Canada EU Green Building Forum

Monday, March 2nd, 2015, 9:30am to 5:00pm

Canada House on Trafalgar Square, London SW1


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The Canada Europe Green Building Forum has become a much anticipated event on the European sustainability calendar. The Forum creates the opportunity to bring together experts from across Canada and the EU to discuss matters of mutual interest and share best practise, all with the common objective to create sustainable homes, offices and communities.

On March 2nd 2015 the Canada UK Sustainable Building Network will host the Forum in London, UK in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada and UK Trade & Investment. Previous forums have been held in Vienna (2011 and 2012), Rome (2013) and Brussels (2014). In 2015, the Forum will have the theme of Sustainability in the Urban Built Environment.

Sustainability in the Urban Built Environment

Globally, the world is becoming urbanized. In 2009, the number of people living in urban areas surpassed the number living in rural areas. Europe, like much of the developed world, has a much higher level of urbanization with on average of 75% of population living in cities. In 2010 80.7% of Canada’s population and 90.1% of the UK population lived in urban surroundings. Whilst in Canada and Europe, these trends are stabilising they are reflective of a need to ensure city living becomes a positive influence on our lives. This is no more important than in the building we live, work and play in.

Main Speakers

From Canada

HE Gordon Campbell, High Commissioner for Canada, Former Premier of British Columbia and Mayor of Vancouver
Thomas Mueller,  President & CEO of Canada Green Building Council
Ken Klassen, iiSBE Canada and President of Infotechnika
Paul Dowsett, Principle Architect of
Kevin Stelzer, Principle at B+H Architects
Jason Kee, Trade Commissioner, High Commission of Canada

From the United Kingdom 

John Alker, Acting CEO of UK Green Building Council
Peter Wilson, Director of the Wood Studio, Institute of Sustainable Construction, Edinburgh Napier University.
Andrew Mellor BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA FSRA, Lead at PRP Environmental
Christopher Pottage, Bid Coordinator of Skanska
Dr. Mark Richards, Director at CH2M Hill
James Cook, Planning Director at GL Hearn
Wayne Ward, Commercial Director at Beyond Energy Code Consulting Ltd.

From Germany 

Johanne Kreissig, Executive Director of German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)

Key Topics

Driving the Green Agenda through Policy – 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?

High Rise Living – 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?

Retrofit. Not Rebuild – Old buildings perform badly. They leak energy and offer poor environments for the occupants. Yet demolition and rebuilding can be a waste of energy and resources. How can retrofit breathe new life into old buildings and become a positive contribution to the sustainable city? How can we design new buildings for reuse from the start? Or do we need to consider shorter lifespans for buildings?

Wood is Good, Right? –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?

Healthy Happy Homes – 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?

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