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Canada Green Building Council hosts green building conference and expo

The Canada Green Building Council brings its National Conference and Expo, titled Building Lasting Change, to Toronto next week from June 2 to 4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Fairmont Royal York hotel with speakers, a 100-booth expo floor, city green building tours, an international delegate program, and networking events.

This year’s theme, Exploring the Value of Green Building, addresses new information on the business case and performance of green buildings, and embraces the broader value proposition of building green. Going beyond the operational savings of green building, it looks at the additional benefits such as health and well-being, tenant attraction and retention, and product and technology innovation that are now becoming better understood.

“As the pressure mounts for immediate solutions and innovative ideas to combat the growing impacts of climate change, this annual event becomes all the more important,” says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of CaGBC. “Green buildings have emerged as a proven solution globally with Canada as a leader in green buildings and communities. By demonstrating the broader value of green building, industry and government can engage in those actions that provide the biggest benefit to them, their investors or stakeholders.”

In addition to main conference sessions, participants can also attend the Materials in LEED v4 Pre-Conference Workshop, and  six pre-Conference green building tours on June 2, which will highlight some of Toronto’s most inspiring sustainable sites.

Other program highlights include:

  • Design that Reflects and Restores the Ecosystem: Creating a Regenerative Building in the GTA. This session will explore the story of the York Region Forest Stewardship Education Centre: a Living Building and LEED Platinum project currently in construction. This regenerative development seeks to preserve and enhance the surrounding social and ecological networks.
  • The Changing Face of High Performance Design – a Master Speaker session held by industry pioneer Peter Busby, Managing Director of Perkins+Will. Through a discussion of his work and the work of other deep green architects, Busby will explore the visual influence that high performance sustainable design has had on architecture and urban design with an eye toward the future. 
  • An entire stream this year is dedicated to The Transformative Power of LEED, particularly looking at LEED v4, and how it stands to change the face of green building in Canada.
  • Two major launches will take place in the CaGBC Education Theatre on the expo floor:
    • The launch of the Canadian Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED v4 hosted by Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, CaGBC, who will explain how the CaGBC will be using these ACPs to identify equivalent means of demonstrating compliance to the credit requirements; and
    • The launch of the joint CaGBC-McGraw Hill Construction report (the first of its kind in Canada) titled Canada Green Building Trends:  Benefits Driving the New and Retrofit Market, which will include a presentation of the results from Harvey Bernstein, Vice President of Industry Insights & Alliances for McGraw Hill.

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