Greening the world – one building at a time
COMPANY OVERVIEW Ecovert is a full service environmental real estate consulting firm offering LEED and sustainability consulting services. We help builders, developers, landlords and tenants to transform their new or existing buildings into models of sustainability which meet environmental best practice. At Ecovert we understand that sustainability cannot be achieved with a “one size fits all” approach. We provide our clients with a road map of effective, implementable sustainability solutions to best suit their needs, building and business environment. Our customized services make it easy and cost‐effective to meet today’s business needs without compromising the welfare of future generations. Ecovert has developed a solid reputation for service excellence; our dedication to collaboration has been instrumental to our success. Ecovert is involved in projects across Canada; our clients include developers such as BMW, Tribute Communities, TD Canada Trust, First Gulf, GE Real Estate and ING Real Estate. Ecovert’s range of consulting services include: LEED Feasibility Assessments LEED Coordination BOMA BESt Assessments and Coordination Sustainability Consulting o Sustainable Policies Design & Development o Energy Efficiency Assessment o Environmental Facility Audit and Process Review o Carbon Footprint Calculations and Strategies o Sustainability Strategies Training and Seminars Tenant Information Packages & Employee Newsletter Ecovert is a member of: Canada Green Building Council BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) BILD (Toronto Home Builders Association) IFMA (International Facility Managers Association)
SELECT PROJECT EXPERIENCE Project: BMW Group Canada, Head Office – Office NC Role: LEED Consultant Duration: November 2007 – Present Scope of Project: Design intent: create a building which reflects a forward thinking philosophy, and mirrors BMW’s corporate image while confirming its commitment to employees and the community. Building design is a response to new business requirements: o Increase human comfort. o Acknowledge green value. o Provide maximum flexibility. o Build the corporate brand. 65,000 sq. ft. new commercial office building located in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Targeting LEED silver certification with an emphasis on energy conservation, utilizing green building materials, water efficiency and waste reduction. Accomplishments: Feasibility analysis highlighting optimal LEED strategy for an energy & resource efficient building. Conducted a review of permit drawings to ensure conformity to LEED design objectives. Provide insight and advice on design techniques which will assist in achieving LEED. Working collaboratively with the design team to significantly improve the building’s energy performance by reducing the high ratio of window to wall area. The result was the adoption of numerous mechanical system improvements, automated sun shades and a highly effective building automation system. Drafted effective erosion, sedimentation control and construction waste plans to minimize soil loss and divert waste. Design Highlights: Emphasis on improving Human Comfort to increase productivity and reduce staff absenteeism by measuring air quality, temperature, noise and lighting. Specific innovations: o Better interior air quality by increasing individual control over temperature. o Glare reduction from external natural and internal artificial light by using automated control and indirect energy efficient T5 fluorescent in‐line fixtures. o Increased natural light penetration into workplace using vision glass. Light sensors monitor light levels and turn off artificial light when appropriate.
o Higher exposed reflective concrete ceilings to increase openness. o Private offices and meeting rooms are temperature regulated with motorized dampers and individual thermostats with manual override. o In‐floor diffusers are relocated for added comfort and to allow instant reconfiguration. o Cabling installed within floor plenum is accessible through floor system and in‐ floor flush distribution boxes. Each in‐floor box can be configured with combinations of power, voice and data outlets, which results in less costly and simpler furniture. Building design maximizes flexibility without additional cost by: o Reducing the cost of future cable upgrades by up to 75%. o Increasing usable floor space as a percentage of gross area by 15% ‐ 20%. Technologically advanced building envelope with exterior sunshades eliminate glare, substantially reduce solar heat gain and redirect sunlight into building interior. Operable window units in curtain wall add flexibility to the building’s environmental response. Preference given to suppliers with high recycled content and locally sourced materials.
Project: Brock University, Number 4, Norman Building – Institutional/Educational NC Role: LEED Consultant Duration: August 2008 – Present Scope of Project: 46,000 sq. ft. new institutional / educational building located in St. Catherines, Ontario. Pursuing LEED silver certification by focusing on creating a healthy indoor environment conducive to learning, and improving the building’s energy and resource consumption so it contributes to a more sustainable university community. Assisting the University in achieving its environmental initiatives, by assisting in the development of Indoor Air Quality Managements Plan during construction, Waste Diversion Plans and Green housekeeping plans. Accomplishments: Feasibility analysis completed to establish achievable LEED credits based on the project’s scope, objectives, budget and schedule. Prepared the preliminary specifications for LEED compliant construction materials. Chaired a design charrette to facilitate the LEED building’s design overview to ensure optimal energy performance, resource efficiency and occupant comfort. Completed the preliminary energy model to ensure the building exceeds the LEED prerequisite for improved energy performance based on the MNECB standards.
Project: Ontario Realty Corporation – Sustainability Consulting Role: Sustainability Consultant Duration: January 2009 – May 2009 Scope of Project: To provide an assessment of the greening and renewable energy opportunities at the Queens Park Complex (1,700,000 sq.ft.), comprising Whitney Block, the Macdonald Block and the North and South Frost Buildings. Accomplishments (in progress): Completed an in‐depth analysis of o Green roof systems o Rooftop solar PV o Solar thermal hot water o Rooftop wind turbines o Geothermal technologies o Solar outdoor lighting o Rainwater harvesting o Permeable paving solutions For each technology we evaluated the taking into account: o Suitability of the site for the technology/solution; o Architectural, engineering and aesthetic constraints; and o Cost benefit analysis; and o Potential applicable grants available.
Project: Ontario Realty Corporation – Sustainability Consulting Role: Sustainability Consultant Duration: January – April 2009 Scope of Project:
Provide a LEED Assessment of the economical, environmental and social benefits of consolidating three maintenance buildings at the Sir James Whitney School (37,600 sq. ft.) in order to reduce costs and liabilities incurred by the Province of Ontario, the School owner. Accomplishments (In progress):
Reviewed Building Conditions Assessment Report, Strategic Asset Management Report, Excavation & Subsurface Investigation Report and other professional documents to determine if pursuing LEED certification is advisable. Developed a LEED New Construction (NC) Credit Checklist – a review of each credit, highlighting the relative costs and efforts associated with obtaining each credit. LEED NC categories include: o Sustainable Sites o Water Efficiency o Energy and Atmosphere o Material & resources o Indoor Environmental Quality o Innovation in Operation & Upgrades Completed a comprehensive in‐depth LEED Feasibility Analysis to ensure prerequisites and credits can be satisfied to achieve the goals of modernizing and retrofitting aging buildings.
Project: UrbanCorp – Westside Gallery Lofts Toronto – Residential Condominium NC Role: LEED Consultant Duration: LEED Feasibility ‐ August – October 2008 LEED Coordination ‐ November 2008 ‐ present Scope of Project: Develop a feasibility assessment for the proposed 500,000 sq.ft. 30 story residential condominium development in downtown Toronto, providing an analysis of all potential credits including their associated cost and process implementations. Achieve LEED Silver certification. Accomplishments: Conducted a meeting with the owner representative to determine the expectations of the project, and assess its scope, including budgets, schedules, available resources, and desired sustainable initiatives. Developed LEED NC Credit Checklist: a review of each credit available, highlighting the relative costs and efforts associated with obtaining each credit. LEED NC categories include: o Sustainable Sites o Water Efficiency o Energy and Atmosphere o Material & resources o Indoor Environmental Quality o Innovation in Operation & Upgrades Reported which potential credits can be achieved and the steps required for their achievement. Attended design meetings and provided advice on techniques to achieve LEED certification. Worked collaboratively with the design team to significantly improve the energy performance of the building by reducing the high ratio of window to wall area. Drafted effective erosion and sedimentation control and construction waste management plans to minimize soil loss and divert waste from landfills.
Project: TD Canada Trust, Branch Building – Office NC Role: LEED Consultant Duration: March 2008 – December 2009 Scope of Project:
Mandate to achieve LEED certification with a limited budget and timeline. 5,000 sq. ft. new commercial building located in Scarborough, Ontario. Enhance TDCT environmental stewardship and target carbon neutral by 2010.
Completed a feasibility analysis to identify the LEED credits that would achieve the project’s sustainable design goals. Incorporated LEED specifications into the tender documents. Completed required documentation and calculations for LEED submission package. Attended site meetings and conducted contractor and trades training to ensure the construction team understood their respective roles in constructing a LEED building. Successfully passed the commissioning review, which tested the buildings systems, training of the maintenance and operations staff, and the completion of the Operations and Maintenance Manual. Diverted 85% of the construction waste from landfills. Achieved 43% reduction in water usage by installing efficient fixtures. Drastically reduced energy consumption by 40% based on MNECB 1997 energy model standards. The materials specified resulted in 24% recycled content, 51% regionally sourced content, and 94% FSC certified wood used for building materials.
Project: Earth Rangers – Education Facility & Wildlife Centre EBOM Role: LEED Consultant Duration: February 2009 – Present Scope of Project: Mandate to secure LEED Platinum certification under the LEED EBOM framework. 62,000 sq ft education and animal care facility in Woodbridge, Ontario. Enhance environmental stewardship and educate commercial real estate professionals on buildings’ environmental impacts. Accomplishments: Completed an assessment of targeted credits and strategies and timelines for moving forward with certification. This project is unique as every credit is being targeted under the EBOM framework. Advised on mechanical inclusions to ensure upcoming mechanical retrofits compliment the LEED certification process Advised on potential project timelines for future facility renovations. Developed key policies appropriate for LEED EBOM including: Green Housekeeping, Green Procurement and Green Construction and Renovation. Ongoing coordination with Earth Rangers staff to ensure proper implementation of sustainable initiatives within the organization’s operational framework.
SELECT CLIENT LIST – August 2009
ING Real Estate
Bennett Design Associates
(York Regional Police)
Jeffery Architects (St. Peter’s Secondary School)
Boehringer‐Ingelheim Canada BOMA Toronto (Building Owners and Managers Association)
Ontario Energy Board
CTI Working Environments
Ontario Reality Corporation
Davies‐Smith Developments Earth Rangers
Ministry of Natural Resource Fort Frances
Sir James Whitney School)
Orangeville Christian Fellowship
PCM Sheridan Inc (Bentall)
TD‐ Canada Trust
GE Real Estate
Giffels Design‐Build Inc.
IBI Group (Brock University)
Urbacon (BMW Head Office)
IBI Group (Women’s College Hospital)
Ian Starkey Architect
Jim Lord Principal, Ecovert LEED® Accredited Professional Jim brings Ecovert’s clients a fluent understanding of corporate social responsibility, implementable sustainability tools for facility managers and 20 years of real estate experience as a Tenant and Landlord. EDUCATION: Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, Wilfrid Laurier University LEED® Accredited Professional Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional
Jim’s proven LEED AP project management experience includes New Construction (NC), Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EBOM), and Commercial Interiors (CI). Jim is an advocate for personalized sustainability management tools which engage and educate both stakeholders and building occupants. Jim is well versed in the development of corporate social responsibility plans, carbon emission calculations and green technologies such as LED lights, solar thermal hot water and rainwater harvesting. Jim’s expertise and leadership in sustainability in recognized within the real
estate industry. Jim participated in the Canadian Standards Association's
Toronto Home Builders Association
workshop on sustainable buildings in 2007. In 2008 he presented at the
Canada Green Building Council
Interior Design Show (IIDEX). In September 2009 he will present at
Green Real Estate Conference, Real Leasing Conference, and at Toronto’s IIDEX/NEOCON on Marrying Environmental Impact and Economic Performance. HIGHLIGHTED EXPERIENCE: Sustainable Projects:
Eco Chefs, LEED Commercial Interior-Retail/Industrial
500 Commissioners Street, LEED EBOM – Office/Warehouse
Earth Rangers, LEED EBOM – Office/Animal Care Facility
426 University Avenue, LEED New Construction-Residential
Boehringer-Ingelheim, LEED EBOM-Office
Eastport Properties, LEED EBOM – Office
St. Peter’s Secondary School, LEED New Construction
ING Real Estate, Sustainable Construction Support
CUMIS Insurance, EBOM/Carbon Footprint Calculations-Office
Central Graphics, Sustainable Construction-Office
GE Real Estate, Documentation of Sustainable Policies
Adolfo Silva Principal, Ecovert LEED® Accredited Professional Certified Facilities Manager
Adolfo brings Ecovert’s clients practical sustainable solutions, a people-centric EDUCATION:
approach, and 15 years of commercial real estate experience as a Tenant,
Honours Bachelor of
Landlord and Project Manager.
Commerce, University of Windsor LEED® Accredited Professional
Adolfo’s extensive LEED experience began with his work as Project Manager for Atlantic Canada’s first registered commercial LEED project in 2004 for Royal Sun Alliance. Adolfo’s LEED experience now includes new construction, existing buildings, commercial interiors, and core and shell. Adolfo has been
Certified Facilities Manager
LEED AP on a diverse range of projects including office, industrial, retail, warehouse, production and educational facilities.
AFFILIATIONS: International Facility Managers Association CoreNet
Adolfo continues to share his sustainability expertise whenever possible. He was featured on CEO TV in May 2008, and presented at Toronto’s interior design show (IIDEX) in September 2008. Adolfo also writes bi-annual sustainability articles for CoreNet and provides a training session for LEED AP
Canada Green Building
students as part of their exam preparation.
Council DISTINCTIONS: 2007 Eco-Efficiency Award, R&SA Building,
HIGHLIGHTED EXPERIENCE: LEED Projects:
BMW HQ, 65,000 sq.ft. New Construction-Office, Richmond Hill
TD Bank, 5,000 sq.ft. New Construction-Retail, Toronto
ING Real Estate, 500,000 sq.ft. Core and Shell- Industrial, Milton
426 University Avenue, New Construction- Residential, Toronto
Brock University, 40,000 sq.ft., St. Catharines Ontario
Toronto Building Owners
First Gulf, LEED Documentation Consulting, Mississauga
EcoChef, Commercial Interiors, Burlington
CUMIS Group, Existing Buildings, Burlington
Presented By Dalhousie University
and Managers Association
Lauren King Director of Sustainable Building Design & Operation, Ecovert Lauren brings Ecovert’s clients a unique understanding of competing economic, social and environmental goals within corporate bodies, and at the provincial and federal levels. Her Honours BES degree from the University of Waterloo was the first of its kind in Canada to integrate economic growth with EDUCATION:
Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Business, University of Waterloo Thesis: Community-based
Lauren’s proven LEED project management experience is focused on New Construction (NC) and Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EBOM) projects. Her professionalism and commitment to project deliverables engages stakeholders and motivates the project team. Lauren takes a whole-
social marketing plan for
systems approach to designing resource and energy-efficient buildings,
actively seeking out innovative technologies and strategies to reduce impacts
on the environment.
AFFILIATIONS: Canada Green Building Council
Lauren is passionate about driving environmental change through private sector led market-based mechanisms. She co-founded the Environmental Committee at a UPS office, aiming to achieve operational excellence in energy and water conservation, waste management and resource use while engaging and educating employees. Lauren also created an innovative communitybased social marketing plan for the proposed Home Electricity Audit launch through the Residential Energy Efficiency Project (REEP). HIGHLIGHTED EXPERIENCE: Sustainable Projects:
TD Canada Trust, Branch Building, LEED New Construction-Office
BMW Group Canada, HQ, LEED New Construction-Office
Brock University, LEED New Construction-Institutional/Educational
Westside Gallery Lofts, LEED New Construction – MURB
Trillium Mutual, LEED New Construction - Office
Earth Rangers , LEED EBOM – Office/Animal Care Facility
Hoffmann-La Roche, LEED EBOM – Office/Warehouse
Eastport Properties – LEED EBOM - Office
500 Commissioners Street – LEED EBOM – Office
Published on Oct 16, 2009