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participating on a panel, or giving a solo presentation.


Thursday, June 23, 2022
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Corey Diamond
9:05 AM

•    Understanding the Canadian retrofit implementation strategy, early outcomes, and successes
•    Exploring future opportunities towards attaining a zero-carbon emissions country
•    Improving sustainability and energy efficiency in Canada's building codes and N.R. guide

9:20 AM

•    Creating the needed framework to enable retrofit
•    Overcoming existing regulatory and financial barriers - Creating funds 
•    Building awareness on the benefits and ROI of retrofit both environmentally and financially 

Jennifer McKelvie
9:35 AM

•    An overview of the lead role of Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments are/ should be taking
•    A better understanding of the policy environment involved across the country: Different levels of government: Cities, provinces, federal, how does it fit together?
•    How is this viewed by the private sector (involvement and activity)
•    What are power and utility companies doing in their programs? 
•    Acknowledging and addressing the market's immaturity to move forward - Do we think we are going to achieve our targets on this trajectory? What more can be done to accelerate it?

Stuart Galloway Corey Diamond Raegan Bond Christian Cianfrone Abla Hanna
10:20 AM
10:50 AM

•    An overview of the key policies and the status of their implementation
•    The key stakeholders involved
•    How the sector can come together to enable these policies

Corey Diamond
11:20 AM

•    Net Zero Advisory Body – philosophy and advice
•    Why Net Zero Changes Everything
We have been in an emissions Reduction Paradigm for decades. The Reduction paradigm was dominated by questions about whether climate change was real, anthropogenic, and worth the effort to combat. Options to reduce emissions were limitless, with only more efficient systems of energy, transportation, shelter etc., required. In an emissions elimination paradigm, defined by the net-zero by 2050 target, all key questions have been answered, and we need fundamental retooling of our primary systems. There are few options for functional net zero systems, so our optionality of achieving success in an elimination paradigm is much less than in a reduction paradigm. This talk will explore the fundamental differences between an emissions reduction and emissions elimination paradigm.

Dan Wicklum
11:50 AM

This panel explores a strategic approach for developing a made-in-Canada deep retrofit mission to help reach net zero emissions by 2050. Empowerment of market development teams working collaboratively across the country could transform the retrofit market through focused research and development, wide-reaching industry engagement, and rethinking how we value healthy, resilient, safe homes and buildings. Join these panelists in charting our collective net zero-emission path for Canada's homes and buildings. 

Betsy Agar Mark Carver Brendan Haley Nick Martin
12:50 PM
Vince Gasparro
Networking lunch sponsored by Vancity Community Investment Bank
1:50 PM

•    Self-financing can only take us so far; is it time to consider alternative financing?
•    What makes your form of financing program a disruptor to the Canadian energy-efficient retrofit market?
•    What types of market are SOFIAC and CIB trying to engage with, and how are you helping projects come to fruition?
•    Sharing what municipalities are offering across the different programs for energy efficiency and the various building categories they work with

Mark Hutchinson Frederic Bettez Stuart Galloway Matt Zipchen Jonathan Frank
2:35 PM

•    Reviewing existing innovative financing in communities across Canada: Pace financing, utility on-bill financing, partnerships with third-party lenders to drive and accelerate the uptake for home energy retrofit
•    Discussing the role of financial institutions and banks in financing building retrofit across the country
•    Listing existing gaps and/or other mechanisms not available in Canada

3:05 PM

Municipalities have identified the need to scale up energy efficiency and fuel switching within their existing building stock as a must-do action within their Climate Action Plans. However, the scale of retrofits needed to achieve GHG reduction targets can feel overwhelming. Gabriella Kalapos from the Clean Air Partnership shared research on how municipal retrofit programs are vital, but just the start of the actions needed to build a supportive and effective retrofit ecosystem that will address market gaps and enable these programs to be effective at scale-up.
•    Discussing the need for more contractors and renovators in the market 
•    Driving transparency and energy literacy in the market with energy labelling and disclosure
•    Raising awareness of real estate agents on the benefits of financing attached to homes. The value proposition for Energy efficiency: not from the energy savings but also on a resale value
•    How do social norms motivate customers? Is there a climate champion home?

Gabriella Kalapos
3:35 PM
4:05 PM

•    Introducing energy saving Measurement & Verification (M&V) services on retrofit projects
•    Adopting the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) for quantifying energy-saving results. 

4:35 PM

•    Discussing the needed strategies to work with contractors and renovators on a value proposition outside of energy-saving paying for the upfront cost
•    A better understanding of the value proposition associated with energy efficiency and GHG reduction 
•    Improving home comfort by opening square footage and increasing resale value
•    Enhancing home quietness by better isolating outside noises

5:05 PM

•    Installing heat pumps that can both cool and heat a home – unlike a typical window A/C unit, heat pumps are up to 50% more energy efficient 
•    Getting guidance from local energy advisors and encouraging homeowners to research provincial rebates
•    Utilising radiant cooling with chilled water to cool down walls and ceilings

5:35 PM
Corey Diamond
5:40 PM
6:40 PM
Friday, June 24, 2022
8:30 AM
8:55 AM
Stuart Galloway
9:00 AM

Last year we said, deep retrofits are no longer an ‘if’, but a ‘how.’ Now we’ve got the how, and the answer is retrofit market development, a proven pathway to rapidly developing and maturing the systems and economy required to successfully decarbonize all our homes and buildings. This includes originating and undertaking major retrofit projects; turning financial barriers into economic opportunities; and standardizing key elements of this work to ensure strong and consistent outcomes. We need retrofit goods and service providers to be able to engage readily with home and building owners and support this major transition for our buildings with strong social, environmental, and economic outcomes.  Find out how TAF is tackling retrofit market development in the GTHA, what the team has learned in Year 1 of operating the GTHA’s Retrofit Accelerator, and what that tells us about what’s still ahead.

Julia Langer
9:30 AM

Retrofitting Canada’s existing buildings could create a 20-year wave of up to 200,000 long-lasting well-paid jobs, more than $48 billion in economic development each year, and significant savings in healthcare costs while paying for themselves twice over through increased tax revenues. The retrofit market needs a transformation in designing, procuring, financing, and delivering building retrofit solutions. This presentation will summarize key insights from the design phase of 6 deep retrofit demonstration projects and market development strategies developed by the Reframed Initiative in B.C. 

Betsy Agar
10:00 AM

•    New building and current building stocks are fundamentally different issues
•    Retrofit, while it helps, is not sufficient for net-zero 
•    Large scale decarbonization of the building sector is a systemic challenge
•    The initial steps needed to move forward

Normand Mousseau
10:30 AM
11:00 AM

Municipal recreational and cultural facilities are at the heart of community life across Canada. They are also some of the largest sources of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in municipal building portfolios. With the support of FCM’s Green Municipal Fund, Canadian local governments are developing “net zero over time” retrofit plans for these facilities, in order to meet local net zero emissions targets by 2050 or earlier. This panel discussion will explore how municipalities and their partners are approaching the shift from incremental to deep building retrofits, and the emerging opportunities to replicate and scale up this work to meet Canada’s retrofit challenge. 

Jeca Carrière Gillian Henderson Allan Magi James Nowlan
11:45 AM

•    An update on the retrofit standards and building certification programs for Phius
•    Prototypical Toronto housing case studies
•    Life cycle analysis calculations support phased retrofits

Al Mitchell
12:15 PM
12:45 PM
1:45 PM

•    Cost-savings and energy optimization through retrofitting
•    Highlighting the different drivers for energy efficiency to understand actionable steps needed to drive increased participation
•    Exploring the total cost of building ownership with deep retrofits 

Lynne J Strickland Nik Schruder
2:30 PM
Mike Singleton
3:00 PM

•    Understanding the scale of the problem for Part 9 buildings includes virtually all low-rise residential – single family and multifamily. ~14,000,000 dwellings
•    Sharing the diverse range of appropriate solutions and how to navigate that range to find the optimum for each situation
•    Lessons learned so far:
               o    From the ReCover Initiative in Nova Scotia
               o    From the ongoing Sundance Project 
               o    From the Ottawa Community Housing Project 
               o    A toolkit to retrofit Toronto Community Housing’s 50,000 dwellings
               o    A deep retrofit pilot project on 3 single-family houses in Edmonton
               o    The results of a feasibility study for deep retrofitting a 380-unit townhouse complex in Calgary
•    Progress made toward a library of retrofit solutions

Lorrie Rand
3:30 PM
4:00 PM

•    Benchmarking data: Collecting, sharing, analyzing, and reporting data with regards to the performance of existing buildings across Canada 
•    Gathering more data to reflect the actual building performance in the country accurately

4:30 PM

•    Industry 4.0 as a catalyst for maximum retrofitting optimization
•    Achieving energy and water savings using Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and smart technology
•    Evaluating achievements and challenges with the retrofitting programme and adding Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and Internet of Things to the retrofit scope

5:00 PM

•    Applying energy optimization techniques to support retrofit
•    Understanding the important role lighting design and optimization have on innovative retrofits
•    Controlling investment cost for large-scale lighting retrofit projects 

5:30 PM

•    Exploring existing key strategies to achieve sustainability and efficiency through energy optimization in building operations and maintenance across industries 
•    Monitoring based recommissioning and retro-commissioning for sustained high-performance building
•    Implementing the latest technology in the construction of an Intelligent Green Building – Can these technologies be implemented well in existing buildings not just new construction?

6:00 PM
Stuart Galloway
6:05 PM
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