European Innovations Pavilion

For the third straight year, World of Walas and BUILDEX continue their mission to bridge the gap between Europe and the North American West Coast. The European Innovations Pavilion will highlight the latest trends in sustainable and smart developments of buildings that have been implemented in cities across Europe. Here you can meet and network with European Innovations partners as well as enjoy insightful panels and keynotes presented by partners, experts and thought leaders. Follow @worldofwalas on Twitter or visit www.worldofwalas.com for updates.

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WEDNESDAY SESSIONS


Wednesday, February 13 • 11:00am–12:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • European Innovations Pavilion

W14 – The Case for Leading with Results in Sustainability

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Innovation & Technology]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

With some best practices from Europe, this talk will inspire attendees to better understand the best way to measure results from a sustainable perspective without forfeiting progress or value. Buzzwords are easy to come by, but results tell a much stronger story. Understanding the urgency for sustainability and the impact of climate change is one thing. Putting it in to practice is another.

Gerben van Straaten

Speaker:
Gerben van Straaten, CEO and Founder, 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 worked on 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.

Gerben is an internationally renowned keynote speaker, speaking to a wide range of audiences including policy makers on the world stage, university students in their classrooms, urban developers at conferences, and cities in their communities. He is an affiliate of Earth Charter International and author of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto, and is a UN signatory partner for the National Program Netherlands of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Wednesday, February 13 • 12:30pm–1:30pm  • Early Bird $45/Regular $55  • European Innovations Pavilion 

W50 – Multimedia In the Urban Environment

[Culture & Community, Innovation & Technology]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

This talk will enlighten attendees on the role the digital economy can play in the increase in migration to cities and the pressure this puts on an urban environment’s natural resources. With content saturation at an all-time high and attention spans getting shorter, the currency of engagement has become more and more elusive. Multimedia provides a unique opportunity to provide a creative approach to storytelling while still adding value to the business objectives of brands who want to reach their customers in sustainable ways.

Dane ten Berge

Speaker:
Dane ten Berge, International Business Development Manager, Blast Digital Signage

Dane ten Berge is a digital media executive passionate about ensuring that his customers get the right information at the right time, in the right way. As International Business Development Manager for Blast Digital Signage he oversees customer success, strategic partnerships and innovation.

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Wednesday, February 13 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • European Innovations Pavilion 

W35 – From the European Union to North America

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Innovation & Technology]

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

This presentation will provide practical insights on how North American builders can embrace and benefit from European Innovations in financially sustainable ways.

Dirk van der Ven

Moderator:
Dirk van der Ven, Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer, World of Walas

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.

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THURSDAY SESSIONS


Thursday, February 14 • 10:00am–11:00am • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • European Innovations Pavilion

T23 – CarbonBlue – Combining Smart Innovations to Improve Project Performance

[Culture & Community, Green, Innovation & Technology, Leadership & Business Improvement]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

CarbonBlue was developed to help Carbon6 further reduce its’ energy costs and reliance on the energy grid, and to transition to cleaner energy sources in a wholistic and integrative way. The Walas team was concerned about the energy use of Carbon6 and tackled this problem by re-thinking the adjacent parking lot with an integrated systems approach.

Walas knew parking spaces were required to support the local community and commuters using the nearby train station. They reimagined the parkade to improve the environmental performance of the surrounding area, build models to create jobs locally and abroad and improve the financial performance of the overall complex. Over 15 partners came together for CarbonBlue. The end result is a solar parkade that cleans up the local earth, air and water, creates local jobs and small industry in Africa, and has an expected ROI of less than 6 years. Solar panels mounted on the parkade also provide filtered light during the day, capture rain water, clean the surrounding air and water, and help power the parkade lights, the mobile energy fleet and over 35% of the energy demands for the adjacent Carbon6 complex.

Dirk van der Ven

Speaker:
Dirk van der Ven, Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer, World of Walas

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.

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Thursday, February 14 • 12:00pm–1:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • European Innovations Pavilion

T27 – Ecological and Sustainable Logging

[Culture & Community, Green, Innovation & Technology, Leadership & Business Improvement]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Learn from a company that has 4 generations and more than 100 years of experience in ecological and social sustainable logging of wood from tropical forests. The presenter will explain how to balance commercial business and ecological integrity, expanding on modular building with wood.

Peter Zanen

Speaker:
Peter Zanen, Manager, Civil Construction, Royal Wijma

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Thursday, February 14 • 2:00pm–3:00pm  • Early Bird $45/Regular $55  • European Innovations Pavilion

T43 – Smart Cities Are Green

[Culture & Community, Green, Innovation & Technology]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

This session will introduce examples and insight from successful collaborations that point to the intersection of Smart Cities, Agriculture and Green Cities. With the access to new technology and a steadily increasing body of evidence about the incremental benefits of this transition, there is growing interest in the use of green infrastructure to manage issues such as stormwater, pollution and rising temperatures.

Peter Borkens

Speaker:
Peter Borkens, Chief Business Development Officer, World of Walas

Peter Borkens is a Mechanical Engineer, entrepreneur, father and global citizen driven by a passion for people and their relationships with cities. After completing his Masters Degree in Energy Technology at Saxion University in Enschede In 1993 he gained experience in technical management positions in various national and international projects with large Dutch construction and IT companies. With a focus on green energy, creating sustainable ‘change maker’ projects, technical innovations in urban and rural environments, green IT, data centers and automated systems he knew he was in the right place.

 

In 2005 he founded a company that specialized in IT platforms for mechanics, mechanical construction, engineering and cloud computing. A chance meeting with Walas CEO Gerben van Straaten helped him realize that he could be an integral part of making the world a better place, and he’s never looked back. Peter currently serves as a board member of World of Walas and CCO and Vice CEO of the Walas European operations. Peter is also head of Business Development for Farm2Future a Walas company that develops new agri-systems for cities that can produce food on smaller and alternative areas, and protect crops with less environmental impact.

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Contributing Partners Section

WORLD OF WALAS

World of Walas is a multinational group of companies specializing in sustainable urban development projects and access to innovations. We believe that cities start with people, and create places where people want to live, work, produce and participate. Our approach respects the DNA of the community, and their continuously changing needs. We offer a first in, last out approach for urban development and redevelopment including concept and design, development and construction, project management, property management and access to innovations. This lets us stay invested in the communities we work with and creates opportunities for local partnerships. We know that the right combination of innovations brings exponential improvements. Our models address economic, financial, environmental and social sustainability. Our approaches to gradual development and financial modeling require significantly less investment upfront and offer comparable returns within 10 years.


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.


BLAST

With intelligent narrowcasting concepts, Blast helps your customers, guests, visitors or passers-by to inspire and activate wherever and whenever you want. We have been doing this for years with a lot of passion, fun and a proven track record; In this way, together we provide a solution that is fully in line with your organizational and communication objectives.


DOPIK

Dopik has over 35 years of experience in the field of heating with renewable energies and 25 years of experience in wood shredding.

With about 4,500 built heating systems as well as 1,000 sold wood chippers, they are among the largest in Germany. Their pioneering products like battery storage systems and absorption refrigeration technology are just a few of the new, efficient and innovative products they provide to their clients and customers.


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.


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.


FARM 2 FUTURE

Farm2Future explores integrated solutions to some of the most pressing challenges modern cities face in food security. We develop new agri-systems for cities that can produce food on smaller and alternative areas, and protect crops with less environmental impact. Our solutions include stand alone, closed systems for food production, integrated pest management and new innovations in bio-materials.


PRIVA

We are Priva. We make hardware and software and supply services for process management and climate control in non-residential buildings, in horticulture and in industry. An international family business with roots in the soil of Westland. This is obviously fertile soil, because we have grown to become a global company. A company with sites and training centres on every continent, from China to Canada and from Mexico to Scandinavia. And with our certified partner network, we are represented in more than 100 countries. This means we are close to our customers, in the same time zone: we know the business, and we speak the language! And that, of course, makes everything easier!


Bijenlucht (Bee Air)

Our bees are special for something completely different. For their bee air. We use bee hive air for therapy. The air from a hive can make a valuable contribution to the quality of life and many people are unaware that bee air provides relief for hay fever, asthma, depression, stress, migraine and many other disorders. This kind of therapy is still relatively unknown in Canada but in Europe this has been applied for 30 years. Through a bee filter and ventilator you inhale pure beehive air. The bee air is a natural product and is produced when the nectar and pollen are processed by the bees into honey and beeswax. The air contains many volatile substances and various organic acids, substances that have a positive effect on human well-being.


Natural Greenwalls

Natural Greenwalls are environmentally friendly walls of plants, which can be placed indoors and outdoors. Natural Greenwalls create an atmosphere that you like being in – physically and mentally. They last for years and are easy to setup and maintain. Plant walls reduce noise, clean the air of dust, improve air quality by stabilizing humidity levels, stimulate job satisfaction, higher concentration levels, reduce stress, promote creativity etc. The result of being surrounded by greenery is clear. We just feel better!


CelluTex

CPX is a fire resistant cellulose fiber cardboard that can be finished in a variety of ways. We can reliably implement: formatting, milling, punching, contour cutting, foil lamination, fleece lamination and the closing of board edges. One of the beautiful qualities of the cellulose fiber is that it can be reused up to 7 times, to eventually become part of the natural ecosystem again. By only using recycled core material and natural minerals, we can ensure a sustainable product cycle.


Onyx

Onyx Solar is a solar energy company founded in Ávila, Spain, in 2009 by Alvaro Beltran and Teodosio del Caño. It manufacturers Building-integrated photovoltaics and is known for its combination of energy preservation optimization and photovoltaic energy production in its implementations.