Green Building Breakfast Series Session I: Carbon 101 What You Need to Know


Thu March 2, 2017, 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Fairmont Royal York Hotel - Toronto,
Education (Chapter)


Green Building Breakfast Series I: Carbon 101 What You Need to Know

Date: March 2, 2017 
Time: 7:30-9:30AM 
Location: Library Room, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St West, Toronto, ON (Map)


7:30 – Hot breakfast and networking
8:00 – Speaker Presentations with Q+A
9:00 – 


What do the terms carbon and greenhouse gases (GHGs) mean anyway? How do these widely used terms apply outside of a 10th grade science class?  Why are we hearing about them now and how do they relate to buildings,  regulations and government? Why are we tracking them and what do they mean for the future of green buildings? This session will provide the opportunity to answer the above questions and put into context why we must pay attention to this now.  

Industry experts will provide an up-to-date overview on new greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations and what it means for building owners and operators. In addition, this session will introduce Net-Zero buildings and their design process and will provide analysis gathered from net-zero targeted case studies from across Canada. If you are interested in further understanding carbon’s role on the built environment, this is a session you do not want to miss. 



Bryan Purcell, Director of Policy and Programs, The Atmospheric Fund (TAF)

Bryan Purcell is the Director of Policy and Programs at The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), an award-winning public agency dedicated to addressing climate change and air quality in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Bryan’s work focuses on accelerating the decarbonization of the built environment through development of innovative policies, programs, and business solutions.  He directs the TowerWise Program, through which TAF has financed and implemented major energy and Indoor Environmental Quality retrofits in ten low-income housing towers, using the buildings as living labs to advance understanding of the impact of retrofits on GHG emissions, indoor air quality, and occupant comfort.  Bryan also collaborates with the City of Toronto on the development of green building policies including the Toronto Green Standard. 


Livio Nichilo, Engineering Manager, Internat Energy Solutions

Livio is the CEO and Engineering Manger of Internat Energy Solutions Canada for its offices in Toronto and Calgary.  Over the past seven years, Livio has acted as the lead verifier at Internat as they achieved their ANSI accredited in GHG verification allowing them to work in the regulated carbon industry of North America. Livio is also very active in IESC's marquee engineering projects and has built a strong organization that has gained experience over the last decade in building sciences and renewable energy development. He has worked with diverse stakeholders in private sector, government organizations as well as non for profit entities. He is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in the province of Ontario and in the province of Alberta and is also certified as an Energy Manager.

Sheena Sharp, Principal, Coolearth Architecture Inc.

Sheena Sharp is the Principal of Coolearth Architecture Inc.; a firm specializing in low carbon design for new buildings and retrofits. The firm also provides energy related consulting. She volunteers at the Ontario Association of Architects and chairs the committee that is in charge of the net-zero renovation of their headquarters building. She also sits on the Province’s Climate Action Group, a sounding board for the Ministry of Environment and Climate change.

Trevor Nightingale, Principal Research Officer, National Research Council Canada 

Trevor is Principal Research Officer, and leader of NRC’s program on High Performance Buildings helping industry develop new and more cost-effective technologies for energy retrofit of commercial and institutional buildings. 

He joined NRC in 1992 after earning a Ph.D. in Building Engineering. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Continental Automated Building Association, member of the Industry Advisory Committee to the Canada Green Building Council and adjunct professor, Faculty of Engineering, at Carleton University Ottawa.

Dr. Nightingale is an; the author of more than 120 publications; and recipient of many awards, including two NRC Outstanding Achievement Awards, and the ASTM Award of Appreciation.


CaGBC & Toronto Climate Action Network (TCAN) Members*$55 +HST
Emerging Green Professional (EGP)*: $40 +HST
Non-Member: $75 +HST

 *please email for your EGP or TCAN discount code. 

Continuing Education (CE) Hours 

This course has been approved for 1.5 CE hours - please email after the session to access your discount code. 

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