Getting the “Green” Light: Sustainable Architecture Success Stories

Part of the Natural City Workshops, this one-day event takes place on Friday, June 2, 2006, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, and includes a networking lunch from 12:00pm – 1:30pm. The workshop venue is Room 1180 of the Bahen Centre for Information Technology located at 40 St. George Street in Toronto, Ontario.

The workshop will focus on how to achieve cost-effective “green” buildings that deliver enhanced durability and environmental performance, and will feature an introductory overview of the key elements influencing successful building designs and a comparison of the various “green” labelling programs available to building owners. This will be followed by case study presentations on recent success stories, and conclude with a panel discussion and open forum on the future of “green” building design and construction.

Dr. Ted Kesik, professor of building science at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto will speak on Perspectives on Sustainability. Professor Kesik is the moderator of the workshop and will present an overview on sustainable architecture, its evolution and foreseeable future directions from a Canadian perspective.

Martin Liefhebber, principal of Toronto’s Breathe Architect Inc., will speak on Smart Assemblies – The DNA of Sustainable Architecture. Liefhebber has been instrumental in advancing green design through his built projects for more than two decades, by eliminating reliance on fossil fuels, using renewable resources, and sourcing manufacturers that do not reduce the value of the environment or adversely affect occupant health. Breathe Architect Inc. is an award-winning architectural firm fusing expertise from a variety of interrelated disciplines to develop affordable and environmentally sensitive projects on behalf of progressive clients demanding innovative solutions. His presentation of several recent projects will reveal how holistic and nature-centred approaches have been combined to revolutionize building design and construction conventions.

The Thomas L. Wells Public School in Scarborough, Ontario, by Baird Sampson Neuert Architects will be discussed as a case study. The school is designed as a terrain for engagement with learning, society and the environment. The classrooms are grouped around courtyards, a central library, and a multi-purpose room, maximizing green space on the compact site and providing a transparent, stimulating place of growth for young learners as well as a sense of civic community for surrounding residents. Conceived as a “system of systems,” the building integrates architectural design with environmental performance. This presentation will deal with the practical challenges of achieving high performance schools and advancing their design standards.

Derek Ballantyne, CEO of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, will discuss the Regent Park Phase 1 Redevelopment. The revitalization of Regent Park is the largest redevelopment of a social housing community in Canada. Located in east downtown Toronto, the 69-acre community is bordered by Parliament, Gerrard, River and Shuter streets. Redevelopment will proceed over the next 10-12 years in six phases, with Phase 1 scheduled to begin construction in 2006. Phase 1 covers four blocks in the area of Parliament, Oak, Sackville and Dundas Streets. It will translate to approximately 700 units of housing – market, social housing and affordable ownership. The presentation will feature the process of planning and implementing improved social housing and community design within the urban centre.

The general fee is $295, or $250 for industry professionals, including architects, landscape architects, engineers and planners. The student fee is $100.

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