• Robin Urquhart
    RDH Building Science

The challenges presented by climate change are unprecedented and have propelled governments to introduce new legislation aimed at greatly reducing energy and carbon usage in the building sector. In an effort to mitigate the effects of climate change, the Government of Canada has committed to net-zero emissions by 2050. But what does this actually mean and how do we design buildings for it? In this presentation, Robin Urquhart will first unpack key terminology such as net-zero energy, net-zero carbon, net-zero emissions, and net-zero operational carbon by providing definitions and design considerations. Then, using the most recent research and energy modeling, he will assess the feasibility and practical limitations of net-zero building design in Northern Canada and Alaska (north of 60° latitude). Robin will also highlight case studies of residential and commercial buildings with emphasis on the magnified challenges of extreme cold climates and remote locations.

You’ll Learn About:

1. Define various net-zero terms

2. Compare net-zero design standards

3. Identify challenges and opportunities for net-zero design in various locations

4. Develop a process for net-zero design for new projects

5. Understand the regulatory landscape in Canada for net-zero design

RDH Building Science