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Green Buildings and a
 Sustainable Society

            Gord Miller
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
       Green Bui...
The Building Industry is Greening!
   it’s an exciting time in the building
    industry in Ontario
The Building Industry is Greening!
 it’s an exciting time in the building
  industry in Ontario
 more new energy efficie...
The Building Industry is Greening!
 it’s an exciting time in the building
  industry in Ontario
 more new energy efficie...
The Planning Paradigm
   the existing provincial policy and
    planning system are not encouraging
    the kind of chang...
The Planning Paradigm
 the existing provincial policy and
  planning system are not encouraging
  the kind of change we n...
Changing the Planning Paradigm
   we need creative thinking and action …
Changing the Planning Paradigm
   we need creative thinking and action …
    – abandon parcel focused planning
Changing the Planning Paradigm
   we need creative thinking and action …
    – abandon parcel focused planning
    – enco...
Changing the Planning Paradigm
   we need creative thinking and action …
    – abandon parcel focused planning
    – enco...
Changing the Planning Paradigm
   we need creative thinking and action …
    – abandon parcel focused planning
    – enco...
Changing the Planning Paradigm
   we need creative thinking and action …
    – abandon parcel focused planning
    – enco...
Changing the Planning Paradigm
   we need creative thinking and action …
    – abandon parcel focused planning
    – enco...
Changing the Planning Paradigm
   we need creative thinking and action …
    – abandon parcel focused planning
    – enco...
A Tremendous Opportunity
   But despite the policy needs …
A Tremendous Opportunity
   But despite the policy needs …

   There is a huge opportunity for both
    government and t...
Retrofits and Renovations
   the energy savings of retrofitting
    hundreds of thousands of wasteful
    buildings are i...
Retrofits and Renovations
 the energy savings of retrofitting
  hundreds of thousands of wasteful
  buildings are immense...
Retrofits and Renovations
 the energy savings of retrofitting
  hundreds of thousands of wasteful
  buildings are immense...
Retrofits and Renovations
 the energy savings of retrofitting
  hundreds of thousands of wasteful
  buildings are immense...
Retrofits and Renovations
 the energy savings of retrofitting
  hundreds of thousands of wasteful
  buildings are immense...
Retrofits and Renovations
   retrofits conserve existing materials

    – reduce waste disposal
    – reduce the need for...
But the System Favours New Build
But the System Favours New Build
   municipal building/zoning standards
    must be challenged …
    – rules on building ...
But the System Favours New Build
   municipal building/zoning standards
    must be challenged …
    – rules on building ...
But the System Favours New Build
   the province has to realize the potential
    and bring in supportive policy
But the System Favours New Build
   the province has to realize the potential
    and bring in supportive policy
    – op...
But the System Favours New Build
   the province has to realize the potential
    and bring in supportive policy
    – op...
But the System Favours New Build
   the province has to realize the potential
    and bring in supportive policy
    – op...
The Challenge …
   is to change the system …
The Challenge …
   is to change the system …

   the status quo has many friends
The Challenge …
   is to change the system …

 the status quo has many friends
 governments will not change things
  un...
The Challenge …
   is to change the system …

 the status quo has many friends
 governments will not change things
  un...
Thank You For Your Attention



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  1. 1. Green Buildings and a Sustainable Society Gord Miller Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Green Building Festival October 27, 2007
  2. 2. The Building Industry is Greening!  it’s an exciting time in the building industry in Ontario
  3. 3. The Building Industry is Greening!  it’s an exciting time in the building industry in Ontario  more new energy efficient, green and LEED qualified buildings than ever before
  4. 4. The Building Industry is Greening!  it’s an exciting time in the building industry in Ontario  more new energy efficient, green and LEED qualified buildings than ever before  much more needs to be done before we can claim we are achieving sustainability
  5. 5. The Planning Paradigm  the existing provincial policy and planning system are not encouraging the kind of change we need
  6. 6. The Planning Paradigm  the existing provincial policy and planning system are not encouraging the kind of change we need  we must find a way to integrate design, engineering, policy, public health, and taxation with the planning system around a clear vision of sustainability
  7. 7. Changing the Planning Paradigm  we need creative thinking and action …
  8. 8. Changing the Planning Paradigm  we need creative thinking and action … – abandon parcel focused planning
  9. 9. Changing the Planning Paradigm  we need creative thinking and action … – abandon parcel focused planning – encourage district heating
  10. 10. Changing the Planning Paradigm  we need creative thinking and action … – abandon parcel focused planning – encourage district heating – grey water reuse and rainwater capture
  11. 11. Changing the Planning Paradigm  we need creative thinking and action … – abandon parcel focused planning – encourage district heating – grey water reuse and rainwater capture – real incentives for energy conservation
  12. 12. Changing the Planning Paradigm  we need creative thinking and action … – abandon parcel focused planning – encourage district heating – grey water reuse and rainwater capture – real incentives for energy conservation – walkable access to employment & shopping
  13. 13. Changing the Planning Paradigm  we need creative thinking and action … – abandon parcel focused planning – encourage district heating – grey water reuse and rainwater capture – real incentives for energy conservation – walkable access to employment & shopping – integrate living systems into built systems
  14. 14. Changing the Planning Paradigm  we need creative thinking and action … – abandon parcel focused planning – encourage district heating – grey water reuse and rainwater capture – real incentives for energy conservation – walkable access to employment & shopping – integrate living systems into built systems – incentives for home offices
  15. 15. A Tremendous Opportunity  But despite the policy needs …
  16. 16. A Tremendous Opportunity  But despite the policy needs …  There is a huge opportunity for both government and the private sector in retrofitting and renovating the existing built stock
  17. 17. Retrofits and Renovations  the energy savings of retrofitting hundreds of thousands of wasteful buildings are immense
  18. 18. Retrofits and Renovations  the energy savings of retrofitting hundreds of thousands of wasteful buildings are immense  much of these energy reductions can be shaved off peak
  19. 19. Retrofits and Renovations  the energy savings of retrofitting hundreds of thousands of wasteful buildings are immense  much of these energy reductions can be shaved off peak – reducing coal burning and thus GHG
  20. 20. Retrofits and Renovations  the energy savings of retrofitting hundreds of thousands of wasteful buildings are immense  much of these energy reductions can be shaved off peak – reducing coal burning and thus GHG – reducing the need for new generation
  21. 21. Retrofits and Renovations  the energy savings of retrofitting hundreds of thousands of wasteful buildings are immense  much of these energy reductions can be shaved off peak – reducing coal burning and thus GHG – reducing the need for new generation – making the case for conservation
  22. 22. Retrofits and Renovations  retrofits conserve existing materials – reduce waste disposal – reduce the need for new wood, steel and concrete – preserve heritage values
  23. 23. But the System Favours New Build
  24. 24. But the System Favours New Build  municipal building/zoning standards must be challenged … – rules on building form – rules on minimum unit sizes – parking requirements lenders must be educated
  25. 25. But the System Favours New Build  municipal building/zoning standards must be challenged … – rules on building form – rules on minimum unit sizes – parking requirements lenders must be educated  innovative building form and creative models of living arrangements will be the financially successful approaches
  26. 26. But the System Favours New Build  the province has to realize the potential and bring in supportive policy
  27. 27. But the System Favours New Build  the province has to realize the potential and bring in supportive policy – open the building code process to allow innovation to low and rapid uptake of new technologies
  28. 28. But the System Favours New Build  the province has to realize the potential and bring in supportive policy – open the building code process to allow innovation to low and rapid uptake of new technologies – tax incentives or relief reflecting the savings in deferred infrastructure
  29. 29. But the System Favours New Build  the province has to realize the potential and bring in supportive policy – open the building code process to allow innovation to low and rapid uptake of new technologies – tax incentives or relief reflecting the savings in deferred infrastructure  carbon offset funding can help with suboptimal ROI
  30. 30. The Challenge …  is to change the system …
  31. 31. The Challenge …  is to change the system …  the status quo has many friends
  32. 32. The Challenge …  is to change the system …  the status quo has many friends  governments will not change things unless there is a push from the industry
  33. 33. The Challenge …  is to change the system …  the status quo has many friends  governments will not change things unless there is a push from the industry  at the provincial level you can use your EBR rights
  34. 34. Thank You For Your Attention The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theologian (1906-1945)

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