The Zero Emissions Building Exchange

What is ZEBx?



A centre designed to rapidly accelerate the knowledge, capacity and passion for zero emission buildings.

We navigate barriers to advance the development of cost-effective, attractive, zero emission buildings at scale.

We connect the building industry to solutions, identify opportunities and broker relationships.

We foster innovation through dialogues, project tours, curated research, training and demonstrations.


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The Latest from ZEBx

Decarb Lunch: Sep 2022, Getting Unstuck: Homeowner and Contractor perspectives on home electrification

Getting Unstuck: Homeowner and Contractor perspectives on home electrification Past Event: Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Overview Many households in British Columbia burn fossil fuels (mainly gas) in furnaces, fireplaces, boilers, domestic hot water heaters, and kitchen […]

Case Study: Vancouver City Hall

Case Study: Vancouver City Hall The City of Vancouver embarks on its plan to decarbonize City Hall As part of its multi-phased City Hall decarbonization project, the City of Vancouver installed an Aermec NRP air-to-water heat pump in late 2017 […]

Learn from the Leading Edge: Clean BC Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge

The Net-Zero Energy-Ready (NZER) Challenge is a provincial CleanBC incentive program forlarge buildings launched in late 2018 in conjunction with the release of the Province’s climateplan. In addition to providing financial support for developments targeting very high levels ofenergy efficiency, […]

The ZEBx Annual Report 2021 / 22

The ZEBx Annual Report 2021 / 22 Celebrating four years of ZEBx and the first six months of B2E. In our fourth year of growing capacity, confidence and a community of practice, ZEBx has accomplished a lot! What started as […]

Getting ready for 2032: Near-Zero Energy-Ready Playbooks, Videos & Case Studies

Jun 2022: Getting Ready for 2021: CleanBC Near-Zero Energy-Ready Playbooks, Videos & Case Studies If you’re in the building industry, ZEBx, Integral and CleanBC have a collection of resources which will make the transition to 2032 NZER standards easier: View […]

The ZEBx Decarb Lunch Podcast: Jun 2022, Vancouver’s New Green Building Regulations

Season 2 Episode 6 Recorded at Past Event: Jun 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Vancouver’s New Green Building Regulations – Approved by City Council May 17, 2022 Overview The City of Vancouver is implementing a series of green […]

Case Study: Vancouver City Hall

Case Study: Vancouver City Hall The City of Vancouver embarks on its plan to decarbonize City Hall As part of its multi-phased City Hall decarbonization project, the City of Vancouver installed an Aermec NRP air-to-water heat pump in late 2017 […]

Case Study: Sharing (Heat) is Caring

Case Study: Sharing (Heat) is Caring Deep Emissions Reduction Achieved at Kitsilano Community Centre Community and recreation centres are often a major source of emissions in a municipality’s building portfolio, but recreation centres with ice rinks offer a big opportunity […]

Case Study: Decarbonizing Coquitlam Centre Mall

Case Study: Decarbonizing Coquitlam Centre Mall Capturing Waste Heat with a Heat Recovery Chiller Coquitlam Centre is a mall, owned and operated by Morguard Corporation, with a gross leasable area of 86,400 m2 (930,000 ft2). In January 2016, a Trane RTWD […]

Case Study: Park Place

Case Study: Park Place Adding a Heat Recovery Chiller to Reduce Emissions Park Place, located in downtown Vancouver, is one of the largest office towers in BC. Driven by long-term financial and environmental considerations, the building owners have invested in […]

SFU Parcel 21

SFU Parcel 21 The reality is, not all dreams come true. Some projects aiming for the highest energy performance standards collide against the reality of construction costs. The SFU Parcel 21 project team was confronted with this challenge and had […]

Deep Emissions Retrofit of a 1968 Office Tower

Deep Emissions Retrofit of a 1968 Office Tower We’ve all heard about the staggering number of building retrofits required to meet B.C.’s 2030 GHG target for the building sector – 59 – 64% less than 2007 levels. But what kind […]

The ZEBx Annual Report 2021 / 22

The ZEBx Annual Report 2021 / 22 Celebrating four years of ZEBx and the first six months of B2E. In our fourth year of growing capacity, confidence and a community of practice, ZEBx has accomplished a lot! What started as […]

Low-Carbon Energy Systems for New Homes

Low-Carbon Energy Systems for New Homes Jun 2022 A low-carbon energy system (LCES) provides all space heating (and cooling) or all domestic hot water heating by using a source of low-carbon energy like BC Hydro electricity. In essence, it’s a […]

The Early Adopters of High-Performance: A Trends Analysis

The Early Adopters of High-Performance: A Trends Analysis The Net-Zero Energy-Ready (NZER) Challenge is a provincial CleanBC incentive program for large buildings launched in late 2018 in conjunction with the release of the Province’s climate plan. In addition to providing […]

Video & Playbook: Low Carbon Energy Systems

Feb 2022: Low Carbon Energy Systems From ZEBx’s Net-Zero Energy-Ready Playbook Series Overview High-performance buildings are not as straightforward to design and build as code-minimum buildings. They require more upfront Low-carbon energy systems are the future. They are what the […]

Playbook: Planning for High-Performance Buildings

Jan 2022: Planning for High-Performance Buildings From ZEBx’s Net-Zero Energy-Ready Playbook Series Overview High-performance buildings are not as straightforward to design and build as code-minimum buildings. They require more upfront planning and a more integrated design and development process before […]

Video & Playbook: Thermal Bridging In Net-Zero Energy-Ready Building Design

July 2021: Thermal Bridging In Net-Zero Energy-Ready Building Design From ZEBx’s Net-Zero Energy-Ready Playbook Series Overview Minimizing thermal bridging through the building envelope is a key design aspect for achieving net-zero energy-ready (NZER) buildings. However, this can seem quite complicated […]

Learn from the Leading Edge: Clean BC Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge

The Net-Zero Energy-Ready (NZER) Challenge is a provincial CleanBC incentive program forlarge buildings launched in late 2018 in conjunction with the release of the Province’s climateplan. In addition to providing financial support for developments targeting very high levels ofenergy efficiency, […]

Marketing the High-Performance Home

From reconstructing the internal organs of ancient marine animals and reverse engineering destroyed data to designing net-zero homes with PHPP, Lyndsie White, Industrial Designer and Energy Modeller – Cornerstone Architecture, shares what it takes to successfully implement new building technologies and designs while navigating a rapidly evolving market.

Annual Report 2019-2020

ZEBx celebrates its second year in operation! From new program launches to local case studies to hands-on building technology demonstrations, ZEBx continues to establish key partnerships across industry to develop and deliver effective programming to advance zero emissions building solutions. […]

Optimization Through Iteration: the key to designing ZEBs

From reconstructing the internal organs of ancient marine animals and reverse engineering destroyed data to designing net-zero homes with PHPP, Lyndsie White, Industrial Designer and Energy Modeller – Cornerstone Architecture, shares what it takes to successfully implement new building technologies and designs while navigating a rapidly evolving market.

Standardized Case Studies to Catalyze Implementation of ZEBs

Attention building industry: we heard you loud and clear! Your enthusiasm around BC’s Energy Step Code Study Series has inspired ZEBx to showcase more successful projects that will support and expand on the province’s efforts. Later this spring, ZEBx will […]

Roadmap for Industry Reports: An Interview with Helen Goodland

Overview Progressive building policies and codes such as the BCEnergy Step Code and Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan have injected into local industry an entirely new set of priorities and systems for how we design and construct our buildings. Passive […]

Decarb Lunch: Sep 2022, Getting Unstuck: Homeowner and Contractor perspectives on home electrification

Getting Unstuck: Homeowner and Contractor perspectives on home electrification Past Event: Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Overview Many households in British Columbia burn fossil fuels (mainly gas) in furnaces, fireplaces, boilers, domestic hot water heaters, and kitchen […]

The ZEBx Decarb Lunch Podcast: Jun 2022, Vancouver’s New Green Building Regulations

Season 2 Episode 6 Recorded at Past Event: Jun 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Vancouver’s New Green Building Regulations – Approved by City Council May 17, 2022 Overview The City of Vancouver is implementing a series of green […]

The ZEBx Decarb Lunch Podcast: May 2022, Overheating: Will the need for cooling accelerate decarbonization?

Season 2 Episode 5 Recorded at Past Event: May 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Overheating: Will the need for cooling accelerate decarbonization? Overview The extreme heat experienced by parts of British Columbia in 2021 may have been […]

The ZEBx Decarb Lunch Podcast: Apr 2022, Legendary Airtightness – The Most Airtight Homes of the NearZero Program

Season 2 Episode 4 Recorded at Past Event: Apr 27, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Legendary Airtightness – The Most Airtight Homes of the NearZero Program Overview The 2022 BC Building Code is coming! And with it comes […]

ZEBx & BCIT: Tech Demo Series – The Mitsubishi Electric CITY MULTI QAHV

Tech Demo Series – The Mitsubishi Electric CITY MULTI QAHV Past Event: Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Overview ZEBx partners with BCIT and three CO2-based DHW heat pump suppliers to present a three-part, in-person Technology Demonstration Series workshops taking […]

ZEBx Deep Emissions Retrofit Dialogue – Addressing Inequities

Deep Emissions Retrofit Dialogue – Addressing Inequities Past Event: Mar 30, 2022 @12.30pm – 2.30pm Slide Resources: This event was a collaboration with B2E featuring the BC Non-Profit Housing Association. Summary The March 2022 Deep Emissions Retrofit Dialogue dove into one […]

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FOUNDING PARTNERS



ZEBx was founded through seed funding from the City of Vancouver, with additional financial support provided by the Real Estate Foundation of BC, the Bullitt Foundation, and the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance.



HOST ORGANIZATION


ZEBx is proud to be hosted by the Metro Vancouver Zero Emission Innovation Centre (ZEIC). ZEIC is part of the Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) network established by the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. ZEIC’s mandate is to catalyze, accelerate and scale climate action related to green buildings, renewable energy and transportation through a combination of impact investing, granting, partnerships, research and capacity-building.


TERRITORIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT


The Metro Vancouver Zero Emissions Innovation Centre acknowledges and is honored to work on the unceded and traditional lands of the q̓ic̓əy̓(Katzie), qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓(Kwantlen), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), qiqéyt (Qayqayt), sɛmiˈɑːmu(Semiahmoo), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), stɔːloʊ (Sto:lo), sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh).