CleanBC NZER Challenge Workshops Series – March

Thermal Bridging Training: How-To Workshop for Practitioners
March 5, 2020
Decarb Lunch March 2020
March 29, 2020

Ventilation Strategies for Multiple Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs)

Past Event: March 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


The ventilation system is increasingly becoming the backbone of the building, providing not only great indoor air quality, but also contributing to cost-effective heating and cooling delivery in low-energy, resilient MURBs. A project’s ventilation strategy must also be integrated with the architectural design to achieve marketable and affordable buildings. This workshop will highlight emerging best practices on MURB ventilation and work to develop a set of optimized designs towards cost-effective, zero emission buildings.

Speakers from this workshop represent 6 out of the 11 winning projects from the CleanBC Net-Zero Energy Ready Design Challenge. Leveraging the knowledge and lessons learned from the speakers’ experience on these projects, this workshop aims to both educate industry on emerging solutions and to foster opportunities for building designers to collaboratively optimize their designs.

In the hands-on, technical portion of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work on local case studies alongside their peers to advance solutions for cost-effective, low-carbon, resilient ventilation designs.

Two types of buildings will be under discussion: a rental and/or non-market mid-rise MURB and a market high rise MURB. Participants will document the current status quo, assess how it meets multiple performance criteria and be challenged to adapt these norms to higher Step Code levels or Passive House, with considerations for first costs, operating and maintenance costs, climate resiliency, technology availability, and architectural integration.


8:00am – Registration and breakfast

8:30am – Introduction and NZER Challenge Overview

9:00am – Featuring NZER Winning Projects and their Ventilation Strategies

9:45am – Workshop Overview

10:00am – Break

10:15am – Facilitated Workshop Session


Kevin Shea, P.Eng., CPHD, LEED GA

Principal – AME Group

Patrick Stewart, P.Eng., CPHD, LEED

Green Associate Engineer – AME Group

Rod Nadeau

Founder – Innovation Building

Eric Catania, M.Eng., P.Eng., BEMP, CPHD, LEED AP BC+C, PHI Accredited Passive House

Associate, Senior Energy and Sustainability Analyst – RDH Building Science 

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!