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Full Academy Program

 

PROGRAM // WEDNESDAY

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PROGRAM // WEDNESDAY

Day 1 — Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Centre for Interactive Research, University of British Columbia
2260 West Mall • Vancouver, BC

8:00AM - 9:00AM

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

9:00AM - 10:30AM

Trent BarryWELCOME + ACADEMY CONTEXT SETTING

Master Emcee: Trent Berry, Principal, Reshape Strategies

Trent Berry kicks off the Academy with a thoughtful introduction to our robust faculty and an overview of the Academy experience. To ensure continuity for participants, Trent will provide definitional context and a framing of the key issues, challenges and opportunities with district-scale infrastructure development. An interactive exercise will be used to introduce participants to one another, hone our learning objectives, and surface the wealth of embedded resources in the room.

10:30AM - 10:45AM

NETWORKING BREAK
SKILLS SESSIONS

Each Skills Session will take participants through tailored training by knowledgeable faculty on specific skills necessary for successful project implementation, from the feasibility stage to the vital role of partnerships and collaboration.


10:45AM - 11:15AM

will-cleveland-headshotTHE ART OF SCREENING AND FEASIBILITY

Presented by Will Cleveland, Principal, Reshape Strategies

Neighborhood-scale redevelopment plans often begin with a long list of goals, including a sustainability — albeit broadly defined. When it’s time to study some actual options, the first step is a screening study. With a blank canvas, it can be difficult to know how to begin. In this skills session, Will Cleveland will address some specific techniques and strategies, with examples from real-world studies. Topics will include:

  • Outcomes and Rabbit Holes
  • Context and Constraints
  • 20 Questions
  • Precision and Accuracy
  • Critical Value Analysis
  • Setting the Table

11:15AM - 11:45AM


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TUG-OF-WAR: BUILDING VS. DISTRICT PERFORMANCE

Presented by Gerard MacDonald, Principal, Reshape Strategies 

In this skills session, we’ll explore a tension many district-scale projects are required to confront — the tug-of-war between district and building scale measures. Building-centric approaches dominate many of our building codes and green building standards, but sustainability is a system condition. The planet doesn’t care how we reduce emissions or save water, just that we do. Looking at water and energy issues solely through the lens of what can be achieved on a building site — which many codes and standards do — can lead to high cost solutions or leaving additional environmental benefits on the table. To illustrate this tug-of-war between building and district scales, we will review the dynamics between green buildings and district energy. We will explore the some of the conflicts that exist between the two and provide examples of ways cities are updating their green building policies to not only level the playing field, but to actually encourage district energy to meet their water, energy and climate objectives.

11:45AM - 12:15PM


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PARTNERSHIP MODELS

Presented by Trent Berry, Principal, Reshape Strategies

Trent Barry introduces the broad continuum of ownership options that exist for district infrastructure. In this session, he will discuss the rationale for each model, what it achieves and when it may be most appropriate. Trent will give examples for each model, many of which will be discussed in more detail throughout the conference. The session will end with an interactive discussion and Q&A period to address participants’ questions and share participants’ experience or challenges.

12:15PM - 1:15PM

NETWORKING LUNCH

1:15PM - 2:30PM

CASE STUDIES + INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION:THE EXPERIENCE AND ROLE OF INSTITUTIONS IN DEVELOPING DISTRICT-SCALE SOLUTIONS AND UNIQUE PARTNERSHIPS

Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia and Corix Utilities

This session will compare and contrast the experience of two large universities with district-scale solutions and innovative partnerships.  Both SFU and UBC have extensive experience with the use of district-scale solutions in their campus design, together with unique insights on the relative performance of different types and scales of solutions.  They have also extended their experience in campus design to the design of new mixed use communities on trust lands owned by the campuses.  This has included the creation of unique delivery partnerships and novel linkages between campus and neighbourhood systems. 

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Dale Mikkelson, Director Of Development, Simon Fraser University Community Trust

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Orion Henderson, Director, Energy Planning & Innovation, University of British Columbia Energy and Water Services

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Travis Hickford-Kulak, Director, Energy Services, Corix Utilities, Inc.

2:30PM - 2:45PM

NETWORKING BREAK

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2:45PM - 5:00PM

URBAN LAB MOBILE TOUR:  UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

The Urban Lab mobile tours build on the Case Study sessions to expose participants to Vancouver's world-class district utility projects with direct access to the practitioners who designed and developed them. This interactive tour explores three interrelated facilities on the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus:


Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility

The UBC Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility (BRDF) brings the "Campus as a Living Lab" initiative to life. Operational since 2012, the facility uses biomass and gas-CHP technology to produce steam, electricity and hot water for the campus, and illustrates how green technologies can be integrated into campus energy systems. The facility is built for innovation. Capabilities to operate using Renewable Natural Gas for the CHP system were recently added.


Campus Energy Centre

The Campus Energy Centre (CEC) is UBC’s $24 million state-of-the-art hot water boiler facility. Located in the heart of the 1,000 acre campus, the facility is capable of meeting all of UBC’s heating requirements. The CEC is the primary energy source for their new hot water district energy system, which began producing thermal energy (hot water) in the fall of 2015.


The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is located at the UBC Point Grey Campus in Vancouver. The building is dedicated to research collaboration and outreach on urban sustainability. It was officially opened in November 2011. The CIRS vision is to be the most innovative high performance building in North America and an internationally recognized leader in accelerating the adoption of sustainable building and urban practices.

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Jeff Giffin, Energy Conservation Manager | University of British Columbia Energy & Water Services

Alberto Cayuela

Alberto Cayuela, Director of Operations & Business Development, UBC CIRS

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Paul Holt, Director of Engineering & Utilities, University of British Columbia

6:00PM - 10:00PM

DESIGN MATTERS RECEPTION

Location: Waterview Building • 1661 Granville St, Vancouver, BC

Enjoy tapas, beer and wine while networking with Academy colleagues and regional industry experts. Hosted by Reshape Strategies, Kerr Wood Leidal and Dialog

PROGRAM // THURSDAY

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PROGRAM // THURSDAY

Day 2 — Thursday, November 3, 2016

Creekside Community Centre
South East False Creek, Olympic Village
1 Athletes Way • Vancouver BC

8:00AM - 9:00AM

BREAKFAST

9:00AM - 10:15AM

CASE STUDY SESSIONS + INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION

District-scale water solutions can address a range of environmental goals including stormwater management, local habitat restoration, and greywater reuse. Local factors like climate, capacity constraints in existing infrastructure and the support of local government will have a large impact on whether projects can deliver real benefits while also remaining financially viable. These sessions will explore real-world, living case studies to unpack the potential of of district-scale innovation to support rigorous conservation, waste management, and environmental restoration goals.


headshot-robb-lukesTAKING GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE MAINSTREAM

Presented by: Robb Lukes, P.E., Project Manager, Stormwater • Kerr Wood Leidal

North American cities are on the cusp of taking green infrastructure mainstream. The watershed research over the past 30 years has made a solid case for green infrastructure (GI), also known as Low Impact Development and source controls, as the best set of tools for preserving or restoring the water quality and hydrology of urban watersheds. GI goals can be found in most municipal planning and sustainability plans. Many municipalities have their own GI demonstration projects. Yet they still face challenges in taking green infrastructure to a standard everyday practice. These challenges range from persistent negative perceptions to resistance to new maintenance burdens. We can look to examples in other municipalities across North America that are pioneering solutions to these marketing and programmatic challenges. This presentation will discuss some of the initiatives being undertaken in New York City, Seattle, Ontario, and Maryland.


headshot-colwyn-sunderlandA WORK IN PROGRESS: BC’S PATH TO NON-POTABLE WATER SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

Presented by: Colwyn Sunderland, AScT, Specialist, Asset and Demand Management, Kerr Wood Leidal

Although urban water reuse and rainwater harvesting have become widely used in some North American cities, British Columbia is late to the party because its geography has traditionally favored a “once-through” approach to water infrastructure, and municipal utility rates generally don’t reflect full cost of service. Colwyn’s presentation will explain new opportunities and some persistent barriers to widespread non-potable water system development in BC, including recent code changes and regionalization of environmental health program delivery. This presentation will include examples of where non-potable water systems have been developed in BC, including sustainable neighborhoods, civic facilities, and airports. Additionally, this presentation will discuss opportunities to develop non-potable distribution at the campus/district scale, explain how to align your sustainability goals with life-cycle value, and opportunities to integrate water reuse with District Energy System construction.

10:15AM - 10:45AM

NETWORKING BREAK

10:45AM - 11:15AM

CASE STUDY SESSIONS + INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION

We continue with our final water-oriented case study session followed by an interactive discussion and audience Q&A.


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INTEGRATED URBAN WATER RE-USE IN PORTLAND'S LLOYD ECODISTRICT

Presented by: Pete Muñoz, Senior Engineer, Biohabitats

Envisioned as an “eco-district,” Hassalo on 8th is a four-block, sustainable urban development. Pending LEED Neighborhood Development Platinum certification, Hassalo on Eighth boasts the highest level of certification in renewable, clean energy development, green roofs, a bike hub, access to mass transportation, and numerous other eco-friendly technologies and amenities. It is also one of the first urban neighborhoods to treat and recycle its wastewater on site. Leveraging practical insight from development of the Hassalo project and others, Pete examines scalable opportunities in integrated urban water re-use projects, including the demand for public-private collaboration, and innovative methods to capture multiple water streams for non potable reuse to meet rigorous conservation and waste reduction goals at the district scale.

11:15AM - 11:45AM

INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION + AUDIENCE Q&A

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Moderator: Ron Monk, M.Eng., P.Eng., Energy Sector Leader, Kerr Wood Leidal

Robb Lukes

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Robb Lukes, P.E., Project Manager, Stormwater • Kerr Wood Leidal

Colwyn Sunderland

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Colwyn Sunderland, AScT, Specialist, Asset and Demand Management, Kerr Wood Leidal

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Pete Muñoz, Senior Engineer, Biohabitats

11:45PM - 1:15PM

headshot-susanna-lyons-haas-newLUNCH + KEYNOTE: PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND CITIZEN ASSEMBLIES - BEST PRACTICES

Presented by: Susanna Haas Lyons, Public Participation Specialist + Civic Technologist

Susanna will explore best practices in public engagement and the range of benefits made possible through community engagement. Key considerations for community engagement at each stage of project development will be introduced. Citizens Assemblies is a model that emphasizes informed community participation, and will be explored during this presentation in detail, through a description of the model’s characteristics, criteria for success, and lessons learned from a range of jurisdictions. 

1:15PM - 2:30PM

CASE STUDIES + INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION: THE ROLE OF CITIES VS. PRIVATE SECTOR IN DEVELOPING DISTRICT-SCALE SOLUTIONS

Southeast False Creek, Northeast False Creek and TELUS Garden

This session will compare and contrast the role of cities and the private sector in mixed used developments. Both Southeast False Creek (SEFC) and Northeast False Creek (NEFC) are new mixed use neighbourhoods in central Vancouver. Both were subject to a master planning process led by the City of Vancouver. In the case of SEFC, the City owned a portion of the lands in the neighbourhood (the site of Vancouver's Olympic Village). This case study will examine the process Vancouver used to decide on a district-scale energy solution for each neighbourhood and will compare and contrast the alternate implementation paths for each neighbourhood (city-owned vs. third party utility). The case study will emphasize the importance of city leadership in identifying and pursuing district-scale solutions regardless of the ultimate ownership model. It will also touch on the important linkages to existing infrastructure and larger scale projects.

Telus Garden is a mixed-use block scale development in downtown Vancouver. This case study will further highlight the benefits to integrated solutions in mixed use sites, albeit at a smaller scale, and will also consider both the opportunities and limitations for developer-led solutions. The system is also connected to the existing downtown steam system and this case stud will highlight the potential synergies among different scales of delivery.

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Chris Baber, Manager, Neighbourhood Energy at City of Vancouver

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Kieran McConnell, Director Of Engineering & Innovation, Creative Energy

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Rhiannon Mabberly, Development Manager, Westbank Projects

2:30PM - 2:45PM

 NETWORKING BREAK

2:45PM - 5:00PM

URBAN LAB MOBILE TOUR

The urban lab mobile tours build on the Case Study sessions to expose participants to Vancouver's world-class district utility projects with direct access to the practitioners who designed and developed them. This interactive tour explores two interrelated facilities:


SEFC Energy Center at the Olympic Village

SEFC is a first of its kind in North America sewer waste heat recovery plant that serves the former Olympic Village for the 2010 Winter Games and surrounding neighborhood. This interactive walking tour explores building and neighborhood design features including: LEED and net zero building designs; social housing, clean roof lines and green roof design, solar thermal installations, habitat rehabilitation and green space development, new build vs. retrofits, and a neighborhood scale stormwater management system. Presenters will also explore future development plans. Inside the Energy Centre, attendees will walk through the control center to examine the heat pump and boilers. Presenters will engage attendees in a discussion about the architectural features including public art and interpretive signage.

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Chris Baber, Manager, Neighbourhood Energy at City of Vancouver


TELUS Garden

TELUS Garden boasts the highest LEED Platinum rating ever achieved. The project includes block-scale heat recovery from the onsite data centre, and interconnection to local utility Creative Energy for peaking and back-up. Presenters will explore the high arching project goals, then unpack some of the building's systems, including radiant heating, exposed concrete ceiling, raised floor with displaced ventilation and triple glazing — all contributing to it's superior energy efficiency. The tour will close with a discussion about the solar panels and rooftop gardens that support efficient water recycling.

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Rhiannon Mabberly, Development Manager, Westbank Projects

5:00PM - 6:30PM

TELUS GARDEN COCKTAIL EVENT: THE IMPORTANCE OF VISION AND LEADERSHIP

Discussion with Rob Bennett, EcoDistricts; Ian Gilespie, Westbank / Creative Energy, CouncillorAndrea Reimer; and James Tansey, UBC

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Emcee: Rob Bennett, CEO, EcoDistricts

Ian Gillespie

Ian Gillespie, Founder & CEO, Westbank Projects

Andrea Reimer, Councillor, City of Vancouver

James Tansey, Associate Professor, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

PROGRAM // FRIDAY

Day 3 — Friday, November 4, 2016

University of British Columbia, Robson Centre
800 Robson St • Vancouver BC

8:00AM - 9:00AM

BREAKFAST

9:00AM - 12:00PM

PARTICIPANT-DRIVEN OPEN SPACE SESSIONS

Facilitated by Suzanne Hawkes, Convergence Strategies

In the OpenSpace Sessions, participants will have the opportunity to put forward topics of particular importance to their projects for a deeper dive with faculty and other workshop participants.

 

12:00PM - 12:30PM

Trent BarryACADEMY WRAP-UP AND CLOSING REMARKS

Trent Berry, Master Emcee, Principal, Reshape Strategies