As a buildings performance engineer with our Energy and Mechanical Engineering group in Ottawa, Ontario, and Longueuil, Quebec, 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 embodied carbon and 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 fifteen carbon neutral building designs and studies, including Place du Portage III, the Labs Canada Zero-Carbon Initiative, and 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 2019 Emerging Green Leader Award from the CaGBC.
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.