Measuring Our Way to Zero

Mike Williams, RWDI

The built environment is responsible for nearly half of a Canada and USA's primary energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency, climate change and resiliency are clearly one of the 21st century's biggest challenges and therefore the creation of better buildings one of the biggest opportunities.

During the design, construction and operation of buildings huge amounts of data is generated. Through RWDI's 42 history and experience on hundreds of building design and construction projects we have identified a problem that this data is rarely harvested and turned into decision making intelligence.

It is with this problem in mind that we developed our COMPASS building energy portfolio management tool. We are currently working with a number of architecture firms to harvest the data from their completed project's and input that information into an intuitive, web-based interface, which allows them to track, compare and analysis the energy performance of their portfolio of work. Our current clients primarily include architects; however, the COMPASS is applicable to anyone in the design and construction industry with a portfolio of completed projects including: engineers, asset managers, universities, colleges, corporations and general contractors.

This presentation will give an overview of this big data opportunity and will share lessons we have learned through the development of the tool and analysis of our own portfolio of work.

Learning Objectives

  • What are some of the key metrics that an architect should be managing during the design of a laboratory?
  • What is energy use intensity and why is it important?
  • What are some of the key metrics that an engineer should be managing during the design of a laboratory?
  • What is Architecture 2030 and does it apply to laboratory projects?


For the past 10 years Mike Williams has been working as a sustainability consultant in the building design and construction industry. Mr. Williams's recent project experience includes work on some of the world's greenest laboratories including the CANMET Laboratory in Hamilton and the SickKids Research Tower in Toronto.

Mr. Williams has been invited to speak at a number of conferences including: Construct Canada, Green Real-estate Forum, Sustainable Labs Canada, MIAGreen and the CaGBC National Summit.


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