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Asian Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC,
November 18-19, 1999

Emphasis of Symposium
All buildings are subject to the litmus test of economic feasibility. Despite the many documented operating cost benefits – reduced operating cost, greater durability, higher indoor environmental quality and associated productivity gains – the feasibility of “green” buildings often still revolves around the possibility of increases in initial cost of construction over typical practice.

There is a widespread belief that “green” buildings cost much more to build than traditional buildings and higher environmental performance goals are often dismissed without serious exploration. Exact data on building costs will always be hard to gather because of contextual factors which make it difficult to obtain solid data.

Presentations at the Symposium will demonstrate that benefits of “green” building far exceed the costs. The arguments will show that the issue is not necessarily one of spending more money, rather one of apportioning it differently, incorporating more design and thinking time and a different elemental breakdown.

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Environmentally progressive buildings require the creative integration of various systems and strategies and a more coordinated effort by members of the design team. This is particularly when striving for higher performance within cost constraints.

Although greater inter-dependency of team members can make the process more fragile and market pressures can disintegrate it; a well implemented integrated team approach to design is an excellent model.  The benefits of an integrated team approach to design will be interwoven with cost arguments throughout the Symposium.

Dispelling myths:
This two-day symposium will present a range of cost related issues associated with the design, construction and operation of “green” buildings. The presentations will dispel many of the myths that currently surround the cost of building to higher environmental performance standards.

        Cost and Value: Fact and Fiction. Bill Bordass, William Bordass Associates, UK.
·        Green Building: A Working Definition. Raymond J Cole, University of BC, Canada. 
·        Improved Asset Value. Michael Elkan. Busby + Associates Architects, Canada.
·        Improved Environmental Quality & Occupant Productivity. Judith Heerwagen,
         Environmental Psychologist, USA.
·        Construction Costs for Different Decision-Makers. Nigel Howard, Building Research
         Establishment, UK.
·        Reducing HVAC Equipment Costs. Kevin Hydes, Keen Engineering. Canada
·        Improved Durability and Lower Maintenance. Paul Kernan, Architect/Building
         Envelope Consultant, Canada.
·        Incremental Costs v. Performance in CBIP and C-2000. Nils Larsson, NRCan,
·        Cost of Green Materials and Products. Nadav Malin, Environmental Building
         News, USA
·        Accurate Performance Predictions/Assessments. Konstantinos Papamichael,
         Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, USA
·      The Cost of Designing Green. Bill Reed, Global Environmental Options, USA.
·        The Sustainable Design Budgeteer: Maximizing Life after Debt. Richard D Rush,
         The Stubbins Associates, Inc, USA
·        Accurate Cost Estimates. Tim Spiegel, Spiegel Skillen & Associates Ltd, Canada
·        Life-Cycle Costs. Eva Sterner, University of Technology, Lulea, Sweden.

The UK-based Journal - Building Research & Information - will be producing a special issue devoted to the theme and contents of this Symposium.

Registration fee:
·        $350 CAD before 15th October 1999
·        $375 CAD after 15th October 1999
All prices are in Canadian funds and include GST. Receipts will be issued. A 50% refund will be available if cancelled before 1st November 1999.

Registration fee includes:
       Access to two full days of presentations.
·        Coffee/tea and lunches for the two days.
·        One copy of the special issue of the Building Research and Information. (Sent to participants after the

Benefits of attending:
The Symposium is primarily directed at building investors, developers, property managers, architects and consulting engineers to provide them with:
·        A comprehensive overview of the cost-related issues associated with producing and
         using “green” buildings.
·        A convincing set of human, environmental and business arguments to justify higher
         performance goals.
·        The performance and cost benefits that can be derived from an integrated approach
         to design and costing.

AIA Learning Units:
30 AIA Learning Units are eligible by participating in this Symposium.

Limited numbers:
The number of participants at the Symposium will be limited to 180.
Registration will be on a first come basis.

Additional information and registration:
Cost & Value Symposium
c/o School of Architecture
University of British Columbia
6333 Memorial Road. Vancouver. BC
V6T 1Z2  Canada

Trish Poehnell

604-822-2857 or 822-9004


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