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ZEBx Decarb Lunch – Jun 2021

June 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Builders Have Spoken: The Cost of High-Performance Construction

ZEBx, UDI and RDH are proud to bring you the Jun 2021 Decarb Lunch


Taking place on the last Friday of every month, the ZEBx Decarb Lunch brings together the local building community 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.

The Jun 2021 Decarb Lunch is a collaboration with the Urban Development Institute and RDH Building Science.

Happening this Month

The Builders Have Spoken: The Cost of High-Performance Construction

When the Step Code was introduced, some concerns were raised regarding the expected additional cost to build more energy- efficient buildings. At the time, some studies were undertaken to estimate the additional cost. As opposed to estimating what a high-efficiency building is likely to cost, ZEBx, in partnership with BTY Group and seven builders from across BC, has completed a cost analysis of seven high-performance, wood-framed, mid-rise, multi-unit residential buildings that were designed to meet Step 4 of the Energy Step Code or the Passive House standard. The results of the study may surprise you!


Jeff Fisher, M.PL., CAE, MCIP, RPP

Jeff Fisher is a Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor with UDI Pacific Region. UDI is a non-profit and non-partisan industry association of the residential, commercial and industrial builders. Prior to joining UDI, Jeff was a Senior Policy Advisor with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Before that, he worked in the B.C. and Ontario legislatures.

Jeff sits on several Provincial Government committees such as the Development Approvals Review Working Group and the Energy Step Code Advisory Council.

Jeff holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master’s in Urban Regional Planning from Queen’s University. He is also a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, as well as a Certified Association Executive.

Monte Paulsen | CPHC, PHI Building Certifier

Monte is among Canada’s most experienced Passive House professionals. He leads a multi-city Passive House team that has consulted on or certified more than 90 projects—totalling 7 million square feet—including homes, offices, affordable mid-rise buildings, and luxury high-rise buildings. Recent projects include the Vancouver Art Gallery and a pair of dormitories at the University of Victoria

Monte is also a veteran Passive House Trainer who has helped more than 100 professionals earn their Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) credential. His courses range from a one-day Passive House 101 overview to the multi-day workshop A Pattern Language for Passive House, which focuses on how to design and construct Passive House buildings for less

Monte was a founding board member and volunteer at the not-for-profit organization Passive House Canada, and previously managed his own Passive House consulting firm, which merged with RDH in 2016.

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Professional Development

  • AIBC Core LUs: 1
  • BC Housing CPD: 1

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 gordon@zebx.org for more information on how to get involved. Together, we can make the 2020s the decade of zero emission buildings!

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June 25
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm