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Tuesday October 20, 2015


The jewel in the crown of the inaugural conference on healthy and sustainable architecture features The Center for Sustainable Landcapes the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, a multi-certified building with success according to WELL ™ standards, Living buildng Challenge ™, LEED® Platinum and SITES ™ presented by Richard Piacentini and Phil Williams.

By LadyDragon

MONTREAL--( EST, LadyDragon wrote - The day/evening inaugural conference on healthy and sustainable architecture will be held on November 09, 2015, on the theme of health and wellness at the heart of buildings. 

The event will seek to support all players in the sector by disseminating new standards, proven tools and design strategies most likely to contribute to healthy buildings, ecological, profitable, beautiful and above all, capable of offering their owners and occupants optimal living and working environments.


- Architects and Interior designers

- Manufacturers of products, materials and building components

- Professionals and consultants in sustainable buildings

- Owners and property managers

- Service providers for buildings


- Reduced rates until October 25, 2015

- Students: up to 60% off


- Professionals are eligible for accreditation in their respected field

Day Conference

Welcoming the participants - Breakfast

Welcoming Remarks

PART 1 - Inaugural Conference 

- Buildings in service of the public health and well-being of the occupants:

Dr. François Reeves, Cardiologist and Professor, University of Montreal

PART 2 - Innovative Design Approaches - I

- CHUM, MUHC and LEED: Air quality at the heart of wellness in hospitals:

Lyse Tremblay, ecoArchitecture Inc.

Joel Courchesne, Courchesne & Associates

PART 3 - Innovative Design Approaches - II

- Ergonomics at the Grande Bibliothèque, the importance of a a healthy and practical working environment:

Patrick Vincent, Certified Ergonomist, Vincent Ergonomics

- Natural light: the new GlaxoSmithKline building in Québec, a necessary passive design strategy:

François Cantin, Coarchitecture

- PANEL - The architecture of wellness: a question of profitability:

Three representatives of companies explained their conclusions of theirs experiments

Animated by Lise Castonguay, Castonguay Design


- The Rapidorama ™ hits and catches: successes, some mistakes and a lot of lessons learned in healthy and sustainable architecture:

Five healthy architecture specialists including Mr. Guy Favreau, Architect, LEED AP, architecture Vice President and Sustainability at Aedifica have ten minutes to place their experiences

PART 5 - Innovative Design Approaches - III

- Active design: the building as a space for physical activity;

Eric Robitaille, National Institute of Public Health

- Universal accessibility: The building is a safe space for all:

Sophie Lanctôt, Director General, Société Logique

PART 6 - Innovative Design Approaches - IV

- Biophilia in architecture: a new approach to experience of nature for the benefit of occupants (English):

Elizabeth Freeman Calabrese,  Architect, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Calabrese Architects

Evening Conference (English)

PART 7 - Featured presenters:

Richard Piacentini, Executive Director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Chair, Living Future Institute International 

Since 1994, Richard V. Piacentini has guided the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens from public to private management and is responsible for the green transformation of its facilities and operations, including: the opening of the first LEED certified visitor's center in a public garden, the first LEED certified greenhouses (LEED Platinum EBOM); construction of the Tropical Forest Conservatory, the most energy-efficient structure of its kind in the world; and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a net-zero energy and water building designed to meet the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum and 4 Stars SITES certification for landscapes.

A past president, treasurer, and Green Buildings and Landscapes Committee founding chair of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), Piacentini is the recipient of a Living Building Challenge Hero Award from ILFI; U.S. Green Building Council Individual Leadership Award for an NGO; Shades of Green Leadership Award from the Green Building Alliance; Professional Citation and Service Awards from APGA; Carnegie Science Environmental and Catalyst Awards and a Sustainable Champion Award from he American Society of Interior Designers, Western Pennsylvania. Piacentini serves on the board of the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, and on the Mission and Community Needs Committee for Magee-Womens Hospital. Piacentini holds a Master of Science degree in botany from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island.

Phil Williams, Executive Director, Project Delivery, Well Building Standard, Delos Wellness Building

Phil has spent 30 years in the commercial design, engineering and construction industry most recently for the past 12 years as a Vice President with Webcor Builders where we initiated and lead the Sustainability, Engineering and Consulting groups. He brings a comprehensive approach and experience appreciation for the dynamics of ownership and development, the nuance of design, the detail of engineering, the pace of construction and the discipline of facilities and operations. Prior to Webcor he held management positions with Southland Industries and Carrier/United Technologies Corp. He currently serves as the Industry Chair for the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) through the University of California Berkeley, on the Executive Board of Eco-Districts, on the Board of USGBC’s Northern California Chapter (NCC) Healthy Building Challenge and is a member of the Industry Technical Advisory Group for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) FLEXLAB. Phil has an engineering degree from Washington State University, is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and a LEED AP.

Discover one of the most sustainable buildings in the world, an architectural project featuring unusual interior design and landscaping:

The Center for Sustainable Landcapes the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, a multi-certified building with success according WELL ™ standards, Living buildng Challenge ™, LEED® Platinum and SITES ™.


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