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Season 2 Episode 3

Recorded at Past Event: Mar 31, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


SFU Parcel 21. A CleanBC Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge Winner

The SFU Parcel 21 development is one of the CleanBC Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge winners. This basically means that the project has already carved path to the Province’s 2032 energy-efficiency target for large buildings. ZEBx is partnering with SFU’s School of Sustainable Energy Engineering to present some valuable take-aways for the building industry. You’ll hear from both the architectural firm and the builder of this very unique, low-carbon project, including how they tackled some serious cost escalations.


Tara van Voorst Vader – Project Manager, PEAK CONSTRUCTION GROUP

With over 20 years of construction industry experience, Tara is well-versed in all areas of project management and contract administration. She brings a balanced perspective from her experience managing complex civic projects, multi-family residential projects and industrial projects. Tara has a focus on continuous improvement and in all her project work. She attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology where she obtained a Bachelor of Technology and a Diploma in Building Technology, Construction Operations. Tara is certified in LEED Green Building and has her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from the Project Management Institute.

Matthew Woodruff

Matthew Woodruff is a principal and co-founder of Local Practice and provides leadership for projects in the public realm that require the reconciliation of fiscal responsibility, design excellence, and deep sustainability. A skilled facilitator with significant knowledge of net zero building practices and a passion for architectural beauty, Matthew’s practice focuses on public projects that are technically complex, fundamentally connected to their sites, and deeply transformational. Matthew also teaches regenerative sustainability at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and the University of British Columbia.

Graham Girard – Project Architect, LOCAL PRACTICE ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN

Graham Girard is a project architect at Local Practice with a passion for interdisciplinary collaboration and integrated design, a high attention to detail, and experience in complex project programming, drawing, and specification production. Also trained in civil and structural engineering, Graham has a diverse and multidisciplinary background that informs his practice in regenerative architecture. Graham brings experience in the design and construction of a wide range of project types and scales including mid- and high-rise residential, recreation and aquatic centres, schools, commercial buildings, water reservoirs, and large-scale cultural facilities.


Mehran Ahmadi – Associate Director and Lecturer, SFU School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

Roberto Pecora – Director of ZEBx