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BUILDEX Vancouver
February 14 & 15, 2024
Vancouver Convention Centre West


Watch the following educational seminars recorded at BUILDEX Vancouver 2023 on demand after the show, PLUS gain access to a host of video content from across the Buildings Canada portfolio of events on Streamly.

Access to the seminar recordings and Streamly are included as part of the BUILDEX On Demand and All Access Pass options, accessible until May 31, 2023.


W13 – Beyond Demolition: Repurposing BC's Homes for a Brighter Tomorrow

Approximately 2,800 single family dwellings (SFDs) are demolished in Greater Vancouver every year, with construction and demolition waste accounting for an estimated 27% of landfill waste. House relocation and deconstruction are alternatives to demolition that preserve embodied carbon, reduce landfill waste and disposal costs, reuse or recycle high-value materials, and provide affordable housing in coastal communities. Municipalities are also introducing deconstruction bylaws requiring residential projects to move from demolition to deconstruction.

Attend this seminar to learn from a panel of experts as they discuss policy developments in this space and how to tap into these growth opportunities to benefit your business, clients, or city.

Rosemary Cooper, Managing Director, Circular Innovation, Light House Sustainability Society
Adam Corneil, Founder, CEO, Unbuilders
Joshua Millard, Co-Founder, Demolition: Impossible Contracting
Glyn Lewis, Founder, CEO, Renewal Home Development
Jeremy Nickel, Owner, Nickel Brothers Construction

W26 – Stories & Solutions of How Development Obstacles Impact the Construction Industry

How is land development directly related to construction management, consultants, government, contractors, and material suppliers? Learn how the painful years leading up to the sought-after Building Permit affect the Building Permit itself, along with everything that follows suit. This seminar looks to examine the truths that developers, consultants, and government face through case studies on what can and did go wrong, what the logical solutions were, the timeline delays that coordination issues can cause, how out-of-the box thinking plays a part, what else could have been done, and, finally, what the end result was.

The speakers will delve into these development-related case studies to examine the actual and potential impacts on the mental state of those affected and those responsible for the delays, and how construction managers, subcontractors, financiers, materials suppliers, owners and eventually the end-users are ultimately impacted by what seems to be a similar frustrating story chronicled by land developers and project managers. Attendees will also learn about the municipalities and consultants that are making strides to improve the process, and the specific hurdles faced in municipalities which have often had significant permitting delays.

Gagan Sivia, Co-Principal, CFO, AZURE Properties Group
Navi Sivia, Principal of Construction Management & Development, AZURE Properties Group

W39 – Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

The winter of 2020 changed the landscape of mental health around the world. Philosophies like “what happens at home stays at home” and “what happens at work stays at work” instantly imploded leaving many professionals struggling to adjust to the new work from home dynamic and the many stressors resulting from COVID. Nearly three years later, employers are still scrambling, trying to figure out how to support a workforce in crisis.

Join this seminar for an important conversation on mental health and wellness to uncover:

  • The Top 3 often missed signs that a colleague could use a check-in
  • The Top 3 challenges that prevent someone from reaching out for help
  • The Top 3 things employers can do right now to improve mental health in the workplace

Leslee Montgomery, Mental Wellness Architect, Humanology Partners

T02 – The State of Prefabrication in Canada

Coming off the recently released report that was developed for Forestry Innovation Investment, this seminar will discuss The State of Prefabrication in Canada. The speaker will provide an overview of the status of mass timber, panels, and volumetric construction, and share recommendations to encourage greater adoption of prefabrication in order to solve our current construction productivity, sustainability, and affordable housing issues. This seminar will also address how prefabrication ties into high performance structures and how to better use prefabrication to encourage greater adoption.

In this seminar, participants will learn:

• The current landscape of prefabrication and the threats the industry faces
• Some of the best practices from the field and how to best undertake a prefabrication project
• The 5 current drivers for prefabrication adoption
• The current challenges, constraints, and barriers to adoption
• An overview of the recommendations of the report and areas for further study

The copy of the report can be found here.

Craig Mitchell, Principal, BlackBox Offsite Solutions Ltd.

T15 – Construction Contracts 101

Construction projects vary widely, and it is essential that those working in, or advising the construction industry are knowledgeable about the limitations and pitfalls of commonly used contracts and some of the important provisions to pay close attention to.

In this seminar, special focus will be paid to the documents prepared in the Canadian Construction Documents Committee including CCDC 2, CCDC 3, CCDC 5A, CCDC 5B, and CCDC 30.

Bill Woodhead, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

T39 – Low-Carbon Energy Systems for Homes

The NearZero Emissions Building Program was launched by the City of Vancouver in 2018. In 2020, the Province, through the CleanBC Building Innovation Fund program, provided additional funding to expand the program and include homes throughout Metro Vancouver. The program’s goal was to incentivize homeowners to strive for near zero emissions, gather their insight and lessons learned, and disseminate them to government and the rest of the industry. ZEBx recently produced a trends analysis on the fundamental elements of what makes a home a climate-friendly home: its low-carbon energy systems for space heating and domestic hot water.

This seminar will include a brief presentation on the trends analysis of 22 homes in the NearZero program, followed by a panel discussion moderated by ZEBx. The panel will feature an energy advisor, a general contractor, and a mechanical contractor involved in three different projects that are part of the NearZero program. The panel will focus on low-carbon energy systems and other high-performance features of cost-effective, near-zero emissions homes.

Roberto Pecora, Director, Zero Emissions Building Exchange
Doug Langford, Principal, JDL Homes Inc.
Luke Dolan, CEO, Capital Home Energy Inc.
Curtis Robertson, Owner, BentAir Mechanical