Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) national conference kicks off in hogtown

Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) national conference kicks off in hogtown

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) brings its National Conference and Expo, titled Building Lasting Change, to Toronto from June 2 to 4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Fairmont Royal York hotel. Several of DIALOG’s most sustainably minded designers, including Martin Nielsen, Craig Applegath, John Lyons and Charles Marshall will present during CaGBC.

Canada’s premier annual green building event, Building Lasting Change boasts expert content and speakers, a 100-booth expo floor, city green building tours, an international delegate program, and networking events that attract delegates from across the Canadian building industry.This year’s theme, Exploring the Value of Green Building, addresses new information on the business case and performance of green buildings, and embraces the broader value proposition of building green. It means going beyond the operational savings of green building, and looking at the additional benefits such as health and well-being, tenant attraction and retention, and product and technology innovation that are now becoming better understood.

“As the pressure mounts for immediate solutions and innovative ideas to combat the growing impacts of climate change, this annual event becomes all the more important,” says Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of CaGBC. “Green buildings have emerged as a proven solution globally with Canada as a leader in green buildings and communities. By demonstrating the broader value of green building, industry and government can engage in those actions that provide the biggest benefit to them, their investors or stakeholders.”

The theme of Exploring the Value of Green Building will be addressed through a strong line-up of over 90 expert speakers, with sessions organized into six comprehensive streams, including green building ‘Master Speakers’ as a part of each stream.

Attendees will have the privilege of hearing from three world-renowned keynote speakers: Noted biologist and biomimicry expert Janine Benyus, will speak on Tuesday, June 3 at the a Leadership Awards Gala on June 3; and Mike Pedersen, President & CEO of TD Bank Group, and Stefan Behnisch, renowned architect and owner of Behnisch Architeken, will present morning plenary keynotes on June 2 and 3 respectively.

The DIALOG sessions include:

Title: Design that Reflects and Restores the Ecosystem: Creating a Regenerative Building in the GTA

Presented by: Charles Marshall, Sustainability Consultant, DIALOG; John Lyons, Manager of Sustainability, DIALOG

Description: What if a building could work like a forest, thriving while using only the energy and water provided by nature? This session will explore the story of the York Region Forest Stewardship Education Centre: a Living Building and LEED Platinum project currently in construction. This regenerative development seeks to preserve and enhance the surrounding social and ecological networks. Lessons learned will be presented with a focus on four topics: eco-responsive design, sustainable materials, net-zero energy and net-zero water. We’ll further explore these issues in the context of future development in the GTA and the eco-region as a whole.

Title: Urban Symbiosis:  ‘Health – Mobility – Place’

Presented by: Martin Nielsen, Architect, DIALOG; Joyce Drohan, Director, Urban Design, Perkins+Will; Zhang Hua, Vice Director Committee Member of China Green Building Council, General Manager of Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.

Description: Review development trends of eco-communities by looking into two Canadian developments and one Chinese development. Pearson Dogwood (Vancouver) is using land assets to create a financial endowment for healthcare while creating a LEED-ND Gold neighbourhood. It will establish a new mixed-use community while encouraging active living. The Blatchford Redevelopment (Edmonton) is municipal airport land that is moving to a model for sustainable city-building. By connecting nature, community, and history, it optimizes relationships while developing renewable energies. South Jie Fang Rd. (Tianjin, China) looks at the overall planning distribution, ecological index system, urban waste treatment, transportation, carbon emission analysis, water protection, historical buildings, and operation control.

Title: Symbiotic Cities: A Paradigm Shift In Our Relationship With Our Planet

Presented by: Craig Applegath, Principal, DIALOG

Description: Sustainability is about doing less environmental harm, and regenerative design is about repairing the harm we have already done. But these goals, though important, are not a final destination. So what should be the ultimate goal of our ecological urban and building design efforts? What is the end-state that will allow our species to successfully co-exist with our planet’s intricately connected ecosystems? This session will examine the important role cities, and their constituent building blocks, can play in helping us transition from our current parasitic behavior to a more symbiotic relationship with the ecosystems we are completely integrated within.

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