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Savings By Design

Le programme Savings by Design d’Enbridge Gas et d’Union Gas offre un soutien et des incitations financières pour encourager les constructeurs de développements commerciaux et multirésidentiels à concevoir leurs projets pour atteindre des améliorations de performance énergétique et environnementale au-delà des exigences minimales du code du bâtiment.

Sustainable Buildings Canada est le partenaire de livraison du programme et a facilité plus de 600 ateliers depuis le début du programme. Notre rôle est d’organiser et de faciliter des ateliers d’une journée complète pour les participants au programme, et de travailler avec eux pour élaborer une spécification de conception qui peut atteindre les objectifs du programme. Le principe sous-jacent de l’atelier est le processus de conception intégrée (IDP), où toutes les parties prenantes clés sont engagées tôt dans le processus pour examiner la conception, discuter et évaluer les options, ainsi que développer de manière collaborative une conception révisée qui répond aux objectifs de haute performance.

SBC a développé un vaste registre d’experts en la matière de l’industrie qui participent à l’atelier et offrent aux participants l’occasion d’explorer les meilleures pratiques, de partager les expériences et de repousser les limites de la conception conventionnelle. Bien que la raison d’être de la conception du programme soit la performance énergétique, l’atelier tient également compte d’autres caractéristiques de durabilité telles que l’environnement intérieur, l’accessibilité, l’infrastructure verte, etc.

Natalia Ortiz Moreno

Natalia Ortiz, student of Project Management Environmental (PME) program in Seneca Polytechnic, has an Environmental Engineering background completed at Universidad El Bosque in Colombia. She has always been involved in sustainability roles and projects that included Environmental Management Systems implementation, Water Treatment Systems’ design and operation, Hazardous and Conventional Waste management and minimization practices, as well as Ecosystem’s Conservation and Energy
Efficiency programs.

For the PME – Applied Project Management Course, Natalia developed a Green Roof Assessment Tool for Seneca Polytechnic’s Office of Sustainability, with the aim to provide green roof technology recommendations best suited to a particular scenario, taking into consideration multiple aspects of green roofs and buildings; infrastructure, design, materials, environmental factors, and costs, as well as the Toronto Municipal Code – Green Roof bylaw. Natalia also has a scientific journal publication as the main author of the project “Selection and sizing of industrial wastewater treatment units required at the
new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) aircraft facility owned by Avianca S.A. in Rionegro Antioquia” in the El Bosque University Journal of Technology.

Natalia strongly believes there are several research topics left to be developed, and the importance of
working towards Sustainability from different backgrounds, knowledge, and cultures to build strong, productive, and resilient communities.
With the vision of growing cities and infrastructure along with nature, always preserving and respecting the ecosystems’ attributes and services, Natalia would like to keep researching and acquiring more experience in Sustainability roles.



Emily Smit

Emily is a second-year PhD student in Geography at the University of Toronto, and a co-operator of a small home renovation company, Magnus Home Improvements. Her research seeks to determine how single-family homes can quickly and best be retrofit to achieve Toronto’s emissions reductions targets – including net-zero by 2040 – as part of the TransformTO climate action plan. Specifically, she will assess the impact of municipal home energy reporting and disclosure programs, as well as produce recommendations for growing the retrofit labour force in ways that attend to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Further, her research seeks to understand how home retrofit activities can be regenerative and produce net-positive impacts for humans and the environment towards transformative, place-based sustainability. When not at her computer, Emily can be found cycling with her kids to and from school or making funky sounds on her analog synthesizer.

Bofa Udisi

Bofa is a sustainability professional with over seven years in the energy and environment industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Petroleum Studies from Novena University in Nigeria and graduate certificates in Energy Management and Environmental Project Management from Seneca College in Toronto. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Environment and Business degree. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Building Science program at Toronto Metropolitan University, researching whole-life carbon reduction in new construction and building renovations.

Bofa‘s work experience is primarily in the built environment, working in the private and public sectors in roles that involve structural and environmental assessment of building structures, HVAC engineering design and sales, and facilities management. Bofa is a member of several industry associations, such as the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). SBC’s bursary will go a long way in supporting Bofa‘s research and his desire to learn.