Past Chapter Events

MATERIALS SUMMIT

 

The Materials Summit was a one day workshop that delved into the issues surrounding materials and their impacts on health and the environment. Delegates heard first-hand from industry leaders and experts about the new tools, programs and ideas surrounding building materials and their impact on human health and the environment. With the introduction of LEED v4, there is greater demand and commitment to phase out materials which have negative human and environmental impact, with particular focus on the life-cycle and repurposing of materials. Product specifiers learned how they can use the information and assessment tools that are becoming available in order to choose healthier, more sustainable products.

 

AGENDA & SPEAKERS

SESSION PRESENTATIONS 

Please see below for the PowerPoint presentations from the Summit, any missing presentations will be available shortlly. 

SESSION 1: Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on Health, Bruce Lanphear, Simon Fraser University (available shortly) 

SESSION 2: The Owner and Tenant Perspective, Gerry Guidice, TD Bank Group

SESSION 3: Material Requirements in LEED v4, Mark Hutchinson, CaGBC

SESSION 4: Manufacturing Greener Materials, David Wilkerson, Shaw Industries Inc & Doug Hietkamp, Teknion 

SESSION 5: Sourcing MaterialsCharles Marshall, DIALOG

SESSION 6: The Tools and Programs to Help You, Julie-Anne Chayer, Groupe Ageco; Mike Manzi, Boora Architects, Amy Hunsicker, Green Screen & Max Richter, Perkins & Will 

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Biomass Energy from Urban Wood Residue

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Held on November 4th at the City of Toronto Archives, this session explored the availability and uses of Low-Value Wood. Traditionally it is minimally used for structural work given that higher quality wood can easily be sourced. High-value urban wood is often salvaged for furniture and interior design. The residual, low-value wood by-products have been mainly used for mulch or for heating purposes. The City of Toronto has been exploring opportunities to repurpose this wood residue as a biomass energy source. While this application has not been typically in North American urban centres, it is a common practice in Europe for the purposes of eco-district heating, etc. The Biomass Energy from Urban Wood Residue event touched on the status of biomass availability and the bio-economy in Ontario, northern Ontario energy initiatives, as well as some pilot biomass energy use frameworks being implemented by a number of municipalities to support biomass energy generation around the Greater Toronto Area.

 

SPEAKERS

Moderator: Bernie McIntyre,Senior Manager, Community Transformation, TRCA

 

Background on Biomass Energy - What Have We Learned From North Ontario Initiatives

Dawn Lambe, Executive Director, Biomass North Development

Presentation slides are available here.

 

Bioenergy and Ontario Status Update

Howlan Mullally, Infrastructure Ontario

Presentation slides are available here.

 

The Future of Biomass Energy in the GTA

Malaz Sebai, Project Manager, Waste Management, Partners in Project Green, TRCA

Presentation slides are available here.

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Robert Maxwell, Manager, Toronto Renewable Energy Office, Environment and Energy Division, City of Toronto

Presentation slides are available here.

 
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LEED BREAKFAST SESSION II: WELL Building Standard

Increasing amounts of evidence-based medical research demonstrate that there are resonating connections between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. Our second session of the 2015 LEED Breakfast Series focused on the WELL Building Standard®, the newest solution to address these impacts. The WELL Building Standard® is a performance-focused system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing. Optimized for commercial and institutional buildings, WELL focuses on best practices in design and construction in order to enhance the affirmative environmental elements of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. The WELL Building Standard® was developed through consultation with leading medical researchers and building industry practitioners.

Speakers discussed key questions such as:

What does the WELL Building Standard® measure and how do projects get WELL® certified?
Which projects have already achieved certification and what is unique about them?

SPEAKERS

Whitney Austin Gray, Executive Director of Research and Innovation, Delos

At Delos, Dr. Whitney Austin Gray is responsible for the oversight of health research and the development of innovative design strategies and products that seek to improve human health and wellness through building design.

Prior to joining Delos, Dr. Gray served as the Health Research and Innovation Director for Cannon Design, a global healthcare design firm, where she oversaw the company’s primary and secondary research, prototyping and innovation platforms. During her tenure with Cannon Design, she delivered transformative projects to clients and worked to develop and promote new ideas that increased the impact of health research and innovation on the design industry. She holds dual appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies, with research interests that include the development of innovative and sustainable design strategies, processes, and products that provide a safe and healing environment for patients and staff.

Barbara Ciesla, Senior Vice President, Occupier Strategies & Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle

Active in sustainable initiatives throughout her career, Barbara is focused on helping clients assess and manage their environmental impacts, and providing innovative solutions that support and add value to achieving business objectives tied to environmental and human capital objectives. Barbara's work includes providing strategic direction on sustainable practices and in identifying green operating solutions. By combining her understanding of tenant’s organizational needs, building operations & behavioural science, she developed an industry leading and award winning program for occupant engagement.

Martha MacInnis, Design Director, Workplace Experience, TD Bank Group

Martha MacInnis is Design Director for Workplace Experience at TD Bank Group. She is responsible for developing strategy for design and Employee experience for TD's North American corporate portfolio engaging stakeholders and industry leaders in conversation about the evolution of workplace design and the impact on the Bank's real estate strategy. Martha is a licensed Interior Designer with more than 8 years' experience working within the Architecture & Design industry. She is passionate about creating environments that support an engaging and memorable occupant experience with a focus on developing programs and tools to measure the qualitative and quantitative impacts of design.  Martha recently participated in the inaugural WELL AP Workshop at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and earned a provisional WELL Accredited Professional credential through the International WELL Building Institute.

 

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CHAPTER BBQ - June 2015

On June 11, 2015, Chapter Members and green building supporters joined us on the rooftop patio of the George Brown College's Waterfront Campus for the annual Chapter BBQ. Guests enjoyed a fun evening of networking, delicious food and live music. A tour of Waterfront Campus was offered to attendees. 

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SPRING OPEN 2015

Our first networking event of the year took place on April 30th at the brand new RBC WaterPark Place! The evening kicked-off with a members-only tour and continued with networking, complimentary drinks and hors d'ouevres, followed by our crowd pleasing Building-Blitz – 10 rapid-fire presentations highlighting the newest and most sustainable buildings in Southern Ontario. 

The following buildings were featured in our Building Blitz:

  • RBC WaterPark Place: Host of this event, this building is aiming to be the city’s first office building to achieve LEED Platinum for Core and Shell!
  • 25 York Street: This building is LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (Menkes Union Tower), LEED Gold for Core and Shell, LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors (Desjardins Securities Inc.), LEED Silver for Commercial Interiors (HudBay Minerals Inc.) and will be the first project in Canada to utilize the LEED Dynamic Plaque!
  • 438 University Avenue: This multi-tenant office building constructed in 1992 is LEED Gold for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance: 2009!
  • Orillia Public Library: This building is LEED Silver for New Construction and Major Renovations 1.0! Learn about how this unique green building caters to many interests and plays host to a variety of public spaces including a library, an outdoor music space and a farmer’s market!
  • Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex: Creates a unique central gathering space called the Forensic Commons to enhance collaboration between the following agencies: the Toronto operations of the Center of Forensic Sciences (CFS), Office of the Chief Coroner (OCC), and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Unit (OFPU).  This building is LEED Gold for New Construction and Major Renovations 1.0
  • Hadden Hall: Hadden Hall is heated and cooled by a state-of-the-art geothermal system located under the soccer field. This building is LEED Gold for New Construction and Major Renovations. 
  • Robinson Place (300 Water Street): Robinson Place is the first government facility to reach LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance!
  • CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House: This redevelopment project was built on a brownfield site, and achieved LEED Gold for New Construction and Major Renovations.

View presentation slides from the event:

Spring Open 2015 presentation slides part 1
Spring Open 2015 presentation slides part 2

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WHAT NOW, TO? - Chapter Membership Appreciation 2014

Our annual member event held on December 3rd provided a progress report to attendees on our previously voted upon topic of 'Building Benchmarking'. Our presenters, Gaby Kalapos, from Clean Air Partnership and Marco Iacampo, from the City of Toronto, shared their expertise and thoughts on future advocacy initiatives before we divided into small groups for discussion. Members were able to share what they thought the important issues were in planning the next steps of our 2015 advocacy efforts. The event took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre following the Construct Canada event.

TORONTO GREEN HOMES SUMMIT

The CaGBC Green Homes Summit was a one-day, regionally-focused education event focused on residential construction, including both single-family and multi-family homes (up to mid-rise level). There were speaker presentations throughout the morning and a panelist discussion in the afternoon followed by a tradeshow and reception. The Newinhomes.com team were in attendance for the day, and featured the Toronto Green Homes Summit in an article found here

SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS

Keynote Address: Home Builders: Role in Transforming Cities and Economy

Chris Higgins, Green Building Planner & Policy Analyst, City of Vancouver

Home Builders in Ontario

Rod Buchalter, 1st Vice President, Brantford Home Builders' Association

Municipalities: Harmonizing Standards & Driving Change

Gaby Kalapos, Clean Air Partnership

Whole House Labeling

John Bell, Sustainable Housing Foundation

Building & Selling Sustainable Homes

Amy Burke, Municipality of Clarington, Bobby Stewart, Brookfield Residential, Paul Dowsett, Sustainable.TO, Thomas Green, CMHC

How can we be effective in communicating and raising interest, and demand, for sustainable homes in Canada?

Moderated by Derek Satnik, Mindscape Innovations Group Inc

Panelists:

Andrew Peel, Peel Passive House Consulting, Andy Oding, Building Knowledge, Brian Kelly, Region of Durham, Chris Chopik, Sage Real Estate, John Amardeil, BAM Creative, Lou Bada, Starlane Homes, Lenard Hart, Summerhill Group

 Trade Show Exhibitors Included:

Building Products of Canada Corp., CertainTeed Gypsum and Insulation Canada, CMHC, Dow Building Solutions, Inline Fiberglass Ltd, Henry BlueskinVP, Panasonic, RenewABILITY Energy Inc, Strathcona Energy Group, Sustainable Housing Foundation and TRCA. 

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LEED BREAKFAST SESSION I: THE NEW LEED DYNAMIC PLAQUE 

LEED Dynamic Plaque has been launched by the US Green Building Council to drive a more performance-based approach to LEED and to continue to enhance interest in the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance standard.  It is evolving as an efficient option to maintaining LEED certification and is available to all previously certified LEED EB, NC, CS and CI projects. At LEED Breakfast Session I, attendees learned about the opportunities LEED Dynamic Plaque presents and the plaque’s value and use in the market.

Read about the session in Property Biz Canada 

SPEAKER

Scot Horst, Chief Product Officer, U.S. Green Building Council

Scot Horst is Chief Product Officer at the U.S. Green Building Council.  In addition to product vision, research and development, implementation and execution, he is overseeing the building of a platform of products that rate and score the built environment from cities to homes.  

Scot has been pivotal to the dramatic growth of LEED.  He recently led staff and volunteers in the development of LEED v4.  He is lead inventor of the LEED Dynamic Plaque, a new measuring device for whole building performance. Scot established the global, regional and local growth strategy that led to LEED as a global benchmark, including the LEED International Roundtable, now comprised of thirty-five countries and responsible for LEED’s technical development around the world.

Prior to joining USGBC, Scot was President of 7group, a leading green building consultancy, and Athena Institute International, a non-profit dedicated to the life cycle assessment of buildings.  He created a carbon-offset program with the Climate Trust for cement and concrete companies that reduced portland cement clinker in thousands of projects, mitigating over five hundred thousand metric tons of carbon. 

Scot co-authored An Integrative Design Guide to Green Building and speaks widely on LEED and the transformative potential of green building.  He serves as director or advisor to the Sustainable Building Alliance in Paris, the Resilient Design Institute, Cradle to Cradle, and the Buildings Retrofit and Finance Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum.

Scot holds dual degrees in philosophy and voice performance from Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  He sang opera professionally, and maintains a furniture design studio.

 

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Making the Most of Toronto's Urban Wood 'Waste'

Creative Green Designs for Furniture, Interiors and Other Uses

 

Date: January 18, 2016
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

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7:00-8:30pm - Talk & IIDEX Woodshop Exhibit - City Hall Member's Lounge, Toronto (map)

8:30-10:00pm - Reception  & IIDEX Woodshop Exhibit  - City Hall Rotunda, Toronto (map)

 

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More than 100,000 trees are lost each year in Toronto due to old age, storms and diseases.  These trees are often considered as waste when they are removed.  Yet urban trees can create beautiful lumber that can be used in uniquely urban furniture and green building designs.  The City of Toronto is leading the way to exploit this urban natural resource with local sawmills processing City owned fallen trees, facilitating projects made from the Maple Leaf Forever Tree across Canada and working in conjunction with IIDEX Canada and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on the Woodshop Exhibition which features 15 top designs each year made from Ash trees killed in Toronto by the Emerald Ash Borer.

This set of talks highlighted the efforts and initiatives that have been established to support urban wood utilization for valuable end uses including furniture and green building designs. Designers spoke about their salvaged wood designs and the IIDEX Woodshop Exhibit was on display in the City Hall Rotunda showcasing some of the amazing examples of the salvaged wood which were transformed to make beautiful and unique items.  A reception afterwards allowed attendees mix and mingle with Toronto's top urban wood designers.

 

SPEAKERS

 

Forest Landscape of Ontario

Rob Keen, Forests Ontario

 

Urban Forest Valuation

Janet McKay, LEAF

 

Update on Ontario Wood

Jason Koivisto, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

 

Toronto's Initiatives to Utilize Urban Wood Resources

Rob McMonagle, Economic Development & Culture, City of Toronto

 

Sawmilling and Urban Wood Re-Purposing

Sheila and Sid Gehdron, Sawmill Sid

 

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Lars & Jason Dressler, Brothers Dressler

 

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LEED Breakfast Series

SESSION #1: Demystifying Commissioning

 
The annual LEED Breakfast Series is targeted at building owners and managers that have achieved – or are working towards – LEED certification.  Led by the Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter, the series is intended to foster a community of learning and elevated performance around LEED.
 
In Session I of the 2014 LEED Breakfast Series, speakers shared insight into the goal of commissioning, examples of owner's requirements, best practices, energy performance measurements and verification, system optimization, and the impact of commissioning on whole building performance, occupant comfort, and operations and maintenance.
 
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SPEAKERS
Luka Matutinovic, Project Manager and Performance Simulation Leader, Halsall Associates

Overview of retro-commissioning: best practices, getting the most value from the process, making occupant comfort and energy performance complementary not competing priorities, maintaining performance gains.

Liviu Botan, Manager, Energy and Technical Services, Oxford Properties Group, National Programs

Existing Building Commissioning: Achieving and Sustaining Energy Performance - examples of 'when we didn't do commissioning, this was the result' versus 'when we did, this was the outcome.' Establishing the case for the importance of retro-commissioning and the impacts it can have on whole building performance.

Michael Tiffe, Founder TAB Mechanical Inc.

What are the elements of building commissioning that the construction trades struggle with the greatest? Looking at the need for increased awareness of the commissioning process, its strengths and weaknesses and the impact on project budgets. How will a successful building commissioning project effect the buildings’ on-going operation and maintenance? 

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