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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.

13th North American Passive House Conference: 2 Workshops + Core Presentation

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Learn the differences between SF, MF and Commerical/Institutional PHIUS+ Projects and understand the differences in large building MEP design approaches between code and PHIUS+ buildings with Prudence Ferreira, Passive House Practice Lead. She will be co-presenting two Pre-Conference Workshops and a Core Curriculum Session at this year’s annual North American Passive House Conference in Boston! Pre-Conference Workshops will take place September 19 and 20, the Core Conference will follow on September 21 and 22.

Prudence’s Core Curriculum presentation on the topic of WUFI and Hygrothermal Modeling Protocols will take place on Friday, September 21 at 4:15 p.m.

More information on the conference and associated workshops can be found here.

Overview – Pre-Conference Workshop: Advanced PHIUS + 2018 Commercial/Large MultiFamily WUFI Passive Energy Modeling

Passive building has moved quickly into larger multifamily and commercial building typologies over the past two years and it has become apparent that larger buildings require critical additional skills from the CPHC. Prudence and Maren both have been on the forefront of passive commercial and larger scale multifamily design in their practice and will present an overview and step by step guide of how to best set up the energy models for these larger building typologies. Don’t miss this class if you are moving into bigger buildings, it will prove invaluable!

This session will take place on September 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register here.

Overview – Pre-Conference Workshop: PHIUS + MEP Design for Large Multifamily and Commercial Projects

This workshop will take a look at successful systems design for PHIUS+ projects. Galen as the mechanical engineer on the project and Prudence as the lead CPHC have worked together on large scale passive multifamily and commercial projects and will share their lessons learned and their protocols that they developed for those projects and that they found to work best. They have pioneered what is often lamented about: a successful integrated design process of MEP design and passive building envelope optimization.

This session will take place on September 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register here.

About our Presenter

Prudence Ferreira, Passive House Practice Lead
Prudence is a senior member of Morrison Hershfield’s Building Performance Analysis team and serves as the firm’s Passive House Lead. She has modeled over 1.2 million square feet of passive projects including over 170 thousand square feet of non-residential and 920 dwelling units to date.  Ms. Ferreira is also a Certified Instructor for the Passive House Institute US and regularly teaches the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training, WUFI Passive modeling, and Advanced Hygrothermal Analysis around the US. She has trained over 600 CPHC’s, is a core contributor to CPHC training curriculum and credential exam. Prudence served on the PHIUS Board of Directors from 2011-2018 and is a founding member of the PHIUS Technical Committee. Ms. Ferreira has consulted on passive house projects across 7 different climate zones including sub-arctic, tropical and high altitude (Himalayan) locations.

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.

AIA 2018 Collaborative Research Summit

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The 2018 AIA Collaborative Research Summit gives you the opportunity to engage with change agents exploring research related to technology, health, and resilience. During this interactive two-day event, participants will learn about innovative research findings and methodologies poised to transform the architectural practice. Participants will have the exclusive opportunity to shape AIA’s research agenda for the future.

Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor, will deliver the keynote at this year’s Summit. His presentation will be on the topic of New Models of Innovation in Architecture Practice.

More information and registration can be found here.

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 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.

Apartmentalize Conference: Using Biology to Grow Buildings

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Learn about sustainable success during our session Using Biology to Grow Buildings, part of the National Apartment Association’s educational series at this year’s Apartmentalize conference in San Diego  (June 13-16).

Presentation Overview:

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. This session maps out the rationale for a paradigm shift in the way you approach your practice and think about materials. We’ll discuss a specific example of a pioneering new way to grow buildings (literally!) by fusing synthetic biology, genomics, parametric modeling and 3D printing to create a material that allows us to move from a PETRO-chemical world, to a BIO-chemical one. 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.

Eric Corey Freed will be presenting this educational session at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13.

Register here.

About the 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 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.

 

CaGBC Building Lasting Change 2018: Two Presentations

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On June 5-7th, take advantage of learning the latest knowledge and insights from Canadian and global experts in green building design and retrofits, market transformation, technology transformation and more at the at CaGBC Building Lasting Change Conference!

Register here

A Regional Emphasis: Rapid GHG Reductions and Resilience in the Built Environment

Presentation Overview:

Explore how extreme climate-driven events in urban population centers may trigger governments and policy makers to take action to mitigate risks associated with the impact of climate change. With the collaboration of policy makers in local municipalities and provincial government, this presentation intends to dissect the actions being taken and challenges being faced by various provincial and municipal government fronts such as the introduction of new minimum energy performance requirements in building codes, implementation of carbon tax, and greater emphasis on durability, resiliency and urbanization strategies aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.

Presented by: Kalum Galle, Senior Sustainability Specialist
Wednesday, June 6
2:45 p.m.
Room 206 C

Pushing & Predicting Passive Performance: Tips, Tricks and Tools from Retrofits to Resilience

Presentation Overview:

Pushing the passive envelope performance has been an increasing focus for deep green retrofits and projects seeking higher building performance. Practitioners are looking at the role of whole building rating systems, such as LEED Version 4, coupled with other energy or wellness focused rating systems, such as Passive House, WELL Building Standard, Net Zero, RELi, or Carbon Neutral/Positive programs to assist in pushing towards exceptional building performance. This presentation discusses the substantial changes and the importance of envelope design; from Lifecycle Assessment and Building Envelope Commissioning to new products like thermal clips, advanced glazing, double façades and dynamic cladding. The presenters will also discuss new tools and techniques that can be used to better predict performance from thermal bridging, new processes to commission the envelope and methods to increase durability and resilience. The two presenters, both LEED Fellows and Sustainability and Building Science Consultants, will include lessons learned from 20+ years of LCA work, 10+ years of LEED Durable Building projects in Canada, and 5 years of Building Envelope Commissioning work.

Presented by: Jamie McKay, Sustainability and Building Science Specialist, and Mark Lucuik, Senior Sustainability Specialist
Thursday, June 7
10:15 a.m.
Room 206 D

Kalum Galle, B.Arch. S GSI, LEEP AP BD+C, Senior Sustainability Specialist
With more than eight years of experience in the field of sustainable development, Kalum brings valuable experience in various building rating systems and construction coordination. Kalum provides sustainable design guidance and energy efficiency solutions for innovative green building design strategies. Through Integrated Design Process, he has worked with commercial, residential and educational clients in all phases of the LEED® process from concept design through to construction and certification. Kalum is on MH’s LEED Certification Review Team and has completed over 50 LEED project certification reviews on behalf of the CaGBC to date.

Jamie McKay, P.Eng., Sustainability and Building Science Specialist/LEED Fellow
Jamie McKay is a Building Science and Sustainability Consultant at Morrison Hershfield. He has over 25 years of sustainable building experience with a prime focus on projects in Central and Eastern Canada. He has worked on LEED and Green projects in the area of Building Science, specializing in high-performance building envelope design and has taught and lectured across Canada on the subject.

Mark Lucuik, P.Eng., Senior Sustainability Specialist/LEED Fellow
Mark has acquired a wide range of knowledge in sustainable design and building science through his experience and private work and through research in wood products and roofing materials and environmental embodied effects. Having achieved LEED Fellow status in 2013,  he is one of a very short list of North Americans with the most prestigious designation for LEED Professionals. This recognizes his exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of Sustainability Professionals.

 

 

BECOR Sustainable Renewal of Residential Buildings: Holistic Sustainability, Going Beyond Energy

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The Building Envelope Council Ottawa Region (BECOR) is a full-day Technical Series conference held in Ottawa, ON. This year’s theme is Opportunities for Sustainable Renewal of Residential Buildings. On May 31, 2018, join experts to learn about sustainability factors beyond calculable metrics of energy and carbon reduction and how they affect our built environment and human wellness.

Register here.

Presentation Overview:

Our current challenge to adapt and rehabilitate older properties into sustainable, passive and soon-to-be regenerative buildings, presents an incredible opportunity. The focus on calculable metrics like reducing carbon and energy consumption (payback, NPV, ROI) is necessary to justify decision making and project initiation but is too narrow. What about the people who live inside these buildings? How do we leverage this work to improve indoor air quality, thermal comfort, resiliency, resource consumption and waste, durability and health and wellness?

Please join two LEED Fellows and Building Sustainability Champions, Mark Lucuik and Jamie McKay, as they discuss the importance of and opportunities for identifying, incorporating and implementing less tangible and less-measurable sustainability goals. In concert with other energy efficiency strategies during their presentation Holistic Sustainability, Going Beyond Energy .

About our Presenters:

Jamie McKay, P.Eng., Sustainability and Building Science Specialist/LEED Fellow
Jamie McKay is a Building Science and Sustainability Consultant at Morrison Hershfield. He has over 25 years of sustainable building experience with a prime focus on projects in Central and Eastern Canada. He has worked on LEED and Green projects in the area of Building Science, specializing on high-performance building envelope design and has taught and lectured across Canada on the subject. Jamie also has “secret” level of clearance (level II) with CISD.

Mark Lucuik, P.Eng., Senior Sustainability Specialist/LEED Fellow
Mark has acquired a wide range of knowledge in sustainable design and building science through his experience and private work as well as  and through research in wood products and roofing materials and environmental embodied effects. Having achieved LEED Fellow status in 2013,  he is one of a very short list of North Americans with the most prestigious designation for LEED Professionals, recognizing exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of Sustainability Professionals.

 

 

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.