People Power: the intersection between occupants and their buildings

Thu. Feb. 20 02:00 PM - Thu. Feb. 20 07:00 PM
Location: University of Winnipeg: 515 Portage Ave - 2M70

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People are the power behind sustainable buildings.

People are impacted by the spaces they work in and also have a large impact on the performance of a building. Good design is fundamental to a buildings performance, but it still comes down to people as decision makers to implement the features. The technology can be the latest and greatest in sustainability, but it will still require people to maintain and run it properly. And those very same people are also influenced by the design of their work and living spaces. Mental and physical wellbeing are greatly impacted by the buildings where we spend our lives. A building cannot truly be sustainable if it isn’t designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of those inside.

Join us for an afternoon of learning on February 20th to be inspired by 3 unique presentations on the topic of how buildings influence people and the role people play in creating and operating sustainable buildings.

After the presentations, join us for a social mixer at 5:00PM to continue the conversations. Afterall, a key way to make change is by working together! Snacks and drink included at the Good Will Social Club (625 Portage)

Full event (non Member): $60
Full event (member): $50
Full event (student): $20 UW students can be sponsored by the CSO 
Mixer ticket only: $20

How to get to Yes: Ten ideas to convince clients to go high performance in building design. Presented by Dudley Thompson brought to you by Sustainable Building Manitoba
This presentation will focus on case histories of the moments that projects went from meeting code to becoming a certified high performance buildings. What was the decision making process like? What changed the dialogue? The session will help to empower the audience with ideas on how they can replicate their transformation.
Insights and Strategies for Behavior Change in Sustainable Buildings
Presented by Kim Klassen brought to you by Race to Reduce

To understand how to change the behaviour of the people in your building, we first need to look at how behaviours are formed. Just like getting into great shape takes consistent action to achieve high levels of fitness, changing behaviour requires consistent attention to a new way of doing things. When we understand what motivates us to change we can focus on those levers to adjust the behaviours of people in buildings, creating a more symbiotic and sustainable relationship with the four walls that surround us at work each day.
Join Kim Klassen as she discusses the Sustainability Theorem, comprised of the four elements: consciousness, connection, consumption and communication to explain how behaviours are formed and how they can be changed to create more harmony and energy efficient actions between people and the buildings they occupy.
Case Study: RHC Alzheimer’s Centre of Excellence
Presented by Lindsey Nesbitt brought to you by CaGBC

This presentation will examine the impact of health care building design on the wellbeing of patients and staff members. In November of 2015, Riverview Health Centre (RHC) was given approval from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority to proceed with the renewal and development of the RHC Alzheimer’s Centre of Excellence. The goal of the project is to create a “State of the Art” facility for Alzheimer’s Care. The project will see the renovation of the existing 60 Bed Alzheimer’s building to meet present- day Alzheimer’s design best practices and the development of an addition which provides therapeutic and recreational support for the residents.


DudleyT. Thompson, BES, B. Arch., MAA, MRAIC
Dudley is Principle in Dudley Thompson Consultancy –a consulting firm focusing on Sustainable Community, Regenerative Architecture, Advocacy, Stakeholder Engagement and Climate Change Mitigation. He works in Winnipeg for a variety of Corporate and Not-for-Profit clients. He was the founding principal of PrairieArchitects Inc. in 1981 and has practiced as an architect in Manitoba since 1976. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Manitoba and a graduate degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto.

Dudley’s leadership including Manitoba’s first LEED GOLD Building, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and severalLEED Platinum projects including Manitoba Hydro Place and Amber Trails School. In his 35 years of practice, Dudley guided Prairie Architects Inc. as an Integrated Design Process Facilitator on numerous projects, in the regeneration of dozens of historic buildings, the renewal of many urban sites, the creation of many First Nation projects as well as a wide variety of residential, community and educational projects. In 2014, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Canada Green Building Council, Manitoba Chapter, “For his visionary leadership, and his outstanding personal and professional commitment to advancing sustainable building practices in Manitoba.”

Lindsay Nesbitt
Lindsay is an Associate with Rodych Integrated Design Inc (RIDI) and over the last several years, has been a Project Manager on several large-scale Tenant Improvement Projects. As an NCIDQ Certified and LEED ® Accredited Professional, she is continually striving to keep informed on the latest advancements in her field for the benefit of her clients. Lindsay was the Interior Designer on the Riverview ACE and worked closely with the client to determine their requirements and execute the design.

Kim Klassen
Kim Klassen is an environmental scientist and sustainability specialist with a BSc Environmental Science and MA Environmental Education and Communication. She teaches Sustainable Happiness – because it’s hard to save the world on a bad day. She created the Sustainability Theorem comprised of the elements: Consciousness, Connection, Consumption and Communication to help others live and lead sustainable lifestyles and contribute to the growing sustainability movement for a brighter future