Sustainable Building: The Basics
An introductory course and comprehensive primer focusing on fundamentals of sustainable design and construction in Canada. Discussion of processes and strategies to successfully execute a green building project, from a lifecycle perspective: land acquisition – planning – design – construction – handover - operation + maintenance – decommissioning. Highlights of green building case studies identify what works, what doesn’t, and what may be possible in the future.
Design vs. Development: Greening the Built Form
This session discusses how sustainable development and sustainable building complement one another to strengthen the delivery of environmentally sound urban form. An interactive forum allows participants to articulate the disconnect between sustainable development and green building through thoughtful debate and re-evaluation of mindset. We examine mechanisms for developers and builders to collaborate, with or without the guidance of policy, and successfully deliver green buildings and communities on time, on budget.
Green Buildings: Design Value for Canadian Cities
The truth is out there: in Alberta, green buildings cost more, they may not generate higher rents, and too often they don’t perform as expected. By exploring hard and soft costs of sustainable buildings, this session evaluates premiums to design, build and operate green buildings. Topics include having effective financial conversations with clients, and 3 key strategies to a positive ROI. Interactive exercises focus on case studies of actual vs. expected costs to implement sustainable building design strategies, and financial benefits to clients beyond return on investment.
Greenteriors I, II, III
Special topics geared towards Interior Design professionals:
- Understanding product requirements of the LEED V4 Rating System
- Guidance/direction in specifying green products/materials/finishes
- Identifying and sourcing green products (‘green’ vs. ‘compliant’ and who supplies it)
- Interior applications for Regenetive Buildings, Living Buildings, Biomimicry, Climate Resilience
- Coordination + communication strategies between design and construction teams
Sustainable Building Policy Development: Strategies + Performance Management
We all know what the client wants…right? Whose job is it to inform and educate the owner, developer, builder, and occupant? Do you need a comprehensive policy, or a fundamental set of sustainability guidelines? Success is possible with an integrated, collaborative approach to sustainable buildings. This course explores tools and guidelines to assist developers, owners and builders in delivering projects to meet the expectations and real needs of the Client. Lead by an experienced policy writer, active engagement in team exercises will challenge industry silos to get the conversation moving.
Water Management Toolbox: Policy + Specification
This course gives policy makers, government, developers, building owners, tenants, and community groups prescriptive tools to meet their water conservation and management goals now and in the future. Participants will debate the merits of water policy from the perspective of enforcement vs. management, within a local context. An overview of compliance via an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System is included. Examples of water conservation practices include: provincial water policy, regional watershed management strategies, municipal design standards, and construction specifications.
Integrated Water Management I – Sustainable Site Design
In the first course on the IWM series, participants explore conventional and innovative ways to collect, manage, store, treat, convey, and reuse water through the lens of a green building system. Low Impact Development (LID) strategies such as green roofs, landscaping, wetlands, pervious materials, and xeriscaping will be the focus of discussion, with case studies. Principles of regional hydrology will inform the conversation, with the objective to help planners and civil, landscape and other design consultants use project sites to manage stormwater for a range of benefits. Participants will design an integrated site water management strategy to demonstrate practical understanding of the course material.
Integrated Water Management II – Sustainable Building Design
In the compendium course to IWM I, the focus moves to functional elements of building design and occupant strategies to decrease overall water consumption. From low-flow faucets and greywater conveyance, to stormwater capture and cistern design for water reuse, participants will gain understanding and practical knowledge on how to implement sustainable water design strategies in buildings. Stormwater management will be discussed in terms of linkages and relative project costs. An exercise will give participants the opportunity to outline a set of water conservation design objectives for a ‘project’ that meets the requirements of various green building rating systems.
NECB 2011 – Understanding Alberta’s New Energy Code: Design & Modelling Strategies
A technical workshop providing an overview of the new energy requirements for Alberta buildings coming into force November 1, 2016. Architectural, Mechanical and Electrical energy design strategies will be discussed in light of minimum performance criteria and the building permit application process. The objective is to help architects, engineers and building design consultants understand the Code and mechanisms behind energy-compliant building design. Participants will view the fundamental workings of an NECB energy model, and ask direct questions of an energy modelling specialist.