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Decarb Lunch

September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Taking place on the last Friday of every month, the ZEBx Decarb Lunch brings together industry silos to discuss emerging solutions and barriers related to zero emission buildings. Maximize your lunch hour! Network with subject matter experts and learn from industry leading projects in an intimate and relaxed setting.

Happening This Month

North America’s First Passive House Fire Hall: City of Vancouver Fire Hall #17

The City of Vancouver’s Fire Hall No.17 project replaces the existing facility with a high-performance and fully electric building that will also act as a city-wide and post-disaster emergency hub.

As Vancouver’s second largest training fire hall, the new facility will have four drive-through apparatus bays, a full-size hose/training tower, a training yard, and accommodation for two full crews. Because the building is designed as a post-disaster facility, it will also be fitted with IT, radio, supervisory control and data acquisition, and traffic control equipment. It’s designed that so any firefighter in the building can get to a fire truck in 60 seconds.

The new fire hall is the first in North America to pursue Passive House certification. The project is also pursuing LEED v4 Gold and Zero Carbon Building Standard certifications. To achieve these low carbon and low energy performance targets, design strategies include an optimized orientation to benefit from local climate conditions, an airtight envelope, efficient air and water heat recovery systems, a low carbon mechanical system that utilizes a geo-exchange field with ground source heat pumps, and an on-site solar PV array.

The September Decarb Lunch has been moved online to help keep our community healthy. This month only we are offering free registration! With many people working remotely, we would like to provide an opportunity for the building community to connect in a safe way, share ideas and stay inspired.

Read the Case Study and Send In Your Questions!

Key project team members from HCMA Architecture + Design and Integral Group will present the fire hall’s design and construction journey and outline the unique features of this facility. This will be followed by a moderated expert panel discussion.

Do you have questions for the speakers? Read this ZEBx case study about the project and submit your questions to info@zebx.org.

Accessing the Webinar With Your Eventbrite Ticket

This month’s Decarb Lunch has been moved online as a way to help keep our community healthy.

  1. Once you register on Eventbrite, you will receive an email with a link to the online Zoom webinar.
  2. Click the “View Now” button in the Eventbrite email.
  3. Clicking the View Now button will take you to the Eventbrite Webinar landing page. Click the play button and register yourself for the Zoom webinar by submitting your name and email address.
  4. Once you register, you will be granted access to the Zoom webinar link.
  5. If you have an questions, please contact jessica@zebx.org.


Elise Woestyn – HCMA Architecture + Design

Scott Ghomeshi – Integral Group

Professional Development

  • AIBC Core LUs: TBD

Join our Community of Leaders!

Do you have an exciting zero emissions or high performance project, product or concept you’d like to share? Interested in participating in our Program Series as subject matter experts? E-mail jessica@zebx.org for more information on how to get involved.

Together, we can make the 2020s the decade of zero emission buildings!


September 25
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm