Mar 2023 Decarb Lunch Podcast: Step 4, All-Electric and Massive

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March 10, 2023
Awards Recognize Excellence in Climate-Friendly Building Design
April 4, 2023

Step 4, All-Electric and Massive

Past Event: Mar 31, 2023 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm



If you’ve been following ZEBx for the last few years, you might remember how we highlighted two developer/builders that each succeeded in building a climate-friendly (all-electric), Step 4, multi-family building for 30% less than an equivalent code-minimum building.

In our November 2022 Decarb Lunch, we circled back to Vidorra Developments to see how they’ve applied their growing expertise to their recent developments. Now it’s time to circle back to Highstreet Ventures to showcase their newest development, Skaha Shores in Penticton. It’s a two-building, 180-suite, all-electric residential development that meets the highest rank of the BC Energy Step Code. Join us as we hear about Skaha Shores and Highstreet’s journey to their status as BC’s most productive developer/builder of climate-friendly, climate-resilient and highly energy-efficient multi-family buildings. 


Richard Outtrim, Principal, Building Performance and Sustainability, Reinbold Engineering Group

Richard is the managing Principal of Reinbold Engineering Group’s Building Performance and Sustainability team and has been with the firm since 2005.  Based in Calgary, Richard oversees energy modelling and sustainability projects across North America and is a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia.  Richard has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering where his studies focused on Solar Thermal energy.  He is also an ASHRAE Certified Building Energy Modelling Professional (BEMP), LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD).  His experience covers a broad range of energy efficiency and de-carbonization projects.  Richard works with our mechanical engineering and commissioning teams to integrate sustainability and resiliency into all aspects of Reinbold Engineering Group’s services.

Mike Kristiansen, Preconstruction Manager, Highstreet Ventures Inc

Mike is the Preconstruction Manager at Highstreet. He’s currently responsible for planning the construction projects which include logistics, budget and schedule, as well as tendering and awarding the subcontracts. Mike started with Highstreet as a Development Manager 6 years ago and has been a Project Manager on several of the construction projects. He has diverse management background in project types including residential, commercial, green roofs and wind farms. He also worked as a tradesman doing framing, drywall and siding, and worked for an Architect for several years. Mike has a Bachelor degree in Architectural and Environmental Studies, focusing on green buildings. His wide range of experience types allows him to see issues from multiple points of view, and bring simple and practical solutions that can be implemented in the field to achieve high quality and energy efficient buildings.


Mariko Michasiw, B2E Program Manager, ZEBx

Roberto Pecora, Director, ZEBx