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ZEBx Decarb Lunch

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Taking place on the last Friday of every month, the ZEBx Decarb Lunch brings together industry silos to discuss emerging solutions and barriers related to zero emission buildings. Maximize your lunch hour! Network with subject matter experts and learn from industry leading projects in an intimate and relaxed setting.

Happening This Month

The BC Low Carbon Building Policy Toolkit

Local governments have numerous development policies and bylaws designed to achieve specific outcomes and goals that sometimes conflict with the requirements of cost effective, low carbon buildings. While many local governments have adopted the BC Energy Step Code and developed ambitious climate plans, many local governments also have policies and bylaws that do not support, and in some cases inhibit, uptake of low carbon buildings. The purpose of the BC Hydro-funded Low Carbon Building Policy Toolkit is to provide local governments with recommended policies, guidelines and bylaws in order to support the transition to low carbon buildings in their communities as soon as possible. 

Join us as the consulting team provides an overview of the Toolkit, including a deeper dive in the following areas:

  • Official Community Plan climate action policies; 
  • Development Permit Form & Character Guidelines that support high performance design strategies; 
  • Addressing barriers in development policies and zoning bylaws such as:
    • floor area ratio definitions that penalize thicker wall assemblies, 
    • building setback definitions that penalize thicker wall assemblies and limit heat pump siting, and 
    • building height limit definitions that penalize thicker roof assemblies and rooftop (low carbon) mechanical equipment and renewable energy systems.
  • Noise bylaws and interpretation to support heat pump uptake; and
  • Heat pump permitting processes to support heat pump adoption.

The January Decarb Lunch is online to help keep our community healthy. We are offering free registration! With many people working remotely, we would like to provide an opportunity for the building community to connect in a safe way, share ideas and stay inspired.


Devon Miller, Principal, Origin Sustainable Design + Planning

Devon is a sustainability planner with 10 years’ experience working with governments, utilities, First Nations and leading organizations across Canada. He brings expertise at the nexus of design, policy, and sustainability, with experience working on complex and innovative projects at a variety of scales. Devon was previously the Community Energy Planner for the City of Victoria, leading on progressive initiatives such as the adoption of the BC Energy Step Code as well as low carbon building retrofit strategies and programs. He brings an open, collaborative and pragmatic approach to his projects.

Brendan McEwen, Director of Electric Mobility & Low Carbon Strategies at AES Engineering

Accessing the Webinar With Your Eventbrite Ticket

This month’s Decarb Lunch has been moved online as a way to help keep our community healthy.

  1. Once you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with a link to the online Zoom webinar.
  2. Click the “View Now” button in the Eventbrite email.
  3. Clicking the View Now button will take you to the Eventbrite Webinar landing page. Click the play button and register yourself for the Zoom webinar by submitting your name and email address.
  4. Once you register, you will be granted access to the Zoom webinar link.
  5. If you have a questions, please contact events@zebx.org.

Professional Development

  • AIBC Core LUs: 1
  • PIBC: 1.0 CPL

Join our Community of Leaders!

Do you have an exciting zero emissions or high performance project, product or concept you’d like to share? Interested in participating in our Program Series as subject matter experts? E-mail jessica@zebx.org for more information on how to get involved. Together, we can make the 2020s the decade of zero emission buildings!


January 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm