SBSP Industry Night 2016

Date: Thursday, 10 March 2016

Location: CIRS BC Hydro Theatre, 2260 West Mall, UBC

The Sustainable Building Science Program‘s annual Industry Event brings together students, faculty members and industry professionals active in the sustainable building industry. This year’s theme was ‘The Future of Sustainable Buildings’. The first half of this event involved a panel discussion on this topic from panelists representing different aspects of sustainable building science. The second half of the event was focused on networking and showcase of the research that has been done in this field at UBC and BCIT. We were fortunate to have a great representaion in our panel from the sustainable building science industry:

Geoff McDonnell: Principal at Geoff McDonell Management Inc. Specializes in low energy semi-passive building systems including radiant cooling, displacement ventilation, and high performance building envelope design.

Chris Higgins: Green Buildings Planner at the City of Vancouver. His work is focused on making leading envelope focused building codes, as well as achieving greenhouse gas reductions through rezoning policy for new buildings and creating incentives for existing homes.

Sonja Janousek: Sustainability Coordinator at Fraser Health Authority. Focus on waste management and employee engagement in buildings.

Mark Devereux: Chief Strategy Officer at Roadhouse Interactive. Focuses on encouraging human behaviour change to reduce consumption in commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

Gerry McGeough: Director, Planning and Design at UBC Campus and Community Planning.

Blair McCarry: Owner, Blair McCarry Consulting. Focuses low energy use, carbon neutral building operations, low potable water use and reuse, reduced waste to landfills, and healthy buildings.

Facilitators: Stefan Storey (former SBSP trainee) and Dr. Thomas Froese (Civil Engineering Professor).

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Some of the questions that were discussed by the panelist were:

  1. What important developments do to you anticipate relating to Energy and buildings (renewable energy sources/distribution/grid/etc.; energy performance of buildings; energy management/policies/regulations/pricing for buildings, occupant’s behavior w.r.t. energy; etc.).
  2.  What important developments do to you anticipate relating to technologies related to or impacting buildings (green building materials/components/technologies; Sensors/Big Data/smart buildings and cities; Social networks; etc.)
  3. What important developments do to you anticipate relating to design and industry practices for buildings (integrated project delivery; building information modeling; modular/manufactured building; profitability/affordability issues; regulatory/economic issues)

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