The Converge 2013 forum is a meeting of the Canadian Materials Industries and Construction Industry Leaders to discuss the impacts of materials, new technologies and product choices on sustainable building practices. Building Information Modeling, Virtual Design and Construction and Integrated Project Delivery are transforming the collaborative roles of architects, designers and builders. Materials and product suppliers are engaged in developing life cycle analysis and environmental product declarations to be integrated into the new building tools. Public policy initiatives, building code changes, evolving LEED certification and regional preference policies all add to a complex mix for industry and public decision makers.

We stand at the cusp of an exciting transformation of our built environment as we weave new materials and digital infrastructure into buildings, communities and cities. These choices are converging with the demands of sustainability in a carbon constrained world and new methods to determine life cycle analysis. The key is not one material over another but how all these materials and technologies work together. Efforts and claims by one industry sector over another or artificial preference policies by governments are doomed to failure and constrain innovation and free and open competitive markets.

CONVERGE 2013 is a cross-sector dialogue among the thought leaders and suppliers of the building materials, digital technologies and the architects, engineers and developers who are shaping our future. Join the conversation – sponsor this unique event, plan to attend and invite key decision makers from your industry.

October 15 – 16, 2013 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, BC

Review the agenda and speakers at the CONVERGE website