Tower Retrofit Symposium 2021 Video Bundle


$295.00

Rent for 9 months the full suite of videos from the 2021 Tower Retrofit Symposium held virtually in September of 2021. It includes 2 full days of sessions from multiple presentation rooms.

See below for the full list of the 23 videos included in this bundle!

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Highlights:

Can Building Retrofits Save You Money

Passive House is primarily an energy standard, but sustainability is more than just energy. To build sustainably, we must understand the Total Cost of Ownership which includes maintenance and renewal, interest, utilities, insurance, property tax, etc. These costs can amount to eight to ten times the initial cost of construction.


Net Zero Pre-fabricated Exterior Energy Retrofit (PEER) + Project Findings

By retrofitting the existing building with a highly insulated air tight building envelope and replacing natural gas equipment with a heat pumps (furnace, DHWT and HRV), the energy demand of the building can be greatly reduced and made free of GHG emissions. A 34.8kW solar array on the roof generates as much energy annually as the building consumes.


Picking Up Speed - Canada's Housing Retrofit Challenge

This talk will explore the changing policy and financial landscape which is now enabling more transformation of existing housing than ever before; profile three exemplary tower renewal projects across Canada; and outline the challenges and opportunities that remain to tackling housing renewal at scale.



What's Included:

Day 1 Session Videos

Day 2 Session Videos

  • Happy Residents = Happy Construction Schedule
    Presented by: Edward Buset - New City, Kai Liang - New City, Stephen Crawley - New City, Saverio Lopez - New City, Moderator: Victoria Anderson - New City

    Description

    Since 1997, New City Contracting Ltd. has been responsible for a wide range of residential and commercial building envelope projects. We presently have the capacity to turn over more than $30 million-dollar projects per year, and we pride ourselves on being able to achieve our client’s objectives every time and on time. This can only be achieved with a company culture that has been developed and implemented by the direction of our senior management of our organization. New City Contracting is a “best in class” company and we are rightly proud of our achievements to date.

    Learning Objectives:
    - Resident impact on Construction Schedule
    - Importance of Communication during a deep retrofit project
    - Interaction with various types of “Residents”

  • Planning a Stepwise EnerPHit Tower Retrofit
    Presented by: Andrew Peel - Peel Passive House Consulting, Jennnifer Hogan - Pretium Engineering Inc., Jeff Belanger - Windsor Essex Community Housing, Moderator: Cameron Laidlaw - Morrison Hershfield

    Description

    A 20 story, 300 unit, affordable housing tower, built-in 1974, was often uncomfortable in the winter and summer, while energy consumed half the operating budget. Fully occupied and In need of upgrades to all significant building components, the building owner, Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation, set out to do a step-by-step EnerPHit renovation, while leaving the tenants in place. The team has completed phase two of four planned phases. Find out the goals, the decisions, and the process of transforming this prototypical urban building.

    Learning Objectives:

    - Learn how to properly sequence EnerPHit retrofit measures to avoid future issues
    - Learn how to plan for optimized whole building performance after each step and at final completion.
    - Understand how to design for the key intersection points of measures completed at different times
    - Understand how retrofitting with live-in tenants can be successfully navigated

  • SIGA - 3 Keys to Reliably Air Sealing Your Retrofit Project w/SIGA North America
    Presented by: Sean McStay - Vice President Sales & Operations, Canada

    Description

    Regardless of the size or scope of your project there are 3 key steps you need to address to reliably hit your airtightness goals. This presentation will lay out the steps in a simple, easy to follow path making use of SIGA's 50+ years of experience air and weather sealing buildings around the world.

    Learning Objectives
    - Understanding the 3 key steps to reliable air sealing
    - How to prepare your staff on site and in the office for their first airtight project
    - Planning for success on your blower door test

  • Sierra Place - Rethinking Community
    Presented by: Bernadette Majdell - Home Space, Jonny Hehr - Gibbs Gage Architects, Heather Morley - Inn from the Cold, Moderator: Frank Crawford

    Description

    Currently Calgary is experiencing both a lack of affordable housing and a surplus of vacant office space. Sierra Place is an office tower conversion project that will address both of these challenges simultaneously. HomeSpace and Inn from the Cold – two Calgary non-profits – have partnered to convert the 100,000 square foot building into affordable housing, shelter and programming space to support families experiencing homelessness. Project completion for Sierra Place is targeted for September 2022. This presentation will focus on the partnership development, as well as describe the lessons learned in design and upcoming construction process.

  • Public Funding & Undertaking Deep Energy Retrofits Towards Building A Retrofit Economy
    Presented by: Bryan Purcell - Vice President of Policy and Programs, Jen Arntfield - Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Aderonke Akande - City of Toronto, Kore Mason - Turner +Townsend, Moderator: Chris Ballard - Passive House Canada

    Description

    There are approximately 10,000 towers in Canada in need of retrofitting because of their age. Towers represent a significant contribution of our GHG emissions, and if we don’t focus on taking the right steps in undertaking tower deep energy retrofits towards building a retrofit economy, we will be locking in high carbon emissions for the next 50 years. A primary tool that is integral to achieving a retrofit economy is public funding. In discussion with The Atmospheric Fund, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, City of Toronto’s Taking Action on Tower Renewal Program and the international firm, Turner & Townsend, will shed light on how public funding is leveraged and stacked to undertake deep energy retrofits. We will see with each panelist’s perspective where public funding is being used and where more is needed to shift to a retrofit economy.

  • ROCKWOOL - Durable & Resilient Retrofits – Solving with stone wool insulation
    Presented by: Mahnaz Nikbahkt - Architectural Specifications Manager – Quebec and Atlantic Canada

    Description

    Globally, existing buildings account for approximately 30% of final energy demand and CO2 emissions. Typical renovation rates are 1-2% of the building stock per year, with an average energy use intensity (EUI) reduction of less than 15%. However, to reach sustainable development and climate targets, EUI reductions should be between 30-50%.
    In addition to energy and emissions conservations, building retrofits improve occupant health and comfort. In many cases, existing buildings are poorly insulated and leaky, resulting in excess heat loss and reduced thermal comfort. Mechanical systems are often outdated and inefficient, requiring consistent maintenance. With spending most of our time indoors, indoor health and comfort can be a priceless attribute that can be crucial for building renewal investment.
    This course will review core concepts to consider when implementing energy conservation measures through retrofit & renovation; Three unique case studies are provided to highlight the complexity of renovations and look at the ever-present challenges of extreme weather events.

  • Innovative Financing Approaches & Strategies for Deep Energy Retrofits
    Presented by: Jonathan Frank - Vancity Alan Murphy - Green Reason, Sean Brady - Efficiency Capital, Moderator: Deborah Byrne - Passive House Canada Board Chair / Kearns Mancini Architects, COO

    Description

    The private sector often faces challenges in performing deep energy retrofits. Hear varying perspectives from Green Reason (a sustainable consulting firm), Efficiency Capital, and Vancity Community Investment Bank on how innovative financing approaches and strategies can be used to advance these projects.

    The panel will shed light on the current environment facing these projects, discuss risk mitigation strategies, and offer solutions for advancing projects. Mechanisms to enable holistic retrofits as well as ways to bundle and upscale retrofit projects to the neighborhood or building portfolio level, will also be discussed.

  • Navigating the Challenges of Deep Building Retrofits in Occupied Residential Buildings
    Presented by: Joanna Jackson - Minto Properties, Sarah Gray - RDH Building Science Inc., Michael Roche - RDH Building Science Inc., Moderator: Deborah Knopp - Passive House Canada

    Description

    Deep retrofit of existing buildings will play a key role in meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in North America and beyond. Building owners, managers, and investors realize the need for and opportunities resulting from building retrofits, but the challenges of implementing resident-in-place projects can be daunting. Establishing project goals, identifying the best time to implement the deep retrofit, developing a roadmap for the work, and committing to open communication are key tenets of achieving intended retrofit outcomes. This presentation brings together an owner, a consultant, and a construction manager to discuss viewpoints and experience managing – and overcoming – retrofit challenges.

    Learning Objectives:

    - Key factors in a deep retrofit project, how factors should be prioritized, and how tasks should be sequenced.
    - Identifying best time for deep retrofit with respect to current building condition and assembly/component service lives.
    - How to plan work and communication to minimize impact to residents.

  • Navigating the Challenges of Deep Building Retrofits in Occupied Residential Buildings
    Presented by: Joanna Jackson - Minto Properties, Sarah Gray - RDH Building Science Inc., Michael Roche - RDH Building Science Inc., Moderator: Deborah Knopp - Passive House Canada

    Description

    Deep retrofit of existing buildings will play a key role in meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in North America and beyond. Building owners, managers, and investors realize the need for and opportunities resulting from building retrofits, but the challenges of implementing resident-in-place projects can be daunting. Establishing project goals, identifying the best time to implement the deep retrofit, developing a roadmap for the work, and committing to open communication are key tenets of achieving intended retrofit outcomes. This presentation brings together an owner, a consultant, and a construction manager to discuss viewpoints and experience managing – and overcoming – retrofit challenges.

    Learning Objectives:

    - Key factors in a deep retrofit project, how factors should be prioritized, and how tasks should be sequenced.
    - Identifying best time for deep retrofit with respect to current building condition and assembly/component service lives.
    - How to plan work and communication to minimize impact to residents.

  • Can Building Retrofits Save You Money?
    Presented by: Jim Nostedt - SEEFAR Building Analytics Inc., Moderator: Sarah Yada Seto - Passive House Canada

    Description

    Passive House is primarily an energy standard, but sustainability is more than just energy. To build sustainably, we must understand the Total Cost of Ownership which includes maintenance and renewal, interest, utilities, insurance, property tax, etc. These costs can amount to eight to ten times the initial cost of construction.

    Our case studies have shown that new high-performance passive buildings compared to code-built and deep retrofits of existing buildings have a 30 to 40% lower Total Cost of Building Ownership (TCBO) over a typical 60-year life cycle or before a major renewal or repurpose. A $1 million building will cost $8 to 10 million to own and operate, so saving 30% is $2.4 million. Building sustainably saves money.

    Learning Objectives:

    - Help people understand that sustainability is more than just energy.
    - Help people understand the real Total Cost of Building Ownership (TCBO).
    - Show people that deep retrofits can save 30 to 40% of the TCBO.

  • Decarbonizing and Retrofitting the Twin Towers
    Presented by: Patrick Fyfe - Impact Engineering, Ben Mills - Impact Engineering, Carolina Maloney - Morrison Hershfield, Moderator: Deborah Knopp - Passive House Canada

    Description

    The twin towers are two concrete, mixed used high-rise towers in British Columbia constructed in 1977. The residential and commercial spaces use nearly 14,000 GJ of natural gas each year. This presentation will outline the multiple steps and options that were reviewed to determine the best solution to retrofit aging and failed equipment and fully decarbonize all heating and domestic water usage, while creating a comfortable living situation for the existing occupants. Our team will outline the challenges and decisions that were made during the Schematic Design process.

    Learning Objectives

    - Review the possibility of retrofitting a high rise to extend its lifetime.
    - Review the decarbonization of a high rise tower from typical gas to a full electric system.
    - Review the required coordination between mechanical, electrical, fire protection and architectural to ensure a successful project.

  • Deep energy retrofits: are we seeing the whole picture?
    Presented by: Marine Sanchez - RDH Building Science Inc., Moderator: Chris Petit - Passive House Canada

    Description

    The first questions received on retrofit projects usually are: “What is the ROI/Net Present Value?”. The industry is still grappling to accurately quantify the full range of benefits associated with deep retrofits, to create an indisputable case: improved air quality, occupants’ health, resiliency to future climate, better tenant retention, easier electrification and prevented energy code obsolescence.

    This issue is also present in the financial side, where increased leasing revenues, resale value and escalating carbon tax are rarely captured in the analysis, while the validity of current capital plans is not yet questioned against fast-evolving energy codes and anticipated climate adaptation measures.

    Learning Objectives:

    This session will bring to light all aspects to be considered when looking at delivering mass scale deep retrofits, to understand the entire landscape (benefits and foreseen risks) and make informed decisions when facing fast-changing existing building energy codes and the need for climate adaptation.

    1. Summarize the wide range of (quantifiable and/or qualitative) benefits being potential outcomes of deep retrofit delivery, often disregarded from typical analysis of business case for deep retrofit
    2. Understand all upcoming changing energy and carbon-reduction legislations, and their impact on planning for and maintaining existing buildings
    3. Identify the need for typical/current capital plan management to be adapted against climate adaptation measures and upcoming codes to deliver suitable buildings, instead of a like-for-life replacement (approach likely no longer valid on particular building elements, if not on the whole building).

  • Low Carbon Multifamily Retrofits
    Presented by: Thomas Moore, Moderator: Luiz Bezerra - Passive House Canada

    Description

    Steven Winter Associates (SWA) developed a Low Carbon Multifamily Retrofit “Playbook” for five typologies including a pre-war low-rise, a post-war low-rise, a post-war high-rise, a post-1980’s high-rise, and a garden style building. For each playbook SWA obtained utility data, HVAC information, and drawings. SWA developed a retrofit playbook for each typology and included recommendations for retrofitting: lighting, envelope, HVAC, and DHW. Playbook recommendations considered multiple technologies, sequencing, tenant disruption, electrification/decarbonization of fuel, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality. This presentation will summarize findings, and direct attendees to future resources for retrofit planning. Playbooks are published here for reference.

    Learning Objectives:

    - Attendees will learn the potential operational cost and occupant benefits of retrofitting to the EnerPHIt level using a holistic low carbon retrofit plan that addresses lighting and plug loads, envelope, heating & cooling, ventilation, and DHW.
    - Attendees will learn about the benefits of retrofitting existing fossil fuel based hydronic or steam heating systems into a combined heating and cooling system using air to water heat pump technology such as VRF, Multi-split Heat Pumps, and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps.
    - Attendees will learn the implications of two ventilation retrofit strategies including central and unitized ERVs. Further, partial and full electrification of DHW systems using an air to water heat pump displacement strategy will also be discussed.

  • Lessons from Europe on Integrated, Scaleable Energy Solutions - The SINFONIA Project
    Presented by: Chris Ballard - Chief Executive Officer, Laszlo Lepp - Building Science Researcher, Passive House Institute / Passivehaus Austria, Ya'el Santopinto - Tower Renewal Partnership // ERA Architects, Graeme Stewart - Tower Renewal Partnership // ERA Architects

    Description

    The SINFONIA project was initiated in 2014 to implement large-scale, integrated, and scalable energy solutions in mid-sized European cities over a six-year period. The heart of this initiative was the cooperation between two pioneering cities – Bolzano, Italy and Innsbruck, Austria – to achieve 40-50% primary energy savings and increase the share of renewables by 20%. To reach these ambitious energy savings goals an integrated set of steps was used: the retrofitting of more than 100,000 square meters of residential and school buildings, optimization of the electricity grid, and implementing sustainable solutions for district heating and cooling by increasing the share of renewable energy.


Description

Across Canada, tall buildings are on the cusp of a major market shift, driven by our need to drastically reduce emissions and capture a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform deep energy retrofits. Building owners also need to reduce operating costs while providing high-performing homes and office space.

Passive House Canada, in collaboration with the Tower Renewal Partnership, is pleased to present the Tower Retrofit Symposium. Borne from the idea that best practices from deep energy retrofits including EnerPHit projects, should be showcased and shared.