies, and companies to reduce their carbon, boost their performance, slash their operational expenses, and provide healthy spaces for everyone.

This session will take place at 8:45 a.m.

Panel Overview – The Carbon Panel: The Pathway to a Carbon-Negative World

We need new models that inspire the everyday hero and provide unprecedented prosperity based on sustainable strategies. This panel will explore the way forward to a carbon negative planet, reversing global warming and healing the planet’s ecosystems.

This session will take place at 9:20 a.m.

 

About our Presenter:

Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor
With over 25 years licensed architect experience, Eric has helped architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country. He has been a regular contributor for Greener Buildings, KBB Home, Sustainable Industries Journal, Luxe, Natural Home, Metropolitan Home and dozens of other publications, and lectures around the country at over 50 events a year.

Eric has served on the boards of the Human Health Initiative, the Inland Empire Chapter of the USGBC, Architects/Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), West Coast Green, as well as the advisory boards of over a dozen other organizations. He was a founding board member and Chair of the Coachella Valley branch of the US Green Building Council, and served on the Sustainability Commission for the City of Palm Desert where he drafted visionary sustainability policies. He has received awards from several Mayors and worked with dozens of municipalities around the country to help implement sustainable policies.

CSC Building Expo: The Building Envelope as a System – A Balanced Approach

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We’re excited to be presenting at this year’s CSC Building Expo in Toronto! This year’s conference will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building.

More information on the conference and registration can be found here.

Presentation Overview: The Building Envelope as a System – A Balanced Approach

One fundamental method to achieve deep green buildings is to optimize the envelope’s mechanical and electrical systems. The envelope should be considered as a system where heat, light and air flow in both directions, not viewed simply as a barrier between the interior and exterior. The envelope can be designed to reduce energy loads and impact health and productivity through natural light and control of indoor environment. This can help achieve credits across multiple LEED categories.

This presentation will review the impacts and opportunities associated with the building envelope when pursuing a deep green building. The presentation is based on our experience with multiple large Canadian commercial buildings, each targeting net zero carbon. We will present a methodology to use parametric analysis with whole building energy modelling to explore and understand the energy and carbon impacts of envelope options. The methodology and tools are straightforward and easily understood by architects and owners, and can enable designers to invest more wisely in their envelope. Our presenter will provide attendees with a better understanding of how the envelope can contribute to energy reductions.

This session will take place on Wednesday, February 27 at 3 p.m.

About our Presenter:

Mark Lucuik, Director of Sustainability
Mark is a practicing engineer who has been involved in the field of sustainability since the early 1990’s. Mark is a past long serving member of the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council (past Vice-Chair), sits on the Board of the Athena Institute, and was a founding board member of the Ottawa Chapter of the CaGBC. Mark was past co-chair of the LEED Canada Steering Committee for the Canada Green Building Council, and was a past member of several CaGBC committees and task groups. Mark’s expertise in LEED, Building Envelopes, and the embodied material effects of building materials have allowed him to work on over one hundred green buildings in Canada and the United States. Mark helps design and construction teams achieve their green goals, including LEED, efficiently. Mark is a firm believer in the benefits of green construction, and the necessity of change to reflect our changing climate. Mark demonstrates these beliefs by considering environmental effects in all professional and personal decisions. Mark lives in a LEED Platinum house.

Regional Resiliency: Planning for a Successful Future

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Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor, will join a panel of local Central Oregon leaders for this special session, Regional Resiliency: Planning for a Successful Future.

Attendees will be introduced to new processes and approaches to strategic planning that will focus on opportunities to build a collaborative stakeholder community resiliency plan to prepare for projected population growth.

This session will take place on Thursday, February 21, from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bend, Oregon.

Can’t make it over the mountains to Bend? You can still listen in! Audio from this session will be broadcast live on KPOV radio (88.9 FM).

BUILDEX Vancouver: An Optimistic Report from the Dystopian, Apocalyptic World of 2030

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We’re excited to be presenting the Wednesday Networking Keynote at BUILDEX Vancouver! BUILDEX Vancouver is one of the largest building design and construction events in Western Canada! It will take place on February 13 + 14 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

This session will take place at 3 p.m. on Day 1. More information can be found here.

Presentation 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, we’ll 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’ll learn how to stack emerging trends to forecast opportunities in the green building and construction 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. Attend this talk and gain heightened insight into the future of green building and the opportunities it will present to the construction industry. Hear from an award winning architect in a lively discussion that will change how you look at the future.

About our Presenter:

Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor
With over 25 years licensed architect experience, Eric has helped architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country. He has been a regular contributor for Greener Buildings, KBB Home, Sustainable Industries Journal, Luxe, Natural Home, Metropolitan Home and dozens of other publications, and lectures around the country at over 50 events a year.

Eric has served on the boards of the Human Health Initiative, the Inland Empire Chapter of the USGBC, Architects/Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), West Coast Green, as well as the advisory boards of over a dozen other organizations. He was a founding board member and Chair of the Coachella Valley branch of the US Green Building Council, and served on the Sustainability Commission for the City of Palm Desert where he drafted visionary sustainability policies. He has received awards from several Mayors and worked with dozens of municipalities around the country to help implement sustainable policies.

JLC Live Residential Construction Show: 2 Presentations

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JLC LIVE Northwest showcases over 70 building product manufacturers, 5 LIVE building clinics and over 40 conference sessions, making it one of the Northwest’s largest regional trade events! JLC LIVE will take place on November 28-30 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

We’re excited to be presenting at this year’s JLC LIVE. Eric Corey Freed will be presenting two sessions, “An Optimistic Report from the Dystopian, Apocalyptic World of 2030” and “Tapping into Nature’s Technology: Growing Buildings”.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Session Overview – An Optimistic Report from the Dystopian, Apocalyptic World of 2030

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, we’ll 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’ll learn how to stack emerging trends to forecast opportunities in the green building space.

During this energetic and entertaining session, we’ll train and engage attendees in a collaborative process to better address systemic barriers to healthy, high-performing, sustainable, resilient buildings.  Together, we’ll 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.

This session will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 2:00 p.m. More information here.

Session Overview –  Tapping into Nature’s Technology: Growing Buildings

The way buildings are built today has remained relatively unchanged for nearly two hundred years.  The $9 trillion a year global construction industry is responsible for nearly 60% of climate change emissions, a third of landfill waste and a shocking array of negative health effects.  Even the most advanced construction projects in the world continue to use ancient techniques of modular assembly, relying on painstaking human effort to construct dead & ancient materials of wood, steel and concrete. Construction is driven by standards and codes to ensure economy and safety, but in the process fail to protect people from larger risks. This sessions attendees will learn:

1. Identify the value of exponential thinking in approaching your design problems
2. Discover the methodology to the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings and how such innovations were formulated
3. Uncover new ways to approach healthy materials that avoids trying to be less bad, and into something regenerative
4. Develop a roadmap for your own projects and the future of Living Buildings

This session will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 a.m. More information here.

About our Presenter

Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor
Eric is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As Sustainability Disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn’t know were holding them back. Eric’s past roles include Vice President of the International Living Future Institute and Chief Community Officer of EcoDistricts, both nonprofits pushing innovative new paradigms for deep green buildings and communities. Eric is the author of 11 books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies.” In 2012, he was named one of the 25 “Best Green Architecture Firms” in the US, and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.” In 2017, he was named one of Build’s American Architecture Top 25. He holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.

AEE Canada East Full-Day Seminar: Envelope and Heritage Restorations

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Trane Eastern Canada and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Canada East are partnering to host the full-day seminar, focusing on Carbon Neutrality for Existing Buildings.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Session Overview:

Envelope is more than windows and doors. How can we improve the performance of envelope systems while respecting building science and preservation guidelines?

Join David Kayll as he explores how to improve the insulation of heritage building restorations while respecting the historic nature of the facility and helping to meet carbon neutral targets.

This session is the third of the day and will begin at 10:15 a.m.

About our Presenter:

David Kayll, Director / Building Science Specialist
David is a senior engineering specialist delivering engineering consulting to public and private organizations, specialist support to building designers, and design on renovation and new construction. He has completed projects across Canada, including Canada’s North. David is a senior project manager for Eastern North America Building Specialty Services and is involved in energy and building science/envelope projects from Texas to Manitoba to Easter Canada.  Trained and experienced in the theories and practices of energy systems, building science and the building envelope/enclosure, David has worked in the various aspects of the industry from R&D to practical application of technical solutions to problems.

Greenbuild: The Building Envelope as a System – A Balanced Approach

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We’re excited to be presenting at this year’s Greenbuild Expo! Greenbuild is one of the largest international conference and expos specifically dedicated to sustainability in the built environment. The conference brings together professionals in the architecture, construction, engineering and planning community for four days of education sessions, workshops and networking. This year’s conference will take place on November 14-16, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

More information on the conference and registration can be found here.

Presentation Overview: The Building Envelope as a System – A Balanced Approach

One fundamental method to achieve deep green buildings is to optimize the envelope’s mechanical and electrical systems. The envelope should be considered as a system where heat, light and air flow in both directions, not viewed simply as a barrier between the interior and exterior. The envelope can be designed to reduce energy loads and impact health and productivity through natural light and control of indoor environment. This can help achieve credits across multiple LEED categories.

This presentation will review the impacts and opportunities associated with the building envelope when pursuing a deep green building. The presentation is based on our experience with multiple large Canadian commercial buildings, each targeting net zero carbon. We will present a methodology to use parametric analysis with whole building energy modelling to explore and understand the energy and carbon impacts of envelope options. The methodology and tools are straightforward and easily understood by architects and owners, and can enable designers to invest more wisely in their envelope. Our presenters are two senior Building Envelope Specialists and LEED Fellows who will provide attendees with a better understanding of how the envelope can contribute to energy reductions.

This session will take place on Friday, November 16 at 8 a.m.

About our Presenters:

Mark Lucuik, Director of Sustainability
Mark is a practicing engineer who has been involved in the field of sustainability since the early 1990’s. Mark is a past long serving member of the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council (past Vice-Chair), sits on the Board of the Athena Institute, and was a founding board member of the Ottawa Chapter of the CaGBC. Mark was past co-chair of the LEED Canada Steering Committee for the Canada Green Building Council, and was a past member of several CaGBC committees and task groups. Mark’s expertise in LEED, Building Envelopes, and the embodied material effects of building materials have allowed him to work on over one hundred green buildings in Canada and the United States. Mark helps design and construction teams achieve their green goals, including LEED, efficiently. Mark is a firm believer in the benefits of green construction, and the necessity of change to reflect our changing climate. Mark demonstrates these beliefs by considering environmental effects in all professional and personal decisions. Mark lives in a LEED Platinum house.

Jamie McKay, Sustainability and Building Envelope Commissioning Specialist
Jamie is a Building Science and Sustainability Consultant at Morrison Hershfield, specializing in high performance Building Envelope design and Commissioning. He has worked for MH for over 18 years, starting in Vancouver, BC and then moving to Ottawa, ON in 2009. Jamie has acquired a wide range of knowledge in sustainable design and building science through his project experience at Morrison Hershfield, lecturing (US / Canada) and teaching (Carleton University, British Columbia Institute of Technology). His specialties include sustainable design, high performance building envelopes, Owner’s Advocacy, LEED Building Durability Planning and LEED V4 Building Envelope Commissioning. Jamie received his LEED Fellow designation in 2014 and was the Chair of the CAGBC Materials Technical Advisory Group (2017-2018 and member 2009-2018), and a member of the CAGBC Steering Committee of the Canadian Green Building Council (2017-2018). Jamie received his BECxProvider and CxA+BE accreditation from the University of Wisconsin in June of 2017.

CaGBC Ontario Awards Night

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The CaGBC Ontario Awards Night Gala brings together more than 250 industry leaders and supporters in Toronto. The Gala features an opening networking reception, keynote speaker, gala dinner and presentation of the Green Building Excellence and Leadership Awards at the elegant Arcadian Court.

Join Morrison Hershfield’s Sustainability Disruptor, Eric Corey Freed, as he delivers the evening’s keynote and acts as MC for the Awards Night Gala.

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Morrison Hershfield also has TWO projects nominated for awards of excellence:

ONE60 Elgin has been selected as a finalist for Excellence in Green Building – Existing Buildings (for our client H&R REIT)
Seneca College has been selected as a finalist for Excellence in New Construction (Commercial and Institutional) – (for our client EllisDon & Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology)

More information about awards finalists can be found here.