IT’S A WRAP. Thank you to all who participated in PHCC 2019!  

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Professional Development:

AIBC*: Up to 12 Core LUs / 4 Core LUs for Golden Horseshoe Tour / 3 Core LUs for York Loop Tour
BC Housing: Up to 12 training hours / 4 training hours for Golden Horseshoe Tour/ 3 training hours for York Loop Tour
PHI: 16 Credit Points - ID: V146_2019_CA
OAA: All participants will receive a certificate of attendance for those requesting & self reporting CEUs 
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Plenary Session (AC223) [clear filter]
Thursday, October 17

8:30am EDT

Conference Kick-Off!
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Lloyd Alter

Design Editor, TreeHugger
Lloyd Alter is design editor of TreeHugger. He has been an architect, developer, inventor and prefab entrepreneur. He has contributed The Guardian, Azure and Corporate Knights magazines, and is Adjunct Professor teaching sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
AC223 - Plenary Session Lecture Theater

9:00am EDT

Opening Feature: Passive House on a Large Scale - Applying Lessons Learned
Passive House on a Large Scale - Applying Lessons Learned
Lois Arena, Steven Winter Associates and Deborah Moelis, Handel Architects
At 26 stories and 270,000 sq. ft. The House at Cornell Tech in New York City is one of the largest Passive House buildings in the world. The lessons learned from this project are now being applied on an even larger scale: Sendero Verde, in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood takes the principles of market rate multifamily Passive House design and squeezes the budget to meet low-income housing, as per New York City Housing Preservation & Development standards.

When complete, Sendero will be the largest PH building in the world and a model for all to follow, showing that deep sustainable design is possible and affordable.

The talk will explore the design and completion of The House and how lessons learned are being applied to a mixed-use, 100% affordable housing project. Deborah and Lois will explore some of the obstacles that have been overcome to implement PH at such scales and compare and contrast the 352-unit market-rate tower, completed and certified, with the 699-unit affordable housing Sendero Verde project, soon to start construction.

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Lois Arena

Director of Passive House Services, Steven Winter Associates
Lois Arena, Director of Passive House Services at Steven Winter Associates, Inc., possesses over 25 years experience in the building science field and has extensive experience with new and existing buildings.  Lois holds both US and international Passive House consultant certifications... Read More →
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Deborah Moelis

Principal, Handel Architects
Deborah Moelis, AIA CPHD, is a Principal and a founding member of Handel Architects, and a licensed Architect in New York and California, and a Certified Passive House Designer. Ms. Moelis has lectured extensively on the principles of Passive House design in various locations and... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
AC223 - Plenary Session Lecture Theater
Friday, October 18

9:00am EDT

Be Smart - Build Smart
Moderator: Jenny McMinn

Be Smart - Build Smart
Christian Cianfrone, Zero Emissions Buildings Exchange (ZEBx), Executive Director
Zachary May, Director, Building Codes & Standards, Province of British Columbia 
Richard Yancey, Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex), Executive Director

Zachary May developed and introduced the BC Energy Step Code - providing a roadmap in the code to Net Zero Energy Ready buildings by 2032. Fostering innovation, industry knowledge and capacity building is critical to the successful advancement of low-energy building construction. For a particular construction market, these objectives can be greatly accelerated through the creation of Building Centres of Excellence. Christian Cianfrone, Executive Director of The Zero-Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx, Vancouver) and Richard Yancey, the Executive Director of the Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex, New York), along with Zachary, will discuss the important role Centres of Excellence can play to support policy making and market transformation for low-energy construction.

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Jenny McMinn

Managing Director, Urban Equation
As Managing Director of Urban Equation, Jenny leads the Real Estate and Sustainability consulting practice. Prior to joining Urban Equation, for nearly a decade at Halsall Associates (now WSP), Jenny led design teams, municipalities and building owners in the creation of award winning... Read More →
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Zachary May

Director of Building Codes and Standards, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Province of British Columbia
Zac joined the Building and Safety Standards Branch in May 2012 as Codes Administrator. Today, in his role as Director, Building Codes & Standards, Zac focusses on leading and advising project groups, and developing and drafting technical regulations and policies related to the BC... Read More →
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Richard Yancey

Executive Director, Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex)
Richard C. Yancey, FAIA, LEED AP, is the founding Executive Director of the Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) a nonprofit center of excellence that accelerates the transition to healthy, comfortable and energy efficient buildings by serving as a resource and trusted expert to the building... Read More →
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Christian Cianfrone

Executive Director, Zero Emissions Buildings Exchange (ZEBx)
Prior to joining ZEBx as its first Executive Director, Christian spent 13 years as a building energy consultant, working on hundreds of high performance projects, developing progressive energy policy, and researching and presenting emerging and innovative content across North America... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
AC223 - Plenary Session Lecture Theater

3:45pm EDT

Closing Feature: Building as a Conscious Act: Finding Opportunity in Health, Resiliency and Community
Building as a Conscious Act: Finding Opportunity in Health, Resiliency and Community
Eric Corey Freed, Morrison Hershfield
100,000 years ago, humans had a near extinction. From those 2000 people came the billions we have today. Now we are facing a new threat of extinction.

In the next decade, more than 6,000 cities, states, and provinces around the world will try to do something that has eluded humanity for 50 years: reduce their carbon emissions. But at our rate of urbanization, we’re building the equivalent of a city the size of New York every five weeks.

Ideas that seem crazy today will seem sane in 10 years. In a world where we will “do anything” to end homelessness (except build homes); will “do anything” to end hunger (except provide food); and will “do anything” to cut emissions (except use less coal), we need new, bold solutions to our address our built environment.

In this talk, we’ll journey through an inspirational look at the global crises facing the world and a variety of ways to transform your business to adapt to a warmer, wetter world. Learn from our work with hundreds of municipalities, agencies, and companies to reduce their carbon, boost their performance, slash their operational expenses, and provide healthy spaces for everyone. Learn how to link design to outcome and uncover new ways to expand your business.

Design affects everything. The typeface in your child's textbook affects their ability to comprehend the information. The ceiling height of your office affects the productivity of your employees. Imagine how you can use design to transform your business to improve outcomes in health, energy, carbon, and more. If you plan cities for cars & traffic, you get cars & traffic. If you plan for people & places, you get people & places.
Hear from an award winning architect and author in a lively discussion that will change how you look at the near future.

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Eric Corey Freed

Sustainability Disruptor, Morrison Hershfield
Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker.  As Sustainability Disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn't know were holding them back.  He was Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
AC223 - Plenary Session Lecture Theater