Tom-Pierre Frappé-SénéclauzeProgram Director, Buildings

Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze is the director of the Pembina Institute's buildings program. Until 2022 he served as director for buildings and urban solutions at the Institute. Through fact-finding, convening, and coalition building, he facilitates the development and implementation of policies to reduce carbon pollution and energy waste from homes and buildings. Tom-Pierre has provided consulting services to local, provincial and federal governments agencies on topics ranging from energy labelling, PACE financing, to building codes and market transformation. He sits on resource planning and demand-side management advisory bodies for BC Hydro and FortisBC.

Tom-Pierre’s prior professional experience includes six years of field research on alpine glaciers in the Yukon, leading camps for youth empowerment through the arts every summer, over 10,000 lines of computational physics code, and strategic facilitation for more than 20 organizations.

Tom-Pierre holds a physics degree from L'Université Laval and a master's in geophysics from the University of British Columbia, and is a LEED accredited professional.


Contact Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze

work: 604-874-8558 • email: tompierrefs@pembina.org • tweet: @tompierrefs

Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze's Recent Publications

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When it comes to home resiliency, Canada can’t afford to wait As Canada begins consultation on the National Adaptation Strategy, Canadians must demand governments invest in making our existing housing net-zero.

Op-ed July 11, 2022- By Martin Luymes, Jay Nordenstrom, Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze
We need to move beyond simply ‘building back better’ after extreme weather events strike and instead look at ways to make our cities and towns more resilient to the changing climate and corresponding economic realities. The building sector is the third largest contributor to carbon pollution in Canada. Heating is a major contributor to that; over half of the energy used for space heating and air-cooling comes from burning fossil fuels.
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Actions Needed to Electrify British Columbia’s Buildings CleanBC’s plan for the building sector is a promising start to a clean energy future

Publication May 25, 2022- By Trevor Billy, Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze
In March 2021, the B.C. Building Electrification Road Map was released. The road map was developed from extensive consultation with a broad range of stakeholders. It provides a series of specific recommendations to governments and utilities on how to gradually replace fossil fuels and hot water heating with high-efficiency electrical heating in homes and buildings, in order to meet B.C.’s 2030 and 2050 climate goals.
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Aligning electricity planning with B.C.’s climate and social goals Recommendations to BC Hydro on the Draft Integrated Resource Plan

Publication Aug. 28, 2021- By Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, Karen Tam Wu, Dave Lovekin, Madeleine Whitestone
Given the challenges of planning this in the midst of the uncertainty of a global pandemic and the climate emergency, the Pembina Institute’s primary recommendation is that that BC Hydro request an extension from the government and the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) to deliver the final IRP.
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Metro Vancouver 2021 Clean Air Plan: for Climate and Health Pembina Institute comments and recommendations

Publication Aug. 19, 2021- By Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, Karen Tam Wu

Despite previous climate targets, our national and provincial greenhouse gas emissions have barely decreased: unless we rapidly change tack,  extreme weather events like heat domes, forest fires, irregular precipitation patterns and cold snaps will become more intense, more common, and likely irreversible. As the Metro Vancouver Board reviews its 2021 draft Clean Air Plan, the Pembina Institute offers some considerations for success and prompt implementation.

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Canada’s Renovation Wave A plan for jobs and climate

Publication July 14, 2021- By Madi Kennedy, Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze

Retrofitting homes and buildings to decarbonize and prepare for heat waves and extreme climate changes could generate more than $48 billion in economic development and create up to 200,000 jobs nationwide. Federal and provincial investments of up to $15 billion per year are needed but can be recovered by taxes and utility cost savings. Retrofits such as heat pumps can provide both cool and warm air.

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