2017 BUILDEX Edmonton Program Day 1

Seminars have been approved for educational credits with the following organizations:

Seminar Streams:

  • Building Code & Envelope Solutions
  • Building Performance & Energy Efficiency
  • Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management
  • New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials
  • Professional & Personal Skills Development
  • Project Planning, Management & Best Practices
  • Health & Wellness
  • Facility Management & Building Maintenance
  • Property Management

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 8:30am–9:30am • $45 • ROOM 107 

T01: Construction Law Update 

[Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour General IDCEC Approved ]

This presentation will provide a review of trending legal topics and decisions which have emerged or may emerge, affecting residential, commercial, and industrial construction projects. The presenter will highlight recent court decisions on bidding and tendering, arbitration of construction disputes, priority of lien claims in bankruptcy, builders risk insurance and other developing areas of law.

Philip A.Carson

Philip A.Carson, Partner, Miller Thompson

Philip Carson, Ph.D. delivers effective and efficient solutions concerning litigation in construction, builders’ liens, professional negligence, and real estate disputes. He focuses on disputes related to buildings and land.

Philip’s key areas of experience as a litigator include:

Construction and engineering: Philip has a strong practical understanding of construction and engineering which he uses to defend negligence claims against architects and engineers and to deal with disputes over construction contracts, construction delays, and changes. Philip also has a depth of knowledge of builders’ lien claims. He advises on drafting and administering construction contracts to help his clients avoid the kinds of disputes he sees in his litigation practice.

Real estate and commercial leasing: Philip frequently acts for landlords and tenants in commercial lease disputes and for purchasers and vendors in disputed real estate transactions. He also defends negligence claims against real estate appraisers and mortgage brokers.

Commercial litigation: Philip frequently represents creditors in debt claims and shareholders in corporate disputes. His has experience in disputes among shareholders of private companies, oppression actions, and proceedings related to the conduct of shareholder meetings.

Franchise litigation: Philip has acted for franchisors and franchisees in disputes over breaches of franchise agreements and compliance with disclosure obligations

Philip’s strategic thinking and advocacy skills complement his specific legal and business knowledge to make him an effective advocate. He has experience at all levels of Alberta courts and with arbitrations under the ADR Institute of Canada, International Chamber of Commerce, American Arbitration Association, and CCDC.

Philip takes the time to develop an in-depth understanding of his clients’ businesses and firmly believes that every client deserves his prompt and thorough attention.

Philip’s clients benefit from his strong academic background and his diverse business experience in technical and management positions in the petrochemical, waste management, and oil and gas industries.

A Ph.D. in chemistry led to Philip’s previous career in technical services in the petrochemical and oil and gas industries, followed by positions in upstream oil and gas environmental and safety management, and operations positions in oil and gas and industrial waste management.

Philip served as a clerk to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Alberta Court of Appeal. Before being admitted to the Law Society of Alberta, Philip completed his articles with Miller Thomson.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 8:30am–9:30am • $45 • ROOM 107A 

T02: What is Net-Zero and How Can it be Achieved in New Buildings?

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance & Energy Efficiency; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour HSW-Sustainability IDCEC Approved ]

What is net-zero, specifically net-zero energy? How can net-zero be achieved in a new building? This presentation will address these exact questions.

Net-zero is a goal of cyclic balance for a building or site, where the amount of negative impact or usage is balanced by the amount of positive impact or production. The net-zero goal demands that this balance be achieved during the facility’s operating life. Unlike code verification of a new building’s performance, or a typical green building certification, net-zero is a commitment that extends beyond design and construction. Net-zero buildings are high-performing buildings with well-integrated renewable energy technologies. By focusing on a long-term objective of affordability, incorporating front-loaded performance analysis with integrated project delivery and employing ongoing vigilance of this purpose throughout the project’s development, net-zero, in one form or another, is achievable on most new construction projects.

This presentation will outline the main differences between a net-zero design and a conventional design, highlighting and expanding on the importance and complexities of an integrated green building design process.

Clayton Bond

Mike Edwards

Clayton Bond, Manager, Sustainability and Energy, Edmonton, WSP Canada Inc.
Mike Edwards, Service Area Manager, Building Performance, WSP Canada Inc.

Clayton Bond joined WSP|MMM Group in 2012 and provides design, construction and operations support for sustainable buildings and energy efficient buildings. Clayton has more than 11 years of engineering experience in the design, construction, and commissioning of mechanical systems for buildings and industrial process equipment. His background in building construction allows a practical approach to identifying, understanding and resolving issues. He works on projects across Alberta and leads the Edmonton team in building energy performance, sustainability and commissioning.

His professional experience includes sustainability work with some significant projects in the Alberta including the Edmonton International Airport Expansion, the New Edmonton Remand Centre, the Edmonton Federal Building, and five Net-Zero Homes in Calgary. In addition Clayton has contributed to minimizing the environmental impact in several emergency services buildings, healthcare facilities, commercial buildings, residential projects, and more than twenty schools.

Mike Edwards has experience implementing and managing the commissioning and retro-commissioning process on a variety of new commercial, institutional, health care, educational, and residential construction projects. This has included the provision of technical guidance and direction through design reviews, shop drawing reviews, controls reviews, site reviews and functional controls testing to optimize energy performance and ensure owner’s requirements are met. Michael is also experienced in a wide variety of responsibilities related to sustainable building design, construction, LEED® green building certification, Building Automation System (BAS) retrofits and upgrades, and municipal sustainability master planning projects.

As the Service Area Manager, Alberta Building Performance, Mike is responsible for building business and WSP’s reputation in the new building commissioning, existing building commissioning, and sustainable building services markets here in Alberta.

Mike is a professional Mechanical Engineer and LEED AP with 8 years of experience in sustainable building services. Prior to his time with WSP Group, Mike worked as a project manager and commissioning specialist for Enermodal Engineering and MMM Group Ltd.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 8:30am–10:30am • $65 • ROOM 109/109A 

T03: Implementing Energy Standard NECB 2011 with the ABC: Design and Building Permit Application Requirements

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance & Energy Efficiency; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ AAA 2.0 SLH • BOMI 2.0 CPDs • 2 Hours HSW-Building Code IDCEC Approved ]

As of November 1st, 2016 construction projects permitted in the Province of Alberta must be designed in compliance with the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) 2011 edition. This will affect changes to architectural & interior design concepts, the design process, as well as permitting, construction and occupancy requirements.

The authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) will be certified to handle Energy Codes as part of the permitting, inspection and acceptance process. All relevant professionals will be required to comply with the applicable provisions of the adopted NECB, including architects, interior designers and engineers.

Three compliance paths are available (prescriptive, trade-off and performance). The AHJ will be seeking confirmation that your building design complies prior to issuing a building permit and that construction complies with design prior to granting occupancy permits.

Learn how the new energy code may affect the design and construction of your projects, in particular:

  • How this affects business as usual
  • Changes to the design process
  • Changes to the overall project schedule including site procurement, design, construction and occupancy
  • NECB 2011 code requirements
  • Submission requirements for building permit and occupancy
  • NECB applicability, exemptions and alternatives
  • How to incorporate provisions of NECB 2011 in electrical design
  • Lighting control in the space, space types and examples
  • Common and alternative methods of lighting control compliance with the NECB
  • Additional requirements for controls (i.e. supplemental task lighting, under-cabinet lighting, guest rooms, etc.)
  • Automatic shutoff – common and alternative methods of compliance
  • Functional testing (commissioning by the 3rd party)
  • Lessons learned from the implementation of NECB 2011 in BC

This seminar is suitable for all stakeholders involved with the design, construction, installation, commissioning and inspection of projects, including Building Owners, Developers, Project Managers, Architects, Interior Designers, Code Consultants, Electrical Engineers, Electrical Contractors and Inspection Authorities.

Sunny Ghataurah

Sunny Ghataurah, President & CEO, AES Engineering

Sunny Ghataurah is one of Western Canada’s leading electrical engineers and has 6 years of experience as an electrician and more than 20 years of experience in the electrical design and construction administration of a wide range of electrical systems. He is skilled in designing high voltage installations, power systems, lighting, fire alarm systems, generators, fire pumps and control & communication systems. Sunny has become a leader in the implementation of ASHRAE & NECB on all types of projects. In addition, his portfolio includes more than 100 LEED projects, 3 Living Buildings and several regenerative projects.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 8:30am–10:00am • $55 • Ballroom 102 

T04: Passive House Buildings – Introduction to High Performance

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance & Energy Efficiency]

[ AAA 1.5 SLH • BOMI 1.5 CPD ]

Passive House designs are ultra-efficient, affordable and healthy buildings that can transform our built environment. Building professionals, developers, manufacturers, and public officials alike are all turning to the Passive House standard to deliver high performance buildings and differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace. This shift is starting to alter the Canadian construction industry. This seminar will explore the fundamental principles and practices behind Passive House, the world’s leading high performance building standard, and reveal how it’s spreading across Alberta. It’ll also shine light on the benefits of offsite construction and the integration of Passive House design.

Oscar Flechas

Michael Nemeth

Oscar Flechas, Principal, Flechas Architecture
Michael Nemeth, Course Conductor, Passive House Canada

Oscar Flechas is an Architect with a wide range of experience in various sectors and on different scale projects. His firm, Flechas Architecture, is a progressive, small and young studio that uses simple and creative design solutions to produce innovative, environmentally and socially responsible results. He’s an early adopter of the Passive House standard, and his firm now strive to design buildings that meet or use the principles required by the standard in each of the projects. Passionate about low-energy and low carbon buildings for the future generations, Oscar is one of the few architects certified as Passive House Designer and embraces most tools that encourage better building standards to help achieve greener buildings in Canada.

Michael Nemeth is a mechanical engineer and Passive House designer in Saskatoon. When he’s not consulting he works to promote building energy efficiency standards and community renewable energy development. Michael was named as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders under 30 by Corporate Knights magazine.


Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 8:30am–10:30am • $65 • Ballroom 103 

T05: Accessibility in Alberta

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Health & Wellness; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Property Management]

[ AAA 2.0 SLH • BOMI 2.0 CPD • 2 Hours HSW-Barrier Free IDCEC Approved ]

The seminar provides an introduction to where Canada and its Provinces stand with regards to implementing accessibility requirements. The seminar is a great foundation for learning and understanding the prescribed accessibility (barrier-free) design requirements as they relate to the 2014 Alberta Building Code (ABC), at the same time bringing attention to more restrictive accessibility design requirements that may be governed by the City of Calgary and or Edmonton.

This course will address the intent behind accessibility requirements and why they are important and or practical to the design of a universal built environment. Attendees will have a better understanding of when, and to what extent, barrier-free design may be applicable to their new or existing projects. This session will be of value to architects, interior designers, space planners, engineers and select manufacturers. Designed for industry professionals with beginner to intermediate knowledge of the ABC.

Samantha Proulx

Samantha Proulx, Accessibility and Building Code Consultant, Jensen Hughes

Samantha Proulx is a leading Accessibility and Building Code consultant in Canada with over five years of experience assisting architects, engineers, interior designers and space planners with the provision of barrier-free design. Ms. Proulx is proficient in the application of barrier-free accessibility principles and requirements for the assessment of design performance and compliance. She has an array of experience working with various Municipal, Provincial, and National Codes and Standards. Her diverse range of experience includes general accessibility consulting, accessibility compliance assessments and building audits, establishing accessibility policies for companies and new building projects, alternative solutions and variances, as well as conducting educational seminars.

Samantha was recognized as an expert in her field at the Building Show and IIDEX (North America’s Largest Exposition), and had the opportunity of educating well over 300 attendee’s this past year on barrier-free design. Ms. Proulx has conducted analyses of fire protection, life safety and barrier-free performance for various new and existing public, private and government buildings of all occupancy types. As an Accessibility Consultant, some of her projects included: The Regina Revitalization Initiative Stadium, Providence Care Hospital, South West Detention Centre, and various Transit Stations.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 10:00am–11:30am • $55 • ROOM 107A 

T07: LEED CI v4 – A Case Study

[Building Performance & Energy Efficiency; Health & Wellness]

[ AAA 1.5 SLH • BOMI 1.5 CPD • 1 Hour General IDCEC Approved ]

LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED CI) version 4 includes significant updates when compared to the older LEED CI v1. All projects that did not register for certification prior to October 31, 2016 will be required to use this latest version, which will be an adjustment. LEED v4 credits require that building products and materials meet new, more stringent standards and certification programs; that water reduction efforts meet higher thresholds; and that energy performance be better than ever.

This session will share WSP’s experience working with some of Canada’s first LEED v4-pursuant projects. Participants will examine the team’s motivations and drivers for pursuing LEED v4, key challenges and strategies and valuable lessons learned. Further, presenters will highlight the added planning and effort inherent in tackling a new rating system for the first time.

To encourage interaction, participants will be divided into groups to discuss solutions to three real scenarios.

Ben Campbell

Joseph Der

Ben Campbell, Service Area Manager, Alberta Sustainability, WSP Canada Inc.
Joseph Der, Project Associate, WSP Canada Inc.

Specializing in new and existing commercial buildings, Ben’s experience encompasses over 30 LEED projects, including LEED v4. He is part of WSP’s CaGBC project review team and is an internal expert in building energy benchmarking programs such as Energy Star. Inspired by each opportunity to impact a building’s journey to higher performance, he enjoys bridging the gap between the rigor of engineering and the practicalities of everyday operations.

Along with confident problem solving skills afforded by an extensive background in mathematics, Ben’s diverse interests extend to economics and the physical and life sciences. Combined with experience studying and volunteering internationally, this allows Ben to approach problems in sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Joseph Der is a member of WSP Canada’s Sustainability and Energy team in Edmonton and provides design, construction and operations support for sustainable buildings. His diverse experience includes sustainability consulting on a variety of building types such as commercial, recreational and institutional buildings to achieve LEED and other certifications. Joseph also has previous professional experience working as a project engineer in the oil & gas and construction industry.

Joseph holds a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, where he studied energy efficiency of integrated heating systems for residential applications. Joseph has published articles featured in Energy and Buildings and has also presented his work on heating systems internationally.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 10:30am–11:30am • $45 • ROOM 107 

T08: Passive Design – Simple Systems for Elevating Occupant Engagement and Maximizing Human Comfort

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance & Energy Efficiency; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Health & Wellness; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Property Management]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour General IDCEC Approved ]

Buildings have come far from the traditional brick and mortar structures. Now, highly complex units responsible for supporting the vast and variable activity of their inhabitants, buildings comprise an array of high tech mechanical features and systems, all varying in purpose, objectives and results. Although these systems are in place, they are not necessarily in tune with tenant activity, lacking certain reactive abilities and in turn impacting the occupant experience.

Narrowing in on Passive Design, the presenter will expand on the architectural building blocks and simple systems of designing with human comfort in mind. Highlighting multiple real life project examples, including Net-Zero projects, this presentation will speak to the importance of challenging outdated standards and codes, discussing the role of controls and complex engineering systems.

The speaker will also discuss the role of managing expectations and education and engagement.

Albert Bicol

Albert Bicol, Principal, Alberto Bicol Consulting Inc.

Albert brings innovation and creativity to a project; he also conveys his ideas with passion and clarity. Albert champions the use of sustainable solutions in all his projects and has extensive expertise in Sustainable Master Planning (SMP), High Performance and Net-Zero Buildings including district/renewable energy analysis, passive building design, modeling building energy usage, thermal comfort and indoor air quality conditions. He has a wide range of experience in Canada, USA, and Asia including the SMP for several university campuses, and consulting services for mixed-used developments in North America and Asia. Albert brings not only technical expertise but recognizes the importance of business case and value analysis.

As a LEED® Accredited Professional, Albert has performed reviews for the USGBC and CaGBC on projects applying for LEED certification. He previously sat on the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel – only the second mechanical engineer to serve in this capacity. In addition, Albert has been invited to deliver over 200 presentations and has been a keynote speaker on sustainable building design, SMP and the “Net-Zero” approach in Canada, the US, and Asia and has volunteered to educate elementary school children on climate change. He was one of the first people who presented on Net-Zero Building design at the Greenbuild Conference in 2006 and Net-Zero Campuses at the SCUP Conference in 2009. Albert was named as one of Building, Design and Construction’s 2007 ‘Top 40 Under 40’.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 10:30am–12:00pm • $55 • Ballroom 102 

T09: Passive House 2.0: Lessons Learned from the First Passive House Buildings on the West Coast

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance & Energy Efficiency]

[ AAA 1.5 SLH • BOMI 1.5 CPD ]

Over the past few years, the interest, design and construction of Passive House buildings has rapidly grown across Canada. Through these first cohort of projects there have been numerous lessons learned with the adoption of Passive House design concepts with Canadian construction practices. Various building enclosure materials, assemblies and details have been designed and built in various projects, and innovative builder practices and local preferences have begun to adapt to more efficient and cost effective systems and details. Graham Finch from RDH Building Science in Vancouver, BC will share his firm’s collective experience, research and monitoring data from several first generation Passive House projects on the west coast with a focus on the building enclosure.

Graham Finch

Graham Finch, Principal, Building Science Research Specialist, RDH Building Science Inc.

Graham Finch is a Principal and Building Science Research Specialist with RDH Building Science Inc. He has a passion for technology and for dedication to making better and more energy efficient buildings. He leads RDH’s building science research group and is actively involved in a wide range of projects from building research studies to forensic investigations, building monitoring, hygrothermal modeling, and new construction design across North America and overseas. Graham has been involved with the design and construction of several passive house projects including houses and larger multi-family and mixed use buildings and has been involved with a number of research and policy studies on the topic. Graham has co-authored several publications and practical industry guideline documents related to high-performance building enclosures and is regularly invited by industry organizations and clients across Canada and the US to speak to the practical and technical issues of various building science topics. In addition to RDH, Graham is a part-time instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he teaches building science courses to students at the Diploma and Masters levels.


Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 11:00am–12:30pm • $55 • Ballroom 103 

T10: The Focus Game: How to Fix Your Distracted Workplace

[Building Performance & Energy Efficiency; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Health & Wellness; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Property Management]

[ AAA 1.5 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour General IDCEC Approved ]

In 2013, the average person checked his or her mobile device for messages, news or entertainment 110 times per day. That’s once every 7-9 minutes. Yet, the most common complaint at work is, “my office is too distracting.” In The FOCUS SEMINAR by Greg Dekker you will:

  • Discover the causes and costs of distraction
  • Determine the most valuable activities in your life
  • Design a plan to fix your distracted workplace in 45 days

Greg Dekker

Greg Dekker, VP, Sales and Strategy Effectiveness, Teknion

Greg Dekker is VP Sales and Strategy Effectiveness, for the Teknion Corporation. He is a professional facilitator who speaks, advises, and creates immersive experiences on change planning, innovation, understanding generational differences, and workplace effectiveness, and has served many of the most dynamic corporations around the globe.

Greg is the author of seminars for discovery – including Shatter!, The Jetsons, and Power Tools for Change. He leads PODIUM, a program for advanced customer collaboration. His use of tools and engaging style make learning memorable and effective.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 12:00pm–1:00pm • $45 • ROOM 107 

T11: Royal Alberta Museum: Supplier Collaboration & Value Stream Mapping for Improved Project Efficiency

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Construction projects are complex and full of challenges. This is especially true when the project at hand is a signature building of provincial importance. The Royal Alberta Museum project in Edmonton posed great challenges for stone installation and masonry work, indoors and out.

Productivity on the job site wasn’t as high as expected or scheduled, and work was falling behind. The project team pulled together, sought outside advice, and looked beyond the job site to find solutions that would help improve overall productivity, improve team morale, and eliminate costly waste.

Presenters will share lessons learned, expanding on what productivity improvement looked like for this project, highlighting the positive differences that were made and sustained. Presenters from Ledcor Construction and Scorpio Masonry will be joined by GO Productivity, who will explore the concepts behind project improvements, translating how these can be applied to any project, job site, or team.

Kevin Erickson

Jaret Jahner

Mike Kozakewich

Kevin Erickson, Director, Alberta South, GO Productivity
Jaret Jahner, Project Manager, Scorpio Masonry
Mike Kozakewich, General Superintendant, Ledcor Construction

Kevin’s diverse background includes ten years in the downstream petroleum industry where he led improvement projects in a variety of back office and customer facing areas. He received his MBA in Organizational Leadership at Royal Roads University and has taken a range of training in Six Sigma and Business Process Improvement including GO Productivity’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program.

As Director, Alberta South, Kevin supports the delivery of GO Productivity’s suite of programs to its client organizations. This includes project implementation, workshop facilitation, and various speaking engagements. Kevin has facilitated improvement projects in many sectors, including construction, manufacturing, non-for-profit, and healthcare. He knows from experience that you can expect to see large degrees of improvement in your organization, regardless of your industry or the context of your organization.

Jaret graduated from the Architectural Technologies Program at NAIT in 1993. He began his career designing home plans before eventually beginning work with Scorpio Masonry as an Estimator in 1999. Jaret progressed through to the Senior Estimator role and onto his current role as Project Manager.

Some of the projects he’s managed include Folly Memorial at the Devonian Gardens, the Edmonton Federal Building and Plaza project, Nait CAT Building, and the Royal Alberta Museum.

Mike began his career in construction at NAIT, where he completed his journeyman certification. Mike began working with Ledcor in 1998 as a Junior Superintendent and is now General Superintendent. Some of the projects that he has been involved with included The River Cree Casino and the Epcor Tower here in Edmonton, the Bow tower in Calgary, and of course the Royal Alberta Museum.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 12:00pm–1:00pm • $45 • ROOM 107A 

T12: The Value of Lean: Superior’s Journey

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

We hear the word lean being tossed around, but what does it mean to truly be lean? Join us as we explore the value of Lean and share how a mid-sized cabinet company in Western Canada used Lean methodologies to build productivity, remove waste and create a unique culture.

John Povhe

John Povhe, Chief Financial Officer, Superior Cabinets

As CFO, John is responsible for leading the finance function and IT infrastructure functions. He is responsible for overseeing relationships with financial partners, Board Governance and financial reporting within Superior Cabinets.

John believes that service is about listening to the unique needs of customers and providing them with solutions that they will be delighted with. He looks forward to Superior being widely recognized as the kitchen and home design company that changed the customer experience from simply supplying and installing high quality cabinetry to delivering a memorable customer experience that surpasses expectations.

John has coached his children in many sports where the focus has been on the power of team play and positive feedback. He finds it gratifying to watch team dynamics form and see the successes that result from teamwork, positive attitudes and good sportsmanship-both on the sports field, and at work.

In 2015 John successfully completed his Lean Green Belt Certification.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 12:30pm–1:30pm •$45 • ROOM 108 

T13: Designing for NECB 2011: Lessons Learned

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance & Energy Efficiency; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

The new energy code in Alberta came into full effect as of November, 2016. For the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors: developers, designers, and builders will need to be familiar with the requirements. Some buildings will have already started down the path of NECB 2011 compliance. We will present lessons learned on achieving compliance, and what questions need to be asked early in the design process.

For many builders and designers who have not pursued LEED, energy performance modeling will be unfamiliar. Understanding how modeling works in the context of NECB 2011 will help the project team understand whether the building can achieve compliance through a prescriptive or performance path.

Local permit offices will continue to provide significant clarification on NECB 2011. We will review this information to help design teams and builders better understand what to expect from the process from initial conception to occupancy.

We will also review strategies to reduce energy costs and consumption for building design. This will assist project teams pursuing not only NECB 2011 compliance but also green building certifications such as LEED and BuiltGreen.

  • Discover how to comply with NECB
  • Understand where to focus energy efficiency efforts
  • Recognize opportunities to go beyond NECB compliance and achieve green building certifications such as LEED and BuiltGreen

Payam Esmali

Julien Poirier

Payam Esmali, Project Associate, WSP Canada Inc.
Julien Poirier, Project Manager, WSP Canada Inc.

Payam Esmaili is an Energy Engineer (CEM, MASc, EIT) with more than 5 years of diverse experience delivering building energy audits, energy modeling, retro-commissioning, new building commissioning, renewable energy design and feasibility studies, energy conservation and management, and sustainability.

Payam has published several cited articles in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy and The Journal of Energy and Buildings.

Currently a project manager with WSP’s Sustainable Buildings group in Calgary, Julien has eight years’ experience of providing energy assessments, retro-commissioning, renewable energy consultation, and energy management services. His understanding of building and industrial systems, energy modeling, and sustainable design helps provide his clients with solutions and guidance to improve their triple bottom line. Julien has worked with property managers and institutional clients, to identify and tailor opportunities for energy conservation through operational and capital methods, and implement long term strategies to continue to reduce energy consumption. He works with these clients to provide a better understanding of their energy and water costs, and articulate the business case for green design and retrofits.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 12:30pm–1:30pm • $45 • Ballroom 102 

T14: Ultimate Energy Efficiency: Redesigning for 50% Energy Reduction

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance & Energy Efficiency]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Presenter, Chris Goodchild, will discuss his first-hand experience in dramatically improving the energy performance of buildings by creatively re-imagining how existing systems can be retrofit and reused to achieve savings of 50% or more. With business cases of 2 to 10 year paybacks, Chris will guide the audience through a series of case studies that demonstrate the tremendous efficiency opportunity of existing buildings.

The presentation will provide an overview of the Path to Deep Retrofit for Commercial Buildings; a process that involves Controls Upgrade and Optimization, HVAC and Lighting Redesign that cuts energy use in half. SES specializes in Controls Re-commissioning, with average results of 8.7% energy savings with simple paybacks of 1.6 years, but this discussion will go beyond the low hanging fruit. With the new programs that require deep retrofits being announced from the Federal and Provincial governments, opportunities to consider renewal of existing buildings will be worth considering.

Presenters will focus on the upgrade opportunities for building automation, lighting and heat recovery – capital retrofits with paybacks more commonly in the range of 5-10 years that can result in a deep reduction in emissions and costs. Several case studies will be presented showing how piping changes and the use of heat pump technology can achieve these outcomes. The talk will conclude with Len Horvath discussing lighting redesign opportunities. Len will expand on LED lighting and how it is transforming the lighting industry, highlighting real world examples in sports facilities, industrial facilities, schools and offices.

Chris Goodchild

Len Horvath

Chris Goodchild, Senior Energy Efficiency Engineer, SES Consulting
Len Horvath, President, Quantum Lighting

Chris Goodchild joined the SES team in 2012 with a desire to build a career that he could be proud of. Chris provides creative design solutions to transform existing buildings into high performance systems. He specializes in whole building waste heat recovery design solutions that virtually eliminate the load on existing boiler plants. Chris and Scott Sinclair are proud recipients of APEGBC’s 2016 Sustainability Award for the Vancity Heat Recovery Project. This project set a precedent for what could be accomplished with existing buildings. A key part to the success of this project was applying controls optimization strategies to the design — a skill that Chris excels at.

When he’s not saving energy, he enjoys sailing, surfing, snowboarding and playing music.

Len Horvath has over 45 years of experience in the commercial and industrial building industry. Prior to founding Quantum Lighting Inc. 22 years ago, Len had a 25-year career with BC Telecom (now Telus Corporation) and was responsible for their building and real estate group. His broad knowledge of building design and construction as well as operations and maintenance provide him a unique insight in identifying and resolving facility management issues beyond his lighting specialty.

Len and his firm have been leaders in the application of LED lighting and advanced lighting controls in hundreds of projects in a wide variety of industries.

Len and his firm also carry out market and lighting performance research for both provincial and federal governments to assist in developing energy efficiency regulations and codes such as the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) and the ASHRAE 90.1 Lighting Guidelines.

Len is a Life Member of BOMA BC, chairs the BOMA BC Education Committee, is the founding President and a Director of the BC Advanced Conservation and Efficiency Association, is a member of BC Hydro’s Energy Conservation and Efficiency Advisory Committee, the CAGBC Alberta Council, the Educational Facilities Managers Association and the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Association.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • $45 • Ballroom 103 

T15: BIM: Integration of New Technology into a Construction Site for Enhanced Productivity

[New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

There has been a lot of talk over the last decade about Building Information Modeling and 3D design and how it will change the construction industry. To date we have not seen this revolution, however some say that we are on the verge of a major shift.

This presentation will take a case study approach, demonstrating how the development and implementation of a full BIM execution plan was applied in the design and construction of two Red Deer Catholic Regional School IPD projects (St. Gregory the Great Elementary School and St. Joseph High School). The presenters will expand upon project objectives, highlighting the considerations taken into account in the development of said plan that led to great success. The Architect and General Contractor’s Project Managers will discuss how, with the BIM strategic plan in place, the team was table to use technology to increase construction productivity, reduce schedule, and increase the safety of workers on site.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to develop a team to accept and utilize a major change
  • How the industry has to modify its current workflows and attitudes to increase the benefit of the model in the value chain
  • How to use technology to change from a construction site to a production site

Darlene Cadman

Mark Moran

Darlene Cadman, Architect, Group 2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd.
Mark Moran, Project Manager, Chandos Construction

As an experienced Architect with Group2, Darlene’s passion lies with designing educational facilities. Within Darlene’s portfolio are dozens of secondary and post-secondary schools – modernized and new – and as a result she is very competent at quickly and accurately resolving complex design issues.

Darlene’s interest in sustainable design has also contributed to her design excellence. Her recent educational projects have pursued sustainable design qualifications in the LEED® program and is currently working on the delivery of 2 schools through Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). Cutting-edge educational research in curriculum innovation is also manifested in her recent projects, both in terms of sustainable education and broader curricular focus.

Born and raised in St. Albert, Mark attended the University of Alberta and achieved a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance, followed by a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree. Shortly after, Mark began working as a project manager for Chandos Construction. Through his project work with Chandos across western Canada, Mark became passionate about reducing waste and increasing value for his clients. Mark has managed four Integrated Project Delivery projects over the last four years realizing how to integrate new technologies and lean principles into a construction site. Within these project, Mark and Chandos have developed a Building Information Modeling framework to ensure the new technology is implemented correctly and used to its highest potential. Mark would like to change today’s construction sites into production sites.

Tuesday, Mar. 21 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • $45 • ROOM 109/109A 

T16: INDUSTRY KEYNOTE: Developing Your Resilience – Mastering Change During Times of Uncertainty

[Professional & Personal Skills Development; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Health & Wellness: Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Property Management]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour General IDCEC Approved ]

People are doing more – faster, better and with less. In today’s environment, the ability to efficiently and effectively handle change is critical to your success (as an individual and a company!). And with relentless pressure from organizations to continue on this trajectory, things aren’t slowing down. So the question begs to ask, how do you keep up?

As individuals, we need to enhance our ability to be fluid as there’s no end to the continuous changes that happen within an organization, especially in times of economic uncertainty. Change can easily sidetrack people and stall processes. Without a high Resilience Intelligence (RQ), it can be difficult to stay on top of the game and be strategic in your actions. In this interactive, powerful, thought-provoking keynote, participants will learn how to enhance their resilience, gaining a unique perspective and acquiring the critical mindset and skills needed to deal with multiple changes that they can immediately put to use.

Whether you’re in an entry level position trying to keep up to the needs of an organization, or you’re a senior leader inspiring adaptability amongst your team, this keynote will provide key insight for you.

Delegates will learn:

  • how to use brain science to help you and your colleagues during change
  • practical skills to become more strategic to respond to change
  • 5 actionable strategies to help you and your colleagues be resilient

Gregg Brown

Gregg Brown, Author, Speaker and Change Management Expert

Gregg believes we are all leaders regardless of our job titles and we all have the ability to shift people’s mindset during change. He is passionate about creating great experiences that give people practical tools to make their work lives better. With his diverse experience, Gregg will share ways to break out of status quo thinking and discover people-centric approaches that actually work. His pragmatic focus is grounded in science, leavened with humour and strengthened by his flair for telling it like it is. Gregg has spoken at hundreds of conferences, seminars, retreats, for Fortune 500 clients and to a wide array of industries including financial, insurance, retail, public and not-for-profit sectors.