CleanBC NZER Challenge Workshops Series: High-Performance Prefabrication

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High-Performance Prefabrication

Past Event: Oct 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am


Join ZEBx and Integral Group for our next webinar in our Net-Zero Energy-Ready (NZER) Challenge Workshop series! Our panel of presenters will highlight three of the 11 NZER Challenge winning projects, all of which include modular or panelized prefabricated building components into their high-performance design. To top it off, we’ll also provide a high-level overview of the off-site construction industry in BC and shed some light on what the future holds for this burgeoning industry.

Prefabrication and modularization encompass factory-produced structural elements, volumetric units, and specialized “pods”. Although prefabrication and modular building are not new concepts, manufacturing processes continue to evolve – accommodating increased levels of automation and other innovations. Prefabricated elements are becoming increasingly common throughout the building industry. They promise high-quality products delivered on accelerated schedules, with predictable costs, and can assist in achieving high performance building and waste diversion goals.


Lisa Westerhoff, Principal — Integral Group (workshop moderator)

Lisa leads the Sustainability Policy and Planning team at Integral Group in Vancouver, where she works with local governments, universities, developers, and industry organizations to create policies and strategies for a low-carbon built environment. Lisa holds a PhD in urban sustainability from UBC, and was the winner of the Canada Green Building Council’s Green Building Champion Award in 2019. She also holds a Master’s degree in climate change resilience and adaptation.

Craig Mitchell, Director – Innovative Solutions

Craig Mitchell is passionate about modular and off-site construction.  He has spent the last decade in a senior management role in the permanent modular construction field working with clients in both the US and Canada.  He has held board roles with both the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) and the Modular Building Institute (MBI), and has recently launched his consulting company – Black Box Modular Solutions.

Dave Stevenson, Sales Manager – Insulspan

In 1999, after spending 10 years in Japan working for a log home company, Dave returned to British Columbia and worked with associates to manufacture the equipment and develop a market for Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). He has since worked on every aspect of the industry from fabricating the panels to installing them onsite, and currently acts in the split role of Sales Manager for Insulspan West as well as Site Advisor. Dave provides accredited lunch and learn presentations while being an active member of SIPA (Structural Insulated Panel Association) as well as on the Technical and Education Committee at HAVAN.

George Benson, Sector Manager, Built Environment – Vancouver Economic Commission

George Benson is the Sector Manager for the Built Environment at the Vancouver Economic Commission. He works with architecture, engineering, and construction businesses to support their decarbonization, resilience-building, and social equity goals. Through this work, George is involved with the BC Energy Step Code Council, PACE BC, and numerous other built environment initiatives.

Helen Goodland, Principal, Head of Research & Innovation – Scius Advisory

Helen Goodland is an architect registered in the UK and has an MBA from the University of BC. She brings over 30 years of experience working on transformative solutions for the real estate and construction industries in Canada and around the world. She is also a compelling public speaker, facilitator and educator.

Laura Humphries, Site Superintendent – Highstreet Ventures

Laura, a carpenter by trade, is known for her passion for construction, ongoing learning, and her team. Since joining Highstreet in 2018 her team has built over 500 homes to every step of the code and continues to lead the charge in Okanagan large-scale airtight building. Highstreet’s Net-Zero Ready buildings wouldn’t be here without her.

Jay Starnino, Sustainability Analyst – Highstreet Ventures

Jay works closely with Highstreets engineering and architecture team, often acting as a liaison between designers and trades. Having an intimate understanding of the buildings and having spoken on this webinar and others previously, Jay offers great insight into Highstreet’s high efficiency buildings.

Oliver Lang, CEO, Co-Founder – Intelligent City

Oliver Lang is a German-Canadian architect and urban entrepreneur with 25+ years experience and a recognized leader in design innovation and integration of complex urban projects, mixed-use housing, advanced prefabrication and green building strategies. He is a graduate of Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, with a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design and he holds a professional degree Diplom-Ingenieur Architektur from the University of Technology Berlin with two-year studies at the ETSA Barcelona UPC. Prior to founding LWPAC in 1998, Oliver researched and practiced in digitally assisted design and fabrication with Smith-Miller & Hawkinson in New York, while teaching digital design at Princeton University, Columbia University and University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently has taught advanced design and digital technology at SCI_ARC, the Berlage Institute, TU Berlin, UTF Santa Maria and University of British Columbia (UBC).

Ron McDougall, Mass Timber Specialist – Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation

Ron McDougall, brings a unique perspective to the evolving world of engineered wood products. Starting with a resume with diverse career listings from forestry consulting, land development, heavy timber manufacturing and now Mass Timber Specialist for Structurlam, Ron brings 30 years of perspective to the discussion. He believes changing the materials with which we build can change the process of how we build, how we live, and how we contribute to a sustainable world.

About the CleanBC NZER Challenge Workshop Series

The “CleanBC Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge: Workshop Series” consists of six unique workshops over nine deliveries that will run throughout 2020 with the objective to more rapidly advance solutions for zero emission buildings. Through the lens of BC’s most recently celebrated projects that are achieving the highest levels of the BC Energy Step Code and beyond (including Passive House, Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Standard, LEED, and City of Vancouver Rezoning), participants will work with leading experts across industry silos to identify and advance emerging solutions as well as identify key barriers for scaling adoption. Visit for more information. See the full series program here!