COVID-19 Update: Building to Zero Emissions Safely and Remotely

Decarb Lunch March 2020
March 29, 2020
Adjusting Your Work for COVID-19: Webinar
April 14, 2020

Staying Connected During COVID-19

As you know, COVID-19 has drastically changed many people’s lives around the world. Although these changes are temporary, we understand it can be challenging and overwhelming at times, especially as many of us are learning to manage a new working from home schedule and childcare, amongst many other obstacles.

With new updates coming almost every day, it can be hard to maintain focus on work, deadlines and professional development. Since our launch into the Vancouver building community in 2018, it has been our focus to bring industry together to spark innovative cross-silo conversations and research, while creating a space for capacity building. While recent events and health concerns have made physical events unattainable, the ZEBx team remains committed to connecting our community to industry leading information, resources and projects.

What Does This Mean For The ZEBx Community?

Until further notice, all ZEBx organized events will be held online through webinars. Our team is working hard to keep the community connected through discussion and learning and with industry experts in an interactive format.

Below are some of our upcoming Spring events:

Adjusting Your Work for COVID-19: Webinar

ZEBx’s team is continually inspired by your efforts to improve the built environment in light of the climate emergency. And now that we are amidst a different type of crisis, we’d like to reach out, connect and discuss opportunities on how we as a community of practice might support each other moving forward.

These are unprecedented times and there are shifting priorities and unique challenges as we adjust to this “new reality” for the foreseeable future. There are many questions around the implications of this pandemic on projects and funding and what this means for the construction industry and our communities.

This webinar will provide a summary of how COVID-19 is affecting the energy transition and equip you with some tools for how you can continue to connect with your members and customers through online engagement. You will also have a chance to share your own thoughts, concerns and ideas and let us know what you think we should be doing as a community to seize the opportunities this crisis is creating. Click here to attend the webinar and connect with your community.

  • Date: April 14, 2020
  • Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Format: Presentation webinar + group discussion
  • Register for this month’s webinar here.

CleanBC NZER Challenge Workshop

This Workshop Series aims to rapidly advance solutions for zero emission buildings. Through the lends of BC’s most recently celebrated projects that are achieving the highest levels of the BC Energy Step Code and beyond (including Passive House, CaGBC’s 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.

  • This month’s topic is: Understanding Embodied Carbon
  • Date: April 16, 2020
  • Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
  • Format: Interactive online webinar
  • Register for this month’s webinar here.
  • Read more about the Workshop Series and future topics here.

Decarb Lunch Series

Vancouver’s green building organizations (ZEBx, Canada Green Building Council [CaGBC], and Passive House Canada) have come together to host the monthly ZEBx Decarb Lunch Series, focused on the City’s leading low carbon projects and emerging products. The objective of the series is to facilitate knowledge exchange among early adopters, learn from peers and accelerate our path towards cost effective, zero emission buildings.

  • This month’s topic is: : Deep Energy Retrofits of an Office Tower
  • Date: April 24, 2020
  • Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Format: Presentation webinar + Q&A
  • Register for this month’s webinar here.
  • Read more about the Decarb Lunch Series here.

Check Out Our Online Events Calendar

In addition to our events, we will continue to maintain our online events calendar. Through this easy-to-use tool, you can quickly see all zero emission building related events and workshops organized by external organizations across the Lower Mainland – most of which have been moved online as well.

What’s To Come?

In addition to our Decarb Lunch Series and our CleanBC NZER Design Challenge Workshop Series, we are continuing to identify and build-out other forms of online collaboration to keep industry informed, engaged and inspired during these uncertain times. Bi-weekly “Coffee with an Expert” webinars are just one of the developments that will allow industry to come together to ask their pressing questions, discuss trending topics and technologies, and maintain a sense of community.

We have three local case studies coming out in the next month! Make sure you subscribe to our monthly newsletter to receive the latest updates on these publications.

Do you have ideas to keep our community connected? Email your ideas to

Staying Informed on COVID-19

We understand there is a lot of information on COVID-19 and even more conflicting messaging. As we evolve our processes, we will continue to make our business decisions based on the recommendations of BC and Canadian Health Authorities.