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Thursday, May 2

10:30am PDT

Sweden-Canada-Dene Knowledge Exchange for Canada’s First Carbon-Negative Building in the Subarctic
The Northern Centre for Sustainability is a project for social and environmental healing and active reconciliation, knowledge transfer, open-hearted conversations and community-facing initiatives for job creation and greenhouse gas reduction. Climate Change Global Goal 13 urges everyone to take action to slow climate change, and we are embracing this challenge. One of our new business goals for 2019 is to create 30 projects with zero carbon footprints.

The participants will get a comparison of the Swedish and Canadian building regulations. Marie-Claude Dubois will explain how the Swedish building regulations and environmental certification system Miljöbyggnad have been instrumental in reaching the NZEB goals as stated in the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and compare it to the Canadian perspective.

The participants will have a better understand of the evolution since the first passive houses Lindås in 2001, to state-of-the-art energy renovation projects such as Brogården and plus energy house Villa Åkarp (2006), Marie-Claude Dubois will discuss positive outcomes of passive and NZEB projects as well as technical challenges particularly regarding wood construction details, thermal bridging, moisture, etc.

The White Research Lab has been a fundamental part of our working culture — the practice was established in 1951. The research focuses upon three key themes: equitable architecture, resource efficiency and informed design. Our four development networks (Research, Wood, Light and Tectonics) are creative clusters that operate in direct relation to practice and help us achieve a greater depth of knowledge within important transdisciplinary fields of research.

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

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William Gagnon

Building Engineer, Green Building Specialist, Ecology North
William is leading the project for the Northern Centre for Sustainability in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, in Northern Canada. He is a building engineer and is currently pursuing graduate studies in sustainable carbon management (UQAC 2018). He studied bioclimatic architecture... Read More →
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Marie-France Stendahl

Business Development Director, White Arkitekter AB & Lund Tekniska Högskola
Marie-France Stendahl is an architect of Canadian nationality with 15 years of international experience since her graduation from the Swiss Federal Institude of Technology (ETH). Having joined White in 2006, Marie-France acts as project leader and is responsible for establishing White... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha A

2:00pm PDT

Materials Specifications and the Oft-Ignored Time Value of Carbon
Since organizations like Architecture 2030, AIA, and USGBC have traditionally focused on reducing operational carbon emissions, shifting some of our focus to address the more immediate challenge of embodied carbon requires wide-spread education on the emerging toolbox available to industry professionals.
 This session will equip manufacturers, architects, designers, and other building industry professionals with specific and practical strategies for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the industry toward making buildings part of the solution instead of less of the problem. 
Learning from experts in climate-friendly design, construction, and product manufacturing, participants will be empowered to ensure that their daily work contributes to creating a balanced climate.

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

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Lisa Conway

VP Sustainability, Americas, Interface
Lisa Conway is the VP of Sustainability, Americas for Interface – the modular flooring manufacturer that is leading industry to love the world. As a member of a global team, she and her team are responsible for regional activation of the company’s mission: Climate Take Back. They’re... Read More →
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Kirsten Ritchie

Principal/Director of Sustainable Design, Gensler
Kirsten Ritchie, a Principal and Director of Sustainable Design at Gensler, has over 30 years of experience in the world of green building and urban infrastructure. Always focused on ways to make our built environment a healthier, happier and more environmentally sound place, she... Read More →
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Stacy Smedley

Director of Sustainability, Skanska
Stacy Smedley, with a degree in Architecture from the University of Washington, in Seattle, is the architect behind the extension of the Bertschi School Science Wing in Seattle, USA. The Science Wing has been certified as the world's fourth Living Building - making it a giant step... Read More →
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Anita Snader

Environmental Sustainability Manager, Armstrong World Industries
Anita Snader is the Environmental Sustainability Manager of Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster, PA. She manages the sustainability strategy for Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions, and serves as an internal environmental advocate, and environmental spokesperson. She is a LEED... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha A

3:45pm PDT

Scaling Paris Solutions at Catalyst: The World’s Largest Zero Energy Building + Combustion Free District Energy
Zero energy is entering its next phase of scale and sophistication. New, powerful partners are coming together to provide Paris Solutions leadership at a scale previously not seen, providing substantial financial, institutional and knowledge resources to champion a fossil fuel free future. Combustion-free district energy systems offer the opportunity to use different heat pumps types and thermal sharing to deliver Paris target consistent energy at maximum efficiency (surpassing individual buildings) and cost-effectiveness. Maximizing the grid benefit of zero energy buildings to match real-time energy use and grid demand with generation and energy return to grid reduces the grid’s fossil fuel load. The scale of the buildings themselves is moving from the low four and five figure square feet into six figures, including multiple tenants and uses. Catalyst brings all these elements together, representing a substantial step forward in the history of zero energy.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU credits

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Ash Awad

Chief Market Officer, McKinstry
With more than 20 years of industry experience, Ash is responsible for McKinstry’s market development strategy and provides leadership for the sales and business development efforts of all lines of business. His extensive knowledge in the industry includes systems engineering, evaluation... Read More →
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Craig Curtis

President, Katerra Architecture
Craig was a partner with The Miller Hull Partnership for 30 years before joining the Katerra team. Craig’s projects at Miller Hull included the Bullitt Center, the world’s first commercial office building to meet the stringent requirements of the Living Building Challenge, and... Read More →
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Michael Frank

Vice President of Engineering, McKinstry
Michael oversees all McKinstry engineering teams. He is passionate about designing for performance and is proud to work with and manage a team of amazing engineers who are also active participants in the communities in which they live and work. Over the course of his career, he’s... Read More →
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Latisha Hill

Senior Vice President, Avista
Latisha is senior vice president at Avista Development where she works to build economic vibrancy in communities. She also served on the Washington State Transportation Commission. Latisha is on the boards of Empire Health Foundation, Washington State University at Spokane, Visit... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha A
Friday, May 3

10:30am PDT

Carbon Drawdown Now! Prefabricated, Carbon-Storing Building Components Built Before Your Eyes
Living buildings must be buildings that are part of the climate solution, and the way to achieve this is to ensure that we are building with materials that store more carbon than is released during harvesting/extraction, transportation and manufacturing (“embodied carbon”). There is a surprisingly wide array of materials that are healthy both for building occupants and for the climate, and they are available in every bio-region. The presenters will share their knowledge of embodied carbon issues and the opportunities that abound to use abundant agricultural residues, silvicultural products, and waste stream materials that act as carbon capture and storage devices as building materials. However, this won’t just be a theory session: the presenters will share examples of carbon-storing buildings they have built, and they will actively construct a high-performance prefabricated building component (wall, floor or roof section) made only with non-toxic, regionally appropriate, affordable, carbon-storing materials.

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

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David Arkin

Founder/Director, California Straw Building Association (CASBA)
David Arkin, AIA, is one of the founders and current Director of the California Straw Building Association (CASBA).  He is past-President of Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADSPR) and served fror twelve years as a board member of the Solar Living Institute... Read More →
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Chris Magwood

Director, Endeavour Centre
Chris Magwood is obsessed with making the best, most energy efficient, carbon sequestering, healthy, beautiful and inspiring buildings. Chris is currently the executive director of The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario, where he... Read More →
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Ace McArleton

Managing Partner, New Frameworks Natural Design Build
Ace McArleton founded New Frameworks Natural Design/Build to offer green remodeling and new construction services blending healthy, low-carbon materials and methods with high-performance design. Ace instructs in the Natural Building Certificate Program at Yestermorrow School, is co-author... Read More →
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Jacob Deva Racusin

Managing Partner, New Frameworks Natural Build
Jacob Deva Racusin is co-owner of New Frameworks Natural Design/Build, offering services in green remodeling, new construction, consultation, and education featuring low-impact high-performance building technologies. Through his work as a designer, builder, consultant, and educator... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha A

2:00pm PDT

Informed Design for Zero-Carbon Urban Housing
This session invites those who share an interest in multifamily housing to discuss the critical data we have and still need in order to deliver “living” urban housing that contributes to a carbon-free, resilient future and enhances the lives and well-being of people living in urban communities. Multifamily housing is often challenged by a lack of robust data about the building type, scant feedback about the needs of the communities served by a project, and highly variable and unpredictable use patterns. This panel takes a closer look at the data we have and the collection methods we use to better understand construction, operations, and the experience of residents for this complex building type.

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

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Katie Ackerly

Associate, David Baker Architects
Katie Ackerly is an Associate at David Baker Architects, a top multi-housing design firm based in San Francisco. Katie is DBA’s Sustainability Lead, and acts as the firm’s resource and advocate for building-performance tools and best practices. Katie came to architecture with... Read More →
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Sean Armstrong

Principal and Project Manager, Redwood Energy
Sean is a Project Manager at Redwood Energy, a Zero Net Energy residential design firm that focuses on low-income subsidized housing for working families, senior citizens, veterans and the homeless. Sean has led the design of 2300 residences of built Zero Net Energy housing and 3000... Read More →
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Bruce King

Founder, Ecological Building Network
Bruce King is a recovering structural engineer with 40 years of experience designing buildings of every size and type around the world, from Port-au-Prince to Palo Alto. He is the author of "Buildings of Earth and Straw," "Making Better Concrete," "Design of Straw Bale Buildings... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha A

3:30pm PDT

China's Road to Zero Energy
China is the world’s largest global energy consumer, with buildings accounting for approximately one quarter of the country’s total primary energy. From 2010 to 2030 China is expected to add two billion square meters of residential, commercial and institutional buildings each year, tripling the primary energy use of buildings. Limiting and eventually reducing the growth of emissions from the buildings sector remains one of the world’s most crucial tasks in order to curb global carbon emissions. 
Unfortunately, current approaches to green building in China are simply not enough to reduce the rapid growth in building energy consumption. China’s Road to Zero Energy, a research paper by the ILFI and Lawrence Berkley National Lab (LBNL) has shown that Zero Energy buildings must be a key strategy in order for China to meet the Paris Climate agreement targets. 
Join this session to learn how ILFI is partnering with LBNL and China’s Academy of Building Research to scale Zero Energy in the world’s largest and fastest growing construction market. 

1.) Understand the current situation of building energy consumption in China
2.) Evaluate the impact on the global climate in China continues on its current trajectory
3.) Outline the critical importance of Zero Energy in reducing China’s global emmisions
4.) Discover how ILFI, LBNB and CABR intend to transform the world’s largest construction market through Zero Energy

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

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Zhang Shicong

Secretary General, Architecture Society of China
Secretary General: Zero Energy Building Committee of Architecture Society of China.PhD. Director: China Academy of Building Research.Mayor in Green Building codes and standards, Building Energy Efficiency Codes and Standards, Commercial Building Energy saving. Participated in several... Read More →
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James Connelly

Vice President, Strategic Growth, ILFI
A GreenBiz 30 under 30 sustainable business leader, James Connelly is the Vice President of Product and Strategic Growth at the International Living Future Institute.As VP of Strategic Growth, he leads ILFI in developing strategy and cultivating new business and partnership opportunities... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha A