Day 1 – Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 8:00am–9:50am • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 206/07 

W01 – Legal Update for Strata Managers

[Property Management; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management]

[ 1.5 BOMI CPDs ]

New Cases; amendments to the Strata Property Act; how does a strata manager stay up to date? By taking this year’s Legal Update. This seminar will explain recent amendments to the Strata Property Act and will also review recent court decisions and how they impact the governance and decisions of strata corporations.

*Please note: This seminar does NOT qualify for re-licensing credit for the Real Estate Council of BC

Adrienne Murray

Speaker:
Adrienne Murray, Hammerberg Lawyers

Adrienne has practiced strata law since leaving the provincial government in 2002. She provides advice to strata corporations and owners regarding a wide range of strata issues including bylaw drafting and enforcement, governance disputes and strata fee collections.

She was the former Deputy Superintendent of Real Estate for British Columbia and assisted with the drafting of the Strata Property Act. She continues to provide input on legislative amendments that impact strata corporations and strata management companies. Adrienne has been actively involved in the development and presentation of seminars to the legal community, real estate industry, strata management industry and strata owners since leaving government in 2002. She co-chaired the Strata Property update courses for the Continuing Legal Education society in 2006, 2011 and 2013 and assisted with the development and updating of two courses related to the Strata Property Act offered by the British Columbia Real Estate Association. Adrienne has prepared and presented courses to strata managers on behalf of the Real Estate Council of B.C., PAMA, and is a regular presenter for the Condominium Homeowners Association.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 8:00am–9:30am • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 215

W02 – Designing a Path to Quality

[New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ 1.5 BOMI CPDs • 1.5 General Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs ]

Designing your Path to Quality is about improving the quality of whatever you do, more easily, quickly and efficiently and in much less time and substantially less cost than you think. It’s about why that matters. It’s about the financial and reputational benefits of getting there. It’s about feeling better that you’ve done it.

This presentation will explain how to evaluate your path to quality status and how to go about improving the quality and profitability of your goods and services. This presentation will explain how to identify, evaluate and use “immediacy” software to manage the “enduring ways” that we use to design and build.

Brian Palmquist

Speaker:
Brian Palmquist, Architect AIBC MRAIC BEP CP LEED AP, President, Quality-by-Design Consulting Ltd.

Brian Palmquist has worked as an architect, building code and building envelope consultant for more than forty years. He recently retired from ten years as quality director for a major North American construction company. He has studied and been frustrated by all the complex quality management systems used in design and construction. He has recast this complexity into four simple, memorable concepts that are easy to integrate into any project, product or process, while complying with rigorous quality standards such as ISO 9001. He calls these quality’s “Enduring Ways.” He now consults to designers, builders, suppliers and installers about designing their path to quality. Brian has also been involved in the design and implementation of web-based software that manages projects and processes in a quality-conscious fashion on projects ranging from simple structures to a $1.5 billion office building and a $2 billion airport expansion. He has worked closely with designers and builders to identify the 12 essential attributes for quality-conscious project management on smartphones in the field. He currently consults to other construction software developers, assisting them in refining their apps to embrace these essential elements in the “Age of Immediacy.”

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 8:00am–9:00am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 217

W03 – Beyond Clash Detection – How General Contractors Can Leverage Building Information Modelling on Any Project

[New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ 1.0 BOMI CPD • AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been a buzzword in the AEC industry for years. Yet, the Canadian market as a whole has been slow to adopt it. A major selling point of BIM for construction has been conflict or clash detection on large projects, but there’s no doubt about it that BIM can offer so much more.

For Turner Construction Company, BIM implementation is driven by the very specific needs of each individual project. This presentation will share examples of projects that Turner utilized virtual design from start to finish, expanding on the many benefits that BIM can offer. The speaker will discuss the innovative technologies that Turner is using to be better builders, including logistics coordination, 4D scheduling, 3D laser scans and 360 cameras.

This session will summarize one construction company’s BIM journey from BIM-free to BIM as often as possible, on all stages of a project.

Kate Kirwan

Speaker:
Kate Kirwan, VDC Manager, Turner Construction Company 

As the lead VDC (Virtual Design & Construction) Manager for Turner Construction Company in Canada, Kate Kirwan's international experience in the AEC industry began in Dublin, Ireland, where she worked as a conservation architect for the Irish government before moving to Canada in 2010. Kate's experience encompasses various construction types including complex new build programs, renovations and highly technical M&E builds where she provides real-time modeling services for ongoing construction projects.

Leveraging Building Information Modeling (BIM), Kate uses 3D models for logistics planning, review of constructability issues, and schedule visualization to assist in improved early decision-making, collaboration, and coordination. She leads and documents Turner's 3D virtual trade coordination to resolve issues early in the construction process.

Kate works to promote BIM use throughout the AEC industry, and has collaborated with and presented to numerous consultant groups in BC, as well as to organizations such as BIMbc and LCI (Lean Construction Institute) - Canada. She also works closely with courses at BCIT and with the Green Bricks Education Society. Kate has served as the Director of Programs for Canadian Construction Women, a Vancouver-based non-profit, since 2014, helping to facilitate opportunities for support, mentoring, networking and community involvement in the local AEC industry.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 8:30am–10:00am • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

W04 – Passive House Primer

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

The Passive House standard is starting to alter the Canadian construction industry. Building professionals, developers, manufacturers, and public officials alike are all turning to the standard to deliver high performance buildings and differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace. This seminar will explore the fundamental principles and practices behind Passive House, the world's leading high performance building standard, and reveal how it's spreading across BC and beyond.

Shaun St. Amour

Speaker:
Shaun St. Amour, CEO, Footprint Sustainable Housing Corporation

Shaun is the CEO of Footprint Sustainable Housing Corporation, a sustainable housing company. He develops, constructs, and manufactures e-habs; the most energy-efficient, healthy, affordable, beautiful and sustainable homes to tomorrow’s standards. Shaun graduated from The University of British Columbia with a degree in Wood Products Processing. He is a certified Passive House Tradesperson.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 8:30am–10:30am • Early Bird $55/Regular $65 • ROOM 204

W05 – The Waltz of Light and Architecture

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance]

[ BOMI 2.0 CPDs • 2.0 General Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 2.0 Core LUs ]

In the era prior to artificial light, living organisms followed the circadian rhythm. They woke when the sun rose and retired to shelter when the sun set. Their energy levels increased as the sky brightened and fell with the fading of light. People integrated with the daily cycle of the sun.

Buildings and fenestrations were positioned at ideal angles to capture the sun’s rays. Light danced off walls, floors and cast shadows in their wake. This performance occurred daily, the waltz of light and architecture became a comforting routine in people’s lives.

In modern times, an abundance of artificial, uncontrolled light has led to a disconnect between people and the natural rhythm of the sun and arguably of the passing of time over the course of the day. A space with limited glazing is a vacuum and occupant perception of time, weather and seasons is challenged – is it mid-morning or night, summer or fall? The contrast between interior and exterior is jarring, integration with the natural world is lost.

In this seminar, we explore means to integrate light and shadow back into the built environment, and welcome a return of the waltz of light and architecture.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Circadian Stimulus (CS) standards. Understand the parameters surrounding biological rhythms in a 24-hour period. Identify the health-related issues caused by disrupting circadian rhythms. Analyze the new metrics involved with this new standard. 
  2. Right to Light. Comprehend how buildings were shaped to capture light and how this building massing allowed for light to be dispersed around its surrounding neighborhood. Identify key architectural achievements that applied the right to light philosophy and further explore how this ideology can be achieved in contemporary design. 
  3. Light Integration into Architecture. Explore a case study at the University of British Columbia Student Union Building, where light is integrated into the architecture and becomes invisible. Identify the strategies involved with homogenizing light into architecture and understand the relationship of light levels within a spatial envelope.
  4. New Lighting Technologies. Learn how to make a windowless environment feel natural with artificial light. Identify new strategies and technologies in lighting such as luminaires and software that change color temperature, dim to warm light and artificial skylights that simulate sunlight.

Sunny Ghataurah

Victor Quezada

Speakers:
Sunny Ghataurah, President, AES Engineering
Victor Quezada, Senior Lighting Designer, AES Engineering

Sunny Ghataurah is one of Western Canada’s leading electrical engineers and lighting designers, licensed in BC, AB & Washington State, with more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry. His skills in designing electrical and architectural lighting systems have been applied to hundreds of buildings across many sectors, including healthcare, education, hospitality, civic, recreational, retail, corporate office, industrial and residential.

Sunny’s projects have won numerous awards including Awards of Merit from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC), and a 2016 Special Citation and 2015 Award of Excellence for Interior Lighting Design from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES). Business in Vancouver selected Sunny as a winner of the 2014 Forty under 40 Awards.

Sunny was born in India, and grew up in Dubai until moving to Canada in 1991. He began his career as an electrician, which gives him valuable insight during the electrical design process. Since then, he has worked for Anthony-Seaman, Keen Engineering, and as a Principal with Stantec. In 2008, Sunny joined AES Engineering and formed the company’s Vancouver office, which has grown to more than 60 staff. His passion is sustainable design, and Sunny was one of the first to embrace its ideas. His portfolio includes more than 100 LEED projects, 3 Living Buildings and several renewable energy projects.

Victor Quezada is a Lighting Artist and joined AES Engineering in 2016. Trained in Germany at Zumtobel GmbH and Die Lichtplanner, Victor has specialized in lighting design since 2008 when he founded Render Light & Planning. Victor holds an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts and has a strong background in visual and conceptual art.

He is leading the lighting design for numerous projects with a high level of technical and architectural ambition, including The Exchange, a 31-storey LEED Platinum commercial tower heritage and restoration; Kettner & Ash, a 36 storey mixed-use tower and public plaza in San Diego, California; The Adler University Vancouver campus; The Temple of Light in Kooteney Bay, BC and The Polygon Gallery. His design and product expertise contributes to a project’s overall beauty and sustainability and facilitates the aesthetic integration of the lighting solution with the overall design and physical environment.

Victor's work on The Exchange project received a 2014 IES Illumination Award of Merit and was part of a larger sustainable design package that achieved a 48% reduction in energy use and received a substantial BC Hydro rebate. Victor also received a 2014 IESBC Vision Award for his work on 1114 Hillside.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 8:30am–9:30am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 216 

W06 – A Comprehensive Energy Retrofit Strategy for B.C. – Upcoming Policies & Business Opportunities

[Urban & Community Planning; Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 HSW-Sustainability IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Upgrading our buildings to reduce waste and emissions seems a no-brainer - it creates jobs, improves health, and protects us from climate change. Yet, the business case for deep energy retrofits is still hard to pencil in. If the new government is serious about decarbonizing the building stock by 2050, how would industry go about this? What investments are required? What innovative models could reduce costs? And what new business opportunities would that create?

This presentation will build upon the conversation started at the 2017 Net Zero Buildings Thought Leader Forum. The speaker will outline a comprehensive retrofit strategy for B.C., assessing the potential that the retrofit market in B.C. has, summarizing on the upcoming policies that will contribute to the advancement of the decarbonization of our buildings.

Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze

Speaker:
Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, Senior Advisor, Pembina Institute

Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze is a senior advisor with the Pembina Institute’s Building and Urban Solutions team. Through research, convening, and coalition building, he facilitates the development and implementation of policies to reduce carbon pollution and energy waste from homes and buildings. Tom-Pierre has provided consulting services to local governments including the City of Vancouver, Dawson Creek (BC), Fort St John (BC), Faro (YK) and the Sahtú Renewable Resource Board (NWT). He sits on resource planning and demand-side management advisories for BC Hydro and FortisBC, on the City of Vancouver green building advisory, and advised on the development of the BC Energy Step Code. 



Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 8:30am–12:30pm • Early Bird $140/Regular $160 • CaGBC Member Early Bird $135/Regular $155 • ROOM 224

W08 –  LEED v4 Rating System

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance]

[ BOMI 4.0 CPDs • 4.0 HSW-Building Code Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 3.75 Core LUs • 4 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

In this half day workshop, you’ll gain a solid grasp of LEED v4 changes and the positive impact this will have on current green building practices in Canada. As a result, you’ll be able to communicate effectively to colleagues and clients about some of the major high-level changes occurring in LEED v4.

Course Highlights

  • This half day course introduces the LEED v4 rating system, and discusses its flexibility and applicability to an expanded range of building types.
  • Participants will explore common themes in the new rating system, synergies within the system, the integrative process, and the role of performance.
    • The new Integrative Process credit is introduced, detailing some of the strategies for earning the credit.
    • The enhanced LEED v4 system goals and their on LEED point allocation are covered.
    • Course attendees will have the opportunity to network and work in small groups to reinforce the learning experience.

Please note that this course is not a technical review course. Canadian participants will learn how LEED v4 is being adapted for use in Canada through the current development of Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs). Note: ACPs are talked about in general, but the course itself does not go into detail regarding specific Canadian ACPs.

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Jason Packer

Speaker:
Jason Packer, B.Admin, Dip.Tech, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC, Principal, Senior Green Building Strategist, Recollective Consulting Inc. 

Jason has over fifteen years of experience in green building design and construction. With an educational background in building science and environmental economics and work experience in the building trades, he started a green renovation business that evolved to include delivering energy efficiency education and green building policy research. In his ten years at Recollective Consulting, Jason has successfully managed commercial, residential, institutional, educational and recreational green building projects including Vancouver’s Olympic Village and the Okanagan College Centre of Excellence, awarded LEED Platinum and targeting the Living Building Challenge.

Jason has supported and volunteered with a number of organizations including the Sustainable Building Centre, Green Bricks Education Society, Connecting Environmental Professionals and the BC Sustainable Energy Association working to promote renewable sources of energy.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 9:00am–10:00am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 210

W09 – PechaKucha: Iconic Wood Projects

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Wood – it’s a beautiful thing. Which is evident in these iconic projects that utilize a material that was one of the building blocks of our great nation. Hear from some of Western Canada’s leading wood practitioners highlight the design and technical achievements of their iconic wood projects.

Roy Manion

Matthieu Grady

Candice Nichol

Derek Ratzlaff

Host:
Roy Manion, Project Manager, Specifier Program, BC Wood Specialties Group

Presenters:
Matthieu Grady, Design Director, Diamond Schmitt Architects
Thompson Rivers University, Old Main Addition, Faculty of Law School
Large Institutional Wood Design

Candice Nichol, Michael Green Architecture
T3 Building, Minneapolis
Mass Timber Office Building

Derek Ratzlaff, Principal, Fast + Epp
Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre
Recreational

Roy Manion heads up BC Wood’s Specifier Program which is designed to create an awareness of value-added products from BC’s wood industry for the architect, designer and construction community.

Roy’s ultimate objective is to insure all architects and designers in BC have a working knowledge of the world-class wood products being produced in British Columbia. To accomplish this, Roy has conducted in excess of 400 events for the specifier community including lunch & learn sessions, group seminars, factory tours and conferences, all with the common theme of educating his audience on BC’s vibrant, value-added wood industry. Roy also plays a key role in connecting those who are looking for wood products to those who produce it.

Roy has spent his entire career in the building materials industry during which he has successfully sold and marketed BC manufactured products throughout Canada, the US (including Hawaii), Asia and Oceania. For the past ten years, Roy has managed BC Wood Specifier Program.

Matthieu Grady - Senior Architect, design lead, and project manager with 15+ years of international experience in the design and development of award-winning, cutting-edge architecture. Played key leadership roles at recognized firms (including Pritzker prize recipients) in the design and delivery of large-scale commercial, industrial, institutional, corporate and retail projects throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East & North Africa. Deep understanding of all facets of project development, bringing ambitious ideas through to reality, from initial conception, through complex design-related problem solving, to project detailing and delivery. Analysis of client needs, and brief development have been key to the projects' successes. Remains involved in new business efforts throughout Europe and North America, and is active in senior client liaison responsibilities, balancing scope, quality, schedule, and budgeting toward achieving the goals of all stakeholders of a project. Significant experience in high level presentations and relationships with municipal, regional, and national administrations toward obtaining valuable permits, approvals and buy-in from the general public through to high-level decision makers.

Candice is an Associate with MGA | MICHAEL GREEN ARCHITECTURE in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has championed projects like T3 and the UBC Baseball Indoor Training Centre. Candice is currently working on the Oregon State University Forest Sciences Complex and a mixed use development in Newark, New Jersey. As the Lead Design Architect for T3 Minneapolis, the largest modern mass timber building in the United States, Candice is well versed in the intricate details of wood design and construction. Candice’s childhood roots and experience working on and restoring boats led her to pursue a career in Architecture. She’s worked in California, Arizona, and New York.

When she’s not hard at work she fills her time running, surfing, travelling the world and testing new recipes on friends and family.

With a background in the construction industry, Derek Ratzlaff brings a strong practical knowledge of design and construction to his work as a structural engineer. Appointed an Associate in 2013, he assumed the primary role as mentor for Fast +Epp’s young engineers and fostering professional development within the firm. He was named a Principal in 2017. Derek has acted as Project Engineer for numerous challenging projects since he joined the firm in 2004, with a particular focus on those utilizing hybrid wood-steel and wood-concrete combinations on a large scale. His work includes the Richmond Olympic Oval Roof, Edmonton’s Jasper Place and Mill Woods libraries in Alberta, and Arena Stage at the Mead Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 9:00am–10:00am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 SOLD OUT • ROOM 218/19

W10 – To Build or Not to Build – That is The Question: A Deep Dive into the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Market

[Urban & Community Planning; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

The Greater Vancouver real estate market continues to adapt to ever-changing market conditions. As the market continues to evolve, it can be hard to evaluate its many variables. Taking a deep dive approach, this panel presentation will provide insight into where the Vancouver real estate market is headed, highlighting what we as an industry should be critically considering.

Providing a general market update, panelists will discuss present and future consumer needs, diving into some of the key factors in determining where and what to build. Panelists will discuss these and other subjects:

  • Revenue opportunities and achieving the highest and best use 
  • Interest rates and construction costs 
  • What to consider before transacting 
  • Neighbourhood potential, municipal trends and needs

This panel will prompt new ideas for Vancouver’s very valuable land, invigorating the industry to apply a forward-thinking approach to meet market demands.

Alex Lau

Byron Chard

Andrew Ramlo

Phil Ross

Ben Taddei

Moderator:
Alex Lau, Real Estate Group Leader, Grant Thornton LLP

Panelists:
Byron Chard, CFO, Chard Development Ltd.
Andrew Ramlo, Vice President Market Intelligence, Rennie Marketing
Phil Ross, Tax Services Partner, Grant Thornton LLP
Ben Taddei, COO, Conwest Group

Grant Thornton LLP is the Canadian member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL), one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. In Canada, Grant Thornton serves a broad range of clients including privately held businesses; publicly listed companies; public and private institutions; and the public sector. The construction, real estate, and hospitality group is a sector focused group made up of dedicated local experts in the field in Southern British Columbia.
 
Alex leads the Southern British Columbia real estate sector group. Alex provides audit and assurance services to real estate related companies of all sizes and at various stages of their business life cycle. He primarily plays the quarterback role for client engagements by finding the required resources for the desired solutions. His philosophy in client delivery is to have a holistic approach and to use the insights gained from the audit and accounting work into value adds for his clients.

As Vice President of Rennie Intelligence, Andrew leads Rennie Group’s Market Intelligence division, providing analytical and strategic support to all aspects of the company. For more than two decades, Andrew has provided strategic management advice to leading real estate developers, investors, retailers and consumers, as well as to many of Canada’s most rapidly changing municipalities, crown corporations and public agencies.

In his role as Executive Director of the Urban Futures Institute, he conducts research on topics ranging from labour force change and human resource management to community planning and residential market analysis. Andrew also provides intelligence and analytical support throughout the development process.

Phil is the tax service line leader and heads up Grant Thornton’s Southern British Columbia tax practice. Phil has focussed on helping businesses for over 24 years. Phil also plays a key role in identifying client needs and delivering effective solutions. With 24 years as a member of the Grant Thornton team, 17 of them in tax, Phil has a deep understanding of privately held business and the real estate sector. This experience spans the areas of structuring, financing, cross border organizations and strategic transaction planning.

Conwest is a private, Vancouver based, real estate development company. It was founded over 35 years ago and focuses its business efforts in the Lower Mainland. Conwest has business lines in Civil Infrastructure Construction and Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Mixed Use and Social Purpose Real Estate Development. The Group has approximately 100 employees.

Ben Taddei is responsible for the Group’s strategic and operational initiatives. Ben has a proven track record in corporate management and successful real estate development.  Ben brings over 27 years of experience in the local construction and development industry to Conwest, together with an extensive network of relationships in the community.  His operating philosophy centers on the concepts of effective “Team” management and on creating mutually beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders in the business.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 9:30am–10:30am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 217

W11 – Prefabricated Modular and Mass Timber – Designing a Workforce Accommodation in the North 

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 HSW-Building Code Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

This presentation will explore the design of a prefabricated, modular workforce accommodation complex to be built using mass-timber construction techniques. Measuring over 14,000m2 at build-out, the project will be composed of 400 rooms with associated support functions.

Planned for a remote location in northeastern British Columbia, the design of the module incorporates passive house principles, resulting in a robust building envelope that will address the harsh climate, while offering reduced energy consumption and greater indoor comfort. The health implications of the materials used are a key concern, and a highly limited material palate is planned.

The presentation will detail the structural design of the facility--and the accommodation module in particular--as it relates to fabrication, portability, and fire safety.

As a part of the design process, a full-scale mock-up of the typical module was constructed to evaluate, test, and refine the proposed strategies. Detailed explanation of the design process and strategic decisions that have resulted in the design will be shared.

J. Eric Karsh

Derek Newby

Speakers:
J. Eric Karsh,  MEng, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., MIStructE, Ing, Principal, Equilibrium 
Derek Newby, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, Senior Associate, Perkins + Will

Eric began his consulting career in 1987 in Ottawa with the firm of Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd, designers of the Toronto Skydome. During his time with AAR, Eric was involved in the design of high-rises and various commercial and institutional buildings such as the New Ottawa City Hall with renowned architect Moshe Safdie.

In 1998, Eric co-founded Equilibrium Consulting Inc. Always sensitive to efficient design and careful detailing, Eric has extensive experience in all common building materials. Since his arrival in British Columbia however, Eric has become a leader in timber engineering and construction, and has earned international recognition on a number of landmark timber projects such as the multiple award-winning Prince George Airport, the Raleigh-Durham Airport expansion and the recently completed and innovative UBC Earth Sciences Building.

Eric is co-author of the widely publicized "THE CASE FOR TALL WOOD" study, featured by CNN, the Economist and National Geographic to name a few. TALL WOOD introduces a structural concept to achieve timber high-rise structures reaching 30 storeys or more. The report was adopted as mandatory reading by a number of architecture schools in North America, including Yale's School of Architecture.

Eric has a broad experience in sustainable design and has been involved in numerous LEED projects and helped introduce the "Passivhaus" concept to Canada.

With a keen interest in green building, Derek strives for practical, elegant solutions that exhibit a responsible use of resources. Drawing upon his strong background in urban design and experience in master planning, he approaches architectural projects with a clear appreciation for the setting a building becomes a part of. Derek holds a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning (NAIT), a Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies (University of Calgary), and a Master of Architecture (University of British Columbia).

Beginning his career in Toronto, he has contributed to a number of institutional projects, including the University of Michigan Computer Science and Engineering Building in Ann Arbor, MI; the Varsity Stadium at the University of Toronto; the Tommy Douglas Library in Burnaby, BC; and Allard Hall, home of the Faculty of Law at UBC.

In 2011 Derek joined Perkins+Will's Vancouver studio and became a Senior Associate in 2014. Derek has contributed to Marine Gateway, a large-scale mixed-use transit oriented development in Vancouver; Orchard Commons, a 41,023m2 mixed-use facility at UBC; and the Dilly Creek Workforce Accommodation Facility in Northern BC. Derek has been LEED accredited since 2001, and is a Certified Passive House Designer.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 10:00am–11:30am • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • Room 215

W12 – Carbon Impacts Out of the Built Environment – Advancing Low Embodied and Low Operational Carbon Buildings

[Urban & Community Planning; Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 HSW-Sustainability Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Embodied carbon footprint reductions of construction, while not in every nation’s COP 21 commitments, have been increasing in some national, regional and local government policies. Many of these policies emulate the work from the IPCC report in 2007: Sink, Sequester and Substitute. Embodied impact reduction becomes an increasingly critical factor in material selection since these impacts have both immediate and long-term effects, positive and negative. Building performance improvements further skew the value of recognizing embodied emissions by changing the relative balance between embodied emissions and operational ones. This 3-part presentation will provide valuable insight into the future built environment.

Rob Bernhardt

Patrick Enright

Peter Moonen

Speakers:
Rob Bernhardt B.Comm LL.B, CEO, Passive House Canada
Patrick Enright P.Eng., Green Building Engineer, Sustainability Group, City of Vancouver
Peter Moonen B.Sc., Municipal and National Sustainability Manager, WoodWORKS! BC

As CEO of Passive House Canada, Rob works to advance building energy efficiency. A certified Passive House consultant and the developer of several certified Passive House projects, Rob is familiar with the economic and social advantages of high performance buildings. Rob works with Passive House Canada’s members, government and industry organizations to make high performance buildings the norm.

Patrick Enright is the green building engineer in the City of Vancouver's Sustainability Group, working on updates to the rezoning policy and building code to implement the Zero Emissions Building Plan. He is a professional engineer with years of experience in high performance mechanical design and energy modelling. He currently works with a local engineering firm, and previously spent two years working in the national Project Management Office of Defence Construction Canada. Patrick is passionate about finding simple, resilient solutions to meeting our shared climate and sustainability challenges.

Peter works to assist designers and builders in understanding how to use wood to enhance environmental performance and reduce the ecological footprint of buildings. He regularly presents on achieving greater sustainability to various local, Canadian and international groups. He is also a Canadian representative at the U.N. Timber Committee and reviewer specializing in wood and the green economy for the Forest Products Annual Market Review published by the United Nations Timber and Forestry section with special emphasis on the role of wood in the green economy, including green design. In addition to a degree in Marine Biology and Zoology, he studied forestry at UBC and Journalism and Public Affairs in Alberta.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 10:00am–11:00am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • Room 216 

W13 – Designing for an Aging Population

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU ]

With the advance of modern medicine and as our cities grow, the median age in North America is getting older. The growth in the number of adults 65 years and older is expected to double over the next 25 years. With such rapid growth, how do we design facilities that encompass the needs of an aging population?

This hour-long presentation will focus on many of the challenges designers will face when specifying interior floor and wall finishes for senior living environments.

We will explore the guidelines of the industry and explain their relevance to floors and walls, specifically the role of colour, the relevance of LRV values, the need for slip resistance in wet areas with special attention directed to the topic of transitions.

We will dismiss the notion that one size fits all when it comes to specifying interior finishes. The diverse needs of senior living facilities require a myriad of solutions to create safe, warm, comfortable environments for residents and their caregivers.

Susan Drew Johnson

Speaker:
Susan Drew Johnson, Regional Representative, Altro

As Senior Living Strategic Lead, Susan is responsible for leading a team focused on researching, via the design community and the facilities managers of Senior Living communities, the unique needs of this segment. The Altro team has documented the unique challenges, specifically focused on floors and walls, associated with designing communities for the aging population. They feel that it is knowledge that all members of the construction community should have in order to build more functional environments for this growing demographic.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 10:00am–11:00am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 220/22

W14 – KEYNOTE: Cities of the Future: Beauty, Brains and Brawn 

[Urban & Community Planning; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Non-Core LU ]

Cities are changing. Now, more than ever, we are seeing more densely populated urban areas, change in real estate development, a shift in societal values and behavior, and the rise of smart technologies. These factors, paired with the need for social equality and environmental balance, present unique challenges and great opportunity for our cities.

Futurist, Nikolas Badminton, will examine the trends innovating some of the world’s great cities, improving the life of their inhabitants, and minimizing environmental impact. Exploring what these trends could mean for Vancouver, Nikolas will make some bold predictions to help inspire you to think outside of the box when imagining the future of our real estate.

Nikolas Badminton

Speaker:
Nikolas Badminton, Futurist

Nikolas is a world-respected futurist, speaker, author, teacher, and conference producer. He wows audiences with keynote speeches on how exponential technologies are revolutionizing the world. He is a renowned expert in the sharing economy, the future of work, and how cities are evolving.

He regularly appears on BBC, CBC, CTV, Global News, VICE, and writes for Techcrunch, Huffington Post, Forbest, Venturebeat, Betakit, TechVibes, Business.com, and other media. More of his thinking can be seen at www.nikolasbadminton.com.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 10:10am–12:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • Room 206/07

W15 – 10 Things That Every Strata Manager Must Know

[Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Property Management]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

This seminar will provide a summary of the 10 bodies of knowledge that is critical to Strata Management. The speaker will explore and expand on:

  1. Understanding the Strata Plan – More than the Basics
  2. Why are the Standard Bylaws Not Enough?
  3. Bylaw Enforcement
  4. Collecting Strata Fees and Special Levies
  5. Easements, Crane Swing Agreements, and other charges
  6. Determining Who Has the Duty to Repair
  7. Operating Fund and Contingency Reserve Fund
  8. Special Levy Resolutions and the Schedule of Unit Entitlement
  9. Rentals
  10. Collection of the Insurance Deductible

Jennifer Neville

Speaker:
Jennifer Neville, Associate, Hammerberg Lawyers 

Jennifer has more than a decade of experience providing advice to strata corporations and owners about strata property matters.

She assists clients with bylaw and resolution drafting, governance and compliance with the Strata Property Act, strata financing, repairs, collections, and disputes. She regularly attends Special General Meetings and Annual General Meetings, and provides opinion letters regarding the Strata Property Act. Jennifer’s exceptional service has earned her the distinction of being named a Finalist for several years in the Georgia Straight’s “Best of Vancouver, Best Lawyer when Buying/Selling Real Estate.” Jennifer also has a background in business law, through which she advises business owners about a range of legal issues, including buying and selling a business, contract negotiations and drafting, employment agreements, shareholders agreements, corporate maintenance and reorganizations, financing, residential and commercial real estate, and commercial leases. Jennifer’s successful practice depends, not only knowledge of the law, but her sharp ability to listen, communicate effectively, and respond to her clients’ individual legal needs. Jennifer takes pride in providing tailored solutions that are practical, yet strategic.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 10:30am–12:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 SOLD OUT • ROOM 208/09

W16 – Standardizing Construction and Approach for Passive House Projects in the Fast-Growing Region of Vancouver

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

How can Passive House buildings become more efficient and still be affordable? A question that two local Passive House design-build firms teamed up to answer. Four projects form a case study that moves from design considerations to construction optimization and looks at the overall financial and process economics. Their ‘lessons learned’ are then formulated into concepts for new market rate projects.

Lucio Picciano

Marcel Studer

Speakers:
Lucio Picciano, DLP Architecture Inc.
Marcel Studer, Econ Group

Lucio Picciano is the owner of DLP Architecture Inc since 2006. He received his professional degree in architecture from the University of Toronto and has studied in Italy, Mexico, and Chicago. He designed and built the first certified passive house in the city of Vancouver and has 10 more projects in the design and construction stages. Lucio’s firm provides architectural, building envelope, passive house consultation, and building services. The office focuses on contemporary design strategies that blend energy efficiency with cost effective construction practices - Industry accessible modern design.

Marcel Studer is a principal of Econ Group Ltd, a Vancouver based design-built construction company, he holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Switzerland). Marcel has lived and worked in Canada for the last 16 years in his capacity as a designer, builder and as a teacher of the Passive House Designer and Trades Person Course. Since 2006 Marcel has been involved in various local PH projects covering design and construction while increasing his skills and knowledge in the fields of energy efficiency, building science and construction technology. Marcel has been a board-member of Passive House Canada since October 2014 holding the treasurer position.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 10:30am–11:30am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 210

W17 – PechaKucha: Healing Environments

[Urban & Community Planning; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 Health, Safety, Welfare Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU ]

Society is embracing wellness more than ever before. With this, we are seeing a shift in the design of historically monolithic healthcare facilities and office buildings to more holistic environments. This PechaKucha style presentation will provide an accelerated look at recently curated environments designed and built to heal. Presenters will discuss project ambitions, design philosophies and the challenges and opportunities their project presented.

John Holland

Loren Bergmann

Michael Epp

Kaitlyn Gillis

Host/Moderator:
John Holland, Chief Development Officer, Pinchin Ltd.

Presenters:
Loren Bergmann, Managing Director l Workplace Strategies, CBRE – Health & Wellness in the Office
Michael Epp, Director of Planning, Planning Department, City of North Vancouver – Active Design
Kaitlyn Gillis, Sustainability Consultant, Stantec – Rethinking Healthcare

Loren joined CBRE in 2014 to lead Workplace Strategies in Western Canada. With more than 24 years of interior design experience, she has the ability to develop a meaningful connection between people and place to create valuable business results for her clients. Loren's strategic approach improves the overall performance and quality of the workplace. Focused on aligning real estate needs to business and cultural objectives, she partners with brokers and project managers to provide our clients with forward-looking visioning, work style analysis, and planning.

Michael specializes in land use planning and currently manages the Planning Department for the City of North Vancouver, a municipality with significant growth pressure and a constrained land supply. In this context Michael and his team have been working to improve the supply of new housing, to make higher density living healthier. Prior to joining North Vancouver, Michael has worked in both the public and non-profit sectors on projects ranging from neighbourhood plans, environmental planning, to public engagement.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 10:30am–11:30am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 218/19

W18 – Digital Revolution in Construction

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Discussing the digital revolution in construction, this session will hone in on trends and solutions, including automated equipment and next generation 5-D building, as well as innovation used by Canadian firms, industry challenges, and digital drivers such as the skilled labour shortage and UX expectations.

Stacy Lopez

Speaker:
Stacy Lopez, Director, Digital Marketing Operations, ConstructConnect

Based in Toronto, Stacy Lopez is the Director of Digital Marketing Operations at ConstructConnect, Canada’s market leader for non-residential construction data, news, and analysis. With over 10 years of experience producing top-tier content for Canada’s leading media companies, Stacy’s expertise in multichannel marketing strategies and digital roadmapping has resulted in qualitative, digitally-driven content experiences for a range of B2B and B2C audiences.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 11:00am–12:30pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 204

W19 – The Nuts and Bolts of Lean Construction

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Professional & Personal Skills Development; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 General Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

The application of Lean Construction principles within the industry has gained considerable traction over the last decade due to the need for productivity gains and shortened lead times. The challenge is that traditional Lean is centered around manufacturing environments, making some tools ineffective in the construction arena. With the best of intentions, these tools are often implemented for the sake of implementing them, with little or no effect.

In this session, attendees will learn a simple and practical approach to implementing the Lean concepts within Construction to boost productivity, shorten lead times, and heighten customer value.

Participants will learn:

  • How to define value from the customer's perspective
  • How to visually capture where waste is hidden in every day processes 
  • How to design and implement improvements
  • Simple tools for fostering collaboration, preparing for change, and capturing results as well as do's and don'ts for delivery

This session is geared towards individuals interested in or tasked with leading improvement efforts within their organization.

Christy Nikel

Speaker:
Christy Nikel, Founder and President, Lean U

Located in Vancouver BC, Christy is the Founder and President of Lean U Consulting Inc. As a Master Lean Black Belt with more than a decade of experience teaching and applying the tools, her goal is to teach Lean in a practical, effective and energizing way. In addition to her Lean credentials, Christy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with specialization in Economics from the University of Manitoba.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 11:00am–12:00pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 217

W20 – Computational Design and Participation in Visual Communication

[New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU ]

Technology is taking the AEC industry by storm. As an architecture, engineering, or construction professional, navigating this sea of technology can be daunting. This presentation will provide information on how computational design and visual communication can be used to support business case making, design, compliance and public engagement.

The speaker will expand on the nuances of using such tools and the importance of ensuring visual communication is kept with business intelligence dashboards – yet another rapidly evolving technology. Speaking to the interactivity of these platforms, the speaker will discuss how using this toolset has created unbelievable new opportunities for complex projects, rezoning arguments, and incredible new design for their firm.

Aubrey Tucker

Speaker:
Aubrey Tucker, Innovative Technology Developer, Stantec 

Aubrey Tucker is an Innovative Technology Developer for Stantec, across architecture and engineering business lines. He is an Enabler, Technologist, International BIM Speaker, University Lecturer & Revit Expert with an extensive career with skyscrapers, hospitals, education, airports and technology. Aubrey's interests are in great Design, Art, Parametric Modeling, Computational Design, Rapid Prototyping, Digital Fabrication, Virtual Reality/Full Immersion hardware & software, 4D - 5D construction modeling/accountability and all the technology required to process these concepts. Aubrey's overarching goal is to utilize the latest in hardware, software and digital paradigms to create smart work within the built environment.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 11:00am–12:30pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • Room 223

W21 – Key Principles in Building an Enduring Organization

[Professional & Personal Skills Development; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 General Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1.5 Non-Core LUs ]

Building an enduring organization in today’s environment of unparalleled change requires the kind of leadership that drives trust, commitment and engagement in its people. This session will lead participants through a discussion of core elements of leadership effectiveness and organizational endurance, as well as critical skills for today’s leader of tomorrow’s workforce.

This presentation will:

  • Clarify what sets an enduring organization apart from other organizations
  • Recognize that invaluable importance of building an enduring organization that will last through numerous generations
  • Identify a framework for building an enduring organization
  • Examine the role of leadership takes in establishing your organization’s core ideology and envisioned future

Michael Mangum

Speaker:
Michael Mangum, Principal, FMI Corporation

As a principal with FMI’s Center for Strategic Leadership, Michael brings his 35+ years of experience in the construction industry to bear on the challenges confronting today’s leaders. He is particularly passionate about helping drive organizational change through strategic thought and personal transformation.

Michael is a lifelong construction guy, having been born into a family construction business in Raleigh, N.C. Sunday afternoons were spent touring jobsites and playing on big tractors. Summers meant working at asphalt plants, laying pipe, and finishing concrete. He continued this industry involvement post-college, assuming various leadership roles including president & CEO. Engineering News-Record named him one of its 21st century leaders of the transportation industry. Still other business interests exposed him to related industries like commercial and residential development, midstream oil and gas, mobile heavy equipment telematics, and golf course design / construction / management.

He has been heavily involved in corporate governance, having spoken at National Association of Corporate Director events and been instrumental in the organization and launch of two independent, outside board of directors. Michael is also a past chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (2000) and led a segment of its worker health and safety initiative dealing with asphalt fumes for more than a decade. During those years, he developed close working relationships with members of organized labor, regulatory agencies and academia – in both the U.S. and Europe.

Michael earned a civil engineering (construction) degree from North Carolina State University, continuing with post-graduate studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He has lectured in the graduate schools at both UNC and Northwestern University and is a 20+ year member of the Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”). As such, Michael has been fortunate to count some of the most outstanding business leaders in the world as his teachers.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 11:30am–12:30pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 216

W22 – Intelligent Daylighting: Design without Sacrificing Performance

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Facility Management & Building Maintenance]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 HSW-Sustainability Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Daylighting elements and architectural roof glass are striking and desirable building features that historically come with costly challenges such as leaks, energy loss, thermal discomfort, and condensation issues. Next generation glazing is addressing these issues and developing roof glass elements, hidden daylighting features, and aesthetically-focused window systems designed to be thermal-bridge-free, and suitable for high performance envelope needs.

Fenestration of all kinds requires special attention, but is especially important in high performance buildings, where they are fulfilling more occupant needs. Potential for thermal bridging, overheating, cold air convective currents and air or water leaks can dampen or destroy the gains of free daylight and visual comfort. The designer's challenge is to meet both the aesthetic and performance demands of the building envelope.

This seminar covers methodologies for selecting daylighting solutions, presents case studies and lays out design considerations that apply to commercial or residential, flat or pitched roof, curtain wall systems, historic preservation retrofits and more.

Ben Leer

Speaker:
Ben Leer, High Performance Daylighting Specialist, 475 High Performance Building Supply

Ben has had a diverse career focused on sustainability and the urban environment. He graduated with a MS in Sustainable Architecture from the City University of New York and has since consulted on numerous projects, ranging from ecological infrastructure to Passive House design. He is currently instructing a graduate level course on Low Energy Buildings at City College. He has a passion for creating environmentally friendly building, and is deeply committed to the Passive House movement.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 12:00pm–1:00pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 210 

W23 – Whole Building Life Cycle Analysis – Process, Disclosure, and Outlook

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 HSW-Building Code Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

With LEED v4, Net Zero Buildings, and the City of Vancouver's new embodied carbon emissions reporting requirements, demand for whole building life cycle analysis (LCA) is rapidly increasing. If this is required for your project, how do you get the most out of it? When do you engage with an LCA consultant? And why is it important to consider?

In this presentation, a life cycle analysis expert will provide insight into the many questions surrounding whole building LCA. Using examples of current and past projects, the speaker will discuss inputs and high-level process, scheduling, and scope. The speaker will also share ideas about where this sudden relatively quick uptake of whole building LCA is leading the industry.

Helen Brennek

Chris Heysel

Speakers:
Helen Brennek, Project Manager, WSP
Chris Heysel, Sustainability Analyst, WSP

Helen has experience working on a variety of sustainability projects and benchmarking systems. She has worked on more than 20 LEED certifications to date. At WSP, Helen delivers various services such as life cycle analysis (product and whole building), comprehensive building certification consulting and feasibility studies under multiple rating systems (LEED, WELL, Passive House, etc.), as well as retro-commissioning, energy audits, sustainable infrastructure consulting, and corporate sustainability consulting. She joined the firm after completing her Masters in Engineering in Clean Energy, during which she focused on sustainable building sciences.

Chris Heysel has successfully delivered a wide-range of sustainability services including LEED, WELL, GRESB, and CDP submissions on behalf of clients. His experience includes projects for some of the largest financial institutions and property management firms in Canada. Chris is grateful to have been a part of several projects which include high-level assessments of sustainable company and building rating methodologies, GHG target setting and tracking, future-thinking building design comparisons, whole-building life cycle analysis, and ENVISION certifications. Chris truly believes in what his team strives to achieve which is meeting the needs of our clients, the planet, and our communities in unison.

Before joining WSP, Chris attained a Bachelor’s of Applied Science and a Master’s of Applied Science with a specialization in Applied Sustainability from Queen’s University. His research contributions span topics including the geographic viability of rainwater harvesting for commercial applications in Canada, investigations into payback period estimations for in-line micro turbines, and novel contributions towards the field of Urban Metabolism. Chris also brings the experience he gained from the time he spent in the field of environmental consulting.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 12:00pm–1:30pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 215

W24 – Post-Earthquake BC: How Do We Stand Up?

[Urban & Community Planning; Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs ]

How will BC’s building stock react to a major earthquake? How will the government and construction community respond to make sure those buildings are safe? How can we build resilience? This session will start by exploring the potential impacts of an earthquake on BC’s exciting buildings, including the longer-term effect on the existing housing stock. This will cover: local seismicity, BC building codes, common practices, and the various performance of different housing types. The potential damage and financial loss caused by an earthquake, and the steps that can be taken now to increase building resilience and improve seismic performance will be discussed. The session will finish by exploring post-earthquake building assessment projects currently underway in BC. Members from the BC delegation will share lessons learn from a recent research trip to New Zealand to investigate the response to the 2010/11 Christchurch earthquake.

Ron Bowles

Andy Mill

Peter Mitchell

Graham Taylor

Speakers:
Ron Bowles PhD, Associate Dean, Centre for Applied Research, Office of Applied Research & Graduate Studies, Justice Institute of British Columbia
Andy Mill P.Eng StructEng CP FEC, Director, Buildings Group, David Nairne + Associates Ltd.
Peter Mitchell P.Eng., Director, Professional Practice, Standards and Development, Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia
Graham Taylor Ph.D. P.Eng., Principal, TBG Seismic Consultants Ltd.

Ron has worked, taught, developed curriculum and conducted research in a variety of public safety roles in Canada and Asia. In addition to working in the fire service and search and rescue, he served as a paramedic in rural and metropolitan areas before moving to JIBC as in 1992. His roles at JIBC have included instruction, educational administration, leading a curriculum development group, and – most recently – as Associate Dean for JIBC’s Centre for Applied Research. He is active in national research and profession-building activities in Canadian paramedicine including co-authoring a study to support the new Canadian Paramedic Profile. His research areas include paramedic practice, emergency management and disaster resilience, and mass gathering health. Ron was co-principal investigator for the Rural Disaster Resilience project, and led the development of the Aboriginal Disaster Resilience program and the BC Critical Infrastructure Assessment Tool for Local Authorities. He is currently co-principal investigator and JIBC lead for the BC Post-Disaster Building Assessment research project.

Andy Mill is a professional engineer and designated structural engineer licensed by the Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, as well as a Fellow of Engineers Canada. In addition to a Civil Engineering degree, Mr. Mill holds a Masters degree in Structural Engineering, both from the University of British Columbia. Andy is a partner in the architecture, engineering and planning firm of David Nairne + Associates Ltd. (DNA) and has over 30 years of structural engineering experience. He has had the privilege to sit on the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Council and numerous committees including Chair of the Seismic Peer Review Committee since its inception in 2004. As Chair of the Committee, Mr. Mill has been recognized with the 2007 APEGBC President’s Award Special Recognition; the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2010 Excellence in Innovation in Engineering; the Association of Consulting Engineers of BC 2013 Award of Excellence and the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Award. Mr. Mill was recently awarded the 2016 Meritorious Service Award from Engineers Canada.

Peter Mitchell is responsible for developing and directing proactive quality assurance programs covering members’ practice standards at Engineers and Geoscientists BC, including the Practice Review Program, the development adoption of practice guidelines, and the Organizational Management Program. Twelve of these professional practice guidelines have involved contracts with ten different government agencies /ministries, with some receiving national and international recognition. Mr. Mitchell provides staff support to numerous committees, task forces, boards and divisions dealing with professional practice issues. He works closely with the Structural Engineers Association of BC, and directs the association’s response to various government legislation impacting the practice of professional engineering and geoscience in BC.

Graham Taylor has specialized in the field of seismic engineering for buildings for over 30 years. He has worked closely with the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility at UBC in creating innovative performance based seismic assessment and retrofit procedures for buildings. He has been instrumental in the development of the Seismic Retrofit Guidelines that provide a common engineering approach for achieving a life safety standard for the assessment and seismic upgrade of BC’s schools. These guidelines have received national and international awards. Most recently he has been working with experts in the seismic engineering field and UBC’s Earthquake Engineering Research Facility in the development of a tool which will use construction data and information from multiple seismic sensors to help prioritize the assessment of buildings after an earthquake.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 12:00pm–1:30pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 SOLD OUT • ROOM 218/19

W25 – Implementing the B.C. Energy Step Code: Lessons Learned and Next Steps on the Path to Net-Zero New Construction 

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Property Management; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 HSW-Building Code Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

The Climate Leadership Plan sets a target that every new building must be net-zero ready by 2032. The B.C. Energy Step Code, launched last summer, is intended to provide a framework and roadmap for how we will meet that goal. It creates predictable steps for builders and local governments to follow, allowing local governments to set new energy-efficiency requirements that are consistent across the province.

Six months after its release, what lessons have we learned from local governments and builders that have adopted the B.C. Energy Step Code? What comes next for provincial and local policies to encourage high performance construction? What tools and training are available for builders to be ready for the new code?

Bob Deeks

Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze

Robyn Wark

Speakers:
Bob Deeks, President, RDC Fine Homes
Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, Senior Advisor, Pembina Institute
Robyn Wark, Team Lead, Sustainable Communities, BC Hydro

Bob started building homes in 1993. Bob has a passion for innovation in housing technology, and this has lead to his current involvement in the Canadian Home Builders Association as Chair of the National Technical Research Committee and Vice Chair role for the Net Zero Housing Council. In his spare time, Bob enjoys participating in a variety of sports.

Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze is a senior advisor with the Pembina Institute’s Building and Urban Solutions team. Through research, convening, and coalition building, he facilitates the development and implementation of policies to reduce carbon pollution and energy waste from homes and buildings. Tom-Pierre has provided consulting services to local governments including the City of Vancouver, Dawson Creek (BC), Fort St John (BC), Faro (YK) and the Sahtú Renewable Resource Board (NWT). He sits on resource planning and demand-side management advisories for BC Hydro and FortisBC, on the City of Vancouver green building advisory, and advised on the development of the BC Energy Step Code. 

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 12:30pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

W26 – Multifamily Ventilation: From Design, Installation and Commissioning

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

This session contrasts two different approaches to ventilating two 50+ unit Passive House buildings currently in construction in Vancouver BC: The Heights (85 units using semi distributed HRVs and risers), and Brixton Flats (56 units using primarily HRV’s in every suite). The presentation considers the challenges and benefits of using individual HRV's (heat recovery ventilators) in each unit versus a semi distributed approach of mid-sized HRV's over risers.

Albert Rooks

Speaker:
Albert Rooks, Small Planet Supply

Albert Rooks has worked to establish and strengthen the Passive House Standard in North America. In 2010, he founded Small Planet Supply Inc., a company that imports and distributes passive house components. The company currently has branch offices in Tumwater, WA and Vancouver BC. In 2015, he co-founded CertiPhiers Cooperative with Tad Everhart. CertiPhiers is an internationally accredited building certification company that verifies projects are built to the International Passive House Standard.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 12:30pm–1:30pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 217

W27 – Zero Emissions Retrofit – A Parametric Design Analysis Approach

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • AIBC 1 Core LU ]

The Government of Canada has committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its buildings and fleets in response to the Paris Climate Accord. As part of this, Public Services and Procurement Canada has implemented a similar commitment. Stantec performed deep energy retrofit feasibility studies as an initial step to achieve this goal.

Expanding on this study, presenters will begin by summarizing building performance targets: LEED v4 Energy & Atmosphere Prerequisite; Positive Net Present Value in 25 years, Highest GHG Reductions; GHG Neutral. The presenters will describe the methods and strategies utilized in the study to develop the recommended energy efficiency upgrades for each target.

The speakers will go into detail on the engineering analysis, discussing the use of advanced simulation methodology – parametric design analysis – and the benefits and opportunities of using such a platform in a study of this nature.

Jeanie Chan

Andrea Frisque

Randy Irwin

Speakers:
Jeanie Chan, Building Performance Consultant, Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Andrea Frisque, Senior Building Performance Engineer, Stantec 
Randy Irwin, Building Performance Engineer, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Jeanie Chan is a building performance engineer-in-training in Stantec Vancouver's Sustainability & Building Performance group. She has 5+ years of experience in using modelling and simulation software as an analytical tool for building systems, underground heat recovery systems, indoor airflow using CFD, heat conduction in gas, crack fracture behaviour, and human-robot interaction scenarios. She has created numerous whole building energy models, successfully analyzing buildings using IES Virtual Environment, EE4, OpenStudio, EnergyPlus and eQuest to find ways to minimize energy consumption, show implications of design choices, and confirm compliance to standards. Utilizing her interactive digital media skills, she has also developed software to effectively present "big data"-type energy modelling results from parametric simulations in an interactive format for multi-dimensional data so that clients can quickly and easily understand the implication of design choices. She has been successful in research with 8 technical publications to date in internationally recognized conferences and journals.

Randy is a mechanical engineer who works in Stantec Vancouver's Sustainability office. With over 16 years of experience working in the commercial and institutional sectors, Randy strives to ensure that sustainable design intent is carried throughout the term of the project ensuring the clients' needs and requirements are met.

Randy has worked as a consulting mechanical engineer for many years and became interested in sustainable design in 2005. Since that time he has contributed to many successful projects as a mechanical engineer providing professional design services in addition to energy analysis and advising project teams on various sustainable design elements.

Randy specializes in working with architects, owners, consultants, contractors and also provides valuable support to both Stantec and its clients. As an experienced mechanical engineer and an individual on the Canada Green Building Council's Experienced Modeller list, Randy is interested in advancing sustainable building practices by implementing integrated design principles.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 1:00pm–2:50pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 206/07

W28 – The Duty to Accommodate

[Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Property Management]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.75 Non-Core LUs ]

While many employers, managers and supervisors have at least heard the term ‘Duty to Accommodate”; few truly understand what it means, let alone the requirements and obligations that go with it. In this seminar, we will attempt to demystify this employer obligation; explain what triggers the Employer’s Duty to Accommodate; provide some best practices to apply to the process and outline the consequences of either ignoring or not fully complying with this legal requirement.

Maureen McMahon

Speaker:
Maureen McMahon, Vice President, Human Resources, Gateway Property Management

Maureen joined Gateway in early 2003, bringing twenty five years of progressive human resources experience gained at both Starbucks Coffee Company and the Thomas Cook Group in Canada and the U.S. Responsible for all initiatives at Gateway that involve or affect their employees nationally, Maureen’s approach to her role is that she is charged with being an advocate for the employees, while remaining a partner to the business.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 204

W29 – Facades for the Future

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

We are entering a new era where consideration of cladding materials on buildings and the manner in which they are designed is more important than ever. Climate change and the erratic nature of weather needs to influence our design decisions. But the ever important aesthetic qualities of these facades cannot be left on the sidelines either — creativity in design is important.

How are we addressing these real variables and making the best step forward for our future in building facades and our planet? Join us as we discuss and uncover ways thermally broken facade systems will help us all reach maximum design potential while achieving the highest environmental standards. Our facades need to deliver thermally, embody less energy and confront climate change head-on and we’re passionate about uniting these solutions to the most brilliant building designs.

Richard Hazell

Jeff Ker

Speakers:
Richard Hazell, Business Development – BC, Engineered Assemblies
Jeff Ker, Senior Technical Advisor, Engineered Assemblies

Richard Hazell teamed up with Engineered Assemblies in 2015. He specializing in supplying and installing Residential and Commercial cladding systems utilizing EA's product lines and wall assemblies. With that knowledge Richard joined the EA team as our lead for Business Development in the BC and the Yukon region.

Jeff Ker’s 20+ years of technical sales experience with the Ontario Architectural and Design community benefit each project he undertakes. His experience with building envelope includes 2 years in the West Coast market and 6 years in the Eastern-Canadian market; representing a variety of RVRS systems. With a solid background in technical sales, project management and liaison with the construction community; Jeff enjoys a tireless passion with matters of a technical nature in his personal and professional life.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 1:00pm­–2:00pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 224

W30 – Social Ergonomics in the Workplace

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 Health, Safety, Welfare Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU ]

A workplace that helps us build personal and professional relationships, initiate and regulate social interaction, and that takes into consideration factors like personal space, physical and psychological proximity, and territoriality, helps us feel better. And when we feel better, we are more engaged and satisfied.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will:

  • Understand how social ergonomics interacts with cognitive and physical ergonomics to create positive experiences at work
  • Understand how people use office tools and furniture to demonstrate their sociality
  • Understand the design considerations related to social ergonomics
  • Be better equipped to use the workplace as a strategic asset

The presenter will explore how social ergonomics interacts with other areas of ergonomics to create a full human experience at work.

Alex Osborne

Speaker:
Alex Osborne, Human Factors Specialist, Herman Miller

Alex has a background in biomechanical engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He completed a Master’s degree in biomechanics focusing on carpal tunnel research. Additionally, he holds a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist designation. This passion for ergonomics and well-being led him to conduct human factors research within the military domain for the Department of Defense, the Canadian Armed Forces, and the United States Marine Corps for four years prior to joining Herman Miller. His ergonomic work experience includes projects involving human-technology interaction, protective equipment, seating (helicopter and military transport vehicles), and posture/biomechanical analysis (firearm research, helicopter pilots). As a Human Factors Specialist with Herman Miller, Alex provides designers, business leaders and their companies ergonomic research and solutions to support their greatest asset: People. He uses his knowledge of physical, cognitive, and social ergonomics as components of human-centered design to create a balanced and holistic outcome.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 1:30pm–3:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 223

W31 – Strategic Leadership: How Today’s Decisions Will Impact Your Organization’s Future

[Professional & Personal Skills Development; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 General Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1.5 Non-Core LUs ]

Strategy. Innovation. Change Management. These are buzzwords in lexicon of today’s management books. What do they really mean to leaders in the construction industry? In today’s world of constant, rapid change, it is more difficult than ever to chart a course through the uncertainty and ambiguity to ensure your organization’s success. Leaders need to think strategically to leverage the opportunities in the marketplace while avoiding the pitfalls. This interactive presentation will help participants learn how to capitalize on strategic opportunities, from understanding innovative processes to monitoring the competitive landscape, to create and sustain a competitive advantage.

Attendees will:

  • Discover the difference between strategic planning and strategic thinking 
  • Discover how leaders can plan for the unexpected and ensure the long-term success of their organization
  • Implement strategic decisions to guide the organization through turbulent times
  • Predict and prepare for the long-term impacts of today’s decisions

Michael Mangum

Speaker:
Michael Mangum, Principal, FMI Corporation

As a principal with FMI’s Center for Strategic Leadership, Michael brings his 35+ years of experience in the construction industry to bear on the challenges confronting today’s leaders. He is particularly passionate about helping drive organizational change through strategic thought and personal transformation.

Michael is a lifelong construction guy, having been born into a family construction business in Raleigh, N.C. Sunday afternoons were spent touring jobsites and playing on big tractors. Summers meant working at asphalt plants, laying pipe, and finishing concrete. He continued this industry involvement post-college, assuming various leadership roles including president & CEO. Engineering News-Record named him one of its 21st century leaders of the transportation industry. Still other business interests exposed him to related industries like commercial and residential development, midstream oil and gas, mobile heavy equipment telematics, and golf course design / construction / management.

He has been heavily involved in corporate governance, having spoken at National Association of Corporate Director events and been instrumental in the organization and launch of two independent, outside board of directors. Michael is also a past chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (2000) and led a segment of its worker health and safety initiative dealing with asphalt fumes for more than a decade. During those years, he developed close working relationships with members of organized labor, regulatory agencies and academia – in both the U.S. and Europe.

Michael earned a civil engineering (construction) degree from North Carolina State University, continuing with post-graduate studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He has lectured in the graduate schools at both UNC and Northwestern University and is a 20+ year member of the Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”). As such, Michael has been fortunate to count some of the most outstanding business leaders in the world as his teachers.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 1:45pm–2:45pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 210

W32 – The Measure of Space and How It Makes Us Feel

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 Health, Safety, Welfare Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU ]

Historically, there have been various ways to measure how well the design of an interior space “works.” In a volatile economy, the metric may be the ability to fit as many people and desks into as little real estate as possible. Humanizing or stylish touches may have to go. Such determinants have a rightful place among the tenets of design, but it is certainly possible to reconcile economic necessities with design that’s intelligent, interesting and human-centered. Every element of interior design—the shape of the space, the color of walls, the arrangement of furniture—is laden with messages. Each speaks to certain values. Each gives cues for behavior. Taken together, they suggest and invite a way of working, learning or socializing. The visual language of the space communicates and informs, often evoking an emotional response and potentially leading us to pass a verdict on the nature of the enterprise that shaped it.

This session will focus on the elements of interior design and how that may be used to create a more positive experience, to create more happiness at work. The presentation will range across types of spaces one encounters in the modern office over the course of a work day, and proposes that feeling welcome, empowered, connected, calm and comfortable helps people to do their best work. Equally, companies that seek to become skilled in leveraging the power of design, that use design to engage and inspire, often find workers a great deal more likely to exhibit creativity, commitment, and a spirit of community. Whatever the prevailing aesthetic model of design, and however complex the concerns and constraints that designers must address, we have a great opportunity to put beauty and meaning into the everyday work environment. We have a chance, and even a mandate, to improve people’s lives. That, in essence, is the story of design.

Jennifer Busch

Speaker:
Jennifer Busch, Vice President, A&D, Teknion

Jennifer Busch, Hon. IIDA, is Vice President A&D at Teknion, where she is responsible for the development of key business relationships and sales and marketing strategies for major architecture and interior design firms throughout North America.

Jennifer came to Teknion from Interface, where she served as Vice President A&D Market Development for three years. Prior to joining Interface, she held various editorial positions at Contract magazine for 21 years, including servings as Editor in Chief from 1999-2011. At Contract, she routinely reported on the social, political, technological, economic, and business trends impacting the practice of commercial interior design, with a particular emphasis on design's influence on business and society, and its power to create positive change. In 2009 she was bestowed with Honorary IIDA status, the first design editor to have achieved such recognition. She has served on the Advisory Boards of the FIT Sustainable Interior Environments Master’s Degree program and the FIT Interior Design program.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has participated in the development and organization of key industry events and trade shows, has served as a jury member for numerous industry competitions, has had many speaking engagements as either a moderator or featured speaker, and has served as a guest critic for student work at several academic institutions. At Teknion, she manages a team of knowledge and product application experts, while continuing to promote the value of good design to commercial and institutional enterprises with real business goals.

Jennifer graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and from Indiana University with a Master’s degree in Journalism.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 1:45pm–2:45pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 216

W33 – Real World Accessibility: The Practical Application of Universal Design 

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 HSW-Barrier Free Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

One in seven Canadian adults currently identify as having a disability affecting their mobility, vision, or hearing. This number is projected to increase to as high as one in five by 2036, due in part to our aging Boomer population. Whether disability is caused at birth, an accident or injury, an illness, or the natural effects of aging, anyone can be affected at any time.

This means rethinking how we access and use our public buildings and spaces. Nearly nine-in-10 Canadians say a LEED-style program to rate building accessibility would be worthwhile [Angus Reid Institute, 2016]. When people of all abilities have greater access to the built environment in Canada, more people across our country can enjoy the full benefits of all the places where we live, work, and play.

This presentation will introduce the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program (RHFAC) and the opportunities for designers, owners and municipalities to benefit from an inclusive approach to developing the built environment.

Brad McCannell

Speaker:
Brad McCannell, Vice President, Access and Inclusion, Rick Hansen Foundation 

Brad's expertise in the area of disability comes from both personal experience and practical knowledge. In 1992, he formed Canadian Barrier Free Design Inc. to fill the gap between the building code requirements and the real needs of people with disabilities. As a leader in the field of accessibility for the past 24 years, Brad has extensive experience in the application of universal design across the built environment. He works closely with Canadian national and provincial building codes, and is well versed with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Brad has provided accessibility consultation for numerous buildings and organizations including Rogers Arena, the Richmond Olympic Oval, UBC, the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and various Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition to his duties at the Rick Hansen Foundation, he is currently responsible for the technical content of the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) Access Guide for Host Cities.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 215 

W34 – Design Philosophy and Lessons Learned: The Emily Carr University of Art + Design

[Urban & Community Planning; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU ]

Emily Carr University of Art + Design had outgrown its location and facilities on Granville Island where its presence was synonymous with the destination’s bustling activity. A purpose-built new home campus had to provide a similar degree of integration with the urban fabric. This landmark building on Great Northern Way anchors the regeneration of an industrial zone and serves as a catalyst for its redevelopment and connection with the city.

The post-secondary institution had very clear ideas that the building should support a multitude of diverse program activity and anticipate future use of space. The architects conceived a dynamic spatial environment of visual connection, transparency and social interaction. Creating crossroads allowing for a vital exchange across artistic media that fuels collaboration.

The design philosophy of the new Emily Carr campus is to create a canvas for creation, of making and remaking in an environment connected with the outdoors, that captures inspirational views of the skyline and that serves to enrich and engage student artists and the community at large. This presentation will discuss these philosophies and expand on the lessons learned from the outcome of this iconic educational build.

Ana Maria Llanos

Speaker:
Ana Maria Llanos, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects

Ana Maria Llanos is a Principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects in charge of the Vancouver studio. She is a graduate of the Masters of Architecture program at University of British Columbia and is a LEED accredited professional. Her design experience covers a range of projects in both size and type, including institutional, health care facilities, performing arts, residential, commercial, restoration and academic commissions. She is Project Architect for the 290,000-square-foot Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Previous work includes Project Manager for the Banff Centre Campus Redevelopment, Project Manager for Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning and the UBC Chemical and Biological Engineering Building. Current projects include Mirvish Village Redevelopment in Toronto for Westbank Projects, and planning studies for the Vancouver General Hospital and Britannia Community Services Centre.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 217

W35 – Innovations in Tall Wood: Learning from Brock Commons Tallwood House

[Urban & Community Planning; Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Over the past two decades there has been a renaissance in the use of wood. Specifically, mass-timber construction driven by innovations in engineered wood products, design tools and construction practices. A growing number of mass-timber buildings are creating a body of knowledge and experience that is advancing the industry.

UBC has been at the forefront of the growth of wood construction. The Vancouver campus demonstrates the range of application of engineered wood products in a multitude of academic, utility, athletic and residential buildings. The newest addition to that portfolio is Brock Commons Tallwood House, an 18-storey student residence with a hybrid mass-timber structure. Brock Commons was the first North American use of mass-timber products in a residential high-rise and is the tallest hybrid wood building in the world.

This presentation will provide an overview of the design, pre-construction and construction of Brock Commons, and a synopsis of lessons collected through interdisciplinary research conducted by UBC on the project. Topics will include building code regulations, virtual design and construction modelling, design and product testing and mock-ups, prefabrication and construction sequencing, life cycle costing and performance. The presentation will include background on mass-timber products and projects from around world, and will close with a look at where the field is moving with new research, products and projects.

Angelique Pilon

Zahra Teshnizi

Speakers:
Angelique Pilon, Director, Research, UBC Sustainability Initiative, University of British Columbia
Zahra Teshnizi, Research Project Coordinator, UBC Sustainability Initiative, University of British Columbia 

Angelique leads the Urban Innovation Research group within the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI), which manages a portfolio of interdisciplinary research and educational programs focused on sustainable buildings, urban development and creating the cites of the future. She develops collaborations and partnerships that take advantage of UBC's growing role as a model for urban sustainability, utilizing demonstration planning, building and infrastructure projects, such as the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability and the Brock Commons Tallwood House, as sources for innovation and learning. Angelique also oversees outreach and communications related to the research, including teaching opportunities, case studies and other materials to advance sustainable practices and policies. Angelique holds a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and has professional experience in firms in both Canada and the United States. She has been at UBC for seven years, in a variety of roles working at the intersection of research and practice in the built environment. She is a certified Project Management Professional and a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Building Design and Construction.

As the Research Project Coordinator at University Sustainability Initiative, Zahra works closely with the Director, Urban Innovation Research to manage and contribute to multiple projects and initiatives that focus on sustainable design, development and performance in the built environment. In the past year Zahra have been coordinating the research projects and educational materials related to the design, pre-construction, construction, and more recently the commissioning and handover phases of the Brock Commons Tallwood House, an 18 floor student residence with a hybrid mass timber structure. Zahra holds a Master in Advanced Studies in Architecture from the University of British Columbia with a focus on the influence of multiple stakeholders on sustainable use of construction materials. She has a diverse background in project management, applied research and outreach focused on green buildings, sustainable development and design guidelines and tools. She is a Certified Passive House Designer and a steering committee member for the Cascadia Green Building Council's Metro Vancouver Collaborative. Prior to joining the USI team, Zahra worked as a Sustainability Planning Assistant at the City of Vancouver.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 218/19

W36 – The Buildings of the Future are Zero Carbon: How Green Buildings Can Meet Carbon Emissions Targets

[Urban & Community Planning; Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 HSW-Sustainability Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU ]

Canada has set ambitious targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction which can only be met through concerted efforts in the building sector as one of the largest contributors to climate change.  Over the last ten years, Canada has moved into a global leadership position through innovation and investment in LEED certified green buildings. As we move toward a carbon-constrained future, the conversation in building design and retrofit must shift from ‘energy efficiency’ to ‘carbon’ to ensure we arrive at the best solutions. The CaGBC’s new Zero Carbon Building Standard uses carbon as the key metric in assessing building performance and combines this measure with enhanced envelope performance and renewable energy options.  To date 16 pilot projects representing different building types, sizes and locations have signed on to be the first projects to achieve zero carbon performance. Zero Carbon represents the next cycle of innovation in green building continuing Canada’s global leadership in taking tangible steps in reducing carbon emissions from buildings.

Thomas Mueller

Speaker:
Thomas Mueller, MA, Hon FRAIC, LEED AP, President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council 

Thomas Mueller is a Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and became President & CEO of the Council in 2005. As Chief Executive, he leads the Council’s national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy initiatives.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC), and as a past Board member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), he supports the transition toward green building, neighbourhoods and cities at home and globally.

Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings and sustainable community development. He participates frequently in government and industry consultations on green development and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings.

He is currently participating in several initiatives and groups including the WorldGBC Global CEO Network, the Advisory Board of CIRS (Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability), and the Advisory Committee of Energy Efficiency in BC’s Built Environment Research Project at UBC.

Thomas has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; and holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

For his green building work, Thomas has received numerous awards. Most recently, he became a recipient of Canada’s 2015 Clean50 Award and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2016.  

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 2:30pm–4:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

W37 – Building The Future: Solutions, Innovations, and Technologies for Low-Energy Buildings

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 2.0 Core LUs ]

The number of low-energy buildings is growing rapidly in BC and across Canada, with numerous exciting Passive House and Net Zero Energy buildings complete, and even more in construction. This session will draw from several case studies to showcase innovative and practical solutions to achieve low-energy buildings, providing a road map and lessons learned for future buildings. Projects presented will include a number of Passive House and Net Zero Energy buildings from BC and Canada that are complete or in construction.

Brittany Coughlin

Speaker:
Brittany Coughlin, Associate, Energy + Sustainability Specialist, RDH Building Science

Brittany Coughlin is a professional engineer with over 10 years’ experience in energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Her work comprises a wide range of projects including Passive House, new and existing building energy studies, energy efficiency research, and policy and program consulting. Brittany is an ASHRAE Building Energy Modelling Professional (BEMP), a Passive House Certifier, and a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C). She has presented at conferences across North America on a variety of topics related to energy consumption and conservation in buildings.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 3:00pm–5:00pm • Early Bird $55/Regular $65 • ROOM 220/222

W38 – KEYNOTE: Views from The Edge

[Professional & Personal Skills Development; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 2.0 CPDs • AIBC 2.0 Core LUs • 2.0 General Hours IDCEC Approved ]

Views from The Edge reinvents the traditional conference experience. Join us for an afternoon plenary of highly relevant, high value, high energy accelerated presentations on matters at the forefront of our industry.

Focusing on DISRUPTION, Change Agents and Thought Leaders will discuss Reshaping the Relationship Between Society and Architecture, Blockchain and Smart Contracts, Robotics, and the National Energy Landscape.

Tony Osborn

Paul Fast

Kregg Fordyce

Anouk Kendall

Oliver Lang

AnnaLisa Meyboom

Host:
Tony Osborn, Principal , TOAD

Feature Change Agents and Thought Leaders:
Paul Fast, Principal, HCMA Architecture + Design
Kregg Fordyce, Owner, CEO, Arkilio
Anouk Kendall, President & CEO, Decentralized Energy Canada
Oliver Lang, Principal and Creative Director, LWPAC, President, Intelligent City
AnnaLisa Meyboom, Associate Professor at The University of British Columbia

Tony Osborn is the principal architect and owner of TOAD, Tony Osborn Architecture + Design. TOAD’s focus is innovative and experimental architecture that engages with difficult to solve design problems. Tony is also an adjunct professor at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UBC, and the founder of Turncoats Vancouver, a public debate series on architecture.

Paul Fast is interested in creating architecture that helps to extract and define a strong regional identity. His work is focused on reconnecting people to their environments through the considered use of material, form, space and light. As a Principal, Paul enjoys the initial stages of concept design when site, user and program are defined. His careful consideration of these critical decisions helps shape the outcome of the design and building process. Paul believes that transformative change can happen at any scale, and has lead projects ranging from a children’s playhouse to a complex, $80M community recreation centre. He has led several of our TILT Curiosity Labs initiatives, including the 2015 IDSwest stage design, Coal Harbour Deck concept, and the #MoreAwesomeNow Laneway Activation. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Masters of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and gained experience abroad in Switzerland and Russia before joining HCMA.

Kregg Fordyce is an Architect, Planner and entrepreneur located in Toronto. Kregg is President of KFA Architects and Planners founded in 2006. Kregg and the team at KFA are passionate about improving the building industry and believe one way to do so is by creating a new economy around building information, using cutting-edge technologies like blockchain. By harnessing the power of building information and allowing people to easily store it, transact on it and share it we can develop tools that will help us advance the industry dramatically. By tapping into his entrepreneurial self and utilizing his deep knowledge of the building industry Kregg cofounded a Toronto based startup company, Arkilio Inc. At Arkilio Kregg and his team are identifying pain points in the building industry using KFA and other friendly companies as test subjects and investigating technological solutions like blockchain in an effort to change the industry for the better, forever.

Anouk Kendall was appointed President of Decentralized Energy Canada (DEC) in 2003 and is one of North America’s leading authorities on decentralized energy.

She has helmed DEC through two transformational phases in 2007 and 2013 in response to changing industry and member needs. Her continuous engagement with members and industry partners has contributed to the development of a national network of over 10,000 DE stakeholders. Through the design and implementation of innovation to commercialization programs, she has ensured that DEC annually impacts over 50 small to medium sized businesses in Canada. The current focus ofher innovation efforts are related to smart energy grids and automation innovations in the heat and power sector with an emphasis on behind the fence energy generation.

She has over 20 years experience in the energy and environment fields with a unique combination of industry, government, academic and non-profit sectors. She lived and worked in the UK for 7 years where she conducted post-graduate research into bioenergy at the University of Leeds. She also served as the Senior Energy Conservation Office at Leeds City Council following the UK’s Home Energy Conservation Act (1995).

Anouk holds several board professional positions including:

  • Peer Reviewer for the Green Municipal Fund (GMF)
  • Member of the Board for the Green Building Technology Access Centre (GBTAC) as Southern Alberta Institute for Technology (SAIT)
  • Fellow of the Alberta Energy Future Lab
  • Advisor on the Renewable Energy Committee at Calgary Economic Development
  • Advisor on the Renewable Energy and Conservation Committee at Lakeland College
  • Member of the Marketing Committee on the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
  • She was born and currently resides in Calgary, Alberta. She holds a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Calgary.

AnnaLisa Meyboom teaches architectural structures courses, research studios, advanced structures and computing seminars, and design-build courses. She emphasizes the ability to integrate the highly technical, the beautiful, and the environmental simultaneously and seamlessly into a built form. She believes it is the ability to work with all these media fluently that creates projects of critical relevance.

She directs the research into future transportation and its catalytic relationship to urban form in her in interdisciplinary research group, Transportation Infrastructure and Public Space, and also researches the use of structural behaviour algorithms in the generation of architectural form. She maintains a blog on her research and teaching.

AnnaLisa is a practicing engineer and has a background in bridge design.



Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 8:30am–11:30am • Early Bird $95/Regular $105 • ROOM 205

W40 – How to Attract and Hire Rock Star Staff for the Trades

[Professional & Personal Skills Development; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 3.0 CPDs ]

“There are just no good people out there!” – If you have ever found yourself saying this, you need to come to this seminar. Bringing on new team members is one of the most vital and misunderstood skills in business. In this seminar, the speaker will cover the key steps required to find, filter and hire the perfect team member, giving you the ability to take your business to the next level.

Attendees will be given:

  • A proven system to have the top talent in your industry applying to work for you
  • A screening process to ensure you only sit down with qualified applicants
  • Templates and systems that you can use immediately to professionalize your hiring process

Danny Kerr

Speaker:
Danny Kerr, Co-Founder, Breakthrough Academy

Danny learned two important things as a young age: to work hard and be humble in everything he does. Coming from a modest family, he was forced to create his own success in life. As a Dyslexic student in school, he was treated differently throughout his upbringing and his potential was questioned by everyone around him. As he grew up, these experiences fueled his desire to push boundaries and prove what was possible. From a struggling middle school student, Danny graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA, and then started his own painting business employing 12 full time staff and making enough money to buy his first home. At 20 years old, Danny took a leadership position for a franchise company and grew sales from $400,000 to $1,300,000 in one year. Such rapid growth was only possible through selecting top caliber franchisees and being an open, honest, and flexible coach to them. Growing that business launched Danny’s journey in developing companies, where he spent the next six years scaling businesses. Through these experiences, he decided to commit his life to assisting others to move past adversity and reach their full potential. Danny has since left the franchising world and opened horizons to all trades business owners seeking guidance through their growth stages. Through authentic relationships and always putting his heart into what he does, Danny looks forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of business owners everywhere.

Danny lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia with his wife and two beautiful young daughters. When he’s not helping prospective BTA members, you can usually find Danny exploring mountains in his Jeep.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 12:30pm–3:30pm • Early Bird $95/Regular $105 • ROOM 205

W41 – The 3 Keys to Getting Out of the Day-to-Day in Your Trades Business

[Professional & Personal Skills Development; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 3.0 CPDs ]

Most renovators are experts in their field but often lack the guidance and systems required to get themselves out of the day-to-day and into a more strategic role so they can grow their business to its full potential.

In this workshop, the speaker will provide three solutions to the biggest challenges renovators have when growing their business. Attendees will leave with the tools and insights to develop a highly effective organization, which include:

  • A proven system for recruiting the top talent in your industry
  • Set processes to track your numbers on every job and predict how much profit you will make in 2017
  • The unusual planning methodology that will focus your staff’s goals towards one common objective
  • Bonus: you’ll get the exact forms and templates we’ve used to profitably scale our trades business

Danny Kerr

Speaker:
Danny Kerr, Co-Founder, Breakthrough Academy 

Danny learned two important things as a young age: to work hard and be humble in everything he does. Coming from a modest family, he was forced to create his own success in life. As a Dyslexic student in school, he was treated differently throughout his upbringing and his potential was questioned by everyone around him. As he grew up, these experiences fueled his desire to push boundaries and prove what was possible. From a struggling middle school student, Danny graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA, and then started his own painting business employing 12 full time staff and making enough money to buy his first home. At 20 years old, Danny took a leadership position for a franchise company and grew sales from $400,000 to $1,300,000 in one year. Such rapid growth was only possible through selecting top caliber franchisees and being an open, honest, and flexible coach to them. Growing that business launched Danny’s journey in developing companies, where he spent the next six years scaling businesses. Through these experiences, he decided to commit his life to assisting others to move past adversity and reach their full potential. Danny has since left the franchising world and opened horizons to all trades business owners seeking guidance through their growth stages. Through authentic relationships and always putting his heart into what he does, Danny looks forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of business owners everywhere.

Danny lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia with his wife and two beautiful young daughters. When he’s not helping prospective BTA members, you can usually find Danny exploring mountains in his Jeep.