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Canada EU Green Building Forum

Monday, March 2nd
Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London SW1



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08:30 AM             Registration and refreshments

09:15 AM             Welcome and Introductions

Greg Houlahan, Minister Counsellor (Commercial/Economic) and Senior Trade Commissioner, High Commission of Canada                 

Jason Kee, Trade Commissioner, High Commission of Canada (Morning Facilitator)

09:25 AM             Keynote: Vancouver and British Columbia, Leaders in Sustainability

HE Gordon Campbell, High Commissioner for Canada
and former Mayor of Vancouver and Premier of British Columbia

09:50 AM             Do Our Green Buildings Perform as Intended: Implications for Government Policy and Industry

Ken Klassen, iiSBE Canada and President of Infotechnika

Government green building policies and industry practice in Canada and the EU typically focus on projected performance. Using recent post-occupancy evaluations of leading Canadian building projects, this presentation examines whether our green buildings perform as expected and the implications for government policy and the buildings industry.

10:20 AM             Driving the Green Agenda through Policy

Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of Canada Green Building Council (moderator)
HE Gordon Campbell, High Commissioner for Canada
John Alker, Acting CEO of UK Green Building Council
Johanne Kreissig, Executive Director, German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)

Policy is central to any discussion especially as sustainability in the built environment/green building is becoming main stream. Yet industry must navigate a maze of new evolving building regulations and codes, politically driven and not always pragmatic legislation and a plethora of standards including LEED and BREEAM. How can stakeholders positively affect this process and how to we get good ideas through the door? Most importantly how does policy drive government objectives to reduce carbon emissions and how do Green Building Councils contribute to this process?

11:00 AM             Morning Q&A

11:15 AM             Refreshment break

11:45 AM             Towards a New Timber Architecture

Peter Wilson, BSc (Hons); Dip Arch. ARB Registered Architect

Director of the Wood Studio, Institute for Sustainable Construction
at Edinburgh Napier University

Considered the only renewable green building material its use in cities is often constrained with architects/engineers opting for alternate materials, even in forested nations like Canada. Some regions like British Columbia now operate a “Wood First” policy; others like Scotland are considering it. But is this the right foot forward when concrete, steel and even plastic industries are responding with more sustainable solutions? What is the right material mix?

12:15 PM             A View from Canada: Emerging Market Trends in the Green Building Sector.

Thomas Mueller, President & CEO of Canada Green Building Council

In common Canada and the UK strive to construct sustainable buildings and communities, both to reduce Co2 emissions and to improve the quality of life for those whom inhabit them.  But they way they approach this challenge can be quite different.  This presentation will explore the landscape for Green Building in Canada

12:35 PM             Morning Q&A

12:50 PM                Lunch

Buffet lunch in the Macdonald Room.  Retaining much of the original restrained Grecian interior of the original architect Sir Robert Smirke, this recently renamed space was originally the office of the High Commissioner and offers the best views of Trafalgar Square.

2:00 PM                Canada Innovation Competition Finalists and Winner

Wayne Ward, b:ssec & Beyond Energy Code Consulting Ltd.

The 2nd Annual Canada Innovation Competition was established to identify new Canadian building products and technologies to meet challenges in the UK construction industry.  The shortlist of six companies was announced on February 6th.  Today the winner will be announced.  Finalists and the winner  will be displayed at the Canada Innovation Pavilion at Ecobuild.

2:15 PM                Healthy Happy Homes: Linking Sustainability and Occupant Health

Paul Dowsett, Principle Architect of

Paul Dowsett, principal in the Toronto firm of Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building is a recognised leader in North America in future housng incorporating principles of healthy, net positive housing for both new construction and refurbishment.

2:45 PM               Healthy Happy Buildings

Andrew Mellor BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA FSRA, Lead at PRP Environmental (moderator)
Paul Dowsestt, Principle Architect of
Christopher Pottage, Bid Coordinator of Skanska
Ken Klassen, iiSBE Canada and President of Infotechnika

The buildings we live and work in affect both our health and our happiness. How do we create healthy places and reduce the health threats in places already built? What are the key attributes of buildings which make people happier?

3:25 PM                Afternoon Q&A

3:40 PM                Refreshment Break

4:00 PM                The Second Life of Tall Buildings

Kevin Stelzer, Principle at B+H Architects

Every major city with a significant skyline will face a complex challenge over the next two decades; as they grapple with the need to curtail GHG emissions, the materials and components of their tall buildings will reach the end of their natural life span.  The number of buildings involved is staggering.  This presentation will highlight the challenges that major cities face when their towers start to age while their governments and citizens request sustainable communities.  It will also show how building retrofits are a cost-effective solution that can make tall buildings energy-efficient and give them a second life.

B+H Architects have led on some of the most ambitious renewal projects in Toronto including First Canadian Place.

4:30 PM                Tall Buildings Europe vs Canada

Dr. Mark Richards, Director at CH2M Hill (moderator)
Kevin Stelzer, Principle at B+H Architects
James Cook, Planning Director at GL Hearn
Canary Wharf Development Group

With spiraling land prices it is hardly surprising that developers are going vertical. A relatively new building archetype across Europe, Canadian cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary have been building upwards for many years. What are the perceived pitfalls and challenges of building tall? How do you design high rise structures that positively add to the urban environment?

5:10 PM                Afternoon Q&A

5:25 PM                Wrap Up

Jason Kee, Trade Commissioner, High Commission of Canada

5:30 PM                Networking Reception and Tours of Canada House

Enjoy Canadian refreshments in the Trafalgar Reception and the Canada House Gallery.  Tours will also be available of Canada House.  Reopened by HM the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on February 29th, the revitalization of Canada House has renewed this 200-year-old Grade II listed landmark building that faces onto Trafalgar Square.  It has also, it connected the Chancery to the adjacent building at 2-4 Cockspur Street. As a result, for the first time in fifty years, the Canadian Government offices in London  are under one roof, in one of the world’s most iconic squares.

 6:30 PM                 Canada House Presents: Aaron Taylor in Conversation with Eric Parry

After the Forum the High Commission of Canada invites you to hear about the stunning new spaces at Canada House.   Canada House architect Aaron Taylor will be in conversation with Eric Parry, who led on the renewal project at St Martin-in-the-Field.  Aaron and Eric will share their experiences on revitalising heritage buildings on Trafalgar Square.

7:30 PM                 Networking Reception and Canapés.

8:00 PM                 Finish.


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