To rapidly accelerate the knowledge, capacity and passion for
zero emissions building in Vancouver and British Columbia.
What is ZEBx
ZEBx is a collaborative platform that strengthens the public, private and civic capacities for zero emission buildings in Vancouver and British Columbia. We are an industry hub that facilitates knowledge exchange to accelerate market transformation.
The Exchange fosters innovation through dialogues, project tours, curated research, training and demonstrations. We work closely with all facets of the industry, including developers, builders, architects and designers spanning single family homes to high rise residential and commercial buildings.
We are based in The Hive—a social impact office centre—in the heart of Vancouver. Our work reaches across British Columbia and the globe.
In 2016, the City of Vancouver released its Zero Emissions Building Plan, which requires most new buildings to be near zero emissions by 2025 and all new buildings to be zero emissions by 2030. In 2017, British Columbia released the BC Energy Step Code, which sets the path for all new buildings to be net zero ready by 2032. ZEBx is dedicated to supporting the industry through this transition, acting as a catalyst that transforms the entire design and construction value chain towards cost-effective, attractive, zero emission buildings.
ZEBx is a neutral and unbiased organization that uses a collaborative model unique to the building industry. ZEBx works with a wide range of partners, including industry associations, governments, researchers, trades programs, suppliers and global experts.
How We Can Support You
About The Team
ZEBx is hosted by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association in partnership with the
City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society.
Roberto Pecora, P.Eng., CEM, LEED AP, SMT
Director of Programs
Roberto's journey through the building industry extends back almost two decades and includes stops in Ottawa and Montreal before settling in Vancouver ten years ago. He has extensive experience in both new construction and existing buildings. Roberto has successfully taken on project management roles for subcontractors, a general contractor and a national project management firm. In the eight years before joining ZEBx, he worked in the building science group of a national consulting engineering firm, specializing in building assessments, capital planning, asset management and most recently, energy studies and energy management. Roberto is very well acquainted with the real estate, property management, consulting and construction industries. Most importantly, he has a deep-rooted desire in transforming the building industry to reduce its impact on climate change.
Kim brings over a decade of experience in sustainable development that spans work in Germany, Scandinavia, Cuba and most recently Vancouver. Successes include international partnerships, leading market growth and effective multi-stakeholder project management. In her previous role as Sustainability Advisor for Integral Group she developed an in-depth working knowledge of high performance buildings across multiple technical disciplines including architecture, landscape and engineering design through to construction management and building operations. She has a solid grasp of active engineering concepts; meanwhile, her passion lies in passive design solutions. She endeavours to pursue meaningful market transformation towards climate neutral development and is especially committed to the field at this critical time.
Gordon Patrick Newell, MA, PGCert, BA(Hons), ACC
Communication and Events Manager
Gordon has more than a decade of experience in executive communications, media relations, public relations and crisis communications. He has a proven track record in a full spectrum of international organizations and diverse industry sectors, including North American start-ups, military and government departments, and with BBC News, ITV News and Guardian Media. He kicked off his career by reporting live for the BBC from the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and with Guardian Media, Gordon was a key member of a UK first; his team pioneered bringing multimedia news together into a single branded entity by aligning web, TV, radio and print, in what is now common practice. More recently, he has worked with multiple San Francisco based start-ups to IPO, Swiss fintech and with the Vancouver building sector. Gordon previously lived in the UK and Germany, he is an alumnus of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and former British military officer, is an ICF ACC leadership coach and has an MA in Journalism. Gordon is passionate about green building development and he also has a wider knowledge of sustainable transportation and renewable energy issues.
Janani Gunasegaran Surender, B.Arch., MEL, CPHD, LEED AP (BD+C), IGBC AP
Janani supports ZEBx's applied research and knowledge dissemination of advanced sustainable technologies and high-performance building projects in Vancouver and British Columbia through the development of case study reports and technical primers. Janani holds a Master of Engineering Leadership in High-Performance Buildings from The University Of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Architecture from India. With her diverse background, she brings a unique skill set to interpret both the architectural design and the technical aspects of high-performance building projects. Her expertise includes sustainable building design, building energy systems, the latest green building rating systems (LEED, Passive House, CaGBC Zero Carbon, Living Building Challenge), building energy, and life cycle analysis. Janani is also a Certified Passive House Designer and a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Building Design and Construction. Janani has dedicated her career to passionately advocating for policies and design solutions that contribute towards creating a sustainable and healthy built environment.
Chris Hill, CPA, CMA, CHBA, Passive House Tradesperson
Passive House Canada Contributing Partner at ZEBx
With a passion for construction, specifically innovation and disruption that provides healthy sustainable living environments, Chris has committed to promoting and building passive house projects. Chris brings his business and financial background to the ZEBx-Passive House Partnership, providing effective strategy development and delivery of high-quality transparent annual reports. He has been a board member of Passive House Canada since October 2018
Michaela Neuberger, MSc, BA(Hons)
Director of Operations / Parental leave until January 2022
In Michaela’s eight years in the construction industry, she has planned and managed numerous projects involving diverse stakeholders in disparate jurisdictions. Her expertise in energy conservation and low carbon buildings began with managing an energy efficiency program in Europe and has developed through her energy sector positions in Vancouver. Michaela has experience working on market transformation initiatives for new construction, existing buildings, and low carbon electrification. This has included managing industry capacity building and training programs for BC Hydro and developing retrofit policies and programs as part of the City of Vancouver’s Green Building Team. She contributes to multiple BC Energy Step Code Subcommittees and is in regular collaboration with provincial stakeholders, local governments, and professional associations across BC. Michaela has managed operational improvement projects in the construction industries of England, Germany, and France. She is committed to helping ZEBx achieve its mission to transform the local construction industry through capacity building, knowledge exchange, and innovation. Michaela is on parental leave until January 2022