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Lessons from the Winners of the CleanBC Net Zero Energy Ready Challenge

May 26, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am


The Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge is a provincial incentive program and juried competition designed to support, promote, and celebrate the design and construction of net-zero energy-ready buildings. The program provided incentives to builders and developers of multi-family, commercial, and institutional buildings that are designed to achieve the top tier of the BC Energy Step Code or the Passive House standard. The challenge saw 51 expressions of interest submitted which included more than 170 proponents, suppliers or partners. In 2019, 11 winning projects were selected featuring rental projects, condos, offices, mixed-use buildings, and student housing across BC.

Join this interactive panel discussion to learn from three of the winning projects of this provincial program. Project teams will share best practices, lessons learned, and solutions of how to achieve the highest levels of performance at the lowest cost.


Lindsay Duthie, Intern Architect – DIALOG
Lindsay is a Vancouver based designer and has worked across Canada on a diverse range of projects including large-scale commercial, institutional and residential projects.  She is passionate about developing sustainable design solutions across all stages of a project, with a keen interest in material selection and reducing environmental impacts. She is devoted to creating meaningful projects that contribute to vibrant and inclusive placemaking, while also helping the planet.  Lindsay holds a Masters of Architecture from UBC and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from OCAD University. She has worked at DIALOG since 2016.

Scott Kennedy, Principal – Cornerstone Architecture
Scott is a Principal of Cornerstone Architecture.  He is a professional engineer as well as a graduate of the UBC School of Architecture. Scott is past chair and currently a Director of Passive House Canada.  He is trained in the International Passive House Standard and regularly participates in and presents at numerous local and regional events revolving around high performance buildings. Cornerstone Architecture completed The Heights in 2018, an 85 suite mixed use rental project in the process of receiving certification to the International Passive House standard.  They has also coordinated Harding House, a certified BC Housing Passive House project in Smithers as well as Spire Landing, a 95 suite residential rental project recently completed in Vancouver.  Cornerstone is currently designing numerous other townhouse and apartment projects to be certified to the International Passive House standard.

Rod Nadeau, Managing Partner – Innovation Building Group
Rod is the Managing Partner Innovation Building Group based in Whistler BC. He has been involved in the design and construction of energy efficient housing since 1988. Rod is the Founding President of the CHBA Sea to Sky Chapter. He is committed to simplifying design and construction practices to promote widespread adoption of sustainable building.

Christian Cianfrone, Executive Director – ZEBx (Zero Emissions Building Exchange) (moderator) 
Christian has spent his entire 15 year career working on advancing energy efficiency in the built environment. As a mechanical engineer, Christian consulted on energy efficiency for hundreds of projects across North America, leveraging the power of modelling and data visualization to optimize design solutions and communicate results to clients. In recent years, Christian has been instrumental in developing some of Canada’s latest energy and carbon policies for buildings, having consulted on Vancouver and Toronto’s Zero Emissions Plans, as well as the BC Energy Step Code. Contributing back to industry has also been important to Christian, volunteering his time on industry committees as well as developing and delivering education to professionals and students alike.

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May 26, 2020
9:30 am - 10:30 am