To rapidly accelerate the knowledge, capacity and passion for
zero emissions building in Vancouver and British Columbia.

What is ZEBx

ZEBx is a collaborative platform that strengthens the public, private and civic capacities for zero emission buildings in Vancouver and British Columbia. We are an industry hub that facilitates knowledge exchange to accelerate market transformation.

The Exchange fosters innovation through dialogues, project tours, curated research, training and demonstrations. We work closely with all facets of the industry, including developers, builders, architects and designers spanning single family homes to high rise residential and commercial buildings.

We are based in The Hive—a social impact office centre—in the heart of Vancouver. Our work reaches across British Columbia and the globe.

Why ZEBx

In 2016, the City of Vancouver released its Zero Emissions Building Plan, which requires most new buildings to be near zero emissions by 2025 and all new buildings to be zero emissions by 2030. In 2017, British Columbia released the BC Energy Step Code, which sets the path for all new buildings to be net zero ready by 2032. ZEBx is dedicated to supporting the industry through this transition, acting as a catalyst that transforms the entire design and construction value chain towards cost-effective, attractive, zero emission buildings.

ZEBx is a neutral and unbiased organization that uses a collaborative model unique to the building industry. ZEBx works with a wide range of partners, including industry associations, governments, researchers, trades programs, suppliers and global experts.

How We Can Support You

About The Team

ZEBx is hosted by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association in partnership with the
City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society.

Christian Cianfrone, P.Eng
Executive Director

Prior to joining ZEBx as its first Executive Director, Christian spent 13 years as a building energy consultant, working on hundreds of high performance projects, developing progressive energy policy, and researching and presenting emerging and innovative content across North America. Christian is also a founder and director of Open, a social enterprise dedicated to creating green building tools and resources to educate and amplify the impact of the green building community.

Jessica Williams
Communications & Partnerships Manager

Jessica is a strategic communications professional, with a strong background in brand management, public relations, corporate partnerships, digital marketing and event planning. Through her past experience in corporate communications and working closely with large-scale government-mandated projects, Jessica brings with her a strong understanding of the operations and strategies necessary to successfully mobilize a project and bring its vision to life through creativity and innovation. With a passion for sustainable urban infrastructure and community engagement, Jessica is excited to apply her expertise of the communications industry to help strengthen ZEBx’s position as a global leader in zero emission buildings, and progress the Lower Mainland’s transition towards a low-carbon future.

Ayla Collins
Events Manager

Ayla has worked in events and project management for over 10 years, and is excited to bring her passion and experience to Passive House Canada (PHC). As Vancouver Program Manager, she works in collaboration with the Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) team, as well as the PHC Events and Education Managers, to provide support for the ever-increasing number of courses and events held in the Metro Vancouver region. She is focussed on strengthening local partnerships and accelerating the capacity and enthusiasm of the construction industry to deliver cost-effective, attractive, near-zero or zero emissions residential and commercial buildings.


Welcome to ZEBx’s Innovation Cluster!
It’s our mission to create the market transformation we know industry needs as quickly and effectively as possible.
And we need industry's help in getting there!

Join ZEBx's Innovation Cluster to co-locate with the building industry's leading organizations and individuals for impactful collaboration

The Partnership

Whether a local start-up or large company, the right workspace can transform a
"great" project into "transformational" ones, catalyze innovation or simply enhance your work day.

Open and ZEBx have teamed up to create a collaborative workspace
for Champions of sustainable buildings to come together and advance our communities towards a zero-carbon future.

If you´re intrigued, read on or express your interest through this short form


Open is a social enterprise and collaboration platform with over 10 years’ experience building innovative software solutions for accelerating the impact of high performance buildings.


As a centre of excellence, ZEBx recognizes that innovation, inspiration and the building industry itself are not confined to municipal boundaries, ZEBx aspires to learn from both local and global leaders and to expand its mission to support zero emissions buildings across the province.

Apply now to join the ZEBx community!

Contact jenna@opengb.org or stop by for a tour between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

Ready to join the Cluster and the ZEBx community? Fill out this short form.

Zero Emissions Building Exchange

#250 - 128 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8

Current Cluster Members