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LOW CARBON NOW - Hybrid Event
LOW CARBON NOW - Hybrid Event

Wed, May 24


Multiplex Toronto

LOW CARBON NOW - Hybrid Event

A Case Study in Achieving Net Zero Carbon Residential Buildings in Toronto

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Time & Location

May 24, 2023, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT

Multiplex Toronto, Suite 1600 - 200 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3C7, Canada

About the event

The climate emergency has been declared.

The World Green Building Council has stated that all new buildings are to be net zero operational carbon with a 40% reduction in embodied carbon by 2030. But, what can we do NOW to get there?

We know that the decisions we make today will impact the carbon footprint of the buildings we design for their lifetime and we know that high performance buildings will play a significant role in the transformation to a low carbon economy.

In Toronto, buildings account for about 60% of all carbon emissions and of the 323 cranes in the air, the vast majority are for residential projects - far more than any other North American city. Unfortunately, residential buildings have been the slowest to make the move toward low carbon design principles, so we wanted to see what could be done to change that.

As key stakeholders in the development of residential buildings in Toronto, we want to understand why change is so slow, how we can come together to do something about it and ultimately aim to design buildings that are both affordable and sustainable.

This presentation will cover multiple insights on how we can get residential buildings down to net zero carbon. With the designer, developer, and contractor perspectives, we will present a full picture of the opportunities and challenges to successfully plan, design, and build lower carbon residential buildings in Toronto based on a case study completed by a multidisciplinary team of people focused on low carbon solutions.

Presentation Location & Time

This event will take place on May 24, 2023 and will be hybrid in-person and virtual. The in-person event will be hosted at Multiplex’s office at 200 Wellington Street West, Suite 1600, in Toronto. Doors will open at 5:30pm and the presentation will begin at 6:00pm.

Meet Our Speakers

Michelle Xuereb, Director of Innovation, BDP Quadrangle

Over her 25-year architectural career, Michelle has dedicated herself to the intersection of sustainability, research and design realization. As BDP Quadrangle’s Director of Innovation, Michelle provides the strategic direction required to embed innovation across the firm as well as overseeing the firm’s global Innovation Hub, a mechanism for crowdsourcing global ideation.

Emily King, Associate, Sustainable Performance, Entuitive

Emily is an Associate with Entuitive and a leader in the Sustainable Performance team with a deep passion for finding solutions in service of a sustainable future. With a specialized focus in carbon-responsible, high-performance buildings, Emily works collaboratively with service experts, design teams, and clients to guide the design of low-carbon structural and building envelope systems. Her expertise in lifecycle assessment helps reduce the embodied carbon of systems and materials, supporting the transition to zero carbon buildings and infrastructure.

Brandon Law, Strategic Director, Climate Change | Associate Principal, RWDI

Brandon has provided energy consulting services to hundreds of mixed-use developments in Toronto, many of which have gone well beyond TGS minimums and even achieved net-zero carbon levels of performance. With pragmatism and balanced consideration to all economic drivers, Brandon helps developers and building owners improve, implement, and scale their decarbonization strategy.

Bram Atlin, Principal, Smith + Andersen

Bram leads Smith + Andersen’s multi-unit residential team based out of Toronto, providing innovative solutions on some of the GTA's most impressive high-rise developments. With over 12 years of experience with the firm, Bram has designed and managed and collaborated on a wide variety of projects across the country, including high-rise residential, institutional, commercial office, data centres and community centres, and continues to grow his extensive technical experience. His leadership in this market sector has elevated the firm's residential portfolio, playing an integral role in the company’s earned reputation as a trusted partner for developers and architects alike. Well-rounded and approachable, Bram truly understands people. He is highly-proficient in the technical details, but he also knows when to be practical.

Julia Tannas, VP, Estimating and Pre-Construction, Multiplex

Julia is a seasoned project costing specialist with over 32 years of experience leading the successful budgeting and cost control on large-scale and complex projects across all sectors. Her extensive resume includes a wealth of Design Build, Stipulated Sum and Construction Management experience and an exceptional track record of accurate project costing and diligent cost management for her clients.


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