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    Keynote gord miller-gbf2007 Keynote gord miller-gbf2007 Presentation Transcript

    • Green Buildings and a Sustainable Society Gord Miller Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Green Building Festival October 27, 2007
    • 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 efficient, green and LEED qualified buildings than ever before
    • 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
    • The Planning Paradigm  the existing provincial policy and planning system are not encouraging the kind of change we need
    • 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
    • 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 – encourage district heating
    • Changing the Planning Paradigm  we need creative thinking and action … – abandon parcel focused planning – encourage district heating – grey water reuse and rainwater capture
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 the private sector in retrofitting and renovating the existing built stock
    • 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  much of these energy reductions can be shaved off peak
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Retrofits and Renovations  retrofits conserve existing materials – reduce waste disposal – reduce the need for new wood, steel and concrete – preserve heritage values
    • But the System Favours New Build
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 – open the building code process to allow innovation to low and rapid uptake of new technologies
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 unless there is a push from the industry
    • 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
    • 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)