On Wednesday, November 29, Walas Concepts‘ Wilco van Bemmel and Stephen Popovich will present at the Building Show Toronto 2018. The presentation presents a sneak peek of the latest European building innovations.
European Building Innovations Presentation
High energy prices, strict government policies and severe resiliency challenges make Europe a hotbed for building innovations. This session aims to explore the ingenuity in the building industry by examining the latest trends and approaches that have been implemented across Europe to reduce energy consumption and introduce greener solutions. It will also look at how these innovations relate to the challenges in the Canadian context. Some of the subjects that will be discussed are large-scale solar energy integration in urban environments, using algae as a source of energy in buildings, smart energy management systems, gradual greening strategies for existing buildings and urban food systems. These projects show in particular how their approaches balance both ecological and economic sustainability.
About the speakers
Wilco van Bemmel, as COO of Walas Concepts, specializes in sustainable community and socio-economic development. In his projects, he introduces European innovations to revitalize existing neighbourhoods and builds partnerships between community groups, businesses, cities and agencies to improve affordability, economic vitality and sustainability. On behalf of European innovators, he implements solutions for high-performance buildings, local food and clean energy in the North American market.
As CDO of Walas Concepts, Stephen Popovich works at the intersection of landscape, urban design, architecture, ecology and economics. He is an expert in applying a collaborative model that engages the community as a strategic partner, focusing design around the social agenda of communities, and how people connect and interact. As a Partner of a Dutch-Canadian group of companies, Stephen has hands on experience successfully translating European concepts and innovations to the North American context.
A few weeks ago, for the first time, we welcomed guests into our new home at 1489 Frances Street at our Block Party on September 20, 2017. It was great to have so many neighbours contribute, see so many old and new faces, and host a mix of children, families and business professionals. We had an amazing time getting to know each other, looking at art and listening to music, playing games while having beers and ice cream.
We know that this neighbourhood is filled with talented, skilled, creative and friendly people. This was the first step to getting to know who is around us, and learning about the surrounding businesses and residents.
Special thanks to:
– Centre Skateboard Distribution (http://centredistribution.com)
– Earnest Icecream (http://earnesticecream.com)
– Golden Era Food Truck (https://www.yelp.ca/biz/golden-era-burger-vancouver)
– Liz Hammond (https://www.honestlysocial.ca)
– MET Fine Printers (http://www.metprinters.com)
– Open Gallery (https://www.facebook.com/opengallery.ca/)
– Porchlight Press (http://porchlightpress.com)
– Public (http://publicdesign.ca)
– Rangate (http://rangate.com)
– Sam Chimes (http://www.samchimes.com)
– Space (http://www.spacetospace.co)
– The Butler Did It (http://www.butlerdiditcatering.com
Photos credit to Liz Hammond and Vincent Chiu
During this workshop the guests showcased different approaches of sustainable neighborhood transformation projects. In an open discussion, the experiences in the Netherlands and Canada were compared with the ambition to get the best out of both worlds and to join forces.
Dutch professor Anke van Hal, Delft University of Technology and Nyenrode Business University, is specialized in the transformation of existing houses and neighborhoods in a sustainable way. She has been an expert on the Dutch Energiesprong program. She lives temporarily in Canada and got inspired by several Canadian projects. In her presentation, she shared her experiences in both countries and highlighted ideas about a successful approach of neighborhoods that resulted from her search in these two countries.
Other guest speakers were Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze of the Pembina Institute and Mr. Wilco van Bemmel, Affordable Housing specialist from World of Walas. They each reacted to professor van Hal’s findings with a short presentation of their experiences and discussed the opportunities to successfully improve the living quality of existing neighborhoods in a sustainable way.
At 1489 Frances Street, Dudoc Vancouver’s new home offers the creativity and space to demonstrate our partners to let you experience the advantages of these innovations. More than just an exhibition centre, we try our partners’ products first hand.
One of the prime examples is our partner TAG Safety&Security (TS&S). In the midst of renovations and making 1489 Frances operational, the installation was done in minutes. In the past, relocating the alarm system was a hassle for us – having to open up walls and ceilings, pull cords and power. With TS&S no power or cables are needed, which ensures no disruption to our work. This system is greatly innovative as it will work under any circumstance and works completely wireless. We are very pleased with the 24/7 monitoring and can highly recommend it to those in need of a high-end, but truly affordable, security system. Want to know more about TS&S? Come visit us at 1489 Frances Street.
What at first glance may seem like a modest industrial area sprinkled with homes and store fronts, we are discovering that it is a district with numerous dynamic businesses, many committed to sustainability. These include architectural firms, national product distributors and data management companies. A few minor renovations are required to the well restored 1950’s building and we look forward to holding an official opening in the fall.
In the meantime, if you are in the area and feel like a summer ice cream cone at our neighbour Earnest Ice Cream’s newest location, drop by Dudoc and say hello! Stay tuned for new developments and sustainability initiatives from Dudoc Vancouver and the Walas team. We look forward to updating you soon on our latest activities and hope you have a great summer!
Dudoc is excited to share great news from our partner Jaga. In Amsterdam, the world’s smartest and most sustainable building has opened its doors. Along the entire facade of ‘The Edge’ you will find Jaga’s mini radiators. These radiators block the cold coming from the windows and create a highly comfortable indoor working climate.
BREEAM qualified the sustainability level of the building as ‘Outstanding’ and gave it the highest score for new buildings ever given before: 98.36%. The jury was impressed by the use of smart technology and the implementation of several world first innovations in ‘The Edge’.
World of Walas presented at the Canada Green Building Council’s conference, Building Lasting Change, on May 31, 2017 in downtown Vancouver. Building Lasting Change is Canada’s largest green building conference and is known for activating connections, delivering world class learning opportunities and cultivating inspiration and innovation. We hope you joined us there as we drew on lessons from the Netherlands and explored strategies to revitalize existing buildings, communities and economies.
The graduating students’ projects reflect creative excellence and the school’s unique approach of balance between theory and a hands-on polytechnic experience, along with close connection to industry. It was a showcase of complex societal and environmental problems, and of solutions that push boundaries through tangible and meaningful products. You can find the thesis-level designs below. This is the second program exhibition held at Dudoc, and we see this as a continuation of a long-term partnership with the Wilson School of Design and its students. We are glad to announce that the Technical Apparel program exhibit in December 2017 will also be held at Dudoc – stay connected to receive further details.
The Consulate General of the Netherlands in Vancouver was pleased to invite you to the Dutch election day lunch on the 15th of March at Dudoc, Vancouver. The elections were more important than ever (as always) and we loved to watch the outcome together with the Dutch community in Vancouver. We werel be able to follow the outcomes via a live stream projection. A special thank you to everyone that was a part of this day.