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CleanBC NZER Workshops Series: Navigating to Net-Zero Energy-Ready

November 19, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am


This event is free, which is made possible through funding from the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, BC Hydro and the City of Vancouver. To support future ZEBx programming like this, please consider purchasing a ticket at a value of your choice (recommended amount for this workshop is $10-$50).

While the decision to build a net-zero energy-ready building often makes sense from both an economic and a climate perspective, achieving this in practice does not come without its challenges. From early schematic design to the construction, high-performance targets can come under question as designers strive to meet multiple design goals.  Financial, campus planning, municipal permitting, and scheduling constraints are just a few of the challenges designers encounter. Many municipal policies and bylaws do not support (and in some cases inhibit) the uptake of high-performance buildings.

Join ZEBx and Integral Group for a discussion on these and other hurdles faced by developers and design professionals on their road to net-zero energy-ready buildings. The presenters for this webinar will share insights on the obstacles and the ways to successfully navigate them, and will include perspectives from both design professionals and municipal planners. This is your opportunity to learn how best to stay the course when striving for net-zero energy-ready buildings, and share your experiences and input on how remaining hurdles can be removed in your jurisdiction.

Professional Development

  • AIBC Core LUs: 2


Lisa Westerhoff, Principal — Integral Group (workshop moderator)

Lisa leads the Sustainability Policy and Planning team at Integral Group in Vancouver, where she works with local governments, universities, developers, and industry organizations to create policies and strategies for a low-carbon built environment. Lisa holds a PhD in urban sustainability from UBC, and was the winner of the Canada Green Building Council’s Green Building Champion Award in 2019. She also holds a Master’s degree in climate change resilience and adaptation.

Brittany Coughlin, MASc, P.Eng., BEMP, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Energy and Sustainability Specialist — RDH Building Science Inc

Brittany is a professional engineer with over 10 years’ experience in low carbon, energy efficient, and sustainable buildings. Her work comprises a wide range of projects including Passive House, low energy and low carbon new and existing buildings, and research, policy and program consulting. Brittany is an ASHRAE Building Energy Modelling Professional (BEMP), a Passive House Certifier, and a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C). She has presented at conferences across North America on a variety of topics related to high performance buildings.

Joaquin Karakas Ma(P) MCIP RPP, Senior Urban Designer, Sustainable Planning and Community Development Department — City of Victoria

Joaquin is an urban designer with experience in both public and private sectors  with a focus on the co-creation of walkable, highly livable and low-carbon communities and neighbourhoods. His practice includes integrated neighbourhood and site scale master planning and design, public realm and streetscape design, integrated land use and transportation planning, housing policy and design,  and place making. Before joining the City of Victoria as Senior Urban Designer in 2016, Joaquin was a Principal and co-founder at Modus Planning, Design and Engagement.

Marco D’Agostini, Manager, Regulation Redesign — City of Vancouver

Marco D’Agostini is a planner with the City of Vancouver, where he has worked for the last three decades. He is currently the Manager of Regulation Redesign, and co-leading Development Process Redesign, projects aimed at simplifying the City’s regulations and development processes with the goal of improving the regulatory environment and streamlining development review.

Matthew Woodruff, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, Certified Passive House Tradesperson, Principal and Founder — Local Practice Architecture + Design

Matthew is a registered architect with more than 25 years of professional experience in the design, coordination, and facilitation of sustainable community infrastructure projects. As a founding principal of Local Practice Architecture + Design, Matthew provides leadership in deep sustainability, design excellence and high-performance building and further brings that passion to his work as a BCIT faculty member. 

Melanie Wilson, Architect AIBC 

As project architect for SFU Parcel 21 Affordable Housing, and a dedicated member of the project team since 2016, Melanie has played a key role in the development of the project, through design development into construction. 

Sailen Black, Architect AIBC, Senior Green Building Planner, Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability — City of Vancouver

Sailen Black works for the City of Vancouver as a Senior Green Building Planner. His work includes changes to the zoning and development process to facilitate more zero emissions buildings, including large scale Passive House projects. He previously worked in the Urban Design division at the City of Vancouver as a development planner.

About the CleanBC NZER Challenge Workshop Series

The “CleanBC Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge: Workshop Series” consists of six unique workshops over nine deliveries that will run throughout 2020 with the objective to more rapidly advance solutions for zero emission buildings. Through the lens of BC’s most recently celebrated projects that are achieving the highest levels of the BC Energy Step Code and beyond (including Passive House, Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Standard, LEED, and City of Vancouver Rezoning), participants will work with leading experts across industry silos to identify and advance emerging solutions as well as identify key barriers for scaling adoption. Visit zebx.org/nzer-workshops for more information. See the full series program here!


November 19, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am