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UDI Seminar: Energy Step Code Updates

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Name: UDI Seminar: Energy Step Code Updates
Date: September 28, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM PDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:




With the upcoming Energy Step Code (ESC) implementation deadline on December 15, 2017, join us to get the latest updates from both the Provincial and Municipal governments.

Find out what the next steps are to comply with the code to achieve zero emission buildings.  In addition, learn about what different municipalities are targeting through their consultation initiatives.

This is Part 1 of our ESC updates seminars.  Part 2 on October 5 will include aspects such as airtightness performance, testing requirements, and costing studies.

Featured panel:
  • Zachary May, A/Director, Policy and Codes Development, Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing
  • Sean Pander, Green Building Program Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Brendan McEwen, Sustainability Manager, City of Richmond
  • Tim Ryce, Deputy Chief Building Official, City of North Vancouver
  • Rory Tooke, Community Energy Planner, City of Surrey 
  • Robyn WarkTeam Lead, Sustainable Community Program, BC Hydro (Moderator)


Zachary May
Zachary May is the Acting Director of Policy and Codes Development with the Building and Safety Standards Branch. 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 leads a technical team responsible for developing and maintaining the BC Building Code, including the recently adopted Energy Step Code.

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.

Brendan McEwen is Sustainability Manager at the City of Richmond.  He represents the Union of BC Municipalities on the provincial Energy Step Code Council.  Brendan received his Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he focused on energy policy.

Tim Ryce is a Professional Engineer and Deputy Chief Building Official for the City of North Vancouver.  He helped develop the City of Vancouver's first Green Homes Program in 2008, instituting North America's first mandatory building energy efficiency rating requirements, and is now a member of the national Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency in Buildings for the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes.  Tim was also a member of the Part 3 and Part 9 technical working groups for the BC Energy Step Code.
Rory combines over 10 years of experience in urban analysis and planning towards the pursuit of climate solutions for cities. As Community Energy Planner at the City of Surrey, he is currently responsible for the City’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). Rory has over 25 publications in a range of books and journals and his contribution to urban emissions modelling has been featured on the cover of Landscape and Urban Planning. His energy and emissions modelling work has also been used by various jurisdictions across British Columbia and his collaboration with the District of North Vancouver was awarded the 2010 Leadership and Innovation Award from the Union of BC Municipalities. Rory holds an MSc and PhD in natural resources management from the University of British Columbia.


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
Hyatt Regency    
655 Burrard Street 
Vancouver, BC
Date/Time Information:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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. 

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