Day 1 – Wednesday, February 24, 2016


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To obtain educational credits, you will need to fill out available forms onsite and have them verified by conference staff. Details on how to submit credits are specified on forms.

Seminar Legend:

AR – Architecture
BC – Building Code
CO – Construction & Renovation
EN – EngineeringID – Interior Design
PD – Professional Development
PM – Property Management
SB – Sustainability


Wednesday, Feb. 24 • 8:30am-10:00am • $55 • ROOM 203/204

W01 – Introduction to the WELL Building Standard [AR CO EN ID SB]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, HPO 1.5 CPDs, IDCEC 0.1 HSW CEUs ]

The growing evidence showing the impacts that buildings have on health has broadened the conversation about sustainability beyond just environmental factors, to one that also addresses the human component. The WELL Building Standard® has emerged as a framework to this end. WELL is a new evidence-based system to measure, certify and monitor features of buildings that impact health and wellbeing. It focuses on best practices in design, construction and operations to enhance air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. This session will discuss the opportunities available for owners, investors, and tenants to enhance health and wellness on the path to improving building performance.

Helen Brennek

Maeri Machado

Helen Brennek, Project Associate, Sustainability, WSP Canada
Maeri Machado, Project Manager and Green Building Consultant, WSP Canada

Helen Brennek’s passion for sustainability in the built environment stems from the rapidly changing industry and the magnitude of its potential impact. She enjoys helping clients realize their sustainability aspirations through tailored and measureable goals. This is supported by her strong interest in energy efficiency and conservation.

At WSP, Helen delivers various services such as retro-commissioning, energy auditing and comprehensive LEED consulting. She also has experience working in capital planning with our Property Condition Assessment team. She joined the firm after completing her Masters in Engineering in Clean Energy, during which she focused on sustainable building sciences. She has a special interest in technical contributions to social and environmental issues, and has spent time in Zambia working for Engineers Without Borders Canada.

Maeri Machado has a strong passion for the natural world and this is at the forefront of her enthusiasm for green development. Maeri is a driving force in WSP Canada’s Vancouver office, helping the team in providing sustainable solutions for buildings and communities which ultimately provides a greater service to the community at large.

Maeri is the Sustainability Team Manager for the Vancouver team. She is also a Project Manager and Technical Lead on many major projects in BC and Alberta, and has been an active member of WSP Canada’s Green Community practice team. Maeri has experience in sustainable community planning, LEED® project consultation, sustainable design consulting, restoration engineering, capital planning and performance audits.

Wednesday, Feb. 24 • 8:30am-10:00am • $55 • ROOM 206

Wednesday, Feb. 24 • 8:30am-10:00am • $55 • ROOM 206


[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, HPO 1.5 CPDs ]

This presentation will look at the Passive House design standard from a quality assurance perspective. Speakers will identify and expand on areas such as certification, trades, products/materials and collaboration demonstrating how the Passive House standard can be used as a toolkit to deliver quality and add value.

Adam James

Marcel Studer

Adam James, Architect, Acton Ostry Architects Inc.
Marcel Studer, Principal, Econ Group Ltd.

Adam James is an architect with Acton Ostry Architects and Certified Passive House Designer. His Passive House experience includes assisting with the design and delivery of 25 Passive House certified row houses in the UK and the retrofit of 6 more using Passive House principles. He has a keen interest in the adoption of the Passive House standard in Canada and pursues this with his work on the Education Committee of CanPHI West.

Marcel Studer is a principal of Econ Group Ltd, a Vancouver based construction firm with a strong focus on modern, high quality architecture designed to the International Passive House Standard. Holding a Masters Degree in Architecture from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Switzerland), Marcel has lived and worked in Canada for the last 15 years. Marcel completed the Passive House Design course in 2011 and has been involved in multiple PH projects in and around Vancouver as a project manager, consultant or designer.