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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.

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.

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.

Biocene 2018: Using Biology to Grow Buildings

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Biocene 2018 is taking place from August 14-17, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously named the Biomimicry Summit, this annual bio-inspired symposium attracts speakers and attendees from across the globe. Attendees are encouraged to discover how nature-inspired innovation is transforming the marketplace, advancing scientific thought and creating sustainable, competitive advantages. Join Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor, for his keynote presentation Healthy Buildings for Everyone: Using Biology to Grow Buildings. This session will take place at 9:15 a.m. on August 15.

More information and registration can be found here.

Presentation Overview:

In 2016, the XPRIZE Foundation set out to establish a “moonshot” for construction by creating the XPRIZE for Healthy Buildings. In this session, learn how one team approached this unique opportunity to develop a way to literally grow buildings by fusing synthetic biology, genomics, parametric modeling and 3D printing to create a paradigm shift that could switch us from a PETROchemical world, to a BIOchemical one.

About our Presenter:

Eric Corey Freed, LEED BD+C/LEED Fellow, 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 dozens of 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.

OAA Annual Conference: Net-Zero Carbon Approaches for New and Existing Buildings

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Earn 1.5 ConEd Learning Hours, 1.5 AIA CES LU credits when attending the Net-Zero Carbon Approaches for New and Existing Buildings at this year’s Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Annual Conference on May 23-25 in Toronto.

Register for the conference.

Presentation Overview:

The session will present two case study projects that are part of the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program, and compare the proposed design solutions for each. One project is a new building designed to be a certified Passive House, use no fossil fuels and be certified to a LEED Gold standard. Because the project is new construction, the zero carbon strategy can employ a highly efficient Passive House thermal envelope, and plan to utilize electric-based HVAC systems to take advantage of B.C.’s low-carbon grid. The second project is an existing building with a highly efficient geo-loop and ground source heat pump, built in 2009 and certified to a LEED Gold standard. Because the project is an existing building, the zero carbon strategy options are limited by the constraints imposed by the existing thermal envelope and already highly efficient mechanical system, each with significant remaining service life. The new versus existing building implications, available energy efficiency options, local energy emissions factors, onsite generation potential, policy guidance and feasibility limits led to contrasting zero carbon strategies.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain a nuanced understanding of the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard and its application in new and existing projects.
  2. Learn how energy emissions factors guide choice of active building systems.
  3. Better understand how technical solutions are limited by feasibility and pragmatism.
  4. Learn the design impact of provincial or municipal policy.

Our session will take place on May 24 at 10:30 AM. Register here.

CSC Annual Conference: 2 Presentations

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This year’s Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) Annual Conference is jam-packed with over 20 technical sessions! We’re proud to announce that we’ll be presenting two sessions on getting to net-zero and building envelope commissioning and LEEDv4.

View the complete schedule and register for the CSC Conference: HERE

Session 1:

Emerging Solutions, Products and Methods for Getting to Net Zero

Significant strides have been made in Canada with regards to the development of net-zero/zero carbon building policies and programs, ranging from provincial legislation to municipal policy to voluntary green building programs. These policies and programs have been primarily influenced using data-driven guidance, which has led to an in-depth understanding of the building strategies and technologies that are required to meet these high-performance targets, as well as limitations and challenges. These solutions and limitations will be discussed in detail, through the lens of products, systems and methods that may influence how contract documents are developed.

Presenter: Christian Cianfrone, Building Energy Specialist
Time & Date: Thursday, May 24 at 10:30 am.

Session 2:

Building Envelope Commissioning and LEEDv4.

The Commissioning process has historically attached itself to the active systems, leaving the primarily passive envelope systems undefined and unchecked. However, due to the significant changes in City and State Energy Codes across the US which are addressing envelope design requirements to meet air leakage control and thermal performance targets, a new light has been directed at the importance of commissioning the passive systems. The code changes are requiring designers and contractors to deliver higher performance of their buildings, especially from the building envelope. Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx) is a topic that will enable designers to be prepared for not only the new changes being implemented in LEED v4, but also to stay current on how certain building envelope assemblies perform related to energy performance while ensuring long-term durability. Commissioning the building envelope is progressively recognized as an important element in achieving optimal building performance.

Presenter: Stevan Vinci, Senior Sustainability/Building Science Specialist
Time & Date: Thursday, May 24 at 1:45 pm

Register to attend both sessions: HERE

Meet Our Building Science Professionals:

Christian Cianfrone, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C – Principal and Building Energy Practice Lead

With over a decade of focused experience, Christian is one of Canada’s industry leaders in building energy efficiency, energy code and energy simulation. Having worked on hundreds of projects across North America, Christian represents Morrison Hershfield on numerous technical committees. He sits on the Energy and Engineering Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the CaGBC, Chairs the USGBC Energy and Atmosphere TAG and has provided energy policy advice to some of Canada’s largest cities, including Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Christian has also been instrumental in developing and delivering professional education on current industry topics relating to energy efficiency, simulation, codes and ventilation.

 

Stevan Vinci, CET, LFA, LEED® AP BD+C, LEED® AP O+M, LEED® AP Homes, GGP – Senior Sustainability and Building Energy Specialist

Stevan serves as the Sustainability Practice Lead for MH’s Pacific Northwest offices. He has provided in-house training for MH staff in writing exams toward their LEED GA and AP with specialty credentials. Stevan is on MH’s LEED Certification Review Team, and he has completed over 110 LEED project certification reviews on behalf of the CaGBC to date. He serves as Faculty for the USGBC and CaGBC.

NHICE: A New Era of Energy Codes in Canada

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Christian Cianfrone, Building Energy Specialist, is presenting New Era of Energy Codes in Canada at the first International Conference on New Horizons in Green Civil Engineering (NHICE). This three-day conference takes place on April 25-27 in Victoria, British Columbia. The session will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26.

Presentation Overview:

As local, provincial and federal governments commit to deep greenhouse gas reductions, building energy codes are adapting to support these outcomes. In addition to greenhouse gas reductions, developing durable, comfortable and resilient buildings are priorities for jurisdictions. Critical to the development of these new energy codes is identifying the appropriate metrics and administrative requirements to achieve all the desired objectives. Using the City of Toronto’s Zero Emissions Building Framework and the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan as examples, this presentation will show how a combination of global best practice research, big data analysis, and stakeholder engagement can lead to a robust energy policy over the long term.

Register to attend the New Horizons in Green Civil Engineering, here.

About the Presenter:

Christian Cianfrone, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C – Principal and Building Energy Practice Lead
With over a decade of focused experience, Christian is one of Canada’s industry leaders in building energy efficiency, energy code and energy simulation. Having worked on hundreds of projects across North America, Christian represents Morrison Hershfield on numerous technical committees. He sits on the Energy and Engineering Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the CaGBC, Chairs the USGBC Energy and Atmosphere TAG and has provided energy policy advice to some of Canada’s largest cities, including Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Christian has also been instrumental in developing and delivering professional education on current industry topics relating to energy efficiency, simulation, codes and ventilation.

17th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo: Sustainability Trends

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Sustainability Disruptor, Eric Corey Freed will present his Sustainability Trends talk at this year’s USGBC LA Chapter annual conference.

Presentation Overview:

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.

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, 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.

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 be!