SB13 Vancouver – Pushing the Boundaries: Net Positive Buildings

Posted on November 1st, by GBCe in Regional SB13. Comments Off

For more information about SB13 Vancouver and the CaGBC National Conference and Expo please visit:


Regenerative approaches to design promote a co-evolutionary, partnered relationship between human and natural systems rather than a managerial one and, in doing so, one that builds, rather than diminishes, social and natural capital. Rather than all buildings having the same performance goals, such as net-zero energy, performance requirements would be more appropriately shaped by opportunities for creative synergies with neighbouring buildings. Eco-positive design that leads to enhanced conditions relative to those existing before is an essential requirement within such an approach.

  • Energy positive/carbon negative buildings
  • Closed-loop water solutions for buildings
  • Buildings that are net positive with respect to human well-being
  • Synergistic links between buildings and other lessons for neighbourhood application
  • Implications of net positive approaches for performance metrics and rating systems


  • 3-5 June 2013


  • Abstracs submission opens: 6 October 2012. CLOSED
  • Abstracts submission deadline: 30 November 2012. CLOSED
  • Full papers submission deadline:  1 February 2013. CLOSED
  • Full papers acceptance notification:  4 March 2013. CLOSED
  • Final Papers Due with Consideration of Peer Review Comments:  3 April 2013

Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3

Organized by:
  • University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA)
  • Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
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