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54CE - Net-Zero Energy Building: Process-Driven Design

25 May 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation (JCPI), a new wing at Mohawk’s Fennell campus, is a project for the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building pilot program. Mohawk College is a leader in sustainability, and the broader community. The project, led by a team of expert consultants including mcCallumSather, B+H Architects and RDH Building Science, has been driven by a net zero energy budget and has garnered national attention including that of The Joyce Family Foundation and the federal government.

This presentation will explore a new philosophy for net zero building design with the objective of understanding the concepts and implementation of an energy budget and integrated building systems design.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how strategic integrated design can simplify systems design.
  2. Learn how to treat an energy budget in the same way as one would treat a capital budget while filtering design decisions through project priorities.
  3. Recognize how passive design measures support high-efficiency HVAC solutions.
  4. Understand various system options, their advantages and disadvantages, and how renewable energy generation can be integrated in design solutions.


Kristen Yee Loong, P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C, Mike Taylor, M.Arch., OAA, and Kevin Van Hartingsveldt, Dipl.T.(Arch.), LEED AP

Kristen Yee Loong moved to RDH Building Science Inc. in 2016. As an energy and sustainability specialist, with over nine years of prior experience, her responsibilities include performing whole building energy modelling and interpreting their results to analyse energy conservation measures and support design decisions as well as capital and life cycle cost analyses. RDH is responsible for the enclosure consulting, developing HVAC concept designs, energy simulation analysis and post-occupancy measurement and verification for the Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation project. Kristen is responsible for the latter two undertakings for the project. Prior to joining RDH, Kristen was a senior energy analyst at a Toronto-based firm where she led the team of energy analysts and provided technical reviews of analyses and reports.

Mike Taylor joined B+H architects in 2016 as job captain on the Mohawk College JCPI project, in joint venture with mcCallumSather out of Hamilton. With a diverse set of interests including energy modelling, systems design, building science, enclosure detailing and architectural visualizations, he contributes to all aspects of architectural design from early concept ideation, into construction document implementation and continuing into contract administration. Mike is currently responsible for the Mohawk College JCPI project overseeing the contract administration portion while carefully guiding the project to a net zero finish line. He is currently pursuing his BSSO and OAA certifications. Prior to joining B+H, Mike worked at Hariri Pontarini and NORR Limited. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture.

Kevin Van Hartingsveldt is the architectural project manager on behalf of mcCallumSather for the Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation project at Mohawk College; mcCallumSather is the executive architect, in joint venture partnership with B+H. Kevin is an associate with mcCallumSather, and has been with the firm since 2008. Prior to acting as an architectural project manager, he has worked in various other capacities from design co-ordination through contract administration. Kevin manages projects of varied typologies, sizes, budgets and schedules; with mcCallumSather in the role of prime consultant, this involves leading teams of subconsultants with owners, constructors, and other stakeholders. Kevin is an honours graduate of Mohawk College, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

 This session is sponsored by VELUX Skylights