As a buildings energy specialist with our Energy and Mechanical Engineering group in Ottawa, Ontario, Afaf provides design efficiency recommendations to architects and engineers. Her goal? High-performance, energy-efficient, and carbon-neutral solutions for existing buildings or new construction.
Project-wise, Afaf has been involved in the life cycle assessments for the zero-carbon building evolv1—the first building to be certified under the Canada Green Building Council's (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Standard—and the UBC Brock Commons dormitory, one of the tallest wood structures in Canada (targeting LEED Gold). When it comes to improving existing facilities, Afaf has worked on three carbon neutral studies for high-profile commercial buildings whose proposed solutions suggest a combination of zero-carbon designs and financial viability. In recognition of her work advocating in the industry, Afaf won the 2018 Emerging Green Leader Award from the CaGBC of Ontario.
Whether for leisure, education, or business, Afaf loves to travel. She’s studied abroad in the US and the UK, interned in Germany, and did a workshop in China. But the most eye-opening experience she had abroad was providing a site analysis for an eco-school in Nairobi with Engineers Without Borders.