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EVOLUTION OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: Case Study | 8 HAUS – Wednesday, March 27, 12:00-1:00pm EST

Evolution of Sustainable Design: Case Study | 8 HAUS

Webinar | Wednesday, 27 March, 2024 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm (EST)

Provider Name: AIA Canada Society

Provider Number: 100100113

Course Number: 2024AIACS03

Credit: 1 AIA Learning Unit (LU)

Registration Link: Evolution of Sustainable Design – Case Study | 8 HAUS


Join Architect John Romanov, of Romanov Romanov Architects, and Engineer Jeff Maxwell, of TRAK International, in exploring the evolution of sustainable design through a case study of the residential development project, 8 HAUS. This course delves into the process of integrating sustainable principles into AEC practices, focusing on key elements such as ground source geo-exchange heat pumps, co-generation electricity production, rainwater harvesting/irrigation, green roofs, tanked foundation, and exterior wall panelization.

Through real-world examples and in-depth analysis, participants will gain valuable insights into the challenges, innovations, and successes encountered in creating environmentally responsible and energy-efficient buildings. Whether you’re an architect, engineer, or sustainability enthusiast, this course offers essential knowledge and inspiration for advancing sustainable design practices in architectural projects.

Learning Objectives:

Understand the principles and benefits of ground source geo-exchange heat pump systems in the context of sustainable building design and operation.

Explore the integration of co-generation electricity production technologies within architectural projects and grasp their significance in reducing environmental impact and enhancing energy efficiency.

Analyze the implementation of rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems as integral components of sustainable building design, along with the design and performance considerations associated with blue/green roofs, and tanked foundation. Learn how these strategies can maximize water conservation and management in urban environments.

Evaluate and review exterior wall panelization techniques, and discover how these features contribute to the overall sustainability and resilience of architectural developments.

By the end of this course, participants will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the Evolution of Sustainable Design through the case study of 8 HAUS, equipped with practical knowledge and insights to inform their own architectural projects and contribute to the advancement of environmentally responsible building practices.



John is a highly accomplished architect and the President of Romanov Romanov Architects Incorporated. With a career spanning over four decades, John has been a prominent figure in the field of architecture, demonstrating a commitment to excellence and sustainability.

The design philosophy of John is centered on identifying the unique requirements of Project Stakeholders and addressing them through a combination of Form and Analysis, prioritizing efficiency and meaningful solutions. The firm, under the leadership of John, is dedicated to sustainable practices, both technically and socially, reflecting a commitment to responsible architecture.

Throughout his illustrious career, John and the firm have been recognized with numerous awards for his outstanding contributions to the field of architecture. Notable among these accolades are the 2023 AIA Canada Award of Excellence in the Un-built Category for “The Hidden Eruption,” the 2011 Hamilton Urban Design Award for “The C Hotel” in Hamilton, Ontario, and the 2003 Brampton Urban Design Award for “The Commons” in Brampton, Ontario.

John F. Romanov’s legacy in the world of architecture is characterized by a steadfast dedication to innovation, sustainability, and design excellence, leaving an indelible mark on the built environment.

Jeff Maxwell, P.ENG., LEED AP                  President & CEO | TRAK International

Jeff is the President & CEO of TRAK International Green Energy Resources (TIGER), a pioneering company specializing in environmentally beneficial and energy-efficient mechanical and electrical building systems for the North American market. Jeff founded and has lead TRAK since 1992 in designing and building systems for industrial processes, ice arenas, schools, multi-residential buildings, and integrated community district systems.

TRAK offers expertise in geoexchange, combined heat and power, and energy management controls. TRAK is also a manufacturer of central modular heat pumps and specialized HVAC equipment. Jeff and his team presently focus on designing and building state-of-the-art HVAC systems for new Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs), primarily in the Greater Toronto Area.

Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the industry, rooted in his engineering, science, and business education in Canada, Germany, and the United States, and built upon over years of award-winning experience. Jeff has recently been a 2023 Canada Clean50 Honouree, and TRAK is a 2022 Clean50 Top Project Winner.

March 27 2024


Date: March 27
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
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