Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.39
Liaison Christine Pinkham
Submission Date March 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

British Columbia Institute of Technology
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Learning Centre for Zero Energy Buildings

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In 2017, the Province of British Columbia (BC) made a commitment to achieve net-zero energy-ready buildings by 2032 through the BC Energy Step Code (Step Code). In short, the Step Code identifies energy-efficiency targets for builders and designers with an overall goal to create long-term energy-efficient buildings. Net-zero energy buildings have the ability to produce as much energy as the building consumes over the period of a year, such as through rooftop solar panels.

The Learning Centre for Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) was launched in 2018 to support the construction industry with transitioning to the new Step Code and new City of Vancouver Zero Emissions Building bylaws. It offers a full suite of courses that are short and hands-on for construction industry professionals to upgrade their skills to meet the new codes. ZEB offers courses at BCIT (at the High Performance Building Lab), courses on the road (with our lab-in-a-box kit) and more recently online (to adapt to the new COVID-19 reality).

The High Performance Building Lab is the first of its kind in Canada. It was developed to provide hands-on training in zero energy buildings using an envelope-first approach. With three integrated zones, a two story teaching house to practice on indoors, two dozen mock-ups and practice walls, the lab creates space for education that will elevate the state of practice of high performance buildings in BC.

In 2019, on United Nations World Habitat Day, ZEB launched an interactive Zero Energy Building exhibit at Telus Science World in Vancouver. This interactive science exhibit on ZEBs is a unique means to get a typically less engaged audience excited about much needed high performance buildings. The exhibit has been temporarily relocated to the Burnaby campus and it will visit various locations in Metropolitan Vancouver in 2021.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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