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2012 Green Building Festival starts tomorrow


October 10, 2012
by Canadian Architect

Taking place from October 11-12, 2012 in Toronto, the 2012 Green Building Festival features key decision-makers and opinion leaders in the sustainable building sector – including experts such as Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the International Living Future Institute, the Seattle-based hub for visionary green building programs, Edward Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 and developer of the widely-adopted 2030 Challenge, and Mario Cucinella, the renowned Italian architect who has won dozens of major awards in international competitions – who will gather with a range of players from across the burgeoning sector at the beautiful Evergreen Brick Works – Toronto’s LEED Platinum “Centre for Green Cities.”

The new Ontario Building Code, Low-Impact Development Guidelines, and the move from prescriptive to performance-based standards are the timely topics that drive core programming at the 2012 Green Building Festival. Sustainable building experts will address the real world practicalities of understanding, meeting, and exceeding the new SB-10 energy efficiency requirements in the Ontario Building Code.  

Marking the opening of registration for the 2012 Green Building Festival, Mike Singleton, Executive Director of Sustainable Buildings Canada, explained, “It’s our 7th year hosting the Festival and we are pleased to once again offer this outstanding opportunity for green building professionals to learn from built environment visionaries and experts.”

Singleton adds, “Delegates will hear about innovative design concepts and fresh management approaches to address the move from prescriptive to performance-based building codes and they will leave with practical tools to help them understand, meet – and even exceed – the regulations for environmental performance.”

Programming will appeal to building owners and developers, architects, designers, engineers, and planners as well as many other industry and government professionals.

Keynote speaker Jason F. McLennan, widely considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today, explains: “I’m coming to the Festival because there is a growing need for sustainability solutions that move across scales. We need rigorous environmental performance standards that don’t exist in a vacuum – they need to be part of a web of influences moving from the materials we build with, to the structures we create and maintain, and on to the communities we inhabit.” 

McLennan adds, “My role as keynote speaker is to help inspire and educate Festival attendees by promoting an international vision for community-driven transformation and sharing the results of the world’s first Living Building projects, proof positive that buildings can thrive in partnership with the ecosystems they inhabit.” 

Festival programming includes informative and interactive presentations on low-impact development, achieving building performance, and sustainable human behaviour in facilities management. Skills-building workshops and networking events including Sustainable Buildings Canada’s Lifetime Achievement Awards Reception complete the jam-packed two-day agenda.

For more information, please visit www.sbcanada.org/gbfestival or contact Rebecca Black at 416.535.2586 or at reblacka@gmail.com.

Registration for the Festival can be done online at http://gbfestival.eventbrite.ca.


keynote speaker jason mclennan
keynote speaker jason mclennan


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