RAIC Virtual Conference on Architecture 2022
Building on the success of the 2020 and 2021 virtual conference delivery, the Royal Architecture Insitute of Canada will present weekly live broadcasts scheduled over several days in June at the RAIC Virtual Conference on Architecture 2022. With over 36 hours of live and on-demand content, the event will allow participants to build knowledge, skills, and competencies, network, and fulfill continuing education requirements.
Integral Group is proud to be represented at the RAIC Virtual Conference on Architecture 2022 in the following sessions:
Raising the Floor: Cutting Embodied Carbon Takes a Whole Design Team
Monday, June 6, 2022 | 11:00 AM ET + On-Demand
There’s been a lot of dialogue around embodied carbon recently. While there’s been great progress with structural and enclosure materiality, design teams are still leaving lots of carbon on the table, especially around mechanical, electrical, and plumbing designs. By broadening our view of embodied carbon emissions to include other elements–that can be as impactful as concrete, steel, or wood– we unlock more opportunities to tighten the carbon footprint of our projects and to fully account for the impacts of our built environment.
Additionally, at COP26, the first review of the NDCs (Nationally Defined Contributions), and the sixth IPCC report, all signs point towards we are not on track with our climate targets, and stronger immediate action are required. For new construction, this means even more urgency on reducing upfront emissions, as opposed to those happening in 50 years.
This discussion will provide attendees with the tools needed to facilitate deeper conversations around embodied carbon in a manner that includes full design teams. For architects, this means knowing more about all sources of embodied carbon and the key contributors beyond core structural and enclosure elements. To further accelerate this critical topic, Integral Group will present new and meaningful opportunities to find carbon savings in your projects.
- Louise Hamot, Global Lead of Sustainable Innovation
- Jeremy Field, Senior Sustainability Advisor
Whole Life Carbon: The Design of High-Performance Buildings Across Climate Zones
Monday, June 6, 2022 | 11:00 AM ET + On-Demand
As the focus on climate change continues to intensify, sustainability, climate resilience, occupant health and comfort, and energy efficiency are becoming increasingly significant design considerations for architects, building owners, and developers. Buildings currently account for approximately 40% of all energy consumption in North America and up to 30% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and recent climate events have highlighted the need to assess future climate impacts on buildings. As a result, there is a clear need to design, construct and operate highly efficient, climate-resilient buildings with a lesser environmental impact and meet the needs of their occupants.
The case for comfortable, climate-resilient, and energy-efficient buildings comprises the need to curtail climate change and the increasing operating costs of operating less efficient buildings in the future. As governments mobilize to tackle issues related to climate change, the feasibility of projects will be impacted by building operational costs, mandatory energy reporting, carbon taxation, and increasingly rigorous building codes.
To change the performance of buildings, we need to understand how to integrate design solutions that ultimately deliver occupant comfort, are climate-resilient, and eliminate the carbon impact. Municipalities are beginning to mandate sustainable and resilient design strategies and methodologies for new buildings and the retrofit of existing buildings, such as thermal comfort targets, the Passive House standard, low or zero-carbon designs, the use of mass timber, and building electrification. Social housing providers and private developers are increasingly investigating strategies to mitigate the future impacts of climate change on buildings and their future occupants. How these principles and strategies apply across the country is varied.
RAIC Foundation Event: A Glimpse at the Past for a Look to the Future
Monday, June 6, 2022 | 2:30 – 4:00PM ET Live
The RAIC Foundation Event will feature a presentation by Kevin Hydes, founder, first CEO, and president of Integral Group, and the announcement of the 2021 scholarship recipients.
Kevin is internationally renowned as a leader in sustainable design and for his contributions to the green building movement. His passion for sustainability was recognized with a USGBC Leadership Award in 2019. Kevin was awarded an honorary fellowship by the RAIC College of Fellows in 2020.
Speaker: Louise Hamot, Jeremy Field, Chris Doel, Mike Godawa, Kevin Hydes