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Living Future 08


April 16-18, 2008
Vancouver, BC
(604) 682-3377

What is an "unconference" you ask?

Living Future provides a different way of viewing our built environment - a way that requires new tools, new perspectives and better collaboration. We will bring experts to the fore to share their experience and knowledge. Yet this will not be another conference of "talking heads". To create truly sustainable communities, we all have to be actively involved in finding the solutions - and that means YOU!

Please visit the Living Future 08 website: http://www.cascadiagbc.org/living-future/08/programs and the Cascadia USGBC website: http://www.cascadiagbc.org

Copyright © 2008 Cascadia Region Green Building Council, All Rights Reserved.


April 17, 2008

- Living Building: Energy and Carbon Neutrality
- Wholistic Engineering: Applied to a Living Building Water System
- Be a Product Detective: Sleuthing the Truth About Building Materials
- The Birds, the Bees, the Flowers and the Trees: Biodiversity in the Urban Environment
- Living Buildings and the Precautionary Principle
- Green Land Development of the Year, LEED-H Platinum. . .Now What?
- BIM and Sustainable Design: Current Abilities and Future Possibilities
- Design for Deconstruction and Zero Waste
- Big Barriers - Financing and Codes
- Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture and Planning
- 15 Minutes of Brilliance: Transformative Solutions for the Next Generation

April 18, 2008

- New Tools to Assess and Alter the Carbon Impact of Development
- Carbon Markets: How Communities and Buildings are Supplying and Buying
    into Tradable Offsets

- Green Building Materials Through the Pharos Lens
- Successfully Sourcing Local FSC Products
- Crafting a One Planet Community: What Does Zero Waste and Zero Carbon
   Really Look Like?

- Charting a Course Towards Water Independence:
  Achieving Net-Zero Water in Living Buildings

- Residential Remodeling - Model Remodel: Renovating for Massive Change
- Scaling it Up: Beyond Buildings to Low Carbon Communities
- Living Cities - Remaking Our Cities One Neighborhood at a Time
- Alternative Ownership Models and Housing for the Homeless

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April 17, 2008

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Living Building: Energy and Carbon Neutrality

With buildings responsible for more than 40 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, how can we design buildings that are carbon neutral? Can good building design enable us to reach carbon neutrality or do we require carbon offsets? This session will present projects designed by Busby Perkins+Will and Stantec Consulting that are striving for carbon neutrality and Offsetters.ca will explore the complexities of the carbon offset market.

Presenter Bios

Peter Busby

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Managing Director of Busby Perkins+Will, Peter is involved in the design and sustainable direction of each project the firm engages. A founding member of the Canada Green Building Council, Peter is recognized internationally as a leader in green building design and Busby Perkins+Will is considered one of North America's leading green practices with the largest portfolio of built green projects in Canada. With more than 20 years of successful projects completed under Peter's guidance and across market sectors, the firm has received more than 90 design honours including 6 Governor General Awards, 9 Lieutenant Governor Awards, and an American Institute of Architects Top 10 Green Building Award for the City of White Rock Operations Building, the first new building in Canada to be certified LEED Gold. In recognition of his professional and community contributions, Peter was admitted to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1997.

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Jennifer Sanguinetti

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Jennifer is one of Stantec's original environmental design leaders and currently manages Stantec's Concepts group, a team that specializes in sustainable design services, looking for opportunities to optimize a client's building for the occupants, the environment and the bottom line. She is also one of Stantec's energy specialists with considerable expertise in both building and community scale energy choices, and seeks low-tech solutions for her sustainable designs, with a preference for simple designs, with more natural systems. She is a LEED Canada faculty member and a member of one of the Canada Green Building Council's LEED assessment teams. She was named one of Business in Vancouver's "Top 40 under 40" achievers and entrepreneurs in 2003.

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James Tansey

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James co-founded Offsetters Climate Neutral Society in 2005, and currently sits as its Chief Executive Officer. Since 2006, he has been a professor of Business Ethics at the University of British Columbia, jointly appointed between the Sauder School of Business and the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics. James' research activities cover a number of areas including social enterprise, climate change, and the social impacts and acceptability of new technologies. His current research focuses on emerging international markets for carbon exchange, social determinants of health in developed countries and the governance of biotechnology and genomics in Canada.

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Kathy Wardle

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Associate and Director of Research of Busby Perkins+Will, Kathy directs the firm's national Sustainable Design Initiative. Through her 4 years at Busby Perkins+Will she has amassed considerable experience with the LEED rating system, high performance green buildings and the Integrated Design Process, managing certification for a number of the firm's buildings including the successful LEED Gold White Rock Operations Center, and overseeing product research and feasibility studies for the firm. Kathy is active in the local green building community and often disburses her green knowledge through courses and lectures to diverse groups and through her involvement on project integrated design teams.

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Wholistic Engineering: Applied to a Living Building Water System

As humankind's impact to our environment is being recognized on a worldwide level, and as the world's population continues to grow (now at a rate of about 10,000 per hour) the same finite water resources are going to have to go farther and be treated wisely. In order to meet our future needs, solutions are needed that are both economical and environmentally friendly.

In this presentation, Mark will discuss his Wholistic Engineering approach as it applies to a Living Building Water System, which recognizes that the effectiveness of any water resource plan is dependent on numerous, and often unpredictable influences, and therefore the whole situation relating to our water resources must be taken into account. The many challenges facing water resource management involve cross-relationships among many kinds of complex components such as politics, special interests, laws & regulations, social concerns, economic & environmental issues, technology, and resources. The goal of Wholistic Engineering is to provide practical guidelines for simple economic solutions to complex environmental issues to meet future needs. The presentation topics also include: Closed-loop water and nutrient reuses, Water Sources Definitions (the "colors" of water), "Watergy" (the water & energy relationship), and Design Principles for Living Building Water Systems.

Presenter Bio

Mark Buehrer

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Mark is the founder and director of 2020 ENGINEERING located in Bellingham, Washington. He is a registered professional civil engineer, author, and inventor with broad experience in engineering design, construction and project management. Mark conceived and developed the concept of Wholistic Engineering, which provides an integrated "problem solving" approach that considers all issues and possible conditions related to the development of a project, such as: laws & regulations, social concerns, politics, special interests, economic & environmental issues, technology, and resources. Mark is currently serving on the Cascadia Region Green Building Council as a technical development member on the "Site Team" and "Water Team" for the development of The Living Building User's Guide and continued development of The Living Building Challenge standard. Mark is a registered professional civil engineer in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and other states. He has over 25 years of Civil Engineering experience.

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Be a Product Detective: Sleuthing the Truth About Building Materials

Many manufacturers now have marketing material that includes the LEED potential for their products. But this information offers no more than a peephole view of a material's performance and often is misleading...

The claims of "LEED certified" materials is a case in point.

What is the true value in the array of certifications that are touted on the fact sheet? And what are the other properties that contribute to a product's overall composition and environmental, health and social profile?

In this session we'll discuss how you currently find and use the information you need to evaluate product options as well as other sources and tools available. We'll also present "lessons learned" from the Living Future tradeshow survey, an attempt to glean a well-rounded impression of the products and services on display at the conference. Two frameworks for building material selection, GreenSpec and the Pharos Project, will guide the discussion of the process, from prescreening to hidden tradeoffs, and the ultimate impact of specification.

Presenter Bios

Jennifer Atlee

Jennifer Atlee is research director at BuildingGreen, Inc., the Vermont-based publisher of Environmental Building News (EBN), the GreenSpec Directory of green building products, and the online resource BuildingGreen Suite. Through her work with BuildingGreen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Toxics Use Reduction Institute, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Demand Management Institute, Jennifer has conducted research and analysis in a variety of sustainability topics including green building, commercial and industrial energy efficiency, electronics recycling, and the economics of toxics use reduction. A primary focus of hers has been developing and clarifying standards to assess the environmental sustainability of products and processes. To this end, her activities at BuildingGreen include updating product criteria for GreenSpec as well as providing technical and research support to other BuildingGreen projects and activities.

Tom Lent

Tom Lent is Policy Director for the Healthy Building Network. He has thirty years of experience with energy and environmental issues primarily focused on healthy and resource efficient building technologies and the environmental impact of buildings, materials, and energy. His career has been diverse, ranging from energy flow studies of row house attics to environmental critiques of war in Iraq to employment impact analyses of national energy investments to health analyses of PVC backed carpets, to coordinating a national solar and biodiesel fueled rock concert power system tour. Tom has helped coordinate development of the Green Guidelines for Health Care (GGHC), LEED - for Healthcare, Sustainable Bioplastic Guidelines and now the Pharos Project. He is a recipient of the US EPA IX Environmental Award for Outstanding Achievement for his work transforming the building materials market.

Eden Brukman

An architect and sustainable building advisor, Eden has focused her professional career on incorporating socially and environmentally responsible strategies into design and construction. Since 2005, her work expanded to also include research and implementation of sustainable policies, particularly related to building certification using the LEED rating system and the selection of appropriate building materials. Eden received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Illustration from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.

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The Birds, the Bees, the Flowers and the Trees:
Biodiversity in the Urban Environment


Global urban environments are growing at an unprecedented rate; by 2020, it is estimated that approximately 60% - 80% of the world's population will live in cities. This urban migration is already resulting in drastic changes to the natural systems in urban areas that provide a host of ecological services - from natural stormwater and flood control to the increased health and well-being of urban residents.

In this lively interactive session, experts in the fields of urban ecological science and design, landscape theory, environmental economics and global climate will explore the interplay of science, art, philosophy, economics and well-being benefits and will make the case for incorporating urban ecology, animal behavior and biodiversity into the urban fabric and built environment.

Discussion will include a look at how urban systems function with respect to climate protection, ethology, biodiversity, ecological and human health, stormwater management and urban heat island effects. The relationship to relevant issues will also be a focus, including connections with climate change impacts, issues of scale, policy and regulations that support urban biodiversity, as well as the tools and methodologies already in use.

Examples of innovative projects will include a sneak peek at the Seattle University sustainable master plan that serves as a guide for outstanding campus or community development in an urban setting.

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Presenter Bios

Debra Guenther

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Deb seeks to integrate natural systems with innovative infrastructure solutions in the city - capitalizing on the value of multiple benefits. Nationally recognized for leadership in sustainable landscape architecture, Deb's work spans scales from big picture planning to detailed design. Her work has resulted in two ASLA national honor awards. Deb is the former chair of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council board, and represents the ASLA on the Sustainable Sites Initiative product development committee.

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Kelty McKinnon

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Kelty is a writer, practicing landscape architect and adjunct professor of landscape architecture at the University of British Columbia, where she leads design studios focusing on the production of emergent urban and non-urban landscapes that simultaneously engage environmental, economic and cultural ecologies. She is co-founder of Living Lab, where she researches the points of intersection between social and ecological practices, and the potentials of engaging non-human agents in the production of landscape. She is also Senior Landscape Architect at Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg in Vancouver, BC. Kelty's landscape architectural and artistic work has been shown in Vienna, New York, London, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, and Minneapolis.

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Living Buildings and the Precautionary Principle

Part 1: Living Buildings and Transformation: A Story and Case Study
Part 2: Values and the Precautionary Principle: A Framework for Decisions

This two part session will begin with the presentation of a project being developed by the Alice Ferguson Foundation in Accokeek, Maryland, which won a Leadership Award in the national Living Building Challenge competition at Greenbuild last November . The story of their journey will be told to illustrate the powerful catalyzing effect of making the commitment to Living Buildings - how this objective is changing the culture of their organization and their community, changing the practices of their seasoned green design team, and leading everyone involved to new insights and awareness.

The second part of the session examines the emerging value system driving Living Buildings and focuses specifically on the Precautionary Principle as a tool for making sound and defensible decisions that improve the conditions for life in the face of scientific uncertainty. Application of the Precautionary Principle engages a broader sampling of available science than decision tools like LCA and a leads to a greater appreciation of external costs. The precautionary principle requires decision-makers to become aware of potential hazards, to look for safer alternatives, to include affected parties in the conversation early in the decision-making process, and to select the alternative that minimizes harm and maximizes sustainability.

Presenter Bios

Sandy Wiggins

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Sandy is principal of Consilience, LLC a national consultancy with a mission to build environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities. During his 32 year career, he has been responsible for the development of projects totaling over one billion dollars, including dozens of LEED commercial projects and the nation's first LEED Gold certified homes, which are also net zero energy consumers. His skillful facilitation has also helped birth sustainable master plans and regional public policy initiatives. Sandy is also a Director and Immediate Past Chair of USGBC. He is a Director of the Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development and serves on the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance. He is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Green Building Forum, and was co-founder and founding Chair of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. He was also a member of the LEED for Neighborhood Development Core Committee throughout the development of the LEED-ND Pilot Rating System, and previously served as a Director of the Energy Coordinating Agency, Earth Force, and the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

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Tracy Bowen

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Executive Director of the Alice Ferguson Foundation -- Tracy has served with the Foundation since 1995, where she began as the Director of Development. In 1999 she became the Executive Director and is responsible for overall management of the organization including: programs, facility, fundraising, planning, human resources, and financial management. Under Tracy's leadership the organization has expanded its regional environmental education mission; grown programmatic outreach, partnerships, staffing, financial support; and has accomplished major capital improvements, board development and strategic and master land use planning. Tracy has a diverse professional background in the non-profit sector (environment and health) and the political arena. Since moving to Washington, D.C. from Detroit metropolitan area in 1988, she has had many exciting professional opportunities working with U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Podesta Associates, and Georgetown University's Lombardi Cancer Research Center. In addition, Tracy has served since 1995 with the National Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable and the Sustainable Development Indicators Interagency Working Group.

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Green Land Development of the Year, LEED-H Platinum. . .Now What?

While sustainable design and planning is beginning to gain momentum among developers, many perceived roadblocks still exist including: policy regulations, the buyer's market, and the cost and schedule implications of green communities. In recognition of a market shifting toward green development, the National Association of Home Builders has begun acknowledging these developments with the Green Land Development of Year Award. Pringle Creek Community was the inaugural 2007 recipient of the NAHB's Green Land Development of the Year Award.

Additionally, the first home constructed in the community achieved LEED-H Platinum certification, and with 103 points is the highest rated LEED home in the country to date.

Using the new Pringle Creek Community, as a holistic case study, a Portland and Vancouver B.C. based panel representing the developer, designer and planners will address the successes and challenges of creating a sustainable community. Incorporating the lessons learned from Pringle Creek, the panel and the audience will explore a question essential to the adoption of sustainable design: can sustainable production housing be the new standard? Attendees should come to the session with a basic understanding of community development practices, and the desire to engage in a lively discussion about implementing sustainability principles.

Presenter Bios

James Meyer

James is a partner and co-founder of Opsis Architecture in Portland, Oregon, an award-winning firm rooted in the philosophy that design excellence is environmentally sustainable. In 2003, James guided the firm's purchase and development of a 1910 historic structure in the Pearl district, transforming it into a LEED Gold Certified building, and open studio home for the Opsis office. James is a frequent guest lecturer on the topic of sustainability at colleges and businesses around the Northwest. Currently, he is the Principal in Charge of a number of green building projects, including the sustainable Pringle Creek development in Salem, Oregon, the Central Oregon Community College's College Center Building, the Bend Parks and Recreation Administration Building, and The University of Oregon Alumni Center.

Don Myers

Don is the President of Sustainable Development, Inc. in Salem, Oregon, where he is responsible for the company's green strategies and practices as a developer. For thirty years, Don has managed both for-profit and non-profit businesses, and has been a member of numerous boards of directors and community leadership organizations around the Salem area. Currently, Don is leading Sustainable Developments, Inc.'s work on the Pringle Creek Community.

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Patrick Condon

Patrick currently holds the James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments at the University of British Columbia. Patrick was born and educated in Massachusetts, practicing there first as a landscape architect and then as director of Community Planning for the City of Westfield Massachusetts. In 1985 he joined academia, teaching first at the University of Minnesota, then, in 1992, joining the faculty at the University of British Columbia. Patrick has become well known for producing alternative models for walkable and complete communities that work with, not against, the natural capabilities of the site. He has written numerous articles and books, including his most recent, Design Charrettes for Sustainable Communities (Island Press), which was listed as one of 2008's top ten planning books by Panetizen Planning Network.

Ron Kellett

Ronald is a Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Neighborhoods Lab in the Design Centre for Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. He holds degrees in Architecture and Environmental Studies and has practiced and taught architecture and urban design in Oregon and British Columbia. His teaching, research and consulting integrates issues and metrics of environment and sustainability with neighborhood scale urban design. Its results have contributed urban design indicators, codes, guidelines and prototypes to communities in the United States and Canada. He is co-author, with Cynthia Girling, of 'Skinny Streets and Green Neighborhoods: Design for Environment and Community' (Island Press, 2005).

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BIM and Sustainable Design: Current Abilities and Future Possibilities

The panel of an architect, an engineer and a contractor will review how Building Information Modeling is currently being used to integrate sustainable design strategies and explore what future possibilities exist from harnessing the potential of BIM. Using case studies presenters will share various types of analyses and tools that can be utilized in the work process to optimize design and construction ideas as well as quantify the impacts.

During the interactive session participants will develop the following ideas further.

* What ways are you using BIM to facilitate your sustainable design solutions?
* What do you expect BIM to do in the future and how soon?
* What existing or future analysis tools do you want to work with BIM?

Presenter Bios

Brad Nies

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Bradley Nies, AIA, LEED AP is Director of Elements, the sustainable design consulting division of BNIM Architects. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. Brad has 13 years of experience and has worked on all levels of USGBC LEED Certified projects. Brad was the sustainable design consultant for the LEED Platinum Certified Heifer International Headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, which won a 2007 AIA Top Ten Green Project Award and a National AIA 2008 Institute Honor Award. In 2005 Brad founded a Kansas City based volunteer construction waste management forum, which led to the development of recyclespot.org. Brad has served two terms as AIA Kansas City Committee on the Environment Chair and is currently serving his second year on the Greater Kansas City USGBC Chapter Board. Brad is co-author of Green BIM: Successful Sustainable Design With Building Information Modeling out this spring.

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Dimitri Contoyannis

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Since joining Cannon Design San Francisco's office, Dimitri has become an indispensable member of the engineering team having worked on a wide variety of project types from conceptual design through project completion. He is knowledgeable in the design and function of mechanical systems for facilities that demand environmentally responsible solutions. Most recently Dimitri led the LEED coordination efforts for the University of Maine, Student Recreation & Fitness Center and Cal State University Long Beach Student Recreation and Wellness Center, both of which are expected to be recognized with LEED Silver Certification.

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Brad Hardin

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Brad has over seven years of architecture, sustainability and BIM experience both nationally and internationally. He has implemented BIM practices, trained associates, written articles, and lectured nationally for the AGC, AIA and various other organizations. Brad currently is the Building Information Manager for McCownGordon Construction where he has successfully integrated BIM into the fabric of the company and continues to train and implement key technologies into the organization.

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Design for Deconstruction and Zero Waste

The 3 R's of reduce, reuse, recycle is a good philosophy for waste elimination and a good model for materials used in the buildings design. We can no longer afford to keep filling the landfills and over exploiting our limited natural resources for new materials that cannot be reused or recycled. Designing for deconstruction (DFD) and zero waste should be part of green building design processes.

Designing for zero waste begins with the reduction of material use and is followed by the efficiency in which you use materials. Additionally, once resources and materials are used durability and flexibility should be key considerations to increase their useful life.

At the construction and deconstruction process, material flows should follow a circular process rather than a linear throughput generating ample waste. These processes should generate no material waste to the landfill; instead materials are either re-used as is, reprocessed into a new material, or recycled and becomes 'food' for other materials. DFD easily and simply allows the building to be disassembled or renovated and the resources and materials recovered while contributing to the business for green buildings.

This session will share practical techniques and strategies with case study examples. We will explore with you the concept of "net zero waste buildings" during design, construction and end life/renovation of the building.

Presenter Bios

Diana Klein

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Diana consults on sustainable building design for developments and education. Current project examples are: Millennium Water; South East False Creek, Olympic Village in Vancouver and development of Green Bricks, a program outreaching to youth on green building design. UK educated as a structural engineer, Diana worked for 18 years with Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. and became their sustainable specialist and researcher. Diana is a Vancouver Steering Committee member with Cascadia GBC and past board member Cascadia USGBC / CaGBC. She was on the APEGBC (Association of Professional Engineers of BC) task force to advise on the BC Green Building Code proposed by the Provincial Government.

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Michel Labrie

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Michel has more than 10 years experience in green building research and sustainable architectural projects. He has served as a board/committee member for the AIBC Energy + Environment Committee and the Ecodesign Resources Society and is currently on the advisory board for the Sustainable Building Centre. Michel was instrumental in developing the RAIC's Sustainable Design of Canadian Buildings 101 Course, and has served as a green consultant to architectural firms, the Canada Green Building Council and the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD). He has also helped author a number of green building educational documents including the CMHC Report: Strategies for Alternative Energy Use, and Redistribution at the Building Envelope and Resource Efficient Building Products Directory (Third Edition) for the GVRD.

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Michael Driedger

Michael's diverse work experience as a trades person, archaeologist, technologist, and researcher has helped develop his talents in contract administration, project management, LEED coordination, and report preparation on a range of projects. Together with work done with the USGBC, Michael recently prepared a handbook of the Most Sustainable City Policies in North America for 2008. The survey included 23 questions pertaining to sustainable site development, materials, energy, indoor air quality, water and operating policies, and city programs to act as catalysts for those cities that need to develop progressive policies or programs. The survey preempted a cross-Canada tour by Peter Busby on behalf of the CaGBC.

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Big Barriers - Financing and Codes

Features of this session:

Part I: Developer's Proformae for Very Green Buildings
* Guided tour of the development of a Living Building pro forma: Its components and analysis
* Development strategies: How to make a site reach its highest sustainability potential through integrated financial and physical design
* What are the new goals and methods that Living Buildings require for their appropriate financial analysis

Part II: Getting the Regulatory System to Meet Our Approval
* A co-evolutionary look at sustainability and codes - a larger context for codes, revealing the deeper alignment between regulatory goals and LBC goals - AND showing how the LBC can help shift current regulatory practices toward a more (r)evolutionary paradigm
* Overview of the LBC Code Barriers White Paper Project: the current work-in-progress to identify and understand code, regulatory and other approvals barriers to Living Building Challenge projects
* Initial insights and observations from the White Paper Project
* How you can help with this process - starting today. . .

Session attendees will take away:

Part I:
* A basic understanding of financial modeling for real estate projects
* An understanding of the particular financial challenges of revolutionary green projects such as Living Buildings and the new tools that this requires
* How to develop strategies for solving revolutionary green project financial challenges
* How to work interactively with an integrated design, construction, and occupant team to achieve your highest green building goals
* Lessons learned from a Living Building project in construction [by the time of the unconference]
* The perspective of a community and environmentally oriented architect/
developer with over 35 years of experience doing highly green buildings

Part II:
* A larger conceptual and (hopefully) practical understanding of the building and development regulatory realm
* A more detailed understanding of some of the regulatory challenges for Living Building Challenge projects
* Some best practices and potential solutions to the challenges
* A better sense of how you can help identify and address the barriers
* Some approaches to shift the odds for approval in your favor

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Presenter Bios

Peter Wilcox

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R. Peter Wilcox, President of Renewal Associates LLC, a sustainable development advisory and investment firm, is a trained economist, licensed architect, and multiple award winning green real estate developer. He led Portland Community Design for nearly 10 years as its founder and diretor, and was Multnomah County's first Housing Director. His advanced degrees are from Dartmouth College (Economics), Cooper Union (Architecture), and U. Cal. Berkeley (Architectural History). Peter has published many articles and booklets on community and sustainable design through the years, and garnered over a dozen major awards for sustainable design. Peter is currently developing the first LEED (Gold/Platinum) multifamily residential project on the east side of Portland, the Mississippi Avenue Lofts (mississippiavenuelofts.com), and also what will hopefully be one of the first Living Buildings in the nation in the Portland neighborhood of Kenton. Peter has over 35 years of experience in triple bottom line sustainable design, development, policy and education.

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David Eisenberg

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David is co-founder and Director of the Development Center for Appropriate Technology (DCAT) in Tucson, Arizona. His three decades of building experience range from troubleshooting construction of the cover of Biosphere 2 to building a $2 million structural concrete house, a hypoallergenic structural steel house, and masonry, wood, adobe, rammed earth, and straw bale structures. David has led the decade-long effort to create a sustainable context for building codes. A two-term member of the Board of the U.S. Green Building Council, he founded and chairs the USGBC Codes Committee. He is co-author of The Straw Bale House book and has written dozens of published articles, forewords, book chapters and papers. David and DCAT were named 2007 International Code Council Affiliate of the Year and received a 2007 USGBC Leadership Award.

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Clark Brockman

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Clark is Director of SERA Architect's Sustainable Resource Team, as well as Chair-Elect of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council Board and serves on The Oregon Natural Step's Advisory Board. He is a green building advisor to policy makers throughout the state. He is also a frequent lecturer and panel participant on sustainable design, green building policy change, and the impact of the built environment on climate change. He is conducting green building workshops in China on a US Department of Energy grant. Clark was the 2007 Oregon Betterbricks award winner in the "Designer" category and was a judge for the USGBC's first Living Building Challenge competition at Greenbuild 2007. He was published in Who's Green? 2008 and in Solar Today in November 2007.

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Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture and Planning

The significant impacts of climate change require a similar scale of action in design. The challenges associated with housing and feeding an additional billion people within the next 40 years are not solvable on the architectural scale alone.

Designing at the urban and regional scale is central to this need. Design at this scale begins with applying the knowledge of the region's ecology. This approach recreates synergistic connections between the design and the sun, soil, air, water, and gravity. The removal of these connections - the natural subsidy - has decreased the quality of life as it has exponentially increased taxes and stress on the global social, ecologic and economic systems. Design at this large scale enhances the regions' social, ecologic and economic health and is the forcing function of sustainability at the neighborhood scale.

All sustainability is regional. Integrating the knowledge derived from systems ecology into the design program illustrates a systems approach to resource protection, quality of life and sustainable community design. These designs use the free work of nature and provide better places at lower costs and impacts.

Community designs that incorporate renewable resources and are respectful of the natural cycles create compelling neighborhoods while protecting the resource base. Solar driven urban and regional design creates a community that is efficient, economical and compatible with the regions resources. This presentation will illustrate the methodologies and principles developed for sustainable projects from the scale of individual buildings to entire watersheds.

Presenter Bios

Daniel E. Williams

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Daniel Williams is principal of Daniel Williams ARCHITECT and a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. DWA is a nationally recognized consultant in architecture and planning with projects that include sustainability issues in economic development, transportation, agriculture, education and natural resource protection. He is active on the Sustainable Seattle Advisory Group; the Seattle American Institute of Architects; Committee on the Environment and was urban planner/architect for the Seattle "Green Line" corridor location study for the ETC - Seattle Monorail Project. He initiated and chaired the Committee on Long-Range Regional Planning for the American Institute of Architects and was one of 30 invited participants to the joint conference sponsored by DOE and FEMA: Communities in Harms Way - on the re-design of communities post natural disasters. He is on the LEED development team for the next phase of the national certification process and evaluation and serves of the Environmental Council for the Urban Land Institute. He chaired the Task Force on the Environment and Energy for the Congress for the New Urbanism and chairs the National Committee on the Environment for the American Institute of Architects. His work on regional carrying capacity won the 1999 and the 2000 National Honor Award for Urban and Regional Design from the American Institute of Architects and the Catherine Brown Award for Urban Design in the American Landscape in 1999.

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Rebecca Shaffer

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Rebecca Shaffer is a LEED AP and intern architect at McCool, Carlson and Green, an architectural design firm in Anchorage, Alaska. She is currently a LEED consultant for two projects seeking certification. Prior to her work at MCG, Becky was the Sustainable Design and Development Coordinator for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, where in 2004 she was an early implementor of LEED for Corps construction in Alaska. Becky's most recent projects involve working with federal, state, and local officials and NGOs to generate ideas for sustainable community design needed for the relocation of many native Alaskan villages devastated by coastal erosion. Becky has a Master's degree in Architecture with a focus on Sustainable Design from the University of Oregon in 2003. She is an active member of the Alaska Branch, Cascadia Region Green Building Council and the Anchorage Mayor's Sustainable Building Initiative Task Force.

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15 Minutes of Brilliance:
Transformative Solutions for the Next Generation


We stand at a unique moment of human history, where so much of what we cherish is dependent on our capacity to create change rapidly and in fundamental ways. As Albert Einstein so famously stated, "Problems cannot be solved by the same level of consciousness that created them." What we need are big solutions - brilliant solutions. Somewhere out there is an idea that can create shifts in our culture and change the path we are on. Somewhere out there is brilliance waiting to be unleashed and an idea waiting to be shared.

15 Minutes of Brilliance is an answer to this call. Cascadia invites individuals with innovative and unique ideas - both big and small - to the stage to share their brilliance with the world. Through 15 Minutes of Brilliance, we hope to engage our membership to step up and share big picture solutions to change the relationship between the built environment and the natural environment and humanity's role therewithin. Little ideas can change the world

What are some example of Brilliance? How about Gottfried's and Italiano's idea to form the US Green Building Council in the mid-nineties? How about Janine Benyus's idea to connect and share nature's lessons to the built environment? How about Ed Mazria's 2030 Challenge to address climate change? How about Wangari Maathai's simple but profound idea to begin the greenbelt movement in Africa? How about Cascadia's own response - The Living Building Challenge?

We are surrounded by brilliance each day, but most have no platform on which to share it with a wider audience. Living Future 08 is providing that platform for you. If you've been thinking about something big, or something small with big consequences, then step forward! All ideas will be shared in the conference program, and a few individuals will be selected to give a 15 minute presentation to the whole conference. These ideas could be the start of the solutions we so dearly need.

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New Tools to Assess and Alter the Carbon Impact of Development

Concerns about climate change and the built environment's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions have increased design interest and regulatory pressure to implement sustainable building practices. This is especially important in context of anticipated development required to accommodate increased regional population density growth. Recently introduced tools, such as the Construction Carbon Calculator (housed at www.buildcarbonneutral.org) and the Climate Impact Assessment calculator offer both bottom-up and top-down perspectives that expand beyond existing methods for evaluating operational carbon impacts of the built environment. These tools measure the amount of carbon dioxide produced in the actual construction process, as well as impacts that follow from a range of planning scenarios and decisions that plan for distributions of people and jobs and which direct recommendations about where to channel community and regional growth. Following this session, designers, developers, owners, contractors and planners will understand the use and outcomes of tools that can provide the climate-related information required to consider a range of design and planning considerations to reduce, renew and offset the carbon footprint of a single site or an entire urban development.

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Presenter Bios:

Teresa Coady

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Managing and founding Partner of Bunting Coady Architects, Teresa Coady is a past Vice-President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and is associated with many professional affiliations including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and American Institute of Architects. As an innovator in sustainable and energy efficient design, Teresa ensures responsible environmental design for all of the firm's projects. She acted as an advisor to the British Columbia Energy Code and the National Energy Code, as a lead facilitator for the BC Hydro, Design Smart Energy Efficiency Program and the BC Buildings Corporation Green Initiative.In 1999, Teresa was honored as the YWCA Woman of Distinction -- Entrepreneur and innovator of the Year. She was also recently named to SB05 (Sustainable Buildings 05) 'Team Canada,' a select group of individuals charged with showcasing Canadian industry achievements at the Green Building Challenge in Tokyo, and to promote the "Greening" of the construction industry in Canada.

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Sean Cryan

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Sean Cryan came to Mithun with 13 years experience in a variety of project types. With Mithun, he has worked as a member of the SHS.com team and as project manager for the REI Corporate Campus expansion. Sean's prior experience includes work on corporate headquarters for many clients in the Northwest, including Microsoft and Eddie Bauer, as well as East Coast companies such as MTV Networks and the World Bank. As a generalist, he has been involved in all aspects of these projects, working from initial programming stages through all design phases and construction administration. This involvement has extended from space planning and architectural interiors to architectural and site design on urban sites and office parks. Corporate project sizes range from 2,000 to 1 million square feet, from interior office renovations to new office buildings. Additional experience includes work on exhibition centers and healthcare facilities in the Northwest and Alaska.

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Rob Matthews

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Robert's planning experience focuses on increasing urban environmental performance and high-quality urban placemaking. His design approach encourages superior pedestrian experiences through traditional town planning and the integration of civic and commercial spaces. His graphic skills are frequently used to communicate complex ideas in a simple, compelling manner. Before joining Mithun, Robert worked for the City of Seattle's urban design office (CityDesign), where he analyzed the impacts of increased building height and density downtown. In addition, Robert has studied sustainable urban design in Portugal, Spain, and the Netherlands. Prior to his planning education, Robert worked as software consultant and has taught hundreds of architects how to use technology more effectively.

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Carbon Markets: How Communities and Buildings are Supplying and Buying into Tradable Offsets

That there are issues with the current carbon market is evidenced by the fact that the US Federal Trade Commission is rushing to evaluate the validity of carbon-neutrality claims made by US businesses. Providers of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and carbon offsets are rushing to help define the market before a cap and trade system is put in place. In BC, the government has both the compliance required by the Kyoto protocol, the goal of carbon neutrality by 2012, and the newly instituted Carbon Tax. How do all of these elements play together?

Where do these questions leave communities, building owners/occupants, and the design and construction industry? As organizations wrestle with how to legitimately balance out the negative impacts they have on the environment, they soon discover how complex a proposition that truly is.

In this session, experts in the production, regulation, marketing, and purchase of carbon offsets will help to describe the market and how they relate to the efforts of communities and buildings to achieve carbon neutrality in both Voluntary (US) and Compliance (Canada) markets. An interactive session will help to describe a variety of scenarios for implementation.

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Presenter Bios

William M. Jones, Ph.D.

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Bill Jones, Ph.D.: Principal Consultant, Global Consulting Services, EcoSecurities, Ltd., directs US consulting services (climate change policy assessment & program development; urban carbon management strategies; GHG inventories & emissions calculation; offset credit price forecast modeling; adaptation and mitigation opportunity & strategy identification, and private client positioning strategies to efficiently & cost effectively reduce their own climate change impact). Consultant with 25 years experience that ranges from developing leading edge, emergent Federal environmental policies (e.g., waste minimization/sustainable environmental practices, oil & gas environmental regulation), climate change policy impact analysis (California AB 32 & LCFS) to local urban carbon management and private client offset market positioning planning. Education: Ph.D. -- planning and economics (Columbia University); MUP - urban planning (University of Oregon).

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Joseph Pallant

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Joseph Pallant, B.Sc., MBA, founded Carbon Project Solutions in 2006 to help companies develop and standardize carbon offset projects for voluntary and compliance markets. He has helped originate and develop projects under the Kyoto Clean Development Mechanism and authored ISO 14064-2 Validated project methodologies. His current focus includes assisting companies to set up their interaction with the carbon market, and designing the recently announced Globe Carbon Registry.

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Johanna Brickman

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Johanna Brickman is responsible for the development and implementation of ZGF's firmwide sustainable design team effort. Since joining ZGF in 2000, Johanna's role has been researching and facilitating the design of efficient and healthy buildings through the innovative use of materials, technology, and design techniques. She is an in-house sustainable design resource to project teams in all ZGF offices, leading EcoCharrettes, coordinating LEED documentation efforts, and leading in-house sustainable design project reviews. She facilitates an ongoing inter-office dialogue about innovative responses to the challenges of building sustainably. Johanna's project work has included institutional, civic, commercial office, health care, laboratory, transit, and large scale residential projects. She has co-authored research papers including a study of Daylighting for Patient Rooms in Northwest Hospitals, funded by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. She was instrumental in the founding of the Sustainable Products Purchasers Coalition, on whose board she also serves.

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Green Building Materials Through the Pharos Lens

Help shape the definition of green building materials. In this session you will get a sneak peak at the Pharos Framework under development by the Healthy Building Network, University of Tennessee and Cascadia. Addressing questions on health, environmental and social issues, we'll explore how the Pharos Framework defines the ideal for green building materials and provides a way of scoring the progress that real products are making on the path to that ideal. We will then use that framework to map out some of the most widely used green marketing labels and certifications to better understand what they do and do not tell us about the materials we put in our buildings. In the breakout sessions you will get the opportunity to discuss an aspect of this map in more depth, provide feedback on the Framework and explore the implications for the future of green labeling and certification.

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Presenter Bios

Tom Lent

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Tom Lent is Policy Director for the Healthy Building Network. He has thirty years of experience with energy and environmental issues primarily focused on healthy and resource efficient building technologies and the environmental impact of buildings, materials, and energy. His career has been diverse, ranging from energy flow studies of row house attics to environmental critiques of war in Iraq to employment impact analyses of national energy investments to health analyses of PVC backed carpets, to coordinating a national solar and biodiesel fueled rock concert power system tour. Tom has helped coordinate development of the Green Guidelines for Health Care (GGHC), LEED™ for Healthcare, Sustainable Bioplastic Guidelines and now the Pharos Project. He is a recipient of the US EPA IX Environmental Award for Outstanding Achievement for his work transforming the building materials market. His house is solar powered, but not his flight to Living Future.

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Jack Geibig

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Jack Geibig is the Director of the Center for Clean Products at the University of Tennessee. Jack has over 15 years of experience focused on the evaluation and promotion of clean materials, products, and processes that restrict the use of toxic materials and reduce system impacts to both human health and the environment. Jack is a leader in the development of environmental product and material standards, materials-based research, and the application of life-cycle principles and other tools and approaches leading to sustainable material and product systems. Current research efforts include the development of Pharos- an innovative materials rating system for green building, building green modular housing in the gulf coast, and improving the sustainability of stone manufacturing operations through the Natural Stone Council. Jack currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Cleaner Production, and is a guest lecturer on life-cycle assessment, sustainable materials and green engineering at UT. Jack holds degrees in both chemical and environmental engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

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Thor Peterson

Thor Peterson is Research Director for the Cascadia Region Green Building Council. Prior to Cascadia, he was with the City of Seattle for nearly 8 years, where he most recently served as the Residential Expert on the City of Seattle Green Building Team. In that capacity, Thor worked closely with architects, builders, developers and homeowners to help increase the environmental and human health performance of Seattle's residential building stock. Thor is the primary author of the City of Seattle's Green Home Remodel guides, a resource for homeowners that aims to leverage the remodel process to effect positive environmental change. The guides have since been reprinted by the City of Chicago, King County, and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Successfully Sourcing Local FSC Products

This session will highlight strategies, resources, and case studies for successfully specifying and sourcing the full array of FSC certified wood products. The FSC system is experiencing dramatic growth, but has yet to reach maturity. Particularly for Living Building Challenge projects, where all wood is required to be FSC certified or reclaimed, meeting your projects needs can be extremely challenging without the proper tools, guidance, and business relationships. By examining each level of the wood products supply chain we will provide you with the answers you need. Roughly half of the time allotted to this session will be dedicated to Q&A. Sponsored by Columbia Forest Products & Panel Source International

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Presenter Bios

Michael Vitt

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Mike Vitt is the Forestry Program Manager for Ecotrust Canada. He holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.Sc. (Forestry) from the University of Alberta, and previously held forest planning and harvesting management positions with Weyerhaeuser inAlberta, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Mike lives in Vancouver with his wife and daughter. The Forestry Program at Ecotrust Canada is engaged in: proving new business models for triple bottom line forests and forest-based companies; working to understand and implement ecosystem-based forest management; building the supply and demand for FSC certified wood products on the coast of B.C.; and most recently on creating value from ecosystem services in forests. Ecotrust Canada currently manages Iisaak Forest Resources Ltd. (the largest FSC supply on the B.C. coast), a FSC group certification program for woodlots, and a FSC chain-of-custody group certification program for wood processors and distributors.

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Antony Marcil

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Having joined FSC Canada in 2005, Antony G. Marcil brings a combination of private sector marketing and non-profit fundraising experience to the FSC mission, which is the promotion of environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of Canada's forests. He is known internationally for his leadership in industrial and urban environment, health and safety policy and practices. During his ten years as President & C.E.O. of the World Environment Center, he worked closely with the senior environmental and corporate social responsibility executives of dozens of multinational companies, such as Alcoa, BP, Dow, DuPont, Ford, GM, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Nortel, Pfizer and Westvaco. Prior to that, he worked in manufacturing, capital project development and tele- communications consulting engineering in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

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Ian Hanna

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Ian is a market development expert, with a broad background in ecosystem forestry, forestry-based carbon offsets, small-scale manufacturing, FSC certification, and wood product sales. His experience includes national level market development for FSC and reclaimed wood products as a manager for Certified Wood & Paper Association and Certified Forest Products Council. Ian also founded Windfall Lumber in Olympia, one of the first FSC certified businesses in the Northwest. Ian is a board member of the FSC US Initiative and his professional affiliations include the Washington Farm Forestry Association, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, U.S. and Cascadia Region Green Building Councils, and Northwest Ecobuilding Guild.

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Stephen Aiguier

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Stephen is the founder and President of Green Hammer Inc., a Portland-based residential building contractor committed to advancing the highest standards for green building. Established in 2002, Green Hammer is dedicated to building durable high quality homes and remodels that incorporate the use of natural, local and non-toxic materials with the most advanced energy and water conservation systems and techniques available. Stephen and the team at Green Hammer work diligently to leverage their experiences and accomplishments to grow the green building market in the Pacific Northwest, making responsible materials, techniques and management systems more prominent, efficient and accessible. In 2005 he co-founded the Build Local Alliance as a forum for connecting local forest stewards practicing Forest Stewardship Council certified forestry to builders and architects in the Portland region. In 2007 Stephen was recognized as a local leader in the green building movement and was elected to serve as Board Chair for the Columbia West Chapter of the Northwest Ecobuilding Guild.

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Rob Duncan

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As a forestry specialist with Sierra Club BC, Rob's work focuses on different aspects of species and ecosystem protection. This includes everything from protecting individual species like the mountain caribou to big-picture issues like advocating for a B.C. endangered species act. Rob is also working with the Vancouver Olympic Committee to identify potential opportunities to use eco-certified wood in buildings for the Olympics.

Rob started his forestry career as a tree-planter and activist and was motivated to study forestry at UBC due to his involvement in the protests at Clayoquot Sound in 1993. He spent two years in Chile working directly with subsistence level farmers and indigenous groups to produce value-added products from unutilized wood and introduce concepts of sustainable forest management.

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Crafting a One Planet Community: What Does Zero Waste and Zero Carbon Really Look Like?

What would motivate a developer to commit to reducing total greenhouse gas emissions from a development by an additional 74% beyond typical LEED Platinum performance?

This awkward fact: If everyone lived as we do in the United States, we would need 5.3 planets to support us.

This presentation describes how Sonoma Mountain Village plans to meet both LEED-ND Platinum and the requirements of the international One Planet Communities program, highlighting ways that One Planet Communities extends the reach and impact of LEED-ND.

One Planet Communities requires the use of regional best practices, which must include LEED in the U.S. Performance-based goals, such as zero greenhouse gas emissions from building energy, must also be set. Participating developers must develop strategies to nurture sustainable behaviors amongst residents through an integrated lifestyles program, factoring in diverse impacts as food and air travel. The end goal: reducing the ecological footprint of the entire neighborhood to a truly sustainable, one planet level.

Codding's development at Sonoma Mountain Village - a 200-acre, 1900-unit planned mixed-use re-development - recently became the first in North America to earn the One Planet Communities endorsement.

This case study examines the holistic strategies for buildings, infrastructure and lifestyles that will allow 6,500 residents and commercial tenants to reduce their ecological footprint by 87% over a typical neighborhood.

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Presenter Bios

Geof Syphers

Geof joined Codding Enterprises in 2006 to drive the company's new environmental initiative. Geof's responsibilities include managing the development and implementation of Codding's sustainability policies and providing guidance to support environmental goals on development, construction and property management. He currently heads our effort on becoming a Once Planet Community and certifying Sonoma Mountain Village under the US Green Building Council's LEED Green Building rating system for Neighborhood Development. Geof is a registered mechanical engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a B.S. in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Energy Engineering.

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Greg Searle

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Greg is responsible for building partnerships to create One Planet Communities in Canada and the United States. He is an experienced facilitator and entrepreneur, and leads teams in the development of Sustainability Action Plans and Green Lifestyle programs. Greg has been deeply engaged in brining SMV into the One Planet Community, facilitated the One Planet charrettes, and visits the site regularly. Greg has provided presentations and keynote speeches at over 50 conferences around the world. He has been a guest lecturer on sustainability at Ryerson University (Toronto) and Texas A&M University, and presented at GreenBuild 2006. Greg has also been invited to address such prestigious bodies as the US Senate sub-committee on Knowledge Management (2004), and the World Conservation Union's (IUCN) Quadrennial Congress in Amman, Jordan (2001). Greg previously served as a consultant to the United Nations (FAO - Rome), the World Conservation Union (IUCN - Brussels), the International Development Research Centre, and Industry Canada. He is also the co-founder of award-winning knowledge management firm Tomoye Corporation and inventor of its enterprise software.

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Andrea Traber

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Andrea is the Director of Green Building with KEMA, a global energy efficiency and green building consulting firm. She has over 15 years experience as a licensed architect and green building consultant and has been involved in a wide variety of green building, planning and over 40 LEED projects. Her direct experience includes design of green building, technical consulting on energy, renewable power, water, green building materials, indoor environmental quality, and landscape practices with building owners, design teams, and public agencies. Andrea is heading up the LEED ND process for the SMV project.

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Elizabeth Durney

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Elizabeth is a project manager and senior LEED consultant in KEMA's Green Building Group. Ms. Durney manages LEED documentation and green building rating system development projects, leading design and construction teams through the LEED process from the eco-charrette through final certification. By working on over 25 LEED projects, Ms. Durney has gained in depth experience with many LEED systems including LEED-NC, CS, CI, ND and EB. Ms. Durney teaches educational seminars on green building, climate change, and other LEED-related topics, is managing the update to the GreenPoint Multifamily Guidelines, GreenPoint for Existing Homes and Climate Calculator projects for StopWaste.Org and Build it Green. As a board member of the U.S. Green Building Council's Redwood Empire Chapter and a member of the USGBC Pacific Regional Council, Ms. Durney is very involved in the USGBC chapter development and growth process. Ms Durney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from Macalester College, is a LEED A.P. and has been trained in the Green Point Rated system. Elizabeth is managing the LEED ND details for Sonoma Mountain Village.

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Ralph DiNola

Ralph Dinola serves as a green building consultant and project manager on numerous LEED registered projects. He has extensive experience with the LEED documentation process and the costs associated with green building. He also assists in conceptual design for green building strategies, green product specifications, and project feasibility studies, as well as plan and specification analysis for projects seeking LEED certification. Ralph specializes in green building workshops, the facilitation of eco-charrettes, as well as delivering the LEED Advanced Training Workshop as a LEED Advanced Faculty member. Ralph has over 10 years of experience as a designer and historic preservation specialist. He was project manager for LEED documentation for the Ecotrust Natural Capital Center, the first LEED Gold certified historic renovation in the U.S. He was also instrumental in developing LEED documentation for Viridian Place, the first LEED certified building in the Pacific NW. While working as a historic preservation specialist with the National Park Service (NPS), Ralph helped to preserve and restore more than 50 architecturally significant structures. While at Roger Williams University, Ralph was also honored with the Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

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Charting a Course Towards Water Independence: Achieving Net-Zero Water in Living Buildings

Water, one of our most valuable resources, is likely to become more precious with the pressures of increased population and global warming. To address these concerns, the building industry is moving towards conservation based decentralized, water neutral systems.

In order to reach the next level - fully independent, ‘net-zero' buildings - water management systems must be coordinated between owners, architects and engineers. Yet, all three are facing challenges as they consider strategies to achieve water independence. From encouraging behavioral change among tenants to employing technological solutions to navigating code requirements, implementing a net-zero water strategy is complex.

To aid project teams in understanding this complexity, our panel comprised of an owner/developer, architect, and engineer will discuss a jointly developed "water independence pathway" prepared for the Pearl Family Development - a mixed-use, high-rise with 175 affordable family apartments being designed to meet the Living Building challenge in Portland, Oregon. Breakout sessions will consider strategies in three areas: Behavior, Technology and Policy. Attendees gather insight on tools/tactics they can use in their design, development, and advocacy work, and will gain insight on the code appeal path our team is developing to achieve water independence in Oregon's mixed-use buildings.

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Lisa Petterson

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Lisa's work as an architect is focused on the development of projects with green building goals. Currently, she is working on four Living Buildings, including coordinating the team working on a grant whose goal is to provide solutions to the regulatory barriers preventing the achievement of Net-Zero Water. Lisa is a regular speaker on the subject of the Living Building Challenge and other green building topics and has been teaching design at the University of Oregon as an adjunct professor for the past ten years. Conferences and seminars she has spoken at include: LightFair, Solar Expo 2006, Focus the Nation, the Oregon Chapters of ASHRAE and IESNA, the Office of Sustainable Development's Green Building Program, the AIA Committee on the Environment and the Corvallis City Club. Lisa is a part of the team awarded the Demonstrated Leadership Award at the 2007 Living Futures conference.

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Jon Gray

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Jon is a Principal at Interface Engineering. He serves as Interface's lead plumbing designer, participating in investigations and studies, and the design and construction administration of plumbing, piping and mechanical systems. Jon's team was an integral part of the Center for Health & Healing, an innovative medical office building which was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification. Jon is a current member of the Oregon State Plumbing Board, and is actively involved in the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials organization.

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Ben Gates

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Ben Gates received the Rose Architectural Fellowship in recognition of his public service, design excellence, and leadership in sustainable design. Working for Central City Concern, a non-profit developer and owner of affordable housing, he is overseeing the development of their pioneering Living Building in Portland, Oregon. Ben facilitated his organization's adoption of the Living Building Challenge and has already garnered support from national foundations to support their development efforts. Ben has been practicing architecture for 7 years with a focus on catalyzing urban, mixed-use buildings that create livable environments. At the University of Oregon, he co-founded the Ecological Design Center. Recently, Ben spoke to national affordable housing leaders on how to build good, green, affordable housing.

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Dennis Wilde

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Dennis' passion for sustainable urban development runs deep. From his graduate studies in architecture/urban planning to his current role at Gerding Edlen, environmental responsibility and smart design are central to his philosophy. He first realized the possibilities of sustainability from a business perspective while attending a workshop on the Natural Step in 1997, the same year he joined Gerding Edlen. As Gerding Edlen's designated "green guy," Dennis has encouraged increased sustainability in development projects while building a strong business case for the economic and social benefits of environmental responsibility. Dennis is passionate about design as well, believing that it is an expression of man's highest aspirations. He has more than 20 years of experience in urban planning and design, and has been active in construction and real estate development since 1967.

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Residential Remodeling - Model Remodel:
Renovating for Massive Change


There are 80 million existing single-family homes in the United States and according to Natural Resources Canada, Canada's single family detached housing stock was responsible for loading the atmosphere with more than 50 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2005. Clearly we must address existing building stock if we wish to counter the ecological damage caused by the built environment. What are the similarities, and what are the unique challenges and opportunities, related to pursuing Living Building designation on a residential remodel?

This session begins with Kelly Lerner presenting her Living Building Challenge remodel in Winthrop, WA (built in the summer and fall of 2007) using principles from Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House. Following the case study, we'll switch to expert panel mode, where Stephen Aiguier will discuss his latest research into water and wastewater management for residential scale projects, and Terry Phelan will provide her on-the-ground and at-the-drawing-board experience with green remodeling projects.

In the breakout portion of this session, attendees will select a building typology of choice (urban 1900s Victorian home, 1950s urban rambler, 1920s rural farmhouse, or 1920s 12-unit apartment) and brainstorm ideas for transforming the structures into Living Buildings. Teams will identify opportunities and barriers with each building form and program, focusing on the Energy and Water Petals within the Living Building Challenge. Our goal is to rapidly assemble information that will serve as the basis for a remodel resource guide for Living Building projects.

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Presenter Bio

Kelly Lerner

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Kelly Lerner is co-author of "Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green House: Bringing Your Home into Harmony with Nature" and principle architect of One World Design Architecture in Spokane, WA. In 2005, Natural Home Magazine named her one of the top 10 eco-architects in the United States. She received the United Nations World Habitat Award for spearheading a project that introduced straw-bale construction to China and built over 600 sustainable, straw-bale homes. She has committed her residential practice to the design of healthy, beautiful, carbon-neutral homes throughout the northwest. Her ecological design work and writing have been published in, Metropolis, Dwell, Natural Hom, Landscape Architecture , Design of Strawbale Buildings, Alternative Construction, The Straw Bale House, Serious Straw Bale, The New Straw Bale House, Green by Design, and Building Without Borders.

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Stephen Aiguier

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Stephen is the founder and President of Green Hammer Inc., a Portland-based residential building contractor committed to advancing the highest standards for green building. Established in 2002, Green Hammer is dedicated to building durable high quality homes and remodels that incorporate the use of natural, local and non-toxic materials with the most advanced energy and water conservation systems and techniques available. Stephen and the team at Green Hammer work diligently to leverage their experiences and accomplishments to grow the green building market in the Pacific Northwest, making responsible materials, techniques and management systems more prominent, efficient and accessible. In 2005 he co-founded the Build Local Alliance as a forum for connecting local forest stewards practicing Forest Stewardship Council certified forestry to builders and architects in the Portland region. In 2007 Stephen was recognized as a local leader in the green building movement and was elected to serve as Board Chair for the Columbia West Chapter of the Northwest Ecobuilding Guild.

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Theresa Phelan

Terry Phelan is the principal architect of Living Shelter Design, an Issaquah, WA firm specializing in deep green home and small community design. She has served on the board of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild since 2002 and as its Vice President since 2004. Terry has over 30 years experience in the residential design industry, with the last 14 focused on finding truly sustainable solutions for homes in the wide variety of climates and settings in the Pacific Northwest. Her published works have appeared in Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Conscious Choice, Green by Design, The New Straw Bale House, and The Daily Journal of Commerce.

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Thor Peterson

Thor Peterson is Research Director for the Cascadia Region Green Building Council. Prior to Cascadia, he was with the City of Seattle for nearly 8 years, where he most recently served as the Residential Expert on the City of Seattle Green Building Team. In that capacity, Thor worked closely with architects, builders, developers and homeowners to help increase the environmental and human health performance of Seattle's residential building stock. Thor is the primary author of the City of Seattle's Green Home Remodel guides, a resource for homeowners that aims to leverage the remodel process to effect positive environmental change. The guides have since been reprinted by the City of Chicago, King County, and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Scaling it Up: Beyond Buildings to Low Carbon Communities

This session will look at policy and land use planning opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the neighbourhood and community scale. We will use case studies and policy research to present some ideas about how planners, developers, designers, government representatives, and others can integrate longer term GHG reduction strategies into their building and neighbourhood design, construction and operations.

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Peter Whitelaw

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Peter Whitelaw will discuss some recent GHG scenario planning that has been undertaken by his firm to assist in and inform the design and development of buildings in a new block development project.

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Lindsay Cole

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Lindsay Cole will discuss a recent study done by SSG analyzing the potential future greenhouse gas emissions created by different land use planning options on Salt Spring Island BC. This session will explore the ways in which land use patterns determine greenhouse gas emissions including impacts on transportation patterns and behaviours, building energy use, opportunities for district energy systems, minimized impacts on carbon sinks and embodied emissions in construction.

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Will McDowall

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Will McDowall will present ideas for how governments, developers, designers and citizens can encourage the use of microgeneration systems as a way to produce renewable energy in new and existing buildings, neighbourhoods and communities.

The group will then discuss strategies, ideas and opportunities for how to integrate this kind of longer-term, planning and policy based GHG reduction work into their professional and civic lives.

Will McDowall is a community energy planner at the Community Energy Association, and an Associate Member of Sustainability Solutions Group. He has a background in sustainable communities, energy and innovation policy, having worked previously as a Research Fellow at London's Policy Studies Institute, and as a consultant on energy sustainability in BC. He was educated in the UK, with a bachelors in biology from the University of York and a masters in biodiversity and conservation from Leeds University.

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Living Cities - Remaking Our Cities One Neighborhood at a Time

The convergence of two forces - overall city policies on sustainable development and the shift from sustainable design of buildings to neighbourhoods - has now presented us with an opportunity to more aggressively approach a living future. Cities can align policies with the Living Building Challenge, and can mobilize neighbourhood- or district-scale investments that transform infrastructure and buildings. Clean, sustainable energy, mobility, shelter, sustenance and culture. More rapidly than ever envisioned in our current incremental approaches, and more meaningful than through any single, individual policy or program.

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Presenter Bios

Andrea Tower

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Andrea holds a degree in Environmental Design, a program combining architecture, landscape architecture, and planning. Andrea has extensive experience in the development of comprehensive sustainable community strategies, for both developers and municipalities. In conjunction with overarching sustainability strategies, Andrea brings an ecological perspective to a variety of projects, focusing on habitat conservation, restoration, and the value of urban ecology.

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Ruben Anderson

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Kevin Halsey

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Kevin Halsey is the co-lead for the Parametrix' ecosystem marketplace team. Kevin's recent projects have focused on creating infrastructure and protocols to support an integrated ecosystem service market. Kevin also works with clients to understand ecosystem services and ecosystem markets and how these concepts can provide opportunities for their project or program. In addition to his ecosystem services market development, Kevin provides a critical review function for Parametrix projects to assure thorough environmental compliance. In addition to his responsibilities at Parametrix, Kevin is currently an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law, where he teaches a course on identifying and managing environmental risk in business transactions.

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Tom Osdoba

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Tom currently manages sustainable economic development efforts for the City of Portland. Tom's career illustrates extensive leadership in sustainability policy and program development. From conceiving of the Canada Carbon Trust, to managing sustainability for Vancouver and leading state government initiatives on sustainability, to leading numerous community workshops and to creating innovative ideas for sustainable development projects. His work in government, business and non-profit settings have encompassed a range of sustainability topics.

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Bettina von Hagen

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Vice President, Natural Capital Fund and Forestry Program Bettina von Hagen joined Ecotrust in 1993 to develop and manage Ecotrust's $26 million Natural Capital Fund. In 2004 Bettina helped launch Ecotrust Forests LLC, a private equity forestland investment fund. In addition, Bettina manages Ecotrust's Forestry program and directs its ecosystem services initiatives. Bettina was previously a vice president and commercial lender at First Interstate Bank and Continental Bank. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. Bettina serves on the boards of the Climate Trust, Forest Trends, the U.S. Green Building Council, the FSC Global Fund, Ecotrust Forest Management and the Advisory Council of Kinship Conservation Fellows.

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Alternative Ownership Models and Housing for the Homeless

How can design and ownership structures be transformed into powerful tools to increase affordability, equity and quality of life? Ancient structures teach us lessons in passive design, while the culture of First Nations provides us the wisdom that no one can own the water in a stream or the wind blowing across a mountain. As building facades become energy sources, so will wind and other forces that can't be mined or drilled. What will the future hold for our common perception of ownership? Can a "living building" be owned by an individual or will it only be "living" while joined to a community?

Brenda Martens of Recollective Consulting and Michael Driedger of Busby Perkins+Will explore alternative forms of ownership and housing the homeless by discussing issues such as resource sharing, energy policy shifts, shared wall elements, designing for consideration of behavior, and improving the quality of life.

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Presenter Bios

Michael Driedger

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Michael's diverse work experience as a trades person, archaeologist, technologist, and researcher has helped develop his talents in contract administration, project management, LEED coordination, and report preparation on a range of projects. Together with work done with the USGBC, Michael recently prepared a handbook of the Most Sustainable City Policies in North America for 2008. The survey included 23 questions pertaining to sustainable site development, materials, energy, indoor air quality, water and operating policies, and city programs to act as catalysts for those cities that need to develop progressive policies or programs. The survey instigated a cross-Canada tour by Peter Busby on behalf of the CaGBC. The presentation will also draw heavily from living in the Four Sisters Housing Co-op inVancouver's Downtown East Side, where Michael has served on the board of directors for the past 2 years.

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Brenda Martens

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Brenda is one of the founding partners of Recollective Consulting, a green building and sustainable community consulting firm located in the Downtown East Side, and has over 16 years experience in the building/design industry working on residential, institutional, commercial and industrial projects throughout British Columbia. Her experience varies from design, construction administration, and project management to integrated design facilitation and LEED Coordination. Brenda's work as a sustainable building consultant with BC Housing, the agency responsible for providing housing to those in greatest need whose mandate is providing LEED Gold, carbon neural housing, has provided insights into incorporating sustainability into affordable and "non-market" housing, and conversely lessons on how affordability can be incorporated into sustainable design. Brenda is deeply involved in the sustainable development community; she serves on the Board of Directors for the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, is Faculty for the CaGBC teaching LEED and IDP workshops, is a member of the CaGBC Technical Advisory Group (TAG), and participates on the City of Vancouver Green Building Strategy Committee. Some projects of note are the VANOC (Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games) Head office, the CaGBC Vancouver office and theVancouver and Whistler Athletes' Villages.



































 






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