IEA EBC Annex 83: Low-Carbon, Positive Energy Resilient Communities Webinar

October 12, 2021, 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM EST
Webinar/Virtual Meeting

CAE Roadmap to Resilient Ultra-Low Energy Built Environment with Deep Integration of Renewables in 2050

Deep Integration of Renewables in 2050 –

Low-Carbon and Positive Energy Resilient Communities Webinar –

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Scope: The webinar will focus on lessons learned and experiences from existing and ongoing developments in high profile low-carbon and positive energy communities in Canada and Europe, and informing the CAE Roadmap on current status and future opportunities and challenges


10:55– 11:00

Online connection

11:00 – 11:30

Opening/Welcome Remarks

Yves Beauchamp, FCAE/FACG, President CAE, VP Administration & Finance, McGill University

Mourad Debbabi, Dean Gina Cody School of Engineering & Computer Science, Concordia University

Setting the Framework for Zero Carbon Communities

Andreas Athienitis, FCAE, Roadmap Co-Chair, Professor and NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair & Concordia Chair, Concordia University, QC

Andrew Pape-Salmon, FCAE, Roadmap Co-Chair, Executive Director, Building and Safety Standards Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, BC

Ursula Eicker, Professor, Canada Excellence Research Chair and IEA Positive Energy Districts Subtask Leader, Concordia University, QC

Caroline Hachem-Vermette, Associate Professor and SHC Solar Neighborhood Planning Subtask Leader, Environmental Design, University of Calgary, AB

11:30 – 12:30

Case Studies – Session I

11:30 – 11:45

Dirk Pietruschka, Stuttgart University, Germany:

Low Depth Geothermal District Energy System in Wüstenrot


11:45 – 12:00

Silvia Croce, Eurac, Italy:

The European Project SINFONIA: Building and District Energy System Retrofit in Bolzano (Italy)

12:00-12:15 Gilles Desthieux, HEPIA, Switzerland:

Cité Carl Vogt Heritage Neighborhood Retrofit in Geneva

12:15 – 12:30

Rongling Li, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark:

Energy Flexibility in Buildings - Heating Energy Flexibility in Copenhagen


David-Olivier Goulet, Hydro Québec, QC, Canada and Stéphane Vachon, City of Lac Mégantic

Lac-Mégantic Microgrid – Hydro-Québec

12:45 – 14:00

Case Studies – Session II

12:45 –13:00

Walter Merida, University of British Columbia, BC, Canada:

Feathers and Dinosaurs: A Living Laboratory for Smart Energy Districts

13:00 –13:15

Bill Wong, NRCan, ON, Canada:

Drake Landing Solar Community

13:15 –13:30

Milfred Hammerbacher, S2e Technologies, ON, Canada:

West 5 Net Zero Community and Smart Grid Project


Nayeem Ninad, NRCan, ON, Canada:

PV-Storage-Diesel Hybrid Microgrid of Colville Lake

13:45 –14:00

Travis Hickford-Kulak, Corix Utilities, BC, Canada:

Burnaby Mountain District Energy Utility - Achieving Low-Carbon




Panel discussion


Co-Chairs: Ted Stathopoulos, FCAE and Andreas Athienitis, FCAE

All presenters

14:25 – 14:30

Closing remarks


Webinar Chair and Roadmap Co-Chair: Andreas Athienitis