Our team is excited to be a part of the 2017 RPIC (Real Property Institute of Canada) Real Property National Workshop in Ottawa November 14 - 16, 2017, on Canada's Real Property – Beyond 150. We’ll have team members on hand who are experts in everything from sustainability, to climate change and environmental services.
Connect with our team at Booth # 57 in the Building Energy Innovation Council (BEIC) Smart Buildings & Technologies Expo and catch one of our though provoking presentations:
November 14 – Profession Development Day Seminars
Getting to Know the WELL Building Standard
Facilitators: Blake Jackson, AIA, LEED/WELL Faculty, Fitwel Ambassador, Sustainability Design Leader/Associate, Stantec, and Markous Gad, B. Arch., LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, PQP, GGP, Sustainability Specialist, Stantec
Ever greater emphasis is being placed on health as a metric for sustainability. This is not surprising, considering we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors! While prior ratings systems address efficiency within the built environment, it wasn’t until 2015 that a system emerged to consider the quality of the built environment and prioritize human health as an outcome. The WELL Building Standard was developed to work with existing ratings systems like LEED and the Living Building Challenge. The standard’s genius is that it compiles a decade’s worth of evidence based research and transforms this body of knowledge into applicable, actionable steps that designers can apply to instill positive health outcomes in the built environment.
This presentation introduces the WELL standard, explains how it applies to designs, and reviews supporting research. Most importantly, it will dive deep into each of the seven WELL Concepts: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind.
This presentation is intended for candidates new or familiar to the standard, and can serve as supplemental learning in preparation for the WELL AP Examination.
Accreditations for attendees: 8.0 American Institute of Architects (AIA) HSW CEU’s and 8.0 WELL-specific credits (self-reported); LEED ongoing education credits still to be confirmed.
Advanced Technology in Real Property: How it will Change our Facilities and Create a More Sustainable Future*
Facilitator: Michael Romita, Technologist
Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 9:00am – 4:30pm *(part of the Advanced Technology in Real Property: How it will Change our Facilities and Create a More Sustainable Future PD Day Session)
The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change has defined a path to meeting our emissions reduction goals and growing the economy. Part of the strategy includes investing in clean technology resulting in more cost-effective solutions to integrating smart building strategies starting in the design stage all the way to the facilities management and operations stage for real property.
We will have the opportunity to hear from project implementers, technology providers and subject matter experts. Throughout the day we’ll cover potential hurdles to project implementation and how to overcome them, how using technology has increased performance in facilities and the importance of incorporating sustainability during the design stage in the modules listed below.
- The Transition to Smart Building Technologies
- Reimagine Your World: Evolving Design Practice Through Advanced Visualization*
- 3D Scanning as a Tool for Operations and Maintenance
Michael will also be presenting the second module: Reimagine Your World
While the demands and objectives of architectural practice remain the same, the tools and work flow are rapidly changing, empowering practitioners more than ever. Virtual models and environments can be created to allow owners to experience spaces before they even exist. The ability to capture reality into a five-dimensional digital model is now an everyday reality. Advanced visualization, like other advanced technologies—drones, depth field cameras, automated quality control measures, collaborative technologies, the internet of things—are being adopted across the buildings and design industry, helping us not just reimagine, but also change our world in ways never before possible. We will be presenting on the three types of reality: augmented, virtual, and mixed. We’ll share how to use them in the design process—all without impacting schedule or cost—and provide real-life examples of how these technologies are being used by public clients. Participants will have the opportunity to trial the occulus and experience 3-D design for themselves.
For more information on the Advanced Visualization Team, connect with Aubrey Tucker.
November 15 - Workshops
Strategic asset management: best practices in Canada and the world
This presentation will outline international best practices in asset management and demonstrate how exciting new asset management practices are being applied in Canada.
Speaker: Guy Félio, PhD., P.Eng., FCSCE, IRP (Climate), Senior Associate & Mike Rudge (co-author), AM & ANZ New Service Offerings Lead
Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 1:45pm – 2:30pm
Asset management (AM), introduced in the 1980s, originally focused on one thing: knowing and tracking asset inventory and condition. Now asset managers must not only understand their asset base, but also understand the services their assets support. And they must manage risks like climate change to minimize any impacts on assets and, by consequence, services. With this expanded scope, AM is becoming the “new ally” for communities and organizations, helping them meet their broader community objectives around sustainability, quality of life, climate change, etc...
How can federal asset managers leverage these changing AM practices to better support their departments and the public? This presentation will showcase select international and Canadian AM best practices for consideration and discussion.
- First, we explore international trends and best practices in the technology and practice of managing infrastructure, facilities, and buildings. We’ll look at examples from countries such as the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and see how they compare to the state-of-practice in Canada.
- Second, we’ll discuss how to achieve “value” from assets and asset management in the public sector. We’ll look closely at the approach of the City of Fredericton, which integrated asset management and Lean 6 Sigma processes to garner cost savings, cost avoidances, and increased levels of service.
- Finally, we’ll discuss life-cycle expenditures (TOTEX) and the importance of considering O&M costs in planning, design, and acquisition of assets, in a context of managing risks such as those created by increased extreme weather and future climate uncertainty. We’ll also share a few international examples where TOTEX has been used to achieve best value for public utilities, and discuss how this model might apply to Canadians.
Getting your building to Net Zero**
Panelist: Oleksandra Onisko, P.Eng. LEED AP BD+C, CMVP, BEMP, Sustainable Buildings Consultant
Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1:45pm – 2:30pm (**Part of the BEIC panel session)
November 16 Workshops
Making the Case for Commercially Viable Net Positive Buildings in Cold Climates
Through case study we’ll explore the viability of net positive buildings in the Canadian commercial buildings sector.
Speaker: Andrea Frisque, P.Eng., Dipl.-lng., Dr. rer.nat., Senior Buildings Performance Engineer
Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 16, 10:25am – 10:35am (TedTalk)
For every building there’s a point where it may be more cost effective to produce the energy it needs rather than to offset that energy through efficiency measures. But with power generation technologies still at a cost premium, is it yet possible to make a case for a commercially viable net positive building?
The answer is yes, as the example of evolv1 shows. A team of designers, modellers and consultants worked with Cora Group (a commercial developer) to create the business case for evolv1—a net positive energy mixed use commercial building currently under construction in Waterloo, Ontario. The project is set to become one of the first to be completed under the Canadian Green Building Council’s new Zero Carbon Framework. The success is built on computational tools, parametric analysis, big data, financial analysis, and business tools used to achieve stringent net positive energy targets.
In this presentation you will hear about the process and some key lessons learned.
Thinking Bigger: Considering Psychosocial Impacts of Infrastructure Projects
This presentation will examine if we are overlooking the psychosocial impacts of infrastructure projects? Considering a First Nations’ perspective in support of the principles of sustainable development.
Speaker: Francois Lauzon, C.D., M. Eng., P. Eng., ing., LEED AP, Senior Principal, Sector Leader, Environmental Services – Federal (Canada)
Presentation Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 16th, 11:30am – 12:15pm
We've come a long way in addressing the environmental and socio-economical impacts of projects on communities. But what about the psychosocial impacts on communities? How do we assess whether a project might create emotional and perceived psychological stress and induce community members to adopt coping mechanisms that could impact their physical and/or mental health? In this presentation, we will be reviewing the definitions of health proposed by regulatory bodies as well as recent findings on the psychosocial impacts on "physical health" and the potential impacts of projects on communities. We'll also look at unique considerations in relation to First Nations people and propose a way forward for expanding our understanding of how our projects can affect First Nation communities and how we can address such project effects.
Our team looks forward to connecting with our colleagues at the workshop this year. For more information on the 2017 RPIC Real Property National Workshop, including a full list of all presentations, please click here.
For more information on the Building Energy Innovation Council (BEIC) Smart Buildings & Technologies Expo, click here.