CAGBC_Tor_colour_small_for_newsletter.JPGSome quick notices for our last news bulletin of the year!....

TowerWise High-rise Renewable Energy Seminar
A World without Oil - Conversations in Design
GREEN UP Pilot Projects
January LEED Workshops

TowerWise High-rise Renewable Energy Seminar
Is Your Building a Good FIT for Renewable Energy?

Thursday, Feb. 4th — 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
The Old Mill Inn, Toronto - Breakfast and Lunch Included

Ontario’s new Green Energy Act and Feed-in Tarrifs (FIT) are sparking great interest in local wind power, solar electric, and geothermal heating and cooling projects. Incentives have also recently increased for solar hot water and the province may soon have a standard offer program for combined heat and power.

Have you been considering green energy options? Wondering if it is right for your building? Are you curious about what systems cost and what you can save or earn?

GET THE FACTS before you talk to vendors. Presentations by leading independent experts will help you to:

  • Understand the Green Energy Act and what it means for you.
  • Look at the costs and benefits of different renewable power sources in easy to understand terms.
  • Learn what works and what doesn’t from Toronto area building owners/operators who have implemented renewable energy projects.
  • Determine the best course of action to either conserve energy and/or generate power and heat in your building(s).

Registration deadline: Jan. 22, 2010.

Cost: $105 (GST included)
Early Bird Registration: $80 (before Jan. 12, 2010)
You can register securely through Paypal (no Paypal account required).
To Register and for more information, visit

A World without Oil - Conversations in Design
International designers lead this new symposium that addresses a world no longer dependent on oil.
Presented by InterfaceFlor and Jaga / Produced by the Interior Design Show/MMPI Canada
Join internationally recognized designers and share in their practical experiences in sustainable design at the new all-day symposium on January 21 at the DX/Design Exchange. Their mandate – imagine a world without oil, the impact on society, and if it can be done.
Twelve of the world’s leading designers have been invited to provide critical insight to the new and alternative practices, materials, technologies and products.
Thursday, January 21, 2010, 9 AM – 6PM
Toronto’s DX/ Design Exchange (234 Bay Street)

Tickets: $250 – all day symposium
What:  Provocative all-day symposium with innovative designers, engineers, architects, artists, filmmakers, biologists and innovators.
Mirko Zardini is the Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and is the curator of the critically acclaimed exhibition, “Sorry Out of Gas.”
Fritz Haeg is an architect, artist and landscape designer based in Los Angeles who
transforms domestic landscapes into productive, connecting spaces for urban food
Tord Boontje and Enrico Bressan - industrial designer Tord Boontje is credited for renewing romanticism and ornament in product design. He will have a conversation with architect engineer Enrico Bressan, co-founder of the innovative housewares company Artecnica, about global sustainable sourcing and collaboration with artisans to transform new and recycled materials into concrete objects.
Sheila Kennedy is a principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA) and a Professor of the Practice of Architecture at MIT. Designated as one of Fast Company's Masters of Design, Sheila is described as an "insightful and original thinker who is designing new ways of working, innovating and leading."
Bruce Mau is a visionary and innovator designer who shares his optimism by painting a picture with ideas of a future civilization that does not rely on oil, but instead thrives on alternative energy sources.
Thomas Auer is a managing director of Transsolar, a leading climate-engineering firm based in Stuttgart, Munich and New York.
Ted Howes is IDEO’s Energy Domain Global Lead. IDEO, located in Palo Alto is a global design consultancy, ranked by Fast Company as one of the top ten most innovative companies of 2009.
Todd Wood is the Vice President of Industrial Design at Research in Motion (RIM), and will discuss some of the challenges and paradoxes that he, as a designer, faces when trying to integrate sustainability into practice.
Tucker Viemeister and David Quan - Wood is the designer of the widely-acclaimed Oxo "GoodGrips" kitchen tool, and currently head of the Lab at Rockwell Group in New York City, and David Quan, Senior Designer of Umbra, a leading manufacturer of stylish plastic housewares, will have a candid conversation about the use of plastic in product design.
Dr. Dayna Baumeister is a co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild, will describe what's new in the field, describe deep patterns of biological design, and engage us in a discussion of what's possible when we invite nature to the design table.
Jesse Ashlock, Editor-in-Chief, I.D. Magazine (NYC) will host the symposium.
Nelda Rodger, Editor-in-Chief, Azure will moderate the Boontje / Bressan discussion.
Filmmaker Ian Connacher, director of the controversial documentary “Addicted to Plastic” will moderate the Viemeister / Quan discussion.
To Register and for more information, visit

GREEN UP Pilot Projects

Arena Facilities Pilot Project

The CaGBC is pleased to announce the GREEN UP pilot project for Arena Facilities. Arena facilities are intensive users of energy and water, and are responsible for substantial emissions of greenhouse gases. Pilot project participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Benchmark energy, water and emissions performance for their own facilities compared with a growing national database of buildings.
  • Monitor actual energy, water and emissions savings of their arena facilities over time.
  • Contribute to the development and testing of:
    • An easy-to-use operations log and reporting system for use by arena managers to help track ongoing performance.
    • A standardized Building Performance Audit for arenas to document building systems and highlight areas for improvement.
  • Access energy and environmental performance standards, baselines and best practices derived from top-performing facilities.


Retail Branches Pilot Project

The CaGBC is proud to welcome Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to the Retail Branches pilot project for banks and credit unions, bringing the total number of branches in the pilot to 45. Over the next year, this project will identify, document and recognize the most energy and environmentally efficient retail branch buildings in Canada. The performance metrics from the top performing buildings will inform the assessment and improvement of all buildings taking part in the project.

To learn more about pilot projects or to register for GREEN UP - Canada’s Building Performance Program, please contact Monique Goguen, GREEN UP Program Coordinator, at 1-866-941-1184, ext. 1066 or via e-mail at

January LEED Workshops:

We have two exciting LEED workshops available in January. Book now to secure your spot!

Toronto January 25, 2010 LEED Canada for Homes Location TBD

Toronto January 29, 2010 LEED Core Concepts & Strategies Toronto Botanical Garden: 777 Lawrence Ave

Tor register and for more information, please visit:



Lastly, we'd like to wish all of our members and industry colleagues a joyous holiday season.

- The Greater Toronto Chapter Board of Directors and Staff.  

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