Oct 2022 Decarb Lunch Podcast: UBC’s Latest & Greatest: Passive House, All-Electric and Solar

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UBC’s Latest & Greatest: Passive House, All-Electric and Solar

Recorded at Past Eventt: Oct 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm



ZEBx has showcased many high-performance buildings over the years, but with the addition of photovoltaics on the roof, Evolve takes the cake. It even combines heating, cooling and ventilation into one system – which is quite rare in residential buildings, but possible if aiming for ultra-energy efficiency. Despite its outstanding achievements, this project isn’t as unique as you might think… for UBC at least.

With the Skeena Residence at its Okanagan campus under its belt, and now this one, UBC is proving to be a leader in walking the talk. With a highly ambitious goal of net-zero emissions by 2035 (yes, you read that right), these are the kinds of buildings that will lead them to their goal. ZEBx and UBC’s Campus and Community Planning Group were joined at this Decarb Lunch by the architect, ZGF, and the builder, Peak Construction Group.

In the February 2021 Decarb Lunch, ZEBx featured this project while it was under construction. If you’re interested in learning more about the design features of the building, check out the slides from our past event.


Iain MacFadyen, Principal, ZGF Architects
Iain leads ZGF Vancouver’s Project Performance Team utilizing his 18 years of sustainable consulting and interdisciplinary team leadership to advance integrated practice and implement building performance as a central driver in design. A trusted client advisor, Iain guides clients and teams through complex and ever-increasingly challenging energy performance requirements. Iain has also served as a Sustainability Advisor for the City of Surrey Advisory Design Panel from 2018 – 2022.

As a certified Project Management Professional, Passive House Consultant, Fitwel Ambassador, and experienced LEED practitioner, Iain has led and supported multiple building performance and sustainable project types, including large residential, mixed-use, commercial, civic, institutional, and Canadian P3 projects.

Doug Wilson, President, Peak Construction Group
Doug Wilson, President of Peak Construction Group, has over 35 years of experience within the construction industry and has been directly involved in the design and construction of over 100 projects including low-rise, high-rise, mixed use, commercial and retail complexes. Doug has a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering from UBC and continued his formal education with a certification in Civil Mediation. He is highly regarded in the construction industry which has led him to serve on several industry related committees and boards, as well as being sought out as an expert witness in over 45 construction-related legal disputes. 

Doug was involved in the development, design, and construction of Canada’s first large scale Passive House project, the Heights on Skeena, and has since built five more Passive House projects. Aside from running the business, Doug’s specialty lies in the pre-construction process of design development, constructability, and value engineering, most notably in the realm of high-performance buildings.  


John Madden, Director Sustainability and Engineering at UBC’s Campus and Community Planning Group

Roberto Pecora, Director ZEBx