Decarb Lunch: May 2020, Lessons Learned from Local Multi-Family Heat Pump Retrofit Projects

Decarb Lunch: April 2020, Deep Energy Retrofits in Existing Buildings: 1177 West Hastings
April 29, 2020
June 1, 2020

Decarb Lunch: Lessons Learned from Local Multi-Family Heat Pump Retrofit Projects

Past Event: May 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Clayton Community Centre, scheduled to open its doors in summer 2020, is on track to achieve Passive House certification, making it the first community centre to achieve Passive House in North America, and Canada’s largest Passive House facility to date. This is roughly equivalent to the top step of the BC Energy Step Code.

Located in the rapidly growing Clayton Heights neighbourhood in Surrey, BC, the centre is designed to maximize energy efficiency and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. It combines four City of Surrey community services—recreation, library, arts and parks—into a single 76,000-square foot facility. The project features a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system including automated natural ventilation, triple-glazed windows, and an envelope designed to minimize heat loss. Inside, the unique mix of space features: a public library, a visual arts studio, rehearsal hall music and recording studios; a community kitchen, workshop and tool sharing centre; a gymnasium and fitness centre; child-minding, preschool and childcare spaces; and a café.

Video 1: Planning a Passive House Certified Community Centre for Surrey

Video 2: Building a Passive House Certified Community Centre for Surrey

Video 3: Features of a Passive House Certified Community Centre for Surrey


Melissa Higgs, FRAIC, Architect AIBC, Principal – HCMA Architecture + Design

Melissa is passionate about creating innovative public buildings where communities come together, and is a believer in the power of architecture and design as a catalyst for positive change in the world. As a Principal at HCMA Architecture + Design, she works closely with clients and project teams to find creative solutions to unique design challenges.

Andrew Goodbrand, Project Manager – EllisDon Corporation

Andrew has worked in the construction industry since 2013 on a multitude of projects, both large public-private partnership projects as well as smaller specialty projects such as Clayton Community Centre. As the Project Manager for Clayton Community Centre, Andrew is responsible for its successful delivery, encompassing all aspects of contract execution: site construction activities, budget control, scheduling and client liaison.

Stuart Hood, P.Eng., CPHD, BC Regional Director – Integral Group

Stuart Hood is a Professional Mechanical Engineer and Regional Director for Integral Group in BC. He has extensive experience in the design of Passive House buildings having completed numerous projects including, residential, fire Halls, community centres, schools, and childcare facilities.  He is a leader in the movement to decarbonize buildings.

Wendell Rempel, Dipl. Tech., RRO, Building Science Consultant – Morrison Hershfield

Wendell is a building envelope consultant with over seven years of experience in the Vancouver area construction industry with Morrison Hershfield.  His focus is new construction building enclosure design, field review and field-testing. He has consulted on several high performance building projects and also provides roof reviews under the RCABC RGC warranty program.