Low carbon future of Canada’s buildings to be hammered out in Vancouver

Media advisory: Thought leaders from building sector and multiple governments will gather at Pembina Institute forum

November 22, 2016
Media Release

The Pembina Institute hosts the Pathways to Net-Zero Buildings thought leader forum on November 28 and 29 in Vancouver.

(Update: We've posted photos and highlights from the thought leader forum.)

VANCOUVER / COAST SALISH TERRITORY — Buildings constitute the largest source of carbon pollution in North America. Indeed, for Canada to achieve its 2030 climate target and follow through on its long-term decarbonization strategy (released at the Marrakech climate conference), it must significantly reduce the emissions of existing buildings and ensure that new buildings are ultra low carbon.

Next week, leading architects, builders, developers, suppliers, and property managers will come together with officials from the federal, provincial, and local governments to move this important work forward at Pathways to Net-Zero Buildings in Vancouver. With growing momentum behind policies to improve the energy efficiency of new construction, the more than 100 participants at the Pembina Institute’s sold-out thought leader forum will look to identify opportunities to spur the acceleration of deep energy retrofits in existing buildings.

The lineup of speakers includes representatives of Natural Resources Canada, B.C.’s Building and Safety Standards Branch, The Atmospheric Fund of Ontario, the cities of Vancouver and Seattle, and the U.S.-based Rocky Mountain Institute and MEETS Accelerator Coalition. The forum is made possible by the support of the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia and TD Bank Group, sponsors, and partner organizations.

Pembina Institute spokespeople are available for interviews this week and next week.

Pathways to Net-Zero Buildings

Date: November 28 to 29, 2016

Location: Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre (180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver)


  • Karen Tam Wu, director of the buildings and urban solutions program, Pembina Institute (English)
  • Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, senior advisor, Pembina Institute (English / français)

Quick facts


Download the backgrounder: Building Energy Retrofit Potential in B.C.

Learn more about Pathways to Net-Zero Buildings: pembina.org/netzeroforum

Find photos for editorial use: flickr.com/pembina

Join the conversation on Twitter: #NetZeroForum @Pembina


Stephen Hui
Communications Lead, Pembina Institute
Tw: @StephenHui


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The Pembina Institute is a non-profit think-tank that advocates for strong, effective policies to support Canada’s clean-energy transition. We have offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver. Learn more: www.pembina.org

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