10:00 ET | 7:00 PT Morning Networking

Maximizing Use of Sustainable Materials

10:30 ET | 7:30 PT Integrating Clients into the Design Process & Leveraging Strong Data Visualization to Make it Easier to Choose Sustainable Options

  • Zeina Elali Senior Sustainability Advisor & Associate, Perkins + Will


  • Hearing how design choices can be provided to clients in a way that makes embedded and operational carbon, as well as cost implications clear
  • Customizing your approach with each client so the level of detail and complexity aligns with their technical experience
  • Revealing how a city-wide zero-carbon terms of reference can make it easier for all buildings to achieve significant carbon reduction

11:00 ET | 8:00 PT Reviewing the Opportunities of Mass Timber and How to Integrate it into Your Next Building Design


  • Understanding when in the design workflow you need to consider alternative structural materials such as mass timber
  • Exploring the process of gaining the buy-in of clients and contractors and overcoming logistical barriers such as supply chains
  • Identifying the barriers to wider adoption of mass timber: can this be used on every project, and if so why aren’t we using it already?

11:30 ET | 8:30 PT Q&A: Maximizing Use of Sustainable Materials

11:50 | 8:50 Short Break

Achieving High Performance with Alternative Delivery Methods

12:20 ET | 9:20 PT Applying Panelization & Passive House Methods to Sustainable High-Rise Façade Design


  • Understanding the speed, cost and sustainability benefits of modular approaches to façade design and construction
  • Exploring the use of passive house principles on large high-rise buildings to significantly improve sustainability
  • Assessing the constructability challenges with a panelized approach, such as procurement, logistics and installation

12:50 ET | 9:50 PT Applying High-Performance Design to Various Flavors of Design-Build Delivery Methods


  • Revealing how to best integrate contractors into the early design stage and leverage maximum value from their expertise
  • Hearing how to gain the buy-in of architects and other traditional design stakeholders who are unfamiliar or sceptical of design build methods
  • Comparing the pros and cons of different variations of design-build and which is preferable to achieve maximum building performance

1:20 pm Case Study: Successful Adoption of Design Assist to Improve Building Performan


  • Highlighting why subcontractors were brought onto the design team early, and what function they performed
  • Hearing how the subcontractors were integrated into the design choices being made and how this influenced building performance
  • Revealing lessons learned in how to create a collaborative design team that plays on the strengths of all firms

1:50 ET | 10:50 PT Q&A: Achieving High Performance with Alternative Delivery Methods

2:10 ET | 11:10 PT Break & Networking

Designing for Long Term Resiliency to Climate Change

3:00 ET | 2:00 PT Smart City Drivers: How Urban Scale Simulation Powers Carbon Neutral, Healthy, and Resilient Cities

  • Sean Quinn Sustainable Design Director – Pacific Region, HOK


  • Hearing how modelling at the urban scale can improve air, energy and water efficiency and set up individual building design and simulation for success
  • Assessing the role of computational design in understanding the interaction between buildings in an urban environment
  • Understanding how climate change impacts can be addressed through advanced technologies, such as lidar modelling for sea level rise and mapping for ecosystem services

3:30 ET | 12:30 PT Revealing How to Futureproof a Building Envelope & Design with Climate Change in Mind

  • Irene Martin Associate, Facades & Building Envelope Physics, Arup
  • Colin Rohlfing Vice President & Director of Sustainable Development, HDR


  • Leveraging predicted future weather data, instead of just historical weather data to improve a building’s overall resiliency to extreme climate conditions
  • Including adaptability and flexibility into design to allow a building’s optimal solar and thermal performances to shift with a changing climate
  • Assessing best practices for reducing heating and cooling loads, improving thermal comfort and daylight for various climate zones

4:00 ET | 1:00 PT End of Conference