A surfeit of DIALOGers are presenting at this year’s BUILDEX Conference in Vancouver, February 13-14. This exciting event – the largest in Western Canada – brings together talent from across industry to interact, learn and discover the newest innovations of a market in constant transformation.
Be sure to check out their presentations:
Greening the Supply Chain: Green Materials & Healthy, Sustainable Buildings
Wednesday, February 13 10:00am-11:00am
The materials that make up our built environment have significant impacts on our health & wellness. Material selection can also contribute to the quality, durability and value of building assets. An important part of the sustainable building equation is the greening of materials, not only for the health of the occupant, but for the overall health of the building. This panel will share lessons learned from the CaGBC head office project (the first commercial LEED v4 Platinum certified project in Canada) as well as insights on greening of the supply chain and how to navigate the selection and adoption of green materials from the perspective of designers, builders, and suppliers. Panelists will also discuss advancements in regulatory and voluntary green building program requirements, including LEED v4, and the resources available to help you with green material selection for your LEED v4 projects and beyond.
Marsha Gentile, Director, Sustainability, Ledcor Construction Limited
Elizabeth Hand, Sustainability Consultant, Sustainable Design, DIALOG
Designing for Occupant Comfort to Achieve Energy Savings
Wednesday, February 13 10:00am-11:00am
Governments and industry leaders are promoting energy efficiency to address climate change. This has focused the discussion on building energy performance but inadvertently sidelined building occupant performance. Many strategies used to reduce a building’s energy consumption can also have a positive impact on occupant comfort.
In this session, the presenter will turn the tables and focus on occupant comfort first. Participants will learn how, by analyzing and designing for occupant comfort, energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions follow.
Participants will learn about design features which improve occupant comfort and reduce energy use, presenting specific examples such as employing natural ventilation to reduce cooling energy, improving thermal comfort using high performance building envelopes, and considering quality daylight and glare control to optimize glazing design.
W. Alexander Tansowny, E.I.T., LEED AP BD+C, Building Performance Analyst, DIALOG
Rod Yeoh, P.Eng., P.E., LEED AP BD+C, Principal, DIALOG
Practically Net Zero
Thursday, February 14 10:00am-11:30am
Net-Zero energy and emissions building requirements are becoming more common. How can we achieve this high level of energy and carbon reduction practically, and in our cold Canadian Climate? This presentation will cover how to achieve net-zero in our buildings, with the presenter expanding on case studies and practical examples. The presentation will also cover the difference between net-zero energy and net-zero carbon, as well as select “rules of thumb” that can help determine how easily a project can achieve net-zero.
Rod Yeoh, Principal, DIALOG
Carbon Neutral or Bust
Thursday, February 14 2:30pm–3:30pm
The governments of Canada are committed to dramatic reductions in carbon emissions by 2030. Building professionals have a leading role to play in bringing down emissions in BC. Is your firm ready for the challenge?
This session prepares participants by focusing on the organizational and sector-specific barriers to change. Learn to identify the impediments in your own practice and the wider building industry and become savvy about how to overcome them using systems thinking. The presenters will share case studies of building projects where systems thinking tools were applied to bring about a sea change in building performance. Attendees will leave this seminar with a seven step guide to making your own contribution to a low carbon future.
Andrée Iffrig, Sustainability Strategist, DIALOG
Alexander Tansowny, EIT LEED AP BD + C, Engineer in Training, DIALOG
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