BUILDEX Vancouver 2019

BUILDEX Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest trade show and conference for the construction, renovation, architecture, interior design, and property management industries. With more than 600 exhibits and 90 accredited seminars, BUILDEX attracts 14,000 attendees annually. This year, BUILDEX Vancouver is being held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from February 13-14, 2019.

Integral Group is proud to be represented at BUILDEX Vancouver by Managing Principal Stuart Hood, Sustainability Research & Planning Associate Lisa Westerhoff, Lighting Associate Ellie Niakan, and Sustainability Associate Melanie Ross as conference participants.

Designing for Human Potential

Building Performance, Culture & Community, Health & Wellness, Leadership & Business Improvement Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Melanie Ross

As employers seek to attract and retain top talent, they are beginning to embrace more holistic concepts of wellness in the design of their workplaces. Enter WELL, Fitwel, and Living Building Challenge that aim to increase the health and wellness of the occupants and by doing so hope to increase productivity, lower absenteeism, and create a healthier individual.

Health and Wellness initiatives and strategies in the workplace, as well as in healthcare, education, and community, have become a hot topic and focus in today’s design community. This presentation will discuss and compare the three main health and wellness initiatives designers have at their disposal, namely the WELL, Fitwel, and Living Building Challenge certifications.

The presentation will also explore the concept of Eudaimonia; a Greek word referring to the state of overall happiness and healthiness by creating an environment focusing on health and wellness unlocking human potential.

This session aims to be as inspirational as it is informative.


Light and the Human Response

Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Health & Wellness, Innovation and Technology | Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 11:30am – 12:30pm

Light – it is referred to as the fourth dimension of architecture; an unseen medium that impacts space dramatically. Recently, researchers have studied this medium and its impact on human health more in-depth. As a result, sustainable lighting design solutions have gone beyond energy efficiency, codes, and standards.

This presentation discusses how exposure to daylight and electric light can impact human health. The speaker will describe various ways that quality lighting design embraces light as an active and tangible building material to create a user-centric space. The speaker will also explain the direct relationship between lighting and sustainable design based on various case studies and applications.


Workshop: Zero Carbon Building Standard

Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Project Management & Process Improvement | Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

This course has been designed to provide a general overview of the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard. The course provides participants with a background understanding of the need for a carbon-focused building performance standard and explains the difference between focusing on energy vs. carbon. It provides an overview of the ZCB Framework, the Standard’s precursor, and foundational report, including the CaGBC’s definition of a zero-carbon building and the key principles that guided the Standard’s development. Synergies and similarities with the BC Step Code and City of Vancouver Green Building Bylaw will also be explored. The course provides information on each of the key components and requirements of the Standard for both streams – ZCB-Design and ZCB-Performance.


  • Lisa Westerhoff, Sustainability Research & Planning Associate, Integral Group

Transformative Urban Lighting

Culture & Community, Green, Health & Wellness, Innovation & Technology | Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

As cities rapidly change, so do the functions of day and night. Today more than half the world’s population lives in urban spaces and this number keeps increasing rapidly. This demographic change has led to a shift toward urban life after dark, driven by rising 24/7 economies. Streets and exterior public spaces don’t serve only to bring pedestrians or vehicles safely from point A to B. They have become the unseen mesh that connects cultures, groups, and individuals together.

Lighting should reinforce urban design so that a city can function after dark just as well as it does by day. The majority of city planners currently focus on their designs for daytime use, with the nighttime function and lighting of building facades, streets, public spaces, transportation, and landscapes often neglected.

This presentation discusses how innovative lighting design approaches and strategies would change the night scene of a city. Various case studies from Vancouver and cities around the world will be presented and discussed. The goal is to raise awareness for anyone who is involved in planning private and public spaces to connect the cities with citizens, moving beyond what is implemented in the City of Vancouver, and thinking about the future of this city at night.


West Vancouver Passive House – Beauty and Efficiency

Building Performance, Green, Health & Wellness | Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am

An innovative fusion of beauty and efficiency, this single-family Passive House home in West Vancouver sets a new precedent for Passive House projects across the globe. Scheduled for completion in 2018, the revolutionary home combines contemporary west coast architecture with an innovative mechanical system and a solar photovoltaic array to achieve a Passive, Net Zero energy home.

The house incorporates CLT construction, floor-to-ceiling glass for uncompromised ocean views, deep overhangs to protect against solar radiation, and Isokorb thermally isolated slabs on the residences’ balconies. These design elements are combined with a mechanical system utilizing next-generation ERV’s with air source heat pumps and hydronic heating and cooling in the supply air, delivering heating and cooling to the entire home. Hear this compelling story from the homeowner and engineer behind this state-of-the-art home overflowing with unique design features, and learn how solar shading was optimized using dynamic modeling to supplement PHPP modeling results and minimize overheating.


For more information and to register, please visit BUILDEX Vancouver.

Date(s): February 13, 2019

Speaker: Managing Principal, Stuart Hood; Associate, Melanie Ross; Associate, Ellie Niakan; Associate, Lisa Westerhoff