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13CE - Data-Driven Design

23 May 2018 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Whether to validate code compliance, optimize a façade design or build an AI engine, many predict big data will be a driving design force in the decades to come. With a growing number of incentives and voluntary and mandatory standards in place to reduce emissions from proposed buildings, energy modelling has become a mainstream design exercise for hundreds of projects annually in Ontario. Unfortunately, energy simulation data has not been leveraged either for broad analysis of performance trends or to benchmark similar buildings to improve energy performance.

To remedy this, RWDI, in partnership with the OAA and Toronto’s Architecture 2030 District, is developing a tool that will automate the harvesting, reporting and aggregation of information available in energy model files. This cloud-hosted tool, COMPASS, will automate reporting to six of the major energy reporting programs in Ontario. Data visualization that will accompany the tool will be aimed at enhancing energy literacy in the design community.

The development team is currently on track for a public launch of the tool in the spring of 2018 and looks forward to previewing the tool for Conference attendees. 

Learning Objectives

    1. Obtain key metrics to manage when striving for low to zero energy levels of performance.
    2. Learn how the COMPASS tool can be used as a target finder when looking to establish energy or carbon performance targets for your project.
    3. Understand plans for the COMPASS tool, including engaging building officials and third-party reviewers.
    4. See key features of the COMPASS tool, such as automated program reporting and data analytics that will simplify and add value to existing energy modelling and reporting processes.


Mike Williams, P.Eng., LEED AP, Sheena Sharp, B.E.S., M.Arch., OAA, FRAIC, and Jeff Ranson, MBA

As a professional engineer and principal at RWDI, Mike Williams passionately supports clients with the creation of sustainable buildings. RWDI’s definition of a sustainable building is a building that is designed, built and operated to mitigate environmental impacts, adapt to new climate realities and create enhanced spaces for people. Mike’s recent experience includes creating a net-zero carbon campus roadmap, leading the completion of over 75 resiliency assessments and developing COMPASS, an energy modelling benchmarking and reporting portal.

Sheena Sharp is the principal of Coolearth Architecture inc., a firm specializing in low-carbon design for new buildings and retrofits. The firm also provides energy related consulting. She has been on OAA Council for 12 years, serving on the Sustainable Built Environment Committee (SBEC), acting as the OAA representative to the 2030 District, and serving as the Building Committee Chair for the Headquarters Renewal Project. As a member of SBEC, Sheena has been instrumental in identifying the gap in energy modelling knowledge and in promoting this benchmarking tool.

As the GTA Regional Director for the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Jeff Ranson leads green building market transformation in Southern Ontario through the CaGBC’s Greater Toronto Chapter. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Toronto 2030 District and Manager of Education for Sustainable Buildings Canada. As lead facilitator for Enbridge’s Savings By Design energy conservation program, he delivered sustainable design workshops for over 100 major developments across Ontario. Jeff has consulted for numerous private- and public-sector organizations in Canada and internationally, with a focus on capacity building and strategic planning for sustainable development, climate change mitigation and resilience outcomes.