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ZEBx Deep Emissions Retrofit Dialogue: CAUTION! Blind Spots Ahead.

January 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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This event is a collaboration with BC Hydro and features speakers from BC Hydro, Integral and Fresco.

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Caution! Blind Spots Ahead.

It’s been said before, but it’s worth mentioning again: to achieve the emissions reductions that society needs to achieve, we will have to decarbonize existing buildings.

Deep emissions retrofits will need to be scaled up dramatically over the next decade, but we have to pay attention to the blind spots that could get us into trouble as we scale up retrofits. Will the widespread adoption of heat pumps result in an increase in refrigerant leakage? How do we prevent low-income renters from getting saddled with higher utility bills? How will BC Hydro deal with increase in demand from electrification of existing buildings? Join ZEBx and BC Hydro for what is bound to be a very lively dialogue on the potential blind spots of deep emissions retrofits.

Join ZEBx and BC Hydro for our Deep Emissions Retrofit Dialogue on this hot topic.


1. BC Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan – Flexible Resources for an Uncertain Future

2. Integral Group – Managing Refrigerants As BC Scales Up Deep Emissions Retrofits

3. Fresco – Exploring the Affordability Impacts of Deep Emissions Retrofits on Low-Income Households


Alex Tu, Senior Strategic Technical Specialist, BC Hydro

Alex Tu has worked in the utility sector for 20 years in roles related to technology innovation, sustainability and resource planning. He has a bachelor degree in natural science from McGill University and a master degree in public policy from Simon Fraser University. Alex has been with BC Hydro since 2004 and works currently in the Energy Planning Department focusing on alternative and emerging energy resources.

Bhavin Degadwala, Associate Principal, Integral Group

Bhavin is one of the Contributors to Integral Group’s Refrigerants & Environmental Impacts – A Best Practice Guide. He is a mechanical engineer with over seven years of experience designing mechanical systems for a variety of project types, including large-scale commercial offices, community spaces, healthcare facilities, and laboratories. His designs are driven by a focus on occupant health and comfort. Bhavin’s diverse project experience allows him to address complex design within an integrated structure while staying on schedule.

Justin TK Chin, Associate Principal, Integral Group

Justin is a mechanical engineer and Certified Passive House Designer with deep technical experience in the green building industry. With a pragmatic design approach, he creates project-specific solutions specializing in both building-level systems and institutional and campus-scale district energy systems. Justin emphasizes using an integrated process to ensure all stakeholder needs are met and to provide simple, elegant, and practical solutions to the client.

Jordan Fisher, Senior Manager, FRESCo Building Efficiency

Jordan Fisher is widely recognized as one of BC’s top experts in retrofit strategies for multi-family buildings. He has led numerous projects focused on achieving deep emissions reductions in both non-profit and market housing. He has overseen energy efficiency initiatives in over 40,000 units of rental housing, including some innovative decarbonization projects for heating, hot water, and ventilation systems. Jordan is backed by a team of energy analysts, mechanical & electrical engineers, and project managers.


Robyn Wark, Manager of Advanced Demand Side Management, BC Hydro

Roberto Pecora, Director, ZEBx


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Professional Development:


BC Housing Informal CPD Points: TBC

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January 20
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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