May 2022 Decarb Lunch Podcast: Overheating: Will the need for cooling accelerate decarbonization?

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Season 2 Episode 5

Recorded at Past Event: May 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Overheating: Will the need for cooling accelerate decarbonization?


The extreme heat experienced by parts of British Columbia in 2021 may have been unprecedented, but it certainly won’t be a once-in-a-lifetime event. New developments and building retrofits must take future climate conditions into consideration to ensure occupants remain safe in their residences. Cooling is part of this consideration, but can it be a path to a future where zero-emissions buildings are the norm? Can the need for resilient buildings translate into a need for all-electric buildings?

ZEBx was joined by the City of Vancouver at this online event focused on overheating, featuring speakers from the University of British Columbia and RDH Building Science. Together we explored the drivers for efficient electrification, strategies for active and passive cooling, policy tools to reduce the risk of overheating, and modelling best practices for a future climate.


Ralph Wells, Community Energy Manager, University of British Columbia

As Community Energy Manager for UBC, Ralph is responsible for reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions, and addressing climate resiliency in the residential neighbourhoods on the UBC Vancouver campus. Ralph has completed a UBC Master of Clean Energy Engineering and holds a Master of Resource and Environmental Management from SFU. A combination of research and work experience have provided Ralph with a strong background in energy management and sustainability practice.

Christy Love – Senior Project Engineer at RDH Building Science (Victoria)

Christy’s work places an emphasis on efficient building systems, research, and sustainability. For the past 20 years she has been designing, evaluating, and researching energy-, carbon- and water-efficient solutions for the built environment. Her current focus is improving the performance of existing buildings through applied research, and supporting the development of related policy and programs.


Charling Li, Green Building Engineer at City of Vancouver

Mariko Michasiw, B2E Program Manager at ZEBx