Find out how ZEBx, the Province and the City of Vancouver are working to support and provide new incentives for building early energy efficient high performance buildings in order to meet the following timelines:
- City of Vancouver’s Zero Emission Building Plan – requires new buildings to be near zero emissions by 2025.
- BC Energy Step Code – sets the path for all new buildings to be net zero ready by 2032.
Learn from the panel about upcoming initiatives
(Provincial Better Building Incentives Program
), opportunities and tools
that have been developed to support early champions in the green building sector
, and hear about their experience moving to near-zero emissions building practice
Christian Cianfrone, P.Eng., is the executive director of the ZEBx - the Zero Emissions Building Exchange, a collaborative platform with the mission of accelerating the enthusiasm and implementation of zero emission buildings. Prior to joining ZEBx, Christian spent over 12 years as a building energy consultant, working on hundreds of high performance buildings across North America, developing progressive energy policy for jurisdictions across Canada, and researching and presenting emerging and innovative ideas in energy performance.
Sabina joined the City of Vancouver’s Green Buildings Division in October 2017 with the task of creating enabling tools to support early green building champions. Sabina has over 15 years of local government experience in aligning policy goals and current development, with a consistent focus on community-wide policies and initiatives that support resilient, equitable and sustainable communities. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and holds a MSc in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto.
- Christian Cianfrone, Executive Director, ZEBx
- Sabina FooFat, Senior Green Buildings Planner, City of Vancouver
- Andrew Pye, Senior Energy Efficiency Coordinator, BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
- Lisa Westerhoff, Associate, Sustainability Research & Planning, Integral Group
- Dave Ramslie, Vice President of Sustainability, Concert Properties (Moderator)
Andrew Pye is currently the Senior Energy Efficiency Coordinator - Commercial with BC's Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. Previously, Andrew worked as a Senior Policy Analyst with BC's Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and as the Senior Energy Advisor for the Nunavut Energy Secretariat.
He specializes in developing energy policy and delivering a variety of energy programs. Andrew has previous experience analyzing the economics of Solar PV as well developing climate change mitigation programs and policy. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria as well as a Master of Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University.
Lisa Westerhoff (PhD, MA) leads the Research and Planning team at Integral Group, bringing her expertise in sustainable planning and building performance to her work with a range of academic, government, and private sector actors. Her work focuses on the development of plans, policies and resources designed to help achieve ambitious carbon, energy and sustainability targets at a range of scales, from individual building projects to federal and provincial bodies. She has contributed to energy and climate plans and resources for the Province of British Columbia, the District of Columbia, the cities of Vancouver and Toronto, and local governments across Canada. Lisa was a primary author of both the Toronto’s Zero Emissions Building Plan and the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Buildings Standard. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Sustainability from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters from the University of Guelph.
Dave Ramslie is the Vice President of Sustainability at Concert Properties. Prior to joining Concert Properties, he was the head of Integral Group's Urban Innovation Practice. Dave is an urban planner by training, and his area of focus is on resilience and sustainable development. His work on policy, standards, and masterplans has won numerous international awards and last year he was recognized by the NRDC as one of 9 global leaders fighting climate change in cities. He has recently led the development of high performance building standards for the District of Columbia, The City of Vancouver and the state of California that are all targeting net zero emissions strategies. Dave has also worked on energy policy issues with multiple US Cites and the US Department of Energy, and is a technical advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Initiative.