Workshop Series: Advancing Solutions for Zero Emissions Buildings

Improving Net-Zero Energy Ready Codes for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
November 5, 2019


The Advancing Solutions for Zero Emissions Buildings Workshop Series consists of six interconnected workshops that will run throughout 2020. The workshops will foster collaboration amongst leading projects teams by sharing and advancing solutions towards more efficient and cost-effective NZER buildings. This provincial pilot program will leverage the learnings from the Net Zero Energy Ready (NZER) Challenge to raise awareness and provide applicable and timely education and training on current industry trends and barriers. Workshops are expected to be half day, professionally facilitated, and include participation from industry experts, NZER Challenge participants and other industry stakeholders.

Target audience for these workshops includes architects, mechanical engineers, developers, contractors, code consultants, owners, technology providers, city officials, envelope specialists, cost consultants, structural engineers, electrical engineers, and utilities.

Workshop Topics

Workshop 1: Ventilation Strategies for MURBs

  • A project’s ventilation strategy must be integrated with the architectural design to achieve marketable, affordable and operationally efficient buildings. This workshop aims to develop a set of optimized ventilation designs for various MURB typologies towards cost-effective zero emission buildings.

Workshop 2: Low Carbon Energy Heating Systems

  • With the Energy Step Code driving towards low heating loads, how does this approach support or hinder low carbon heating solutions? This workshop will identify the opportunities and barriers that come with drastically reduced heating loads and advance solutions that facilitate comfortable and attractive zero emission buildings?

Workshop 3: Designing for Low Embodied Carbon

  • Embodied carbon within the building construction sector is emerging as a critical issue as we look to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in the near term. This workshop will seek to integrate key metrics and processes on embodied carbon into the design process, as well as to document the latest solutions, challenges and future work to advance this topic.

Workshop 4: Thermal Bridge-Free Design

  • Passive House and the BC Energy Step Code have facilitated a more wholistic understanding of overall building envelope performance through the careful consideration and improvement of thermal bridging. This workshop will support practitioners in rethinking standard details to achieve (near) thermal bridge-free designs.

Workshop 5: Modular, Prefabrication and Panelized Construction

  • The rising cost of construction, labour shortages and increased project schedules have given rise to a renewed focus on off-site construction solutions. This workshop will daylight the state of affairs on off-site construction activity in BC and their varied applications, including where and when to consider different forms of off-site construction and how those integrate into the project delivery process.

Workshop 6: Low Carbon Domestic Hot Water

  • Low carbon solutions for domestic hot water require separate design techniques, strategies, and equipment to ensure cost-effective and operationally robust solutions. This workshop will showcase emerging solutions and technologies with a focus on how they can be advanced in BC or what barriers need to be resolved for more wide spread adoption.

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