CleanBC NZER Challenge Workshops Series: Lessons from the Leading Edge

Case Study: Peatt Commons West
February 2, 2021
Case Study: Skeena Residence
February 16, 2021
Case Study: Peatt Commons West
February 2, 2021
Case Study: Skeena Residence
February 16, 2021

CleanBC NZER Workshops Series: Lessons from the Leading Edge

Past Event: Feb 11 2021 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am


Join ZEBx for our last webinar in the Net-Zero-Energy-Ready (NZER) Challenge Series. We’ll be hearing lessons learned from two winners of the NZER Challenge, as well as two exciting out-of-province projects that went above and beyond NZER to meet ambitious climate and energy targets. This discussion will touch on many aspects of what have made these projects successful, including their development, design and construction. Bring your questions to find out how NZER buildings have been achieved across different climate zones!

  • The Skeena Residence is the first student residence in Canada to be designed and constructed to the Passive House standard. This fully electric building opened its doors to UBC Okanagan students in September 2020.
  • 825 Pacific is Canada’s first Passive House arts and culture hub and currently the tallest Passive House building under construction in Vancouver, scheduled for completion in May 2021.
  • ZEN Sequel is a multi-unit residential building in Calgary that goes beyond net-zero energy-ready construction to achieve net-zero energy for the majority of units in the building, thanks to photovoltaic panels on the roof of the building. Scheduled for completion later this year, it is one of the first multi-unit residential buildings that qualified under the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Net Zero Home Labelling Program.
  • The Centennial College A Block Building Expansion is a six-storey addition to a building on the college’s campus in Scarborough, Ontario. It is set to become Canada’s first mass timber, zero-carbon building. The building (currently under construction) is targeting CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building and LEED Gold certifications. Photovoltaic panels will be installed on the roof to produce enough energy on-site to offset the annual carbon emissions by 2.9 tonnes, with the remainder being offset with purchased carbon offsets.


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.


Tait Frier, Project Manager, Ledcor Construction Limited

Over the past 5 years as Project Manager for Ledcor Construction, Tait has played a key role in the development of projects including: 825 Pacific (7 storey passive house building in downtown Vancouver), 565 Great Northern Way (7 storey commercial tower in False Creek), and was involved in 601 West Hastings (25 storey commercial tower in downtown Vancouver). Tait is Passive House Tradesperson Certified.

Beth Deckert, Project Manager, IBI Group, Legacy LEED AP

Beth has been an architect for IBI Group Architects Canada for over 2 years and is a Project Manager for 825 Pacific. She has experience working in and designing high-rise residential, offices, medical, senior housing and commercial buildings. She has worked both in the US (Portland, OR) and Canada and is a Legacy LEED AP and Passive House Tradesperson certified.

Craig Shirra, Senior Development Manager, UBC Properties Trust

Craig is the Senior Development Manager at UBC Properties Trust, who act as the owner’s project managers for all new capital projects at the University of British Columbia. Craig holds a degree in Construction Management and Diploma of Technology as a graduate of the Architectural Building Engineering Technologies program, both at BCIT. Craig is a LEED Green Associate, A registered Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) and has earned his Gold Seal in project management. Craig is currently leading exciting projects such as the UBCO ICI Building, which is a 146,000 square foot research facility & the new UBC Downtown Kelowna Campus.

Chris Wiliams, Vice-President, Avalon Master Builder

Chris is a partner with Avalon Master Builder, the vice chair of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association NZEH (Net Zero Energy Homes) Counsel Management Committee, on the CaGBC Technical Advisory Subcommittee and a past member of many related organizations. Chris holds Business related degrees and certificates from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, City University of Seattle and the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Craig Applegath, Architect & Founding Principal, Dialog Design OAA AIA AIBC FRAIC LEED® AP BD+C

Architect, urban designer, and zero-carbon building pioneer, Craig trained first as a biologist and then as an architect and urban designer. He is passionate about finding planning and design solutions that make sense in a world challenged by climate change and environmental deterioration.

Craig has focused on leading complex, sustainable planning, and design projects since he graduated from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University with a Master of Architecture in Urban Design. He is internationally recognized for his design and advocacy of zero-carbon regenerative buildings and cities, as well as mass timber design.

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!