What’s the Plan? Mar 2023, Planning for Building Decarbonization: Affordable Housing

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Planning for Building Decarbonization: Affordable Housing

Past Event: Mar 8, 2023



Reducing emissions from existing buildings will make a bigger contribution to our 2030 and 2050 climate targets than eliminating emissions from new buildings. The City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver and the Province all have 2030 emissions targets for the building sector, but so far, only the City of Vancouver is moving forward with regulating emissions from existing buildings. In May 2022, Vancouver City Council approved a proposal to limit emissions from large, existing residential and commercial buildings beginning next year.

This first, in a new four-part webinar series, provided guidance on how to plan for decarbonization. It doesn’t happen overnight, but with planning, performance data, time and some basic common sense, deep emissions reductions can be achieved cost-effectively. This event was co-hosted with BCNPHA.


Michaela Neuberger, Executive Director, Affine Climate Solutions

Michaela is the Executive Director of Affine Climate Solutions, a boutique non-profit climate consultancy that specializes in decarbonization where financial institutions engage the built environment. Michaela has over ten years professional experience in the private and public sectors. She managed operational improvement projects in the construction industries of England, Germany, and France. In BC, Michaela has worked on market transformation initiatives for new construction, existing buildings, and low carbon electrification for BC Hydro and the City of Vancouver. Before joining Affine, Michaela was the Director of Operations for Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Exchange.

William Azaroff, CEO, Brightside Community Homes Foundation

William is the CEO of Brightside Community Homes Foundation, an organization dedicated to making housing accessible for those who struggle to meet the demands of market housing in Vancouver. William was a long-time executive at Vancity, performing many senior leadership roles at the credit union. He is currently Chair of the board of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and is former chair of Modo and the Vancity Community Foundation. His career started as an independent filmmaker and he wrote a book, Everything I Learned About Leadership I Learned From Filmmaking focusing on the leadership lessons gained from the dozen years he spent making films.

Jade Hume, Division Manager, Maintenance and Capital Projects, Metro Vancouver Housing

Jade Hume, P.Eng, PMP has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years. After completing her Civil Engineering degree at University College London, she started her career as a Project Manager for residential renovations in the UK. Eventually she found herself in Whistler working as Chief Engineer for a large Property Management company, running the maintenance department and renovation projects. After 7 years in Whistler, she moved to the Metro Vancouver region. For the last 18 years, Jade’s work has focused on the provision of Building Envelope Engineering and Project Management services to the Affordable Housing industry. Jade began working at Metro Vancouver Housing in 2014, where she and her team restructured the Asset Management Program and the budget planning for Capital Maintenance. These efforts, alongside a collaboration with the MV Energy Management team, have transformed Metro Vancouver Housing’s Building Renewal Program from a follower to a leader in providing strategies to decarbonize existing MURB’s for climate resilience.

Adrian Lynch, Project Engineer, SS&SI Energy Management, Metro Vancouver Regional District

Adrian Lynch, Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver – Energy Management: Adrian works closely with the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation (MVHC) team as the Energy Management advisor. He is responsible for implementing energy and GHG reduction projects throughout the Housing portfolio while collaborating with utilities and funding partners in obtaining incentives to assist in reducing project capital costs. With an absolute target of 45% GHG reduction by 2030 against 2010 levels, Adrian has led the development of a portfolio GHG reduction plan that integrates asset management, energy management and capital planning.


Roberto Pecora, Director, ZEBx 

Ian Cullis, Director of Asset Management at BC Non-Profit Housing Association