We are so excited to share the list of local experts on energy, conservation, and building issues who are coming to the Wednesday’s Green Drinks to discuss their work with you! The evening will host a series of bar-table discussions of key topics, from solar to fusion, apartments to suburbs, and slow-tech to high-tech. Guests are invited to sit-in, participate and meander from one electrifying conversation to another. We sold out this afternoon, but after scrounging in the sofa cushions we found 10 more advance tickets to release!
Editor’s note: bios of the local experts who attended Green Drinks to chat with participants continues after the jump.
Table 1. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY:
Learn about solar and wind systems on the market now from the experts, and cutting-edge developments in fusion energy research.
Randall Benson, Gridworks Energy Group Inc.
Randall is a Master Electrician with over 15 years experience in the PV and Wind industry in the design, installation and training of grid-connected photovoltaic systems, and was one of Canada’s first PV installation instructors. Randall was also one of a small contingent of individuals responsible for assisting CSA (CE Code), NETCO, IBEW and CECA in developing the National Standards for PV installation practices and certification for Construction Red Seal Electricians. Further to this, Randall Benson was one of the persons, out of a group of six to eight Solar PV professionals, responsible for training standards for Electricians for PV installation and has personally trained hundreds of electricians, electrical inspectors and engineers throughout Canada and continues to do so.
Warren Sarauer, Solar Energy Society of Alberta Board Chair
Gordon is an electrical engineer with Howell Mayhew Engineering in Edmonton. He has 30 years experience in designing and developing solar-electric systems. The solar-electric system on his house was the first grid-connected system west of Toronto in 1995 and the 12th in Canada. Since then he has worked with Alberta’s government, electricity regulators, utilities and municipalities to remove barriers to solar-electric systems so that Alberta can be ready for wide-scale solar electricity. He was on the team that designed and built Edmonton’s first three net-zero-energy houses. His goal is to see affordable net-zero-energy homes become the least-cost housing option.
Kyle Kasawski, Landmark Group
Kyle is one of the leading experts in the Canadian solar industry. He was named Solar Advocate of the Year in 2009 by the Canadian Solar Industries Association and was noted by Edmonton’s Avenue Magazine as “arguably Alberta’s most influential solar-power advocate.” Since 2002, Kyle has founded and co-founded five successful businesses in the solar industry. Kyle is currently is the General Manager of Landmark Power and Landmark Solar Productions with the Landmark Group of Builders.
Klaas Rodenberg, Stantec and Alberta Council of Technologies
Klaas has more than 35 years of experience in the building design industry, has been the Sustainable Design Coordinator at Stantec for the last decade, and is the CEO of the Alberta Centre of Excellence for Building Information Modelling (aceBIM). He has a BA in Industrial Design and an MA in Communication and Technology. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with the CaGBC and ENV Sustainable Professional with the ISI. Klaas was the project manager for the NetZero Duplex for Habitat for Humanity – see pictures and videos at http://www.hfh.org/builds/10 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Table 2: GREEN ELECTRICITY PROVIDERS
Paul Cabaj, SPARK Power
Carla Meyer, Bullfrog Power
Table 3. GREEN BUILDING
Meet the architects, builders, and renovators behind some of Edmonton’s most impressive sustainable buildings.
Chris Buyze, Battle Lake Design Group
Chris is a past Avenue Magazine Top 40 Under 40 honoree, current president of the Downtown Edmonton Community League, and a partner in Battle Lake Design Group, a full-service residential design firm specializing in design and development of sustainable residential and smaller-scale mixed-use buildings. Chris works with both rural and urban clients to design energy-efficient ‘modern vernacular’ homes that are not only functional, sustainable and possible, but aesthetically beautiful in design and material use. BLDG use a wide range of proven sustainable materials, but are known in Western Canada for their expertise in straw bale building design and construction. BLDG’s work beautifully combines contemporary residential architecture and a sense of place to lift straw bale construction from its rural, grassroots origins into an urban context, and was featured in the Homes section of the Edmonton Journal.
Dale Rott, Effect Home Builders
With 20 years of building experience, Dale consistently pursues methods to increase the performance of houses. From using R2000 principles in the early 90’s, to being a pioneer in Alberta implementing ICF for above-grade walls, to building at Net-Zero standards he has always looked for practical ways to balance durability, design, and occupant comfort.
Being a custom home builder, Effect Home Builders is able to promote the benefits of high-performance to a spectrum of clients looking for quality, comfort, utility savings, and reducing environmental impact. Winning local, provincial, and national environmental awards Effect is focused on producing sustainable homes.
Shanthu is one of the founding directors of C Returns, making homes and community buildings more energy efficient with over 209 product combinations that can save money and carbon in the City of Edmonton.
Tanya Rumak, Landmark Group
Tanya is a passionate advocate for the environment, and loves finding sustainable solutions to modern-day living. She is currently the Sustainability and Public Relations Manager at Landmark Group of Builders, an Alberta homebuilder targeting affordable Net Zero energy homes. After completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of British Columbia, Tanya relocated to Alberta accepting a job in municipal sustainability. Her current role at Landmark encompasses multiple aspects of corporate sustainability including carbon foot printing, waste reduction, product Life Cycle Analysis, and communications.
TABLE 4. GREEN MATERIALS AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Amelie Caron, EcoSynergy
EcoSYNERGY was founded in 2008. Amelie Caron, CEO, has been in the industry since 1999. She has worked in different areas of the home construction industry, always promoting energy efficiency across the country (Montréal, QC to Edmonton, AB). She began with NRCan’s Energuide for Homes program (today Ecoenergy), which promotes energy efficient renovations, going on to new construction, on-site training and consulting in high efficiency housing i.e: Energuide 86 and/or Net-Zero Energy Goal. EcoSYNERGY has now become one of the LEED for Homes providers in Alberta (in partnership with Ecoammo). Recently she has accomplished a Masters Degree in Building Science and Sustainable at the Danube University Krems in Austria. Her master thesis was a comparison of the NZEH and the Passivhaus in regards to life cycle cost, carbon emissions, construction feasibility and primary energy requirements.
The goals of EcoSYNERGY are to educate trades and professionals in understanding building science and promoting “best practice” envelope construction.
Amelie also offers services such as building envelope troubleshooting, blower door testing at pre-drywall stage, thermal camera reading, drawing reviews and sustainable/ passive solar design assistance, climate analysis and material research. Just let her know of your needs and she will have the tools to assist you.
EcoSynergy believes that education and access to resources and training are the foundation for enhancing the residential construction industry. EcoSynergy’s vision is that all houses are: energy efficient, affordable, comfortable, sustainable and healthy.
“I am a lifelong self-directed learner with insatiable curiosity. My pursuit of knowledge has led me to become passionate about sustainable energy, energy efficient building design, urban design, alternative economic systems, co-operative living models and consensus decision making. The culmination of my passions has led me to my involvement with Urban Green Cohousing Society. My life experience to this point has led me to believe that contentment in life is attained through process and not achievement. While achievement is often a result of process, satisfaction is derived by how we do what we do.”
A LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) accredited civil engineer, Tegan has broad experience in how buildings come together from the perspectives of the designer, architect, contractor and supplier all the way through to the client. She has first-hand experience in structural engineering and project management of mixed use, commercial, and residential projects. Tegan was previously involved with the Riverdale Community League as their Sustainability Director and the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues as the organizer of the Edmonton Community Challenge. She believes strongly in working with local communities and engaging citizens on development projects and initiatives in their neighbourhoods. Tegan is also current President of the Infill Development in Edmonton Association, who advocate for high-quality infill development, and a past Avenue Magazine Top 40 Under 40 honoree.
Dave Turnbull is the Product Development Manager for the Landmark Group of Builders based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Dave has over 25 years in the homebuilding industry working in all areas from Trades to the supply chain. Landmark has always had sustainable development leanings and in 2007 Dave was charged with formalizing these into a program and moving Landmark into a leadership position for sustainability in the homebuilding industry. In a market where EnerGuide 72-74 is the norm, Landmark has over 90% of its product line (1000 homes per year) over EnerGuide 82, and at market price. Dave also serves the industry as the President of Built Green Canada and locally as Chair of CHBA-Edmonton’s Environment Committee. Landmark Group have had some success in lowering the cost of achieving Net Zero by using prefabrication techniques (described in a presentation archived here).