Meeting the 2030 Challenge: One Step at a Time (Part 2:Air)

March 23, 2021 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

2030 – the target date for a number of initiatives meant to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Toronto, Ontario and the globe – is now only 9 years away, and with buildings accounting for nearly half of our city’s GHG emissions the task of meeting this challenge is daunting. So how do we break this down into smaller, manageable strategies and decisions that together build towards a large impact?

Join the UofT Student Chapter of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC) with the support of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) for the second part of a series of fast-paced pecha kucha presentations (20 slides for 20 seconds each) exploring a wide range of small, manageable actions that eventually make for big changes.

In this second round of presentations our speakers will be discussing the role air and ventilation play in meeting critical sustainability targets, with each speaker introducing a different idea, strategy and challenge — a step if you will — in our quest to reduce GHG emissions. From the role of ventilation in low carbon development to how airtightness is a critical step in meeting the 2030 challenge, the ideas presented will showcase the diversity of approaches required to deal with this global issue. The presentations will be followed by a moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A.


Sandra Dedesko, MASc, BASc, P.Eng, WELL Air Advisor, WELL Faculty, WELL AP
PhD Student and Researcher, Harvard University

Sandra Dedesko specializes in high-performance buildings that promote occupant health and environmental sustainability. She has international research and consulting experience on this topic and is motivated to apply research findings to industry work. Prior to her role as a sustainability consultant at RWDI, Sandra completed an MASc where she worked on three distinct research projects that examined the impacts of building design and operation on indoor environmental quality and occupant health. She continues to be involved with developing and delivering education through various organizations, including the University of Toronto, the CaGBC, and the IWBI. She currently serves as a WELL air and thermal comfort advisor to help shape the next version of the WELL Building Standard.

Jelena Madzarevic, MBSc, Material Sciences Specialist, EllisDon

Jelena Madzarevic is a building and material sciences specialist at EllisDon, where she helps mitigate enclosure-related risks on projects. At EllisDon, she also supports company-wide development by delivering building science training. She sits on the Ontario Building Envelope Council’s communications committee, where she assists with the publication of their magazine, Pushing the Envelope. In 2018, she was awarded OBEC’s graduate scholarship in recognition of her involvement with OBEC and research in building science. Recently, she presented her research at the Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation and Energy Conservation 2019 conference.

Andy Thomson, M.Arch., OAA Principal: Thomson Architecture Inc.

Andy Thomson is a graduate of UBC's School of Architecture, with 24 years of experience in Germany, the U.S. and Canada in the field of green design and construction. Combined with his love of the outdoors, his background and experience inform the work he does today. When Andy isn't glued to the computer, he can be found windsurfing, cycling, or riding electric skateboards. Andy speaks English, German, and French when he’s not speaking about sustainable architecture. Recently, he was elected vice president (strategic) at the OAA, where he sits on council and is also a member of the Sustainable Built Environment Committee (SBEC). He's principal at Thomson Architecture Inc.

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This event is organized by the UofT Student Chapter of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC) with support from the Toronto Society of Architects. This is the second of a two part lecture introducing diverse strategies and perspectives working towards addressing the climate crisis. Missed part 1? You can catch a recording of it here.

Eligible for 1 Structured Learning Hour
Eligible for 1 BSS Credit

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About the UofT Student Chapter of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC)
The UofT Student Chapter of the Ontario Building Envelope Council is the student chapter of the OBEC at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.

The Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC) is a non-profit organization which has been working to bridge the gaps amongst the architectural, engineering, research, manufacturers and construction communities since 1987. The OBEC addresses today’s challenges facing building performance and sustainability.