European Innovations Pavilion Seminars

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Seminar Streams:

  • Building Code & Envelope Solutions
  • Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment
  • Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management
  • New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials
  • Professional & Personal Skills Development
  • Project Planning, Management & Best Practices
  • Health & Wellness
  • Facility Management & Building Maintenance
  • Property Management
  • Business & Strategic Planning
  • Urban & Community Planning

Brand new this year, World of Walas and BUILDEX are on a mission of bridging the gap between Europe and the West Coast of North America. In this pavilion we explore the latest trends in sustainable and smart developments of buildings and cities that have been implemented across Europe. Join us to learn about the projects that show new and innovative approaches, and how they can be applied to the local context. You can get an opportunity to meet companies at the exhibition and hear about their products at a demonstration seminar.

WEDNESDAY SEMINARS

Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 10:00am–11:00am • Early Bird $15/Regular $25 • European Innovations Pavilion on the Tradeshow Floor

E01 – Vancouver in Context: A Smart and Sustainable City?

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

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

Vancouver has made great strides towards a greener tomorrow. As we continue to embrace a more sustainable future, we must put our own successes in context of the global scale. Providing a summary of progress made to date and what’s to come for Vancouver, this presentation will take an outwards look at the European market, highlighting advancements in the areas of green energy, building automation, digitalization of cities and social inclusion. Attendees will learn about the latest and greatest from Europe and how they apply in a local context.

Bryan Buggey

Dirk van der Ven

Speakers:
Bryan Buggey, Vancouver Economic Commission
Dirk van der Ven, COO, World of Walas Europe

Bryan Buggey is responsible for economic and business development at the City of Vancouver’s Economic Commission.  In his role as Director, he is leading a team in charge of projects and programs aimed at supporting the Vancouver business ecosystem move towards a knowledge-based, low-carbon, circular economy.  Bryan also heads up the sector development team that focuses on foreign investment, trade and local business growth primarily in the technology, innovation and cleantech industries.

Bryan is actively involved in the City’s Greenest City Action Plan, Renewable City 2050, Zero-waste 2040, Digital Strategy, and Smart City initiatives and brings the economic development and business opportunity lens to the conversations around public policy development.  From this involvement, Bryan is able to direct the development of programs and projects that support local innovators and businesses in making an impact in the local economy as well as promote Vancouver to a global audience of potential business investors in the knowledge-based, low carbon economy.

Dirk van der Ven graduated MBA from TSM Business School in 1997 where he studied management of innovation and technology. After TSM he graduated MSC courses at Georgia Tech (Atlanta) in the field of strategic tech marketing. In 2003 Van der Ven founded a company specialized in innovative and sustainable cable management systems for buildings and office spaces. Following the principles of Cradle to Cradle and Lean Start-up innovation his company developed and produced on average of 50 to 60 new innovative products every year. Van der Ven worked along side with Walas before joining the international leadership team of World of Walas in 2012 and becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2016 for the European base. The redevelopment of an 50.000 m2 empty office building Carbon6 and the 1 mega watt solar power project CarbonBlue are key examples of how Van der Ven is committed to sustainable urban development which are driven both, by business and by the Earth Charter.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 11:30am–12:30pm • Early Bird $15/Regular $25 • European Innovations Pavilion on the Tradeshow Floor

E02 – It May be Sustainable, but is it Economic?

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

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

The push for sustainability can be noticed through regulation, market forces and consumer demands. However, many times the decision hinges on the prospects of return on investment. This session will explore the business-side of being green. The speaker will discuss topics of gradual financing of sustainability and shifts of product to service. Join us to learn how to make sustainability work for your company’s budget.

Wilco van Bemmel

Speaker:
Wilco van Bemmel, COO, World of Walas Canada

As COO of Walas Concepts, Wilco specializes in sustainable community and socio-economic development. In his projects, he introduces European innovations to revitalize existing neighbourhoods and builds partnerships between community groups, businesses, cities and agencies to improve affordability, economic vitality and sustainability. He implements innovative solutions for high-performance buildings, urban farming and clean energy in the North American context.


Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $15/Regular $25 • European Innovations Pavilion on the Tradeshow Floor

E03 – How Can Building Automation Give You More for Less

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

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

Your building management system is the brain of your building. The site from which all technical functions ensure a healthy and comfortable indoor climate are controlled. Whether it is an office building, school, hospital or museum, you want to know if the brain of your building is working, and you want to manage it efficiently. Learn not only how to increase your ROI but also how to create healthy environments.

Dr. Jan Westra

Speaker:
Dr. Jan Westra, Strategic Business Developer, Priva

Dr. Ir. Jan Westra works at Priva Head Quarters in The Netherlands as Strategic business developer, mainly for complex research and development projects at the cutting edge of horticulture and building technology. His focus areas are America and Europe.

Graduated at the TU Delft in 1985, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Refrigeration and Indoor Air control. Subsequently did PhD research at the same department, culminating in a thesis in 1990 on the topic: Advanced Absorption Heat Transformer.

In 1996 Westra joined the Priva company. Partly for the development of equipment for water treatment for greenhouses, partly for directing research projects with universities and colleges.


Wednesday, Feb. 14• 2:30pm–3:30 • Early Bird $15/Regular $25 • European Innovations Pavilion on the Tradeshow Floor

E04 – Digital Twinning: Visual Representation of Your Building

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

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

New and innovative technologies have led to a complete digital transformation of the methods and procedures used in the management of buildings. This presentation will examine how visual digital representations of actual buildings can help you manage building information better. Straight from Germany, NUCE GmbH works with a variety of partners, where networking results in enormous gains in efficiency. This increase in efficiency will be clearly illustrated and explained in the presentation through examining existing projects.

Jörg Jungedeitering

Alexander Lenz

Speakers:
Jörg Jungedeitering M.Eng., CEO, NUCE GmbH
Alexander Lenz, Mapping Assistant, NUCE GmbH 

Jörg Jungedeitering was part of the research project BIMiD (BIM in Germany) and is a member of the VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure), the German Institute for BIM standardization. He is a driving force behind the development of new technologies and innovative business models for the construction and real estate industries. He is a co-founder of the NUCE GmbH located in Hamburg. NUCE offers digital consultation for a variety of companies as well as innovative solutions and technologies for the management of a building´s lifecycle.

THURSDAY SEMINARS

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 10:00am–11:00am • Early Bird $15/Regular $25 • European Innovations Pavilion on the Tradeshow Floor 

E05 – Case Study: Green Energy in Old Buildings

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

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

Energy retrofits in old, dilapidated buildings are a tough equation to solve. For the Carbon6 project in Heerlen, Southeast of the Netherlands this was a major concern. This case study presentation will highlight how they achieved success through signature creativity and a systems thinking approach. The speaker will expand upon how they leveraged the use of a parking lot to come up with a comprehensive solar solution. The presenter will speak to an elevated structure that was used to solve the problem of solar panel placement, while also providing filtered light during the day, capture rain water, clean the surrounding air and water, in addition to creating jobs and providing a green retreat for the community. The speaker will also touch how all of this was achieved while still making the project economically profitable.

Dirk van der Ven

Speaker:
Dirk van der Ven, COO, World of Walas Europe

Dirk van der Ven graduated MBA from TSM Business School in 1997 where he studied management of innovation and technology. After TSM he graduated MSC courses at Georgia Tech (Atlanta) in the field of strategic tech marketing. In 2003 Van der Ven founded a company specialized in innovative and sustainable cable management systems for buildings and office spaces. Following the principles of Cradle to Cradle and Lean Start-up innovation his company developed and produced on average of 50 to 60 new innovative products every year. Van der Ven worked along side with Walas before joining the international leadership team of World of Walas in 2012 and becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2016 for the European base. The redevelopment of an 50.000 m2 empty office building Carbon6 and the 1 mega watt solar power project CarbonBlue are key examples of how Van der Ven is committed to sustainable urban development which are driven both, by business and by the Earth Charter.


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 11:30am–12:30pm • Early Bird $15/Regular $25 • European Innovations Pavilion on the Tradeshow Floor

E06 – Could Virtual Reality Help Build Better Cities?

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

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

With the advance of technology, it is becoming easier to control what future built environments will look like. Virtual and Augmented Reality is the latest addition to digital visualization of buildings and cities, and can give you the opportunity of visiting and experiencing places that are not physically built. It can help builders, architects and clients see the impact of design choices, even before laying a single brick. It provides a useful tool in communicating with clients and engaging stakeholders. The future is now, come experience some of such projects for yourself.

Duncan Smit

Speaker:
Duncan Smit, Innovator, Dutch VR

Duncan Smit has over 20 years of experience in the field of VR and AR. With degrees in Business, Finance and several IT certifications, he is well-equipped to take start-ups through development phases and he has been doing that with various groups. The first VR Start-up failed, because 20 years ago the market wasn’t ready for these innovations. Now is the second time around and he intends to show the latest applications of VR In the building industry.


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 1:00pm–2:00 • Early Bird $15/Regular $25 • European Innovations Pavilion on the Tradeshow Floor

E07 – Building Cities for People in the Age of Big Data

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

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

Smart cities are showing huge potentials in creating urban environments that are interconnected and efficient. For this purpose, big data is useful to understand behaviours of people – what happens on streets and in buildings, how energy is consumed and how infrastructure is used. Join this session to learn the fundamentals of ethical, green, innovative and gradual urban development and the projects that exemplify this.

Gerben van Straaten

Speaker:
Gerben van Straaten, CEO, World of Walas 

Gerben van Straaten has over 25 years of experience in urban development and re-development, with a focus on social, environmental and financial sustainability. He has been responsible for the development of over 150 projects across 4 continents ranging from small First Nations communities, to brownfield revitalization, theme park projects and large mixed use urban and community development. He is owner and CEO of World of Walas, a group of over 20 companies offering full urban design and development services, project development and access to innovations.


Contributing Partners

WIJMA
The Royal Wijma Company is a responsible, socially-aware and successful producer of African hardwood, a professional business partner with a focus on continuity, sustainability, quality and values. In all respects, Wijma aims to be a reliable link for everyone in the chain from forest to finished product. The Dutch Wijma Group, that has been in the hardwood trade for over 120 years, and were the first forest managers in West Africa to obtain FSC certification on its concessions in 2005.

EXHIBAU
Exhibau’s definition of ‘business as usual’ _means using the highest quality standards inspired by European architects and builders to create a project or structure that speaks to clients and customers. They pair this vision with an unmatched delivery response time and an eye for technical design to present a unique masterpiece. Exhibau is a technical design, project planning and fabrication company specializing in event planning and construction for temporary structures, installations and exhibits.

NUCE
New and innovative technologies have led to a complete digital transformation of the methods and procedures used in the management of buildings. Nuce’s presentation will examine how visual digital representations of actual buildings can help you manage building information better. Straight from Germany, NUCE GmbH works with a variety of partners, where networking results in enormous gains in efficiency. This increase in efficiency will be clearly illustrated and explained in the presentation through examining existing projects.

PRIVA
Priva develops and produces hardware, software and services for process management and climate control. They are where people live and work and where food and flowers are grown. Their products and services are applied in all kinds of sectors such as greenhouses, schools offices and public buildings, urban farming, grow cells, retail, hotels, healthcare, museums and open field horticulture.

TERMOKOMFORT
Termokomfort delivers innovative products that contribute to a better environment in every respect. With insulation materials like EPS and BioFoam Pearls, Termokomfort’s products can be applied in a variety of ways, such as in roofs and in cavities. As a result, they make a great contribution to substantially reducing energy consumption, particularly given that the products are completely recyclable or are entirely biodegradable. Both factors go hand-in-hand with Termokomfort®.

DUTCH VR
With the advance of technology, it is becoming easier to control what future built environments will look like. Virtual and Augmented Reality is the latest addition to digital visualization of buildings and cities, and can give you the opportunity of visiting and experiencing places that are not physically built. It can help builders, architects and clients see the impact of design choices, even before laying a single brick. It provides a useful tool in communicating with clients and engaging stakeholders. The future is now, come experience some of such projects for yourself.

WORLD OF WALAS
World of Walas’s job is urban development in the broadest sense of the word. For Walas, urban development means more than real estate and area development. Urban development brings the activities, wishes and interests of people and cities together for a vital and lively whole. The core business is effective, sustainable programming in close connection with the residents and users of the cities. They’ve proven this leads to multiple value development: economic, social, cultural, sustainable, ecological and financial.A fundamentally different approach to urban development.

BLUEWORXX
BlueWorxx is an international platform for solution providers who work to create cities that are financially, socially and environmentally sustainable. We know that if we work together, we can achieve our ambitious vision, starting today. We bring innovators and their market ready innovations together with a unique integrated approach for exponential results. We believe that together we can make cities sustainable and a better place to live, work and play.

CARBON BLUE
Leveraging the spacious parking lot, the CarbonBlue urban solar project offers a solution to reduce the energy costs and reliance on the energy grid, and to transition to cleaner energy sources. Using a systems thinking approach, CarbonBlue was able to mount panels on an elevated structure that covers an extensive parking lot that not only solves the problem of the solar panel placement, but also provides filtered light during the day, captures rain water, cleans the surrounding air and water, creates jobs and provides a green retreat for the community. The CarbonBlue solar park will feed the solar energy (with an estimated capacity of 1,000 kWp) into the buildings as well as charging stations for electric vehicles, meeting an expected 36% of the energy demand of the Carbon6 complex.