The ZEBx Podcast Decarb Lunch Oct 2021: From Net-Zero Energy to Near-Zero Emissions

Deep Emissions Retrofit Dialogue Series – Dialogue Two, Deep Emissions Retrofits of Homes: How to Get it Right
October 26, 2021
Deep Emissions Retrofit of a 1968 Office Tower
November 16, 2021

Season 1 Episode 6

Recorded at Past Event: Oct 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


This event was a collaboration with BC Housing.

Achieving a net-zero-energy level of performance is a challenge in areas with a relatively low solar energy yield, like Vancouver. When Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation turned to Local Practice Architecture + Design to assess their performance target for an affordable housing project, the goalposts shifted. Joining ZEBx were BC Housing, Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation and Local Practice Architecture and Design for a compelling story on the evolution of a performance target – from good to great.


Michel Labrie – Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, Envision S / Principal, Local Practice Architecture + Design

Thoughtful, inspiring, and approachable, Michel Labrie is a principal and co-founder of Local Practice Architecture, focusing on regenerative design, integrated design process, public consultation, and green building research and education. An acknowledged leader in the field of sustainable construction in BC, Michel’s expertise is in the delivery of buildings that provide net benefits to their host communities and ecosystems. Michel teaches sustainability theory and practice in the Architectural Science program at BCIT’s School of Construction and the Environment and at UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Master of Engineering Leadership in High Performance Building program.

Leigh Rollins, P.Eng – Metro Vancouver Housing

As a senior project engineer at Metro Vancouver Housing – one of British Columbia’s largest non-profit housing providers, Leigh Rollins is dedicated to expanding the regional stock of safe, durable and affordable family housing. Prior to entering the field of property development, Leigh led the capital maintenance group at Metro Vancouver working on  maintenance and rehabilitation projects within Metro Vancouver Housing’s portfolio. Leigh’s expertise is in building enclosure design and assessment with an emphasis on sustainability and affordability.


Kira Pederson –  Project Technologist, CPHC, BC Housing

Kira Pederson is a Project Technologist in Energy Management & Sustainability at BC Housing, one of British Columbia’s largest Developers. Kira works closely with development teams to advise on implementation of energy and sustainability design standards, climate mitigation and adaptation strategies and the BC Energy Step Code on a wide range of residential construction projects across BC. Her passion for sustainability and background in Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology has provided the foundation for her work in energy consulting and modelling.

Roberto Pecora – Director of ZEBx

Roberto’s journey through the building industry extends back almost two decades and includes stops in Ottawa and Montreal before settling in Vancouver ten years ago. He has extensive experience in both new construction and existing buildings.

Roberto has successfully taken on project management roles for subcontractors, a general contractor and a national project management firm. In the eight years before joining ZEBx, he worked in the building science group of a national consulting engineering firm, specializing in building assessments, capital planning, asset management and most recently, energy studies and energy management.

Roberto is very well acquainted with the real estate, property management, consulting and construction industries. Most importantly, he has a deep-rooted desire in transforming the building industry to reduce its impact on climate change.