Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

Evergreen Brick Works DSAIWe love to be inspired by a creative example that motivates and educates us. Such a jewel is nestled in the Don Valley of Toronto: the Evergreen Brick Works.

Last year, Evergreen Brick Works  was named one of the world’s top 10 geo-tourism destinations by National Geographic. This was the perfect site for the Green Building Festival 2012, organized by Sustainable Buildings Canada  on October 11-12th.  SBC’s motto is “enabling the building industry to measurably improve the performance of the built environment”.

dayle_moderating_evergreen_brick_works_300I was honoured to be engaged by Inline Fiberglass Ltd., to moderate the session on Innovative Technology Solutions: Envelope & Glazing Options. Inline’s fiberglass-framed windows were selected by Diamond & Schmitt Architects, contributing to LEED Platinum certification for the main building of the complex. Rated a U-Value of 0.125 (equivalent to R-8), these high performance windows factored into the building’s annual energy savings of 34% and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 14 tonnes.

Architects and engineers gathered to hear presentations on this year’s theme: “New Codes, Better Buildings”. Effective January 2012, Ontario implemented Supplementary Standard SB-10 , an improvement to the energy efficiency of large buildings by conforming to a minimum of 25% better than the 1997 Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB+25%), or by using alternative compliance pathways to achieve efficiencies.

evergreen_brick_works_4_300When I studied to become a LEED Accredited Professional, I learned that the intent of Canada Green Building Council's LEED Certification is to set standards that exceed Building Codes, and that once those codes improve to LEED standards, then the LEED base level bar will be raised again, resulting in ever-better outcomes for our efficient use of resources and our carbon footprint.

The two speakers in our Innovative Technology Solutions: Envelope & Glazing Options session made presentations followed by Q & A...


inline_windows_evergreen_brick_works_300Scott Armstrong, an Associate at MMM Group Limited, and Manager of their Building Science & Sustainability consulting services, presented “Achieving SB-10 Envelope U-Values”. He gave an example of a 5-year old hospital that had to replace their window system due to failure! He said, “We need to build it right, from the start”. He discussed the necessity of sequencing trades for the envelope and how problems are inevitable if coordination does not occur.  In light of the inevitabiliy of rising energy costs, he added that owners are encouraged to “future-proof” their buildings by being 25% better than code, even when codes are quite stringent now. Scott discussed the Living Building Challenge's 12-month occupancy energy numbers at their subsidiary, Enermodal Engineering's LEED-Platinum headquarters. The proof is really how the building performs once it is occupied!

dayle_introducing_john_carpenter_for_inline_fiberglassJohn Carpenter, president and owner of Clearstream Architectural Products Ltd., presented an array of custom glass products for curved, tempered, specialty and programmable applications. Citing Toronto's Guidelines for bird-friendly glass, his slides displayed how “bird-friendly” glass appears clear to humans, but a maze of tree branches to a bird! John showed us examples of programmable glass cutting glare and interior lighting requirements which enhanced user experience in commercial offices, pools, and ice rinks. John gave the example of the life guards that couldn’t see a drowning victim due to glare! Using technology to solve these problems can result in savings and satisfaction.


The synergy of like-minded professionals and suppliers presenting, discussing and moving forward for the benefit of our economy, our well-being and our health was exhilarating.

Mike Singleton, Executive Director of Sustainable Buildings Canada, sent this lovely thank-you letter after the event.

For more information about our interior design sustainability presentations or our consulting services, please contact the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 905-846-3221.

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