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UDI Seminar: Building for Zero Emissions - A Look at Energy Policy & Solutions

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Name: UDI Seminar: Building for Zero Emissions - A Look at Energy Policy & Solutions
Date: January 31, 2018
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM PST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

For more information on the proposed changes (Adopting Step 3 or 2 in high-rise) as well as recent changes coming into effect March 1 (low-rise residential), and for the LCES policy and the Rezoning Policy, you can go to our zero emissions buildings page here:





As the City of Vancouver pushes towards low carbon emissions in new building construction, the rules of the landscape are shifting. Join our local experts for an informative discussion over breakfast about the recently approved Low-Carbon Energy Systems (LCES) Policy, Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) Connectivity requirements and how third-party thermal energy system ownership can help you make the most innovative decisions for your future project. Learn how these policy changes and utility offerings could affect the energy strategies for your next building.

Featured panel:
  • Sean Pander, Green Building Program Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Lloyd Jacobs, Manager, Thermal Solutions, FortisBC Alternative Energy Solutions Inc.
  • Chris Baber, Neighbourhood Energy Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Roger Bayley, Program Director, Smartforme
  • Robyn WarkTeam Lead, Sustainable Community Program, BC Hydro (Moderator)


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.

Lloyd leads the business development activities at FortisBC Alternative Energy Services Inc. (FAES), an affiliate of FortisBC Energy Inc. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned energy delivery utility in Canada. FAES is a business specializing in owning, operating and maintaining centralized thermal energy assets for space heating, space cooling and domestic hot water heating. The FAES business model facilitates the implementation of innovative solutions that enable energy and infrastructure sharing, support sustainability objectives and improve the performance of thermal energy systems. FAES owns and operates a portfolio of assets that include hydronic, heat pump, geo-exchange, waste heat recovery and VRF systems.

Chris managed the development and ongoing operations of the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU), which is North America’s first district heating system to utilize waste heat recovered from untreated sewage.  The NEU is a financially self-sustaining utility which provides space heat and hot water to 5 million square feet of mixed-use development, and is rapidly expanding to serve the growing neighbourhood.  In addition, Chris is responsible for the implementation of the Vancouver Neighbourhood Energy Strategy, which targets high density neighbourhoods for new low-carbon thermal energy supply.  Chris also chairs the C40 Cities Clean Energy Network.

Roger is a strong advocate for sustainable building practices, and has extensive experience as a Green Building leader and educator at conferences on the national and international scale. He is the principal of Roger Bayley Inc., which he founded in 2009 with the aim of harnessing the skills of forward-thinking developers, planners, architects and visionaries to create innovative green buildings and master-planned communities.  Over the past four years he has initiated the smartforme° energy program for residential developments, working together with energy system suppliers and energy metering groups to provide high performance energy programs focused on consumer comfort, energy conservation and environmental responsibility. 

Robyn Wark MRM MCIP is Team Lead of BC Hydro’s Sustainable Community program, which runs the Community Energy Manager network in British Columbia. She sits on numerous boards and committees, including the BC Energy Step Code Council (Vice-Chair), Community Energy Association Board, and QUEST BC (Vice-Chair). Having worked as a consultant, local government planner, and educator, Robyn has a deep understanding of sustainability program design, energy efficiency market trends, and policy and incentive opportunities. She excels at organizational development, team-building, change management, coaching, and professional development. Her work has won multiple awards from associations such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC). In 2013 she was awarded the PIBC Individual Award for Leadership in Advocacy & Innovation.

Event Sponsors:

Regency Ballroom A, B, C
Hyatt Regency    
655 Burrard Street 
Vancouver, BC
Date/Time Information:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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: $150.00

Corporate tables of 10 seats. 

72 hours' notice required for cancellations.
Substitutions are allowed.

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