Green Building Festival: register now for the best in eco-architecture learning

After a successful partnership with IIDEX in 2009, the most diverse and important green building conference and exposition in Canada returns to the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. The GBF provides industry professionals with the opportunity to connect with green building thought leaders and get first-hand access to the latest research and business experiences. Rather than telling the design and building communities why they should build green, GBF provides the tools, best practices, financing solutions and networking opportunities to enable and empower practitioners to improve the performance of their projects. This year, the festival introduces a new training series (beyond the core seminars) on issues ranging from energy-modelling software training to green low-rise home design


The breakdown of the Green Building Festival is as follows:


* Plenary Sessions:  Wednesday, September 22

* Breakout Sessions: Thursday, September 23

* Training Sessions: Friday, September 24

* Green Building Festival Expositino: September 23-24


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The Green Building Festival: The Best in Eco-Architecture Products

Building on last year’s success, the Green Building Festival exposition has been expanded to include a broad cross-section of Canada’s leading green building and design sector suppliers. From cement to eco-paints, green roofs to insulation, this year’s show is the best yet!


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Wednesday Plenary Highlights

Stadthaus: World’s Tallest Timber High-Rise

The nine-storey Stadthaus in London is the tallest building to have load-bearing walls, floors and cores constructed entirely from timber. Waugh Thistleton Architects’ design stores 186 tons of carbon within its structure for its lifetime.


A River in the Desert: Wadi Hanifah Restoration Project

Running through the heart of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the 120-kilometre Wadi Hanifah river has been restored by Moriyama & Teshima Architects through a strategy of naturalization and bio-remediation. Now the river is part of a thriving system of parks and naturalized green spaces.


Masdar Development – Climate Engineering for a Carbon-Neutral City

Masdar, Abu Dhabi, will be an ecological city of the future. As its climate engineers, Transsolar had to set the highest targets possible for energy savings and comfort, learning from the region itself how to naturally reduce energy and materials.


GBF Networking Lunch – Toronto: Portland

Exploring urbanism from a global perspective, the GBF hosts a networking lunch on Wednesday with Sam Adams, the Mayor of Portland, Oregon. Mark Edlen of Gerding Edlen Development will show how Portland has created compelling residential, educational and commercial spaces and become a globally recognized leader in green building using the “10 Principles of Place.” Toronto, on the other hand, is in the midst of an urban renewal, typified by such projects as 60 Richmond Street Co-op. Stephen Teeple of Teeple Architects will elucidate on his firm’s beautiful and sustainable social housing project.


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Thursday Seminar Highlights
Design Panel on Sustainable and Healthy Communities

This three-hour p
resentation by six prominent urban design professionals along with members of the Council for Canadian Urbanism explores downtown revitalization and regeneration, intensification and infill, transit-oriented development and green urban extensions. The seminar also discusses the latest methods and tools, such as LEED ND (Neighbourhood Development).


One Planet House Retrofit

This case study delves into the making of one of the greenest homes in North America. Situated in Ottawa, the 1920s house was stripped down to its shell and retrofitted to meet LEED Platinum/ PassivHaus standards using the One Planet framework, which will be examined at length.


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