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Reducing the carbon footprint in our communities

GBCI: 0910000196

Session at the Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium 2014.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE




Sustainable communities mean higher density communities that maintain livability, affordability and sustainability. This session will explore a ground-breaking transit-oriented development case study from Vancouver to illustrate an approach for increasing density in existing neighbourhoods. Presenters will also deliver the results of a research project assessing the relative impact of architectural form and envelope performance parameters on the energy performance and potential for solar energy collection for multi-unit residential buildings. Finally, participants will learn about Fort McMurray’s downtown redevelopment plans that, when complete, will make McMurray the most sustainable city in Northern Canada. These plans include district energy, zero waste initiatives and purple water systems.


  1. Increase understanding of progressive measures including sustainable metrics and their real-world application.
  2. Learn about successful components of municipal policy related to transit-oriented development.
  3. Learn what worked and what could have been improved from a western Canadian case study.
  4. Increase understanding of the interactions of the multiple parameters required to shape the architectural form and envelope performance of a building.
  5. Learn about the results of a research project regarding form and envelope performance.
  6. Increase understanding of the aspects of energy performance for MURBs.
  7. Learn about the components of a progressive Alberta land use bylaw that encourages sustainable development.
  8. Increase knowledge of Fort McMurray’s plans and progress on downtown redevelopment including the LEED gold policy.
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Canada Green Building Council
Ottawa, ON