UDI Webinar - The Green Building Climate: ESC & CoV Updates

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Name: UDI Webinar - The Green Building Climate: ESC & CoV Updates
Date: September 13, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM PDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:


Join our expert panel on September 13th for a breakfast seminar to update you on important changes to the BC Energy Step Code and City of Vancouver Sustainability Policies. The Province is moving forward with a Ministerial Mandate Letter commitment that is being integrated into the BC Energy Step Code to establish voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets  which local governments can apply to new construction. The City of Vancouver will also provide an update on their green building policies.

Key topics include:

  • Zachary May will outline how the proposed changes to the BC Building Code may impact your projects as well as provide an update on other Building Code issues.
  • Maxwell Sykes will discuss how local governments may apply the GHG performance standards; issues that were considered in developing the performance standards; and what should be considered in implementing them.
  • The City of Vancouver will share its experience to date with GHG targets and the Zero Emissions Building Plan, as well as updates on building policies and the Climate Emergency Action Plan.


Zachary May is the Director of Strategic Policy for the Province of British Columbia 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.

Maxwell Sykes is the City of Surrey’s Climate and Energy Manager, Chair of the Step Code Peer Network for Large Local Governments, and Union of BC Municipalities Representative on the Energy Step Code Council. He leads the adoption and implementation of Step Code in Surrey. In his roles as Peer Network Chair and UBCM Representative, Maxwell supports Step Code work in local governments across the Lower Mainland, coordinates education and collaboration opportunities, and communicates between local governments and the Energy Step Code Council. 

Kathy Wardle As Associate Principal and Director of Sustainability, Kathy plays an instrumental role in the development of high-performance green building projects, such as Dockside Green - one of the highest scoring LEED Platinum Certified projects in the world and an AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Project, one of the best known sustainable design awards in North America. In addition to her involvement in project work, Kathy directs the Vancouver office's research and sustainable design advisory team, where she facilitates sustainability charrettes and the use of the Integrated Design Process, manages applications for the LEED Green Building rating system and Living Building Challenge, and is responsible for the procurement of funding for green initiatives for the firm’s projects. In addition to her leadership position within Perkins+Will, Kathy is an active member of the Vancouver green building community, and is a past faculty member for the Living Building Challenge and the Sustainable Building Advisor program.

Patrick Enright is the Senior Green Building Engineer with the City of Vancouver's Sustainability Group, where he works on green building policy and code updates for large new buildings. Current priorities include the implementation of the Zero Emissions Building Plan and the Embodied Carbon Strategy. Patrick is a professional engineer with years of experience in the building industry, including a number of years with a Vancouver firm in mechanical design and energy modeling. Before moving to Vancouver, Patrick worked in the national project management office of Defence Construction Canada located in Ottawa.
Zoom webinar
Date/Time Information:

Monday, September 13, 2021

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Member Price             $20 + GST
Non-Member Price     $30 + GST

72 hours' notice required. 
Substitutions allowed. 

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