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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Cities in the Sun:
The Path Towards Smart Net-zero Energy Solar Buildings and Communities


Andreas Athienitis, Concordia University

Imagine a building that acts as a small power plant, able to produce as much energy on-site as it consumes over a year. Net-zero energy buildings (NZEBs) are today becoming technically possible by combining energy efficiency measures with building-integrated solar systems and other renewable energy systems in an optimal manner. The rapid drop in prices of photovoltaic panels over the last few years and recent advances in NZEB research and technologies facilitate the adoption of the NZEB concept both at the single building level and the community level. This talk will explain how, based on this concept and vision, we can transform the way we design and operate our buildings and communities, opening the way for innovative new products such as multifunctional building walls, roof systems and windows that generate electricity while controlling and storing sunlight.

Andreas Athienitis is a Professor of Building Engineering at Concordia University and the Scientific Director of the NSERC Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings Strategic Research Network (2011-2016). He led the recently completed NSERC Solar Buildings Research Network program, receiving the ADRIQ-NSERC Celebrate Partnerships Award for the broad national and international impact of its work and successful partnerships. He holds a Concordia University Research Chair, Tier I in Integration of Solar Energy Systems into Buildings. He is the author of more than 200 papers in solar energy and buildings, including several best paper awards. He played a key role in the energy design of several award winning net-zero and low energy buildings with building-integrated solar systems.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday September 27, 2012, 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, Colonel By entrance
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday September 24, 2012