Decarb Lunch: Jan 2023, Heat Pumps for Step 5 Homes in Northern BC

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Heat Pumps for Step 5 Homes in Northern BC

Past Event: Jan 27, 2023 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Cold winters in BC’s northern communities can make designing and building fully electric homes a challenge, but Northern Homecraft has risen to the occasion.

As described in this popular B2E article, they have proven that using heat pumps for high-performance homes is not some crazy concept, but a reliable, economical and climate-friendly way to keep homeowners comfortable year-round. These are the kinds of solutions that will allow homes in BC’s North to achieve the highest steps of the Province’s upcoming Carbon Pollution Standard.

B2E and BC Hydro presented this Decarb Lunch and featured presentations from Northern Homecraft and Ecolighten.


Shay Bulmer, Owner, Northern Homecraft

Northern Homecraft started in April 2011 and was recently honoured to accept the 2019 Georgie Award for Best Certified Home – Custom! Along with having won the 2018 Northern BC Housing Awards of Excellence for Best Certified Home – Custom and Best Custom Home Valued $1,000,000+. Prior achievements include the Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce award of Excellence for Business of the Year 2015. Read more about Shay and the company here

Rob Pope, Senior Consultant/Partner, Ecolighten

Rob started working in the HVAC industry in the mid 1970s where he began his apprenticeship in high-end custom homes, quickly earning tickets in sheet metal, refrigeration and gas fitting. During this time, he installed, serviced and began designing the first wave of energy-efficient systems such as condensing gas furnaces and boilers, heat recovery ventilation, heat pumps and solar thermal. Rob was the Mechanical Consultant on the first residence in Canada to achieve a Canadian LEED® certification. As an active member of the industry he has served as an executive member of the HVCI and TECA industry associations, advocating for higher standards and better education for its members. More here


Mariko Michasiw, B2E Program Manager, ZEBx

Bertine Stelzer, Program Manager, New Construction Market Transformation, BC Hydro