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62CE - Retrofitting Office and Multi-Residential Buildings Sustainably

25 May 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Existing buildings comprise the largest segment of our built environment. One of the most sustainable ways to provide housing to Toronto’s growing population is to renew the existing housing stock. To address sustainability in the process of retrofitting buildings, four major aspects need to be considered: the feasibility of upgrading the building for energy efficiency, the effective implementation of current codes and standards, the decision to restore existing materials where suitable, and the selection of new materials based on durability and design longevity.

The course will address types of energy-related upgrades available, and a case study of a small commercial building in the city centre will highlight the metrics used to determine if a particular improvement is economically viable. Also covered are common violation of building codes and standards that must be rectified in older buildings in the province of Ontario. Example projects of multi-residential buildings in Toronto will be presented to illustrate lessons learned regarding material restoration of the typical conditions encountered in buildings from different eras. The palette of materials chosen for each retrofit will be reviewed for sustainable merit.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand metrics to determine if an energy efficiency upgrade should be pursued.
  2. Learn about updating buildings to meet current standards, abating hazardous materials and abiding by current accessibility standards and fire code regulations.
  3. Learn about the restoration of common materials found in aging buildings, such as terrazzo.
  4. Understand the selection of new materials based on durability, sustainability and design longevity.

Christina Linda Chan, B.E.S., M.Arch., OAA

Christina is the first in-house architect for Akelius Canada, a real estate management company for multi-residential buildings and a subsidiary of its global affiliate of the same name. Before joining this Swedish firm, Christina worked on new builds of apartments in China, Australia and Canada. She has worked in Berlin, Melbourne and Toronto with architecture firms GMP, Elenberg Fraser and Diamond Schmitt Architects. Her interest in improving existing conditions began with her master’s thesis, “The City under the City: in/to the PATH,” where she proposed retrofitting the subterranean pedestrian network with sensory cues for spatial orientation.

This session is sponsored by Canam Buildings