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ZEBx Decarb Lunch

May 29, 2020 @ 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

Clayton Community Centre, scheduled to open its doors in summer 2020, is on track to achieve Passive House certification, making it the first community centre to achieve Passive House in North America, and Canada’s largest Passive House facility to date. This is roughly equivalent to the top step of the BC Energy Step Code.

Located in the rapidly growing Clayton Heights neighbourhood in Surrey, BC, the centre is designed to maximize energy efficiency and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. It combines four City of Surrey community services—recreation, library, arts and parks—into a single 76,000-square foot facility. The project features a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system including automated natural ventilation, triple-glazed windows, and an envelope designed to minimize heat loss. Inside, the unique mix of space features: a public library, a visual arts studio, rehearsal hall music and recording studios; a community kitchen, workshop and tool sharing centre; a gymnasium and fitness centre; child-minding, preschool and childcare spaces; and a café.

Send Your Questions to the Speakers

Key project team members will present the centre’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? Watch the below three-part video series about the Clayton Heights Community Centre and submit your question when you register. Thought of a question after registering? No problem, simply email info@zebx.org.

Video 1: Planning a Passive House Certified Community Centre for Surrey

Video 2: Building a Passive House Certified Community Centre for Surrey

Video 3: Features of a Passive House Certified Community Centre for Surrey

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.


Melissa Higgs, FRAIC, Architect AIBC, Principal – HCMA Architecture + Design

Melissa is passionate about creating innovative public buildings where communities come together, and is a believer in the power of architecture and design as a catalyst for positive change in the world. As a Principal at HCMA Architecture + Design, she works closely with clients and project teams to find creative solutions to unique design challenges.

Andrew Goodbrand, Project Manager – EllisDon Corporation

Andrew has worked in the construction industry since 2013 on a multitude of projects, both large public-private partnership projects as well as smaller specialty projects such as Clayton Community Centre. As the Project Manager for Clayton Community Centre, Andrew is responsible for its successful delivery, encompassing all aspects of contract execution: site construction activities, budget control, scheduling and client liaison.

Stuart Hood, P.Eng., CPHD, BC Regional Director – Integral Group

Stuart Hood is a Professional Mechanical Engineer and Regional Director for Integral Group in BC. He has extensive experience in the design of Passive House buildings having completed numerous projects including, residential, fire Halls, community centres, schools, and childcare facilities.  He is a leader in the movement to decarbonize buildings.

Wendell Rempel, Dipl. Tech., RRO, Building Science Consultant – Morrison Hershfield

Wendell is a building envelope consultant with over seven years of experience in the Vancouver area construction industry with Morrison Hershfield.  His focus is new construction building enclosure design, field review and field-testing. He has consulted on several high performance building projects and also provides roof reviews under the RCABC RGC warranty program.

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!

Click here to register.


May 29, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm