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UDI Seminar: Are YOU Ready for the New Building Requirements (ZEN) in BC?

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Name: UDI Seminar: Are YOU Ready for the New Building Requirements (ZEN) in BC?
Date: March 31, 2016
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM PDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

At this breakfast Dave Ramslie announced the new Housing Choice and Environmental Impact Calculator. Click here for more information and to test it out. 


The Province is working on a Stretch Code with UDI, stakeholders, and local government to allow municipalities to mandate energy efficiency requirements above and beyond the building code. 

Join us and provide input to the plan and learn how this will impact your future business decisions and consumers. This is an important session about the future building requirements in the City of Vancouver and other municipalities.  

In the next month, city staff will submit a report recommending adoption of the Zero Emissions New (ZEN) Building Plan. This will guide changes to the Green Rezoning Policies and Vancouver Building Bylaw which establishes mandates for green house gas and energy performance of new construction. 


Our featured panel will be moderated by Jonathan Meads, Sustainability Manager of Concert Properties:  
Listen and participate in a seminar discussion on: 
  • Proposed time-stepped greenhouse gas and energy use limits for new buildings in Vancouver 
  • Provincial stretch building code that municipalities will be able to mandate
  • Role of incentives and financial mechanisms
  • Process and implementation

We will also be Introducing the “Housing Choice and Environmental Impact Calculator”. This HPO funded initiative allows developers to calculate the environmental advantages of their higher density projects. 



Sean Pander – Green Building Program Manager, City of Vancouver
Sean is a professional engineer with urban planning training. He has been at the forefront of local energy conservation and renewable energy planning and policy work for the past 15 years. He was integral in implementing the City’s original Climate Protection Plan and more recently led the team in the development of the City's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. Sean currently leads the City’s Green Building Program team tasked with developing strategies, programs, policies and regulations aimed at having greenhouse gas emissions from all existing buildings and industries reduced by 20% and to achieve carbon-neutral new construction by 2020.

Zachary May - Senior Codes Administrator, BC Office of Housing and Construction Standards

Zachary May is a Senior Codes Administrator with the Building and Safety Standards Branch as well as the Compliance Advisor for Energy Efficiency. He is a member of the national standing committee for housing and small buildings (Part 9) with the National Research Council and participates in a number of provincial construction-related committees. In his role with the Building and Safety Standards Branch he provides technical support to Building Code users as well as training and seminars throughout the province on a wide range of topics.

Dave Ramslie, MSc, LEED AP - Principal, Integral Group

With over a decade of experience in the green building industry, Dave is a leader on urban sustainability issues and policy. He is widely regarded as one of the most innovative policy makers in the Pacific Northwest, due to his track record of delivering effective programs and building lasting partnerships. As a pragmatic problem solver and a highly engaging public speaker, Dave has presented his findings to a variety of audiences.

Dave has demonstrated his forward thinking nature through the execution of many significant local projects, including new environmental requirements for the 2013 Vancouver Building Code, the strategic development to the City of Vancouver’s Corporate Carbon Strategy and the development and authorization of the Green Buildings Rezoning Policy.

He has considerable experience in leading engineering and project management teams and providing consulting and project management services to improve the sustainability, livability and economic prosperity of cities. Dave demonstrates excellent analytic and strategic development skills, balanced with technical knowledge of land use planning and urban design, energy conservation and green building and renewable energy solutions.

Jonathan Meads - Sustainability Manager of Concert Properties 

Jonathan is a Development and Sustainability Manager for Concert Properties, operating across Canada; prior to this role, Jonathan was a Project Manager with Concert building a variety of concrete properties, he has been with Concert for over 9 years. 

With a total of some 20 years’ experience, 12 years in Vancouver and 10 in the UK, Jonathan trained as a Chartered Surveyor with a degree (BSc) in Building Surveying and diploma in Building Studies and then specialised in Project Management. He has always been passionate about sustainability and in fact wrote his dissertation at University on energy efficiency.

Jonathan currently sits on BC Hydro, BOMA and UDI advisory panels, and is a member of the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action team.

As well as working on new development projects, Jonathan’s current roles are to promote sustainability in Concert’s new construction projects, improve the energy and emission performance of our income properties; and to manage and report on Concerts emissions and sustainability practices at a corporate level.

Event Sponsors:

​Oceanview Suites
Pan Pacific Hotel
999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Date/Time Information:

Thursday, March 31, 2016

7:30 AM    Registration and hot breakfast buffet
8:00 AM    Presentations and Q+A
9:00 AM    Conclusion

Member Price: $75.00
Non-Member Price: $95.00

Corporate tables of 10 seats. 

72 hours' notice required for cancellations.
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