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CSC Connections Cafe: The Economics of Sustainability

  • 11 Mar 2015
  • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K2G 1V8

CSC Ottawa Chapter Connections Cafe: The Economics of Sustainability

Construction Specifications Canada -- Ottawa Chapter

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

Ottawa, ON

The Ottawa Chapter of Construction Specifications Canada is planning a dinner/evening event on the Economics and Business Logic of Sustainability”, as we explore with a panel of experts:

  • The different dimensions of Sustainability from the Economic, the Social, Technological, Environmental and Political perspectives;
  • Leader of the Austria PassivhausNetwork Gunter Lang, Award winning ArchitectAnthony Leaning, Sustainability leader Nadine Gudz, Passive House expert and building performance passionate Malcolm Isaacs , Economist Rob Conboy and BuilderAdam Cronk will look at the challenge of ensuring that the three pillars of Sustainability- Economics, Society and Environment- can be met; and
  • How creative energy solutions and innovative technology are contributing to a sustainable future.

A very special guest, Expert Gunter Lang  from Austria will be joining the discussion, answering questions and demonstrating how the world’s energy poverty and dependence on fossil fuels could be drastically reduced, environment can be saved  and the urgent need for climate protection goals could be reached. 

Our inspiring panelists include: 


Malcolm Isaacs will examine ways in which incremental or additional costs can be defined for ultra-low-energy Passive House buildings, and how these costs typically compare against a variety of hard and soft benefits.

President of Green Giant Design+Build Adam Cronk will outline the benefits of increased building efficiency, shorter site exposure time, and quantifiable performance of envelopes as engineered systems.  He will also discuss why much higher levels of employee training and retention are vital to these goals.  

Architect Anthony Leaning will demonstrate how his environmental values and social commitment have informed his practice to design healthy work environments, community based services, and affordable housing.  His work embodies a creative vision, which challenges us all to create better buildings and more sustainable communities. Anthony will present three award winning projects, Rideau Canal Skateway Shelters, Cornerstone Housing for Women and the Renovation and Addition to Old Ottawa South Community Centre. 

Economist and Financer Rob Conboy will present financing strategies and available incentives for sustainable projects.  

Nadine Gudz will share insights on how Mission Zero drives business strategy, innovation, engagement, design and sales, along with lessons learned and what’s left to be done.  

MODERATOR: Award-winning Engineer Jeanette Southwood Global Sustainable Cities Leader & Urban Development and Infrastructure Leader  - Golder Associates Ltd. Jeanette leads the Canadian Urban Development & Infrastructure (UD&I) Sector and the Global Sustainable Cities teams at Golder Associates Jeanette is a Fellow of Engineers Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the Province of Ontario “Leading Women Building Communities Award”. 


5:00pm Networking Social

6:00pm Networking Dinner

7:00pm Panelists Presentation

Panelists: Gunter Lang, Nadine Gudz, Anthony Leaning, Malcolm Isaacs, Adam Cronk, Rob Conboy  

9:00pm Audience Discussion, Q&A  

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