John Beveridge

John Beveridge

Director Vancouver

Former Affiliation formerly an industry development advisor for Industry Canada with 25 years experience supporting the development and adoption of Canadian environmental technologies; he retired in 2010 after completing a special assignment with Environment Canada directing the federal inter-departmental sustainability program for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

Sustainable Condo for Chongqing

Official opening ceremony Chongqing

Based on a concept successfully implemented in Canada since 2004, the Sustainable Condo for Chongqing is an educational exhibit that uses contextualized living spaces and interactive zones to demonstrate green building products and strategies. Read More

Toward Better and Greener Concrete. Interactive Workshop & Consultation. Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Two workshops in the UAE are held on March 16 and 18 2009 to discuss the implementation of EcoSmart Concrete in the Emirates and SOS tool developed by EcoSmart to facilitate its application. By invitation only.Partially replacing Portland cement with supplementary cementing materials (SCMs) in concrete can bring substantial benefits in terms of performance and constructability in addition to significant improvement of the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of concrete. However, there are also potential pitfalls, such as lower setting time and longer curing requirements.. Increasing the amount of SCMs in concrete is a very effective GHG reduction strategy, in line with the growing concerns about climate change and the UAE’s green building policies. But how much can be used – particularly when taking into account other important parameters of concrete construction such as: material availability, scheduling, costs, or strength and durability requirements? To address these complex issues, EcoSmart, together with a large consortium, is developing a computer-based expert advisory system that will help to determine for a given project the optimal level of SCMs as well as the best engineering and construction practices to use. This new “SCM Optimization System” – or “SOS” – will allow those involved in a concrete construction project – owners, designers, suppliers, and contractors – to understand the effects of varying the type and level of SCMs on the whole project and to decide on a best case optimum. The objective of these workshops is to ensure that the SOS responds to the needs of the construction industry and professionals and fits their needs. If you are a UAE professional involved in concrete construction and would like to be invited to one of these workshops, please contact Clare of EcoSmart at [email protected]
See also: EcoSmart Concrete in the EmiratesEcoSmart ConcreteEcoSmart Seminars in Abu Dhabi: April 21-22, 2008

EcoSmart Seminars in Abu Dhabi: April 21-22, 2008

EcoSmart Emirates image

EcoSmart offered a series of seminars on Sustainable Building and Concrete at the Building Futures Gulf conference in Abu Dhabi on April 21 & 22.
The seminars took place in the Structure & Envelope Forum, located in the Structure Gulf exhibition Hall 7. Building materials are becoming an increasing concern for sustainability in the UAE’s unprecedented construction boom. Concrete is second only to water as the most consumed substance on earth and accounts for over 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. But does this mean we must stop using concrete in construction? Attendees learned how concrete and other building materials and approaches can be turned around to work toward sustainability while increasing the performance and maintaining the cost of your construction project. Expert speakers from the UAE and Canada doscussed issues related to concrete, other construction materials and green building. Presentations covered a variety of perspectives with time provided for speakers to address questions from attendees. See the presentations from this event on the EcoSmart Concrete Knowledge Base. EcoSmart’s seminar speakers included:

  • James Aldred, GHD Global, Manager of the Independent Verification and Testing for the Burj Dubai Tower
  • Khaled Awad, Director, Property Development, Masdar
  • Denis Beaupré, Technical Manager for Unibeton Ready Mix, Abu Dhabi and formerly professor of Civil Engineering at Laval University, Quebec, Canada
  • Michel de Spot, President of EcoSmart Foundation Inc., and a LEED Accredited Professional, Vancouver, Canada
  • Ali Elian, Head of Engineering Materials Laboratory Section, Dubai Central Laboratory
  • Jeff Hood, VP Business Development, Icynene
  • Ken Klassen, MBA, CMHC International Training Team
  • Michael Richardson, General Manager, Ras Al Khaimah Cement

About EcoSmart The EcoSmart Foundation is a Canadian non-profit organization working to advance ecologically and economically smart building technologies since 1999. In the UAE the organization’s emphasis is on the use of EcoSmart Concrete, a carefully engineered material containing very high volumes of such supplementary cementing materials (SCMs) as fly ash and ground blast furnace slag. EcoSmart Concrete improves sustainability and performance without sacrificing cost. Links: EcoSmart Concrete: EcoSmart Emirates: Building Futures Gulf by Batimat:
Ref: EcoSmart Batimat Seminar Information
See also: EcoSmart Concrete in the EmiratesToward Better and Greener Concrete. Interactive Workshop & Consultation. Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Mark Salerno

Mark Salerno

Director Toronto, Ontario
Other affiliation:
 M.Arch., B.Tech., MRAIC, Corporate Representative, National Management Team, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Mark excels in forging strategic relationships and unique partnerships, creatively sharing CMHC’s vast housing expertise and fostering the creation of sustainable housing/communities.
He ‘s CMHC’s media savvy spokesperson – able to cover a range of housing issues and especially enjoying the chance to passionately share his substantive expertise in sustainable housing and community design.
His weekly article dealing with a range of housing topics from renovation to home maintenance to home finance can be read across the Sun Media Chain. 
Mark is one of 250 Canadians personally trained by U.S. Vice President Al Gore to present the live version of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ as part of the Climate Project Canada Initiative.
Mark has a strong inclination for concrete action as evidenced by his role in spearheading 4 travelling, full-scale, sustainable house exhibits ($5M fund-raising effort, 500k visitors, $5M editorial value of media coverage; CTV’s Live Earth telecast, Canada AM, numerous TV/Radio news spots, print articles).
As a member of CMHC’s National Management Team, Mark has had a diverse range of exciting appointments including Corporate Representative, Manager Communications/Marketing, Manager CMHC International, National Sales Team Leader Municipal Infrastructure Lending Program & Sr Research Consultant, BC/Yukon where he lead multi-stakeholder relations related to the highly contentious leaky condominium issue in Vancouver.
Prior to CMHC Mark was a building science professor at Toronto’s Seneca College and served 10 years as President of SDC Consultants where he provided design, consulting and project management services for sustainable building design projects.
Mark possesses a Master of Architecture Degree and a Bachelor of Technology Degree, is a Member Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a contributor to countless boards and committees.

EcoSmart at Globe 2008

EcoSmart & Concrete merged logos

EcoSmart participated in the 2008 Globe Business & Environment Conference in Vancouver, Canada: March 12-14, 2008.
Globe is a biennial event that brings together corporate executives, government representatives and environment industry leaders for dialogue and networking. Over 10,000 delegates and exhibitors from all over the world attended Globe 2008. The Globe Trade Fair complemented the conference sessions and provided an international marketplace for innovative environmental technologies, products and services. Over 400 exhibitors offered conference delegates and outside visitors a vast array of sustainable commercial products, services and ideas. Hundreds of visitors dropped by the EcoSmart booth which was set up within the SDTC Solutions Showcase area of the Globe trade show. SDTC (Sustainable Development Technologies Canada) finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies, such as EcoSmart’s SOS online construction tool to assist the building industry incorporate EcoSmart Concrete into their projects.
Links: EcoSmart Concrete: SDTC – Sustainable Development Technologies Canada: Globe 2008:

Finalized AP2K Reports on SCM Use in Canada

Concrete Truck

All the three information reports generated through EcoSmart’s AP2K 2007 project have been approved for public release.
EcoSmart undertook a qualitative assessment and related information dissemination activities with regard to the use of Supplementary Cementing Materials (SCMs) in Canada. These activities followed up from the federal Action Plan 2000 project. The three information reports generated through EcoSmart’s AP2K 2007 project are:

  • EcoSmart AP2K 2007 Assessment Report provides the results of a qualitative survey on SCM use in Canada conducted during the spring of 2007.
  • EcoSmart AP2K 2007 Dissemination Report summarizes the dissemination aspect of the project aimed at increasing acceptance of SCM use in Canada.
  • “SCM Basics” Information Resource Guide concisely explains the technical and environmental benefits of SCM use, as well as the limitations, applications and specifications. Links to additional resources are also provided. the industry-government collaboration developed a list of references and resources on the use of SCMs.

See also: SCM BasicsAP2K 2007 Follow Up Project

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