Net Zero Homes and Green Infrastructure: (Builders’ Breakfast Series)
NetZero Homes and Green Infrastructure
As the BC Building Code continues on its path to require NetZero Energy-Ready homes by 2032, Metro Vancouver home builders need to expand their knowledge of construction and available technologies to meet these advancing standards. This month’s Builders’ Breakfast Series seminar will take a deeper look at NetZero homes and performance pathways to build a home that leads by today’s standards but will soon become the industry norm.
New energy-efficient standards bring opportunities for more efficient building solutions, including green infrastructure. The second-half of the seminar will be dedicated to examining existing and emerging opportunities and requirements for green infrastructure in Metro Vancouver. After an overview of green roof performance for coastal BC, other forms of green infrastructure will be introduced and how their integration can produce zero-discharge, low impact developments.
This is an exciting session to get immersed in building to higher performance levels and learning about new green strategies in construction.
Builders, renovators, designers, architects, industry professionals
7:00am – 7:30am Registration and hot breakfast
7:30am – 9:30am Course, including Q&A
Alex Hebert, Manager, Zero Energy/ Emissions Buildings, BCIT
Alex is a professional engineer with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (Sherbrooke University). He completed a MBA with a focus in sustainability (UBC). Alex also studied at the School of Economics and Management at the Tsinghua University in Beijing and completed a certificate in Sustainable Energy Management at the BC Institute of technology (BCIT).
When Alex joined BCIT (2009) as their first energy manager, both energy consumption and GHG emissions were on the rise. During his time as BCIT’s energy manager, Alex’s team managed to stabilize the increase and to reduce in-scope GHG emissions by 10% (by 50% in a pilot project covering six neighboring buildings on one of the five campuses). Before moving on to a new position as manager of zero emissions buildings, Alex worked directly with BCIT’s president to prepare and provide recommendations on how to reduce GHG emissions by 33% below 2007 levels by 2021 and by 80% below 2007 by 2050. In March 2017, BCIT’s Board of Governors approved a $7M budget to meet the 2021 target. In the last three years of his energy manager mandate, Alex led a team that completed 40 projects, saved BCIT more than $400K per year and attracted more than $4M of new capital.
Alexandre is now responsible for a BCIT portfolio designed to build the capacity required in British Columbia to accelerate the construction of near zero energy buildings. Alex is also a part-time instructor in the energy management certificate at BCIT and in the Building Operator Certification course at CIET and, author of courses such as Decision Making for Energy Manager and Hands-on Introduction to Zero Energy Buildings. Finally, Alex is an official trainer for the BC Housing Building “Smart with the BC Energy Step Code” seminars.
Christine Thuring, BSc, MSc, PhD, Faculty, Centre for Architectural Ecology
Christine Thuring, BSc, MSc, PhD
Faculty, Centre for Architectural Ecology
With a background in environmental science and ecology, Christine’s work portfolio weaves together an appetite for ecological understanding with an ambition to make the world a better place ecologically and socially. While her career began in applied plant ecology, for the last 20 years Christine has worked predominantly in the urban context, often in inter-disciplinary collaborations relating to living architecture and other forms of multi-functional ecological landscape design.
As a collaborative ecologist, Christine’s interests are manifest through design, education, research, and communication. She has designed and installed green roofs and habitat gardens in North America, central Europe and the UK. As co-founder of Green Roof Safari, she has led several study trips of green infrastructure in Germany and Switzerland. Christine has been a contributing editor to Greenroofs.com since 2004, and is a regular contributor to The Nature of Cities. Christine has spoken widely about her research and continues to. Her recent research granted unprecedented insights into the development of vegetation and soils on extensive green roofs more than 20-30 years after installation.
At BCIT, Christine is setting up a new project that screens herbaceous species for extensive green roofs from a unique Pacific Northwest plant community, the Garry oak ecosystem, with consideration for microbial inoculation and pollinator visitation. She is also supporting City of Vancouver in developing a green roof policy, and coordinating the Vancouver GRIT (Green Roof Info Think-tank).