From Code to Passive House: MURB Electrification Case Studies

Innovative Zero Emissions Wood Buildings Workshop – Victoria
September 26, 2019
Improving Net-Zero Energy Ready Codes for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
November 5, 2019

Past Event: October 15, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am


The BC Energy Step Code has provided a clear and consistent performance target for local governments, institutions and other organizations pursuing high performance building outcomes. However, GHG emissions is a notable omission from the Step Code and is being layered on as an additional requirement, notably by the City of Vancouver, but also by institutional and private sector clients who see GHG emission reductions as a priority.

The electrification of projects can take on many forms, with the optimal design contingent on the load profile of the building – largely governed by the performance of the building envelope and ventilation systems. This session will kick-off by contextualizing the energy performance of buildings in today’s landscape – both in the importance of using GHG emissions targets to ensure climate outcomes and in achieving the necessary co-benefits to occupants who will live there. In the feature presentation, experienced mechanical engineering firm, AME, will walk through three electrification projects ranging in performance from code to Passive House, highlighting the opportunities and challenges along the way.

A facilitated audience discussion with City of Vancouver participation will follow the presentations.


8:30am – breakfast + networking

9:00am – presentations

10:40am – breakout group, facilitated discussion

11:15am – event ends


Kevin Shea & Matt Younger – AME Group

Gerard McDonald – Reshape Strategies

Vijitha Mammen – ZGF Architects

Oscar Ceron – BC Hydro

Charlotte Conner – Smartforme