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BUILDEX Vancouver
February 15 - 16, 2023
Vancouver Convention Centre West

Free to Attend Sessions at BUILDEX Vancouver

NEW for 2022: Extended programming and free to attend educational sessions, product demonstrations and Keynote discussions on the BUILDEX Tradeshow Floor and Conference Level.

BUILDEX Main Stage Programming

W15 – The Tailgate Toolkit: Addressing Substance Use in our Industry

Wednesday, March 23
10:30am – 11:30am

Toxic drug poisoning remains the most prominent cause of unnatural death in our province, disproportionately affecting men and the construction industry. In this session, participants will learn about the Vancouver Island Construction Association’s innovative harm reduction initiative: The Tailgate Toolkit Project.

Speakers will cover an introduction to harm reduction, the availability of harm reduction services for drug and alcohol users, recovery options, and insight on the contributing factors that increase the prevalence of substance use in the industry. Attendees will gain insight from the project’s staff that they can take back to their workplaces, communities, and personal lives.

W22 – Connecting Innovation: Finding Sustainable Technologies in the Built Environment

Wednesday, March 23
12:00pm – 1:15pm

Do you have sustainability challenges that no one has solved yet? Are you looking to find the latest innovations for green buildings? If so, don’t miss this lively, informative, and interactive session hosted by Foresight, Canada’s cleantech accelerator.

Hear rapid presentation from some of Canada’s newest building innovators before top experts in AEC debate what is the most important innovation challenge that needs to be solved for the built environment. Best of all, you the audience gets to choose who has made the best case for their idea to be Foresight’s next innovation challenge!

T15 – Accelerating the Adoption of Mass Timber, Automated Prefabrication, and Productized Buildings: Stakeholder Perspectives Roundtable

Thursday, March 24
10:30am – 11:30am

The latest developments in manufacturing automation are paving the way for a new paradigm in our industry. With high-tech equipment and intelligent software, construction can finally move from a service-based industry to a productized offering that promises both flexibility and scalability. Although these developments promise many opportunities for all stakeholders in our industry, they also challenge many conventions. The panel will discuss the potentials from the perspectives of design, engineering, and manufacturing – today and in the future.

T23 – BUILDEX Interior Design Keynote: In Conversation with...

Thursday, March 24
12:00pm – 1:00pm

The pandemic turned “normal” on its head. For many, this was the first time we were able to take a new look at our lives, work, interests, drivers, and future projections. In this “In Conversation with” session, we ask what the before and after looks like for a panel of BC’s inspiring interior designers and their practice.

Join for a relaxed, refreshing, and insightful conversation on our designer’s work, drivers, research tools, creative approach, and productivity hacks. Then, we ask how it has all changed due to the pandemic and how they have responded.

T38 – Are We Entering a New Era of Leadership?

Thursday, March 24
1:30pm – 2:30pm

As Canada emerges from pandemic-imposed restrictions, the world of work has changed and evolved. Building industry consultants and professionals have been central to this change. However, as our clients re-convene, their workplaces, leadership strategies, and company cultures have changed.

This panel of local business leaders has been invited to share their insights on how their businesses have changed, their new leadership dilemmas, and how the expectations of their staff differ from pre-pandemic times. By understanding these shifts we can better navigate the future of work.

TECHCENTRIC Programming and Product Demonstrations

W20 – ConTech Hardware Innovation Showcase

Wednesday, March 23
11:00am – 12:00pm

Your search for the latest construction technology hardware ends here! Find new-to-market solutions, discover what key opinion leaders make of them, and ask your questions at the BUILDEX Innovation Showcase.

New products are continually hitting the market, but do they have real world potential? What could their limitations be? How do they compare to the existing leader? BUILDEX, SCIUS Advisory and a panel of industry experts are here to help.

D01 – Vectorworks Architect - Design without Limits from Sketch to BIM

Wednesday, March 23
12:30pm – 1:00pm

A demonstration to see 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 session is for you.

D02 – The Future of Living

Wednesday, March 23
1:30pm – 2:00pm

What does it look like to build the Future of Living right now? Homebase is a smart building technology platform that drives connectivity, and communication for multi-tenant communities. Homebase connects smart home devices - access control, lighting, lock hardware & software, thermostats - as well as automated building systems through a building-wide WiFi and Bluetooth Mesh network. The result, we help you give residents the modern, sophisticated living experience they desire while making management simple and seamless. Join this session to find out how.

D03 – To Plug or Not to Plug? Innovative EV Charging Solutions for Tomorrow's Construction Projects

Wednesday, March 23
4:15pm – 4:45pm

BC leads North America in terms of percentage of new vehicle sales being electric. With aggressive Zero Emission Vehicle mandates announced federally, and auto manufacturers releasing cool, innovative EV’s, seemingly on a weekly basis, it’s safe to assume the future will see more EV’s in BC parking lots. With emerging building codes and customer needs centering around EV Charging, the market is set for large-scale adoption and expansion. One of the more difficult barriers to this exponential growth is the knowledge gap in how these technologies fit into construction projects.

T21 – ConTech Software Innovation Showcase

Thursday, March 24
11:00am – 12:00pm

Your search for the latest construction technology software ends here! Find new-to-market solutions, discover what key opinion leaders make of them, and ask your questions at the BUILDEX Innovation Showcase.

New products are continually hitting the market, but do they have real world potential? What could their limitations be? How do they compare to the existing leader? BUILDEX, CanBIM/Building Transformations and a panel of industry experts are here to help.

D04 – Supercharge Your Business for a Post-Pandemic Era

Thursday, March 24
12:30pm – 1:00pm

Breeze Premier has been developed for both residential and commercial property managers. Tools such as corporate accounting, dynamic websites, ILS integration, CAM recoveries, full-service invoice processing, and investment management mean the platform can be expanded to meet the unique needs of specialized roles. Go further with Breeze Premier, attend this session and discover what you can do with intuitive and powerful software.

D05 – Product Demonstration

Thursday, March 24
1:30pm – 2:00pm

Product demonstration hosted by Multivista.

Conference Level

W32 – Electric Vehicle Charging – Opportunities and Considerations for Building Managers

Wednesday, March 23
2:30pm – 3:30pm

The upward trend of EV adoption brings many opportunities and challenges for the industry. With the growing demand, the availability and reliability of charging stations become increasingly critical. To ensure successful deployment of EVSE system, there are a few considerations to assess such as: site location and parameters, building electrical infrastructure and operations, and user experience. Join this session for valuable insight on these considerations.

W34 – Choosing Thermal Insulation for Buildings

Wednesday, March 23
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Intense competition and marketing amongst insulation manufacturers can sometimes create more questions than answers for consumers. As a result, design professionals often find themselves in a difficult and delicate balancing act between installed cost, true long-term thermal performance, and environmental considerations regarding the thermal protection layer in the building.

Join this session for a critical analysis between three types of rigid foam insulation: EPS, XPS, and Polyiso. The presenters will focus on comparing environmental and occupant safety, wetting and drying characteristics, and true long-term thermal performance values.