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Thursday, May 2 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Collaborating in a Future Climate: Challenges and Opportunities in Low-Carbon, Resilient Building Design

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This session addresses an increasingly important topic area: best practices in resilient building design. While significant emphasis has been placed on mediating the impacts of human activities on the environment and climate in the ‘green’ building industry, there is a growing sense of the need to create flexible and adaptive buildings that are resilient to climatic and other risks. Addressing these risks, which range from forest fires and earthquakes, to epidemics and power outages, necessarily requires an integrated and collaborative approach to design. Working across stakeholder groups and design team members is key to identifying the strategies that can efficiently harness resources to address multiple risks, all while reducing energy use and emissions and contributing positively to individual and social well-being.

This session will begin by showcasing examples of resilient building design processes to share lessons learned on effective collaboration, identify key design strategies, and highlight the many community and environmental benefits of resilient buildings. This will occur via presentations from our 4 panelists.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Ralph Wells

Community Energy Manager + Sustainability and Engineering, University of British Columbia
As Community Energy Manager for UBC, Ralph is responsible for reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions in the University of BC residential neighbourhoods, and helping to define a regenerative vision for neighbourhood development. Previously, Ralph was the Sustainability Manager... Read More →
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Angie Woo

Climate Resilience & Adaptation, Lead, Facilities Management, Energy & Environmental Sustainability (EES)
Angie leads a Climate Resilience & Adaptation Program. It emerged from a recognition that climate risks and impacts to health infrastructure already have cascading impacts on health service delivery, and that development of site-based low-carbon adaptation options will increase the... Read More →
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Wilco van Bemmel

Founder & CEO, Dunefield
Wilco is the founder and CEO of urban development firm Dunefield. In his projects, he builds partnerships between residents, businesses, community groups and cities to improve the economic vitality, sustainability and affordability of communities. With over 15 years of experience... Read More →
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Lisa Westerhoff

Associate, Integral Group
Leading the Research and Planning team at Integral Group, Lisa brings her expertise in climate change, sustainability and resilience planning and policy to her work with academic, government, and not-for-profit institutions. Lisa works at multiple scales on projects ranging from the... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Quinault Room (5th floor)