Canada Green Building Council – Building Lasting Change 2019

Canada’s largest green building conference, Building Lasting Change 2019, is taking place in Vancouver across the dates of May 28-30, 2019 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The annual conference is run by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and is known for activating connections, delivering world-class learning opportunities, and cultivating inspiration and innovation. The theme of this year’s Building Lasting Change conference is striking a balance between carbon reduction, health, and resilience. The overarching goal is to equip the Canadian workforce with the tools for success in a low carbon future and optimizing our use of the latest green building technologies to get there.

Integral Group is proud to be represented by Senior Principal Ali Nazari, Principal Gordon McDonald, Associate Lisa Westerhoff, Associate Alex Wong, and Project Manager Scott Ghomeshi.

Leveraging Technology to Achieve Net Zero: A Case Study

Stream 1: Green Buildings & New Building Technologies  |  Technical Deep Dive  |  Wednesday, May 29, 2019  | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm


The Innovation Centre at Red River College is a high-performance building in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, one of the first in the region to target net-zero while adding to a historic building. Targeting an EUI of 100, the design process made use of cloud computing for early phase energy modeling, extensive energy data from similar building types, hybrid modeling to overcome software obstacles, and employed a design-assist process for the design of BIPV panels. This case study offers valuable lessons and practical advice on how to meet ambitious energy targets while using technically advanced methods and technologies.



Vancouver’s Heritage Meets Modern Building Technology

Stream 1: Green Buildings & New Building Technologies  |  Two Hour Guided Tour  |  Wednesday, May 29, 2019  |  2:30pm – 5:00pm

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This tour session will lead participants through a AAA class 405,000 sq. ft. office tower with hotel and retail components. Attendees will get a glimpse of the historic 11-storey Vancouver Old Stock Exchange building façade, that has earned a “Heritage Building” designation. The Exchange is the first Vancouver heritage conservation to achieve LEED Platinum Certification. Participants will learn about the building’s exemplary environmental features, including a geo-exchange and solar thermal system, radiant heating/cooling, LED lighting and rainwater harvesting. The Exchange will expend only half the energy of a like-sized office tower and has been developed with sustainability and occupant wellbeing in mind.



Fuel Switching Retrofits At Scale

Stream 4: Retrofits for a Clean and Resilient Economy  |  Panel Presentation  |  Wednesday, May 29, 2019  | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Retrofit programs and policies that concentrate on improvements in energy efficiency alone will be insufficient in meeting our carbon emissions reduction targets. That’s why industry actors, from local governments to building owners, must support and engage in deep emissions retrofits of existing buildings. This session explores some of the key components of fuel switching retrofits using the concept of market transformation. The session presents a roadmap that identifies the regulatory and other tools necessary to make the switch, as well as the experiences of two large owners – BC Housing and QuadReal – in achieving cost-effective retrofits at scale.



Zero Carbon City: An In-depth Look at the City of Vancouver’s Approach to Policy and Projects of a Zero Emissions Future

Stream 2: Sustainable Buildings in the New Carbon World  |  Technical Deep Dive  |  Thursday, May 30, 2019  | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

As a global leader in sustainability, the City of Vancouver will share its approach to the diverse set of municipal buildings that are under construction and undergoing retrofit to successfully achieve a Zero Carbon City. The presenters will share the larger civic goals and policies that have led to a variety of strategies tailored to unique building types and conditions. HCMA and Integral Group will then share their experience working on the Vancouver Fire Hall 17, the City of Vancouver’s first non-residential project targeting Passive House, CaGBC Zero Carbon, LEED v4 Gold and Net Zero Energy. The presenters will share lessons learned on one of the most ambitious projects in North America and offer insights on the overlap and conflict between the different certifications.


Date(s): May 28, 2019

Speaker: Ali Nazari - Senior Principal, Energy & Sustainability Director Canada; Lisa Westerhoff - Sustainability Research & Planning Associate; Gordon McDonald - Mechanical Principal; Alex Wong - Mechanical Associate; Scott Ghomeshi - Project Manager