Cities like Vancouver have a critical role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As context, 70% of the world’s GHG emissions come from cities and, in Vancouver, more than half of those emissions come from buildings.

Committed to being a leader in climate change circles, the City of Vancouver has adopted the Zero Emission Building Plan, which focusses on rapidly reducing thermal energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions intensity in new buildings, and the Renewable City Strategy, which includes a target that most new buildings will be built to a zero emission standard by 2025. With an ambitious vision in place, the City also wants to ensure there is knowledge and capacity in the industry to deliver. With this in mind, they have partnered with industry and seed-funded the creation of Canada’s first Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence.

Hosted by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, and with a target audience of owners, designers and the construction industry, the Centre of Excellence will provide access to relevant education offered by a variety of providers, facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, host solutions-focused dialogues to identify barriers to zero emissions building, connect researchers with practitioners and provide access to a curated library of best practices.

In this session, Brad Badelt, Assistant Director, Sustainability, in the City’s Sustainability Group will provide specific details underlying the City’s vision and milestones and elaborate on the mission of the Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be informed about the City of Vancouver’s climate change goals and the construction industry’s role in achieving them.
  • Understand the significance of the Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence for Vancouver and other jurisdictions.
  • Learn how VRCA members will benefit from the service offering of the Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence.


Brad Badelt is the Assistant Director of Sustainability with the City of Vancouver. In this role, he oversees a range of climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives to help Vancouver achieve its goal of becoming the greenest city in the world. One of Brad’s key projects has been leading the establishment of a building innovation hub, known as the Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence, to support local developers, designers and builders in delivering high performance buildings. Brad has a master’s degree in water resources engineering and has worked in local governments for more than 15 years, primarily in the areas of environmental sustainability and municipal infrastructure.

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2018 Construction Leadership Forum

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Session Date: May 4, 2018
Session Time: 11:30 am