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

Free to Attend Sessions at BUILDEX Vancouver

Extended programming and free to attend educational sessions, product demonstrations and Keynote discussions on the BUILDEX Tradeshow Floor and Conference Level. Sessions will be updated regularly so check back often for updates!

BUILDEX Main Stage

W19 – Interior Design Keynote: People, Culture & Placemaking in the New Work Paradigm

Wednesday, February 15
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This thought-provoking keynote presented by IDIBC will feature a panel of leaders in Corporate Real Estate (CRE) workplace strategy. The speakers will delve into how organizations and employees are adapting to a workforce transformation never seen before; a disruptor on a global scale that is fundamentally altering how we view the role of work in our lives.

Sarah Bramley, Vice President, Workplace Advisory, Colliers
Shelley Penner, President, Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia (IDIBC)
Scott Pickles, Principal & Senior Vice President, Canada Consulting Leader, Consulting Canada, Avison Young
Sarah Stanford
, Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE Limited

Sponsored by: Interior Designers Institute of British Columba (IDIBC)

W22 – Cross-Industry Keynote: The Path to Recovery in the Housing Market

Wednesday, February 15
12:30 PM - 1:30PM

The 2022 housing market slowed abruptly in the wake of sharply higher Canadian interest rates, but where will it go from here given the headwinds of elevated mortgage rates and a potential recession? The presenter will discuss his outlook for the economy and the housing market and describe what needs to happen over the next year for the housing market to get back on a path to recovery.

Brendon Ogmundson, Chief Economist, British Columbia Real Estate Association

W43 – Construction Keynote: Critical Updates on Three Key Issues Affecting Today’s Construction Industry

Wednesday, February 15
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

This thought-provoking keynote will cover three pressing issues facing the construction industry in BC: prompt payment legislation, permitting delays, and supplementary conditions. The speakers will share insight on the impacts of these pressing issues and provide solutions on how they can be resolved for the construction industry going forward.

Vanessa Werden, Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP
David Volk, Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP
Scott Kennedy, Principal, Cornerstone Architecture
Tim Ryce, Chief Building Official, City of North Vancouver

Sponsored by: BCIT

T21 – Architecture Keynote: Dismantling Architecture & Design

Thursday, February 16
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This engaging panel moderated by Decanthropy’s Ian Rolston will discuss the evolution of luxury design and the relative responsibilities of design-build teams.

From preconceived notions of luxury to its direct impact on the immediate culture, the panelists will explore the responsibility of design teams to build beyond aesthetics and account for how our industry impacts lived experiences connected to every decision we make. This lively discussion will seek to uncover the good, the bad, and the ugly of luxury design.

Sabine Grimes, Founder, Owner, Unison Group
Vance Harris, Partner, DIALOG
Melissa Higgs, Principal, hcma
Ian Rolston, Design Optimist, Lead Decanthropist, Decanthrophy Inc.

T24 – Cross-Industry Keynote: Vancouver’s Plans for Affordable Housing

Thursday, February 16
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The 2020 Homeless Metro Vancouver count found that, in Vancouver, 2,095 residents identified as homeless. These results equated to a 5% drop from the previous count in 2019 that identified 2,223 individuals who were described as homeless. The City of Vancouver and Lower Mainland have recently announced some significant projects that will help ease the burden on Vancouver’s homeless population. Vancouver residents will soon have access to 337 affordable homes, with construction underway on a new development in the East Fraser Lands River District.

Join this keynote seminar to hear about the exciting details of this new development and learn about other affordable housing developments that are planned for the City of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Naomi Brunemeyer, Director, Regional Development, Lower Mainland, BC Housing
Scott Fehrenbacher, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver

T47 – Cross-Industry Keynote: Rowboat in a Hurricane: Dealing With Change & Unexpected Setbacks

Thursday, February 16
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Imagine surviving a hurricane with nothing more than a rowboat to shelter you. When Julie set off on a quest to become the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland this was not what she anticipated. But Julie soon realized that to succeed she’d not only need to deal with adversity and uncertainly but embrace it and use it as an opportunity to grow and prosper. Julie shares techniques to deal with changing environments including altering our perception, preparing for the unexpected, assessing risks, and improving communication.

Julie Angus, CEO, Open Ocean Robotics

Demonstration Stage

D02 – Advanced Solutions for the Built Environment (OpenSpace Labs)

Wednesday, February 15
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Your jobsite fully captured. Just tap “Record” and go. OpenSpace Labs is a Construction Tech company based out of San Francisco, California, that focuses on 2 key aspects: site documentation-made easy and automated progress tracking.

During this seminar, attendees will learn:

  • How to easily create a digital twin of their jobsite through next-generation reality capture software using 360 cameras.
  • How to efficiently document a site to help combat chargebacks, be prepared for change orders, and even help with maintenance and facilities management long after project completion.
  • How to virtually navigate a jobsite from anywhere in the world and remotely create observations, RFIs, and more.
  • How to share any findings across team members, platforms, stakeholders, and third parties while maintaining full control and ownership of their data.
  • How to automate jobsite progress tracking through AI that can accurately quantify on-site assets, helping to save time, money, and resources and stay within schedule.

D03 – Simplifying Energy Efficient Walls With Exterior Insulated Sheathing (SIS Panels by Nexxgen Building Systems)

Wednesday, February 15
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

What if you could build net-zero ready exterior walls by simply using OSB? Building to the Energy Step Code will soon become the new normal and builders need to start considering solutions that are compatible with traditional building methods, are easy to implement, and meet the code requirements of today and tomorrow.

This seminar will introduce exterior insulated sheathing: a new building material that combines multiple layers of the building envelope, such as sheathing, insulation, and a rainscreen, into one product to simplify the construction process and stop thermal bridging without additional steps or tradesmen. Attendees will see firsthand how exterior insulated sheathing is widely customizable to meet stringent project requirements and how it is installed just like typical OSB – no special training, tools, or design plans are required.

D05 – Energy-Efficient HVAC Design & Modeling for Energy Savings in Air-Conditioned Spaces (Big Ass Fans)

Wednesday, February 15
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

This seminar about using fans in air-conditioned spaces will showcase actual savings from energy-efficient HVAC design. The presenters will feature a live demonstration of Big Ass Fans’ proprietary software SpecLab®, where they will take attendees on a live exclusive look at how they model airflow within a space to help quantify energy savings. The presenters will demonstrate thermal comfort on a case-by-case basis, looking at actual examples where they have created the most efficient and comfortable spaces.

D06 – Take Control of Your Electric Vehicle Charging & Optimize Savings, Energy & Comfort (Schneider Electric Canada)

Wednesday, February 15
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

The inevitable transition to electric mobility will impact the demand for sustainable charging solutions in residential and commercial buildings. Homeowners need to think smarter to manage their homes’ electricity loads to accommodate this increased consumption.

Join this seminar to learn more about Schneider’s newest charger which enables highly reliable, flexible, and sustainable smart charging for homes, optimizing energy consumption, maximizing uptime and efficiency, and ensuring a seamless user experience for EV installers, operators, and drivers.

D08 – Real-Time Energy Management: Ecopilot for HVAC in Action (Ecopilot)

Thursday, February 16
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

With rising energy costs and tighter energy efficiency standards, the world is looking for solutions to reduce operating costs, reduce impacts on the environment, all while maintaining building comfort. Traditional Building automation systems (BAS) have been around for decades. However, these traditional control systems typically don’t account for variables such as thermal mass, weather, or internal loads, which can have a varying effect on comfort and energy use.

Ecopilot® is AI for existing Building Management Systems that uses predictive weather, internal temperature, and a buildings’ thermodynamic properties to re-commission a building every 2-minutes, garnering average annual HVAC savings of 25%. In this seminar, the presenter will take attendees live into one of the 1,200 buildings utilizing Ecopilot®’s technology that can reduce complaints, costs, and carbon. Attendees will learn how Ecopilot® can harness the thermodynamics of a building by using weather forecasting and real time data to optimize HVAC efficiency and how Ecopilot® data can be used as a powerful diagnostic tool to support long-term maintenance plans. The presenter will share the details of how attendees can obtain a free building assessment and an exclusive guaranteed energy savings offer.

D09 – Leaky Buildings: Using IR Image Processing to Quantify Building Thermal Performance (QEA Tech)

Thursday, February 16
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Buildings account for a significant portion of total energy use and GHG emissions – up to 76% of electricity use and 40% of all associated GHG emissions. Studies consistently show that buildings’ energy demands can be significantly decreased (upwards of 80% in some cases) by decreasing the heat losses from the building’s envelope (e.g., walls, windows, roofs). However, it has been very difficult or next to impossible traditionally to quantify building envelope performance, particularly for large asset classes.

D11 – Say Hello to Smarter Living With Resident & Property Automation & Security (TELUS Residential Smart Building)

Thursday, February 16
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Did you know that 84% of Canadian renters are looking for automation solutions? The residential real estate market is evolving rapidly, and the need to leverage automation and security solutions to optimize and differentiate your buildings is greater than ever. Smart building technology enables property management teams to remotely manage properties, optimize day-to-day operations, and differentiate their property to potential renters and buyers. With one integrated solution, your property will operate more efficiently, reduce its carbon footprint, and deliver stronger health and lifestyle outcomes for your residents.

Join this product demonstration of how TELUS Residential Smart Building solutions allow residents and property managers to not only view and action real-time insights, but also remotely manage all the connected smart hardware and software in your building from your phone or tablet.

D13 – Discover MOSO Bamboo’s Endless Possibilities & Beyond Sustainable Qualities (MOSO North America)

Thursday, February 16
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

The growing global population is creating an increased demand for resources. As a result, there is a need to replace fossil-based, nonrenewable building materials with more bio-based materials, such as bamboo. Innovative and progressive changes include the use of renewable natural materials that contributes to a real circular economy for the health of our planet. This seminar will bring the awareness and further knowledge to encourage architects to consider the best products to build a better future for generations to come. Attendees will learn the properties of bamboo that make it a more sustainable choice due to its fast growth, CO2 storing, and biodegradable structure.

The presenters will discuss and explore how active bamboo reforestation and the use of durable bamboo products can lead to CO2 reduction and environment restoration.


D01 – Simplify Operations Management With Yardi Breeze Premier (Yardi Systems)

Wednesday, February 15
9:45AM - 10:15AM

Looking for effective ways to make sure money is not slipping through the cracks? Finding the right technology solution isn’t always straightforward, which is why Yardi Breeze Premier is here to help. Watch Yardi Canada’s 30-minute live demonstration showing why an all-in-one platform makes it easier than ever to conduct inspections, take and fulfill maintenance requests online, and track the costs of any project or renovation. That’s in addition to top-of-the-line marketing, leasing, accounting, and reporting functionality built into the platform. Don’t miss this seminar to learn how Yardi Breeze Premier can optimize your operations and boost your bottom line.

D04 – Vectorworks Architect – Design without Limits from Sketch to BIM (Vectorworks)

Wednesday, February 15
12:00PM - 12:30PM

Discover what Vectorworks Architect can do for your design process and your architectural projects. Join the speaker as they go from initial hand sketch to drawing, modelling, and rendering in a fully integrated BIM workflow – all within Vectorworks. Whether you are an architect or designer who is looking for a flexible, design-oriented solution or you are an existing Vectorworks user who wants to take your practice further, this seminar is for you.

D07 – Propview 5253: An Interactive Property Marketing Solution for Unbuilt or off the Plan Developments (Studio 5253)

Wednesday, February 15
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Looking for a one stop shop for all your property marketing needs?

As the Proptech market is growing, soon regular 3D renders, floor plans, and 3D walkthrough/animations will not suffice. With the advancement in technology, clients are more comfortable with an easy to use interface which takes them through the entire development, starting from the site plan and floor plans, to the detailed 3D renders, animations, and virtual tours all linked together in one platform that can be viewed from anywhere in the world.

This can’t miss seminar for property managers and home builders will showcase Propview 5253’S 3D visualisation services for Residential, Commercial, and Industrial developments and a selection of configuration technology which will be useful for commercial developers and home builders.

D10 – How to Build More With Less: Introduce Transparency to the Process

Thursday, February 16
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Rising costs, labour shortages, and fluctuating interest rates have become the unfortunate norm in home construction not the exception. Homebuilders used to be able to predict their margins with accuracy, but not in this new, ever-changing world.

This seminar aimed at homebuilders, contractors, and trades people will take attendees on a journey to examine a better and brighter way to build homes.The presenter will explain why homebuilders need to take a deep look within their organization to see how they can build better so they cannot only survive but thrive.

Conference Rooms

W31 – Regulatory Changes for Architecture in BC

Wednesday, February 15
1:00PM - 2:00PM

Level 200 (Room 220)

Learn how the transition from the Architects Act to the Professional Governance Act will affect the profession of architecture, the building and design industry, and the public. The seminar will also provide clarity to when an architect is required by law.

Thomas Lutes, Lawyer (Private Practice), General Counsel/Deputy CEO, Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)
Maura Gatensby, Lead Practice Advisor, Regulatory Liaison, Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)

Presenting Partner: Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)

T04 – The Tailgate Toolkit: Addressing Substance Use in Our Industry

Thursday, February 16
9:00AM - 10:00AM
Level 200 (Room 221)

In this workshop participants will learn about the Vancouver Island Construction Association’s innovative and award-winning harm reduction initiative, the Tailgate Toolkit Project. The workshop will include an overview of the four components of the project, a demonstration of a Toolbox Talk, and instruction on applying its principles. Participants will benefit from both witnessing an example of harm reduction outreach in action and learning from the project staff about their approaches, challenges, learnings, and strategies for how participants can take the information back to their workplaces, their communities, their families, and into their own lives.

Rory Kulmala, CEO, Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA)
Greg Hemminger, Harm Reduction Coordinator, Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA)

Presenting Partner: Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA)

T14 - Skilled Trades Certification: What You Need to Know!

Thursday, February 16
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Level 200 (Rooms 223/224)

In June 2021, the Government of BC announced the return of Skilled Trades Certification, also known as compulsory or mandatory trades certification. Skilled Trades Certifications will help more workers standardize their skills at a high level, raising the prestige of trades as a career choice. Certifications will also help more British Columbians access training and supports, while addressing the expected labour shortage of nearly 100,000 job openings in the skilled trades over the next 10 years.

The first seven trades that have been selected for Skilled Trades Certification are construction electrician, industrial electrician, powerline technician, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, gasfitter A & B, steamfitter/pipefitter, and sheet metal worker.

This seminar will help those who work in or support employees in these first seven trades to:

  • Learn what Skilled Trades Certification is
  • Understand the regulations and how they apply to their businesses
  • Learn about any next steps they should be taking to ensure they are in compliance
  • Better understand the different needs of different trades
  • Ask and answer questions about the topic'

Rod Bianchini, Chief Strategy and Compliance Officer, SkilledTradesBC (formerly the ITA)

T17 - Why Go In?

Thursday, February 16
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Level 200 (Room 221)

Many organizations today are struggling with the idea of hybrid work and understanding where people will do their best. Although there are proven benefits to working remotely, many large organizations are continuing to invest in corporate real estate. The difference is that they are being more thoughtful about where these offices are located, strategically putting them in places that will reduce commutes and entice people to come into the office more frequently. Why? Because these companies understand the power of the camaraderie, learning, and natural collaboration that happens when people are together at the office. The speaker will guide attendees through a series of questions about team’s culture, values, and work habits to help answer the question why employees should return to the office.

Attendees will learn and the speaker will explore:

  • What human needs drive when and where to work
  • What would make commuting worth it
  • How our spaces, locations, and surroundings change our culture

Greg Dekker, Vice President, Global Workplace Insights, Teknion Limited

T19 - Healthy Building Design

Thursday, February 16
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Level 200 (Room 222)

This informative seminar focuses on promoting safety through linking the built environment to human health. The speakers will examine the role different types of surfaces play in infection control and what makes some surfaces more hygienic than others.

Attendees of this seminar will learn:

  • How buildings impact the people inside them by reviewing the factors in the built environment that influence human health and well-being.
  • The sources of microbes and the importance of an increased focus on hygiene in all public spaces.
  • The potential dangers of over-reliance on antimicrobial additives to compensate for enhanced cleaning and disinfecting routines.
  • The role different types of surfaces play in infection and what makes some floors and walls more hygienic than others.

Greg Wooster, Senior Associate, Senior Interior Designer, Kasian Architecture, Interior Design & Planning
Susan Drew, Market Segment Manager, Altro Americas

T44 - ACE'ing Construction Industry Education

Thursday, February 16
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Level 200 (Rooms 217/218)

The 21st century construction industry requires flexible, adaptable, and technologically skilled professionals working together to address climate change, social issues, and supply chain concerns. Join this seminar to learn about an exciting experiential, vocational approach to construction industry education that will soon be available in BC. This upcoming course that has already been launched in the UK in 2013, will change the way built environment education has been traditionally delivered and will help to address the industry’s often prevalent “silo mentality.” The presenters will share key insights on strategies for better collaboration for the architecture, construction, and engineering (ACE) professions.

Attendees of this seminar will explore the training needs of the BC industry and the opportunities provided by an ACE education will be discussed.

Oleg Lungu, Instructional Development Consultant, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Adam James, Principal, Ryder Architecture
Daniel Murphy, VP of Preconstruction, EllisDon

How to Take Part

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John Connell
Senior Sales Manager
Phone: +1 778.320.8763