ReNew Canada, Environmental Journal, and PCL Construction recently held a webinar hosting a panel of experts discussing how Canada’s educational institutions are leading the charge on sustainable construction and helping to take some of the risk out of new building techniques. Nerys Rau (pictured), Design and Construction Project Director of Limberlost Place Development, George Brown College, contributed her thoughts in response to the procurement, design, and construction process of the project on their Waterfront Campus in Toronto.
“With Limberlost Place we really wanted to be an example of change, demonstrate innovation, and refute the misconceptions about sustainability; that it’s possibly too expensive, for instance. It is also a living lab for us and for our students. We’ve also been extremely open about building in general, having done more than 125 tours. We’ve opened it to consultants, architects, engineers, contractors, developers, other public institutions who have come through the building and we’ve talked to them about the methodologies, the vision, our challenges, which are really important to us to drive change with this building.”
– Nerys Rau, George Brown College
Click here to access the article, entitled “Building for Net Zero: How Schools are Leading the Way with Sustainable Materials and Standards”, to read a selection of excerpts from the compelling webinar. It includes responses from Andrew Ariffuzzaman (University of Toronto Scarborough Campus), Ryan Going (Project Manager, Pomerleau), and Mark Henderson (PCL Construction) who were also on the panel.