Decarb Lunch: February 2021, Evolving Passive House

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Evolving Passive House

Past Event: Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Evolve will be a six-storey, wood frame building with 110 rental units for UBC faculty and staff in the Wesbrook Place neighbourhood at UBC Vancouver. The project is projected to meet the Passive House Standard’s aggressive energy targets, and presents an outstanding opportunity for the project team, UBC researchers, and the construction community at large to analyze project performance and occupant satisfaction. With construction commencing in 2020, this new project is still in the early stages. The building is targeting Passive House certification and thanks to a grant from Natural Resources Canada, researchers at UBC will collect and analyse data from Evolve and a comparable project in Wesbrook Place to help inform UBC’s long-term goals to reduce energy requirements for buildings.

Join us at this event as we learn from ZGF Architects’ key project team members about the innovative design process and strategies that have been pursued. Design strategies include rooftop photovoltaic panels, a central HRV system with a VRF coil at the system level providing tempered heating and cooling, operable windows, an exceptional thermal envelope, optimized operable shading, and high-performance glazing. The presentation will be followed by an expert panel discussion with the speakers.

The February Decarb Lunch is online to help keep our community healthy. We are offering free registration! With many people working remotely, we would like to provide an opportunity for the building community to connect in a safe way, share ideas and stay inspired.


Iain MacFadyen, LEED AP® BD+C, LEED AP® O+M, PMP, CPHC, Fitwel Ambassador, Principal, Lead, Building and Project Performance — ZGF Architects

Iain brings over 16 years of building performance and sustainable consulting experience gained in the UK and Canada. In his nine years in Canada, Iain has developed a number of teams in the support of tackling the sustainability requirements and goals over a range of projects. Iain is also a member of the City of Surrey Advisory Design Panel. As a certified Project Management Professional, Passive House Consultant, Fitwel Ambassador and experienced LEED practitioner, Iain has led and supported multiple building performance and sustainable project types, including large-scale residential, mixed-use, commercial, civic, institutional, and Canadian P3 projects. His relevant local experience includes Central City Master Plan (LEED ND Certification target), Central City Tower 2 (LEED Platinum Certification target), Production Way Phase 1 Office (LEED Gold Certification target), VAHA Portfolio of Four Affordable Housing Projects (all four projects targeting Passive House Certification), UBC Wesbrook Place Lot 4 (UBC REAP Gold Certification target), UBC Evolve (Passive House Certification target), UBC Lot 11 (UBC REAP Gold Plus certified), 950 Main Street Lu’ma Housing Project (NECB) and Linwood Seniors Housing (BC Energy Step Code 4).

Ashleigh Fischer, AIA, LEED AP® ND, CPHD, Fitwel Ambassador, Associate – ZGF Architects

Ashleigh is an Architect and Building Performance Specialist with 6 years of experience in a diverse range of project types from multifamily residential to urban-scale Ecodistricts. Initially drawn to the building industry to create environments to serve the communities within them, Ashleigh developed a keen interest in high-performance design that has shaped her experience in both Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC. Currently, Ashleigh is leading ZGF’s Passive House project portfolio team and supporting the Building and Project Performance Initiative efforts to advance ZGF’s sustainable design standards within the firm and the AEC industry.