Better Building Speaker Series

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We are pleased to announce that the Net Zero Speaker Series will continue under a new name: The Better Building Speaker Series

This new series of talks launched February 21st, 2019 at the Halifax Central Library with a panel discussion on The Road To Net Zero in Nova Scotia (watch it here). The series continues every third Thursday of every month until Summer. 


Join us for the next installment of this year’s Better Building Speaker Series Thursday, April 18th at the BMO Community Room in the Halifax Central Library.


Justin MacDonald, On-Site Energy Manager with Dalhousie University, and Ted Loucks, Partner with MCW Custom Energy Solutions Ltd will discuss retrofitting existing building and district energy systems. Together, they just completed a multi-million dollar energy performance contract for the Tupper Building on Dalhousie’s Campus. 


How can we build better buildings in Nova Scotia?

Research shows that we could be constructing buildings that are more resilient, healthier and better for the environment. Regulations and policies are pushing us in that direction, with plans for a Net Zero Energy Ready building code introduced by 2030.

The Ecology Action Centre's Built Environment Committee and Energy Action team are hosting a broad spectrum of architects, engineers, custom builders, contractors, developers, educators, representatives of LEED, PASSIVE HAUS, ENERGuide programs and other industry representatives to discuss how prepared we are to meet the challenge and YOU are invited! 


We're asking, is Net Zero affordable and achievable for all?


All presentations will be hosted at the Halifax Central Library in the BMO Room.


Some local projects of interest:

  • The Heyday House - An off-grid homemade from strawbale, located in Scotch Village, Nova Scotia.


Past Presentations:

Commercial-Residential Projects
Natalie Leonard, Passive Haus - November 15, 2017 

Six-storey Midrise Wood Construction
Tom Emodi, TEAL Architects+Planners - October 18, 2017 

LEED Aiming for Net Zero and Carbon Zero Initiatives 
Lara Ryan, Canada Green Building Council, Atlantic -  September 20, 2017 

Nova Scotia Building Code Energy Efficiency  Requirements
Joe Rogers, Nova Scotia Building Code Coordinator - May 17, 2017 

Denim Homes and Net Zero
Caleb Howden, Nova Scotia Homebuilders Association - April 19, 2017

Aiming for Net Zero
Rochelle Owen, Director, Office of Sustainability, Dalhousie University, Chair of QUEST NS -  March 15, 2017 

Natural Building and Place-Based Experiential Learning 
Kim Thompson, Executive Director & Founder, The Deanery Project - February 15, 2017

Net Zero Energy Housing & Deep Energy Retrofits
Shawna Henderson, the CEO of BfreeHomes & Blue House Energy - January 18, 2017 

Getting to Net Zero: Reflections on EGSPA and Efficiency One
Bill Lahey, Chair Efficiency One and Marty Janowitz, Chair Minister‘s Round Table on Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity (EGSPA) - November 16, 2016 

EAC Housing Evolution
Stephen Crowell, Nova Scotia's original Net Zero builder - October 19, 2016 

R2000 RENOVATION Renovator Challenge & Opportunity
Stephen Crowell, Nova Scotia's original Net Zero builder - October 19, 2016 

Renewable Energy Builder Challenge & Opportunity
Stephen Crowell, Nova Scotia's original Net Zero builder - October 19, 2016 

Getting Back to Net Zero Energy
John Crace, Architect - September 23, 2016 

Net zero potential in custom residential construction
Don Roscoe, passive solar home builder - June 23, 2016 

Net Zero Housing in Canada: from the 70's to now
Keith Robertson, Solterre Design - May 12, 2016

New and renovated LEED PassiveHaus