This event was a collaboration with the Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia (BOMA BC).
The biggest source of future operational emissions from the building sector will come from existing, rather than new
buildings. Retrofits which target massive reductions in operational emissions are essential to address the climate crisis
and will need to be scaled up dramatically over the next decade. In British Columbia, electrification is the most
effective strategy to achieve significant emissions reductions. This event was the first in a six-part series focused on
deep emissions retrofits.
Decarbonization of a Commercial Domestic Hot Water System
Presented by Nicky Arthur, Colliers
Arthur Erickson Place is a 26-storey office tower, constructed in 1968 and located in downtown Vancouver. The
presentation focused on a project that included the electrification of the majority of the building’s domestic hot water
heating system with an air-source, hot water heat pump system. Colliers, the property manager of the building,
explained that this project was the first step towards decarbonizing the building as a whole, in line with the building
owner’s sustainability objectives. It also provided ‘proof of concept’ for the building owners around this specific
The project demonstrated the importance of aligning emission reduction goals with the building’s capital plan. It also
demonstrated that retrofits in older buildings are economically viable and play an important part in the transition to a
For more information on this project, read our case study.
Achieving Deep Emissions Reductions in a 1968 Office Tower
Presented by Kenric Lee, Golden Properties Ltd.
The building located at 1177 West Hastings Street is also a 26-storey office tower in downtown Vancouver, built in 1968. In 2010, Golden Properties set a goal to eliminate the building’s GHG emissions and ultimately stop using gas entirely. They incorporated a decarbonization plan, centered on electrification, into their capital plan, and over the course of approximately ten years, they reduced their emissions by an impressive 70%, all while operating a fully occupied building. This is the kind of retrofit approach that B.C. needs – a studied, holistic and methodical approach of incorporating GHG-reduction measures into a long-range capital plan.
For more information on this deep emissions retrofit, read our case study.
Deep Emissions Retrofit of a Multi-Unit Residential Building
Presented by Steven Fetterly, Impact Engineeering.
Semlin Gardens is a four-storey multi-unit residential building with 29 units. It was built in 1994 and is owned and operated by the YWCA Metro Vancouver.
Once the owner confirmed that parts of the building envelope and mechanical systems required renewal, they decided to explore cost-effective opportunities to combine GHG reduction measures with the renewal project.. As a result, they were able to achieve a massive reduction in operational emissions along with the renewal project.
Some of the electrification projects included:
Installing the heat pumps in the parkade allows them to take advantage of slightly warmer air (than outside) which in turn, improves their efficiency and operating range. The low-temperature space heating system was well suited for electrification as well, since most available heat pumps designed for hydronic heating provide low-temperature water.
An electrical capacity analysis confirmed that there was spare electrical capacity that could be used for the electrification projects without requiring an electrical service upgrade.
Decarbonization of a Commercial Domestic Hot Water System / Arthur Erickson Place, 1075 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC
Nicky Arthur – Energy & Sustainability Manager, Colliers
Nicky provides energy management and sustainability services to Colliers’ Real Estate Management Services across Western Canada. Expertise includes green building certification (BOMA BEST, LEED, WELL and Fitwel), utility monitoring and analysis using specialist software (consumption, costs and emissions for gas, electricity and water), waste management and tenant engagement.
Before joining Colliers, Nicky provided energy management and sustainability services for the Richmond School District, BC. She has also worked for over 10 years as an Environmental Consultant, primarily related to contaminated site investigation, risk assessment and remediation.
Achieving Deep Emissions Reductions in a 1968 Office Tower / 1177 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC
Kenric Lee – Director of Operations, Golden Properties Ltd
Kenric Lee is passionate about taking existing buildings through a journey of deep energy retrofits while primarily focusing on eliminating carbon emissions. He graduated from BCIT, School of Energy, Power and Process Engineering department in 2009 and holds a 3rd Class Power Engineer’s Certificate.
Kenric started operating and managing LEED certified buildings in 2006 and he was the Chief Engineer at Canada Place. In 2013 Kenric joined Golden Properties Ltd, where is continues as the Director of Operations with the family owned and operated real estate and development company located in Coal Harbour, Vancouver.
Achieving Deep Emissions Reductions in a Multi-Unit Residential Building / Semlin Gardens, Vancouver BC
Steve Fetterly, Lead Energy Engineer, Impact Engineering
Steve is a Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager motivated to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. With a focus on the residential sector, he is experienced in designing high efficiency HVAC upgrades and implementing engineered solutions in projects across BC.
Steve works to deliver real energy and carbon savings in multi-unit buildings while improving system reliability and occupant comfort. He is a Professional Engineer and Certified Passive House Designer.
Damian Stathonikos – President, BOMA BC
Damian provides leadership for the largest commercial real estate industry association in BC, representing an industry that contributes almost $4 billion annually to the provincial economy. He and his team advocate on the industry’s behalf on government policies and regulations, as well as provide BOMA BC members with exceptional networking opportunities, webinars, industry news and reports.
Roberto Pecora – Director of Programs, ZEBx
Roberto’s journey through the building industry extends back almost two decades and includes stops in Ottawa and Montreal before settling in Vancouver ten years ago. He has extensive experience in both new construction and existing buildings.
Roberto has successfully taken on project management roles for subcontractors, a general contractor and a national project management firm. In the eight years before joining ZEBx, he worked in the building science group of a national consulting engineering firm, specializing in building assessments, capital planning, asset management and most recently, energy studies and energy management.
Roberto is very well acquainted with the real estate, property management, consulting and construction industries. Most importantly, he has a deep-rooted desire in transforming the building industry to reduce its impact on climate change.