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.

2010_conference_logoWhat is the latest in green buildings for the future?

What was the focus of the presentations made at the annual conference of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) in Vancouver, June 2010?

I had the pleasure of attending the 2010 National Conference as a member of CaGBC and as a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Applied Professional). From my 30 pages of notes taken over 2½ days, here is a summary of the most interesting points made about the future for building green.

dayle_olympic_flame_250It was impressive to be in the company of 1300 motivated, passionate delegates. These people are not moaning that the sky is falling; they are making it their business to do something about it and make a difference with their actions. They are generously sharing what they have learned, making it easier for the next interior designer, architect, engineer, developer and contractor. There is a spirit of cooperation and mentorship that is gratifying and encourages me that each of us can make an important contribution as the momentum for green building and design increases.

vancouver_conference_ctr_250To kick off the theme, Performance Matters: the next generation of buildings and communities, the Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson, said that by 2020, 176 municipal BC governments will participate in the ‘Climate Action Charter’ resulting in new buildings being carbon neutral. 20% of all existing buildings will be retrofitted to be green. All rezoning must be done to LEED® certification standards. There will be 20,000 new green jobs created in Vancouver. The 2010 Winter Olympics showcased green building in the city, including the new LEED Platinum conference centre, which has a living roof the size of 15 hockey rinks. He cited the New York example where all buildings greater than 50,000 square feet must not only be renovated green but also show a payback within 5 years (including the LEED Platinum Bank of America building). The city of Vancouver

is “preparing for a tidal wave of electric vehicles”, since it has the largest gap between high gasoline prices and low electricity prices and a compact driving distance. 

Ann Rosen, Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Consulate in Chicago claimed that Canada is known for its green building technologies and this was supported by the numerous quality exhibits in the Trade Show portion of the conference.

vancouver_conf_ctr_wood_wall_250Gordon Campbell, the Premier of British Columbia, proclaimed that all provincial government buildings must be built to LEED® Gold or higher and by 2016, 90% of all new energy generated will have net zero greenhouse gas emissions. The light rail rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to downtown Vancouver has already reached its targeted ridership 3 years ahead of schedule. (I found it very convenient when I arrived and departed Vancouver.) He spoke of the provincial policy of “wood first” for construction materials due to its low embodied energy. The use of waste wood made some spectacular walls in the conference centre.

Bev van Ruyen, Honorary Conference Chair & Deputy CEO of BC Hydro agreed that electric vehicles are the perfect fit for Vancouver. The British Columbia solar feed-in-tariff program is being created for a healthy competition with Ontario for green jobs. BC Hydro is anticipating thousands of small generators feeding power back to the grid, that will defer transmission and substation building. She spoke of hydro partnerships with real estate owners for optimization of energy use to keep tenants “on track” after moving into new or renovated green buildings. 

Thomas Mueller, CEO & President CaGBC, spoke of the growth in the Canadian council over the past 8 years. Now in 114 countries, the Green Building Council is an international movement with targeted advocacy to shape public policy, with a goal of carbon neutrality. There are now 14 universities and colleges that incorporate LEED® into their curricula, and will graduate a generation of architects, engineers and interior designers who understand the principles of building green and who incorporate them naturally into all their designs.

Remco Dal, CEO Bentall Canada said that “five years ago, no one had really heard of LEED®. Now clients, Fortune 500 companies and shareholders are demanding green for their commercial leases. Building owners are required to achieve LEED®Existing Building - Operation & Maintenance (EB O&M) certification to renew leases! Clients not only want the buildings green, they want cleaning products, landscaping and even snow-melting products to be green.

David Bowden, VP Colliers International urged delegates to “centralize the message” by conducting more case studies to offer proof about the cost benefits of going green and dispel the large amount of misinformation which currently exists. His company supports education, encourages employees to become LEED®AP, and is supporting the establishment of new Green Building Councils in several other countries around the world. 

dayle_cagbc_conference_250David Godfrey, a developer and one of the founders of the USGBC in 1993, summed it all up when he said that he sees Colliers’ experience with green as the “tipping point”. This is not about concern for having a competitive advantage. This is about Green Building Council members being happy to share all they know to move forward a common cause.

In summary, I came away from this conference with additional enthusiasm to write and speak about sustainable interior design. Please contact the office to discuss educational or motivational seminars for your group. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Thank you, dear Dayle,<br />You are always on the vanguard. <br />All the best,<br />Helene<br /><br />Thanks Helene. Since most people do not have an opportunity to go to a convention of this caliber, I think a synopsis of what the industry...

Thank you, dear Dayle,<br />You are always on the vanguard. <br />All the best,<br />Helene<br /><br />Thanks Helene. Since most people do not have an opportunity to go to a convention of this caliber, I think a synopsis of what the industry leaders are doing is helpful.<br /><br />cheers,<br />Dayle

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Dayle, I went into your blog about the conference. That was some of the best info I have seen in a long while..keep it up.<br />Rick<br /><br />Hi Rick,<br /><br />Thanks for that, and I am glad you enjoyed reading my report. Not everyone is...

Dayle, I went into your blog about the conference. That was some of the best info I have seen in a long while..keep it up.<br />Rick<br /><br />Hi Rick,<br /><br />Thanks for that, and I am glad you enjoyed reading my report. Not everyone is able to attend a conference on the other side of the country! I think that people who are concerned about the environment are keen to know what progress the experts in this field are making.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br />Dayle

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Hi Dayle,<br /><br />Very impressive! Good work.<br />Best wishes for the success of your business!<br /><br />Janey Hitchcock<br />Manager, Education and Training<br />CAGBC<br />Ottawa, Ontario

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Let's hope our Toronto politians see the wisdom of a light rail rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to downtown!!<br /><br />Nanette,<br />I agree! I found the Canada Line in Vancouver to be fast, comfortable, convenient, inexpensive and...

Let's hope our Toronto politians see the wisdom of a light rail rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to downtown!!<br /><br />Nanette,<br />I agree! I found the Canada Line in Vancouver to be fast, comfortable, convenient, inexpensive and free of stress, just exactly what I would love to use in my home city!<br /><br />Cheers,<br />Dayle

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