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PRESIDENTS AGM MESSAGE - MAY 23, 2018

from Robert Greenwald, President, Prism Engineering

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the President of the BC Advanced Conservation and Efficiency Association.  BCACE provides an opportunity for us to come together to leverage our expertise and to proactively promote our industry.  We welcome you to join us, whether you are a supplier or distributor of energy efficient products, a contractor or a consultant that provides guidance and support.    

This past year, BCACE has continued to pursue its goal of ensuring that energy efficiency is as the least cost energy resource. Some key highlights of this year include:

  • BCACE representative spoke at the City of Vancouver Council Meeting in support of the Renewable Energy Strategy
  • Members provided their subject matter expertise input to the design of a proposed provincial retrofit program
  • Continued to support the Home Performance Stakeholder Council (HPSC) within the umbrella of BCACE
  • Updated members on the Energy Step Code implementation strategy
  • Hosted a student networking event at the New York Institute of Technology’s downtown Vancouver campus
  • Discussion session with Climate Scientist Trevor Murdoch, the leader of the Regional Climate Impacts Theme at the Pacific Climate Impact Consortium (PCIC)
  • Made significant progress in developing a communications strategy including the launch of a new website, logo, LinkedIn page, and quarterly member newsletters
  • Encouraged dialogue within the conservation and efficiency community

You can read more about these initiatives in the board reports.

We have a very dedicated “working” board that meets every three weeks to review action items and develop new programs and initiatives.  They spend a significant amount of time on our association and I want to recognize and thank each of them for their involvement. 

Our industry offers the best alternative to address growing energy demands. We are a viable option that can make a significant impact on energy use and at the same time, provide excellent job and economic opportunities for our Province. Please reach out to one of our board members to find out how you can help make a difference and support our association and our industry.

The Board of Directors for the coming year are listed below, along with their respective leadership responsibility:

  • Director, President: Robert Greenwald, P.Eng, President, Prism Engineering Ltd.
  • Director, Past President:  Len Horvath, M.Sc., President, Quantum Lighting, Inc.
  • Director, Membership: Brad White, P.Eng., Principal, SES Consulting
  • Director, Advocacy: Penny Cochrane, Senior Consultant, CLEAResult
  • Director, Treasurer: David Craig, Executive Director, Commercial Energy Consumers, Principal, Consolidated Management Consultants
  • Director, Secretary: Elyse Henderson, Energy & Sustainability Specialist,             RDH Building Science Inc.
  • Director, Communications: Christine Gustafson, P.Eng, MBA, Principal Consultant, Habourgreene Consulting, inc.
  • Director, Education & Events: Vacant           
  • Director At Large, HPSC Project Lead: Ryan Coleman, Founder/CEO, Ecolighten Energy Solutions Ltd.
  • Director At Large, Eric Mazzi, Consultant

I would also like to extend the appreciation of the Board of Director to the following who served on the board this past year: Brittany Coughlin, Energy & Sustainability Specialist, RDH Building Science and Chih-Ting Lo, P.Eng, M.Sc., Principal, EELO Solutions.


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SPRING 2018

Spring Event: AGM and Impacts of Site C to Energy Conservation

Join us to hear expert keynote speaker David Craig on the Site C Completion Decision.

David will speak to us about the controversial Site C dam decision and in particular about the BCUC’s alternative option to Site C and the role that conservation and efficiency played in the construction of the alternative. Learn more about the central role conservation and efficiency played in the BCUC inquiry, and what it means for the  industry in BC.

David Craig was one of six energy experts invited to speak to the BC Government’s full cabinet meeting prior to the government making its decision to proceed with the Site C dam’s completion. Mr. Craig is the Executive Director of the Commercial Energy Consumers Association of BC, Vice-President and Secretary Treasurer of BC ACE and President of his own consulting business, Consolidated Management Consultants Ltd.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 23 from 3:30 to 5:30 am at the Creekside Community Centre by registering here.

HPSC Update

The Home Performance Stakeholder Council (HPSC) is pleased to announce that FortisBC, BC Hydro and the BC Ministry of Energy have agreed to a one-year extension of the HPSC initiative until March 2019.  This new agreement is designed to help the HPSC continue its efforts supporting the home performance industry including providing value to contractors and utility/government stakeholders that are interested in improving existing industry conditions and delivering home performance solutions designed to reduce residential energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

For the upcoming year, the HPSC will be focused on the following key initiatives:

  • Working with industry and government/utilities to facilitate project initiatives identified in the “Roadmaps for Home Performance" that can be implemented for industry development.  HPSC will also support the tracking of solutions, and provide visibility to home performance stakeholders.
  • Creating additional value for contractors engaged in the HPSC to build our network of Sector Council members and database of home performance professionals.
  • Organizing and facilitating dialogue and collaboration within the home performance industry through engagement with Sector Councils, industry associations and their contributor base of contractors.
  • Raising awareness of the “Roadmaps for Home Performance” which summarizes the key issues, strategic recommendations, and actions for industry, government, and utilities to improve existing home performance industry conditions.

If you’re interested in learning more about the HPSC, please visit our website at homeperformance.ca.  Also, don’t forget to check out our Resources page to access the latest information including our recently completed “Working Industry Roadmap” which provides an executive summary of the collective perspective from the HPSC on the home performance industry including vision, summary of issues and priority initiatives for industry development identified by Sector Councils.

Past Events: Discussion with Climate Scientist Trevor Murdock

Thanks to everyone who participated in our discussion with climate scientist Trevor Murdock in April. Participants found the presentation interesting and engaging, and left thinking about how we can better incorporate future climate impacts into our practice.

Join Us

Our members are so important and we accomplish a lot together.

BC ACE provides an opportunity for us to come together to leverage our expertise and to proactively promote our industry. We welcome you to join us, whether you are a supplier or distributor of energy efficient products, a contractor or a consultant that provides guidance and support. Our members are committed to advancing and shaping the future of energy conservation and efficiency in BC and building a stronger economy, society, and environment.

Visit our website to Join Us, or consider Sponsoring BC ACE at one of our four sponsorship levels of Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Diamond. 


 
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WINTER 2017

Winter Event: Discussion with Climate Scientist
Trevor Murdock

Climate scientist Trevor Murdock will be presenting on climate projections for BC’s future. Trevor leads the Regional Climate Impacts Theme at the Pacific Climate Impact Consortium. Trevor’s work has focused on climate scenarios and online mapping tools, downscaling to high resolution, analysis of historical climate data and improvement of seasonal climate predictions.

During his presentation, Trevor will introduce the climate model projections available for BC, showing climate change impact on temperature, precipitation, and related indices of extremes throughout BC. In particular, he will speak to climate indices used locally in climate adaptation projects by Vancouver Island Health Authority and the University of British Columbia, as well as how use of future projections relates to the BC Energy Step Code. 

Please join us on Friday, April 13 from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the Creekside Community Centre. Registration link coming soon.

NYIT Call for Energy Related Industry Practicum Projects

New York Institute of Technology-Vancouver is actively searching for industry projects for their Energy Management program. Students completing their Master of Science in Energy Management at NYIT-Vancouver are required to do a practicum project to gain practical industry experience. Working on a real industry project is a great opportunity for students to put the practical knowledge they have gained into practice.

For more information or to submit project ideas, email Remi Charron at rcharron@nyit.edu

Advocacy Update: Federal/Provincial Building Retrofit Program Feedback

BCACE members participated in a webinar with Tom Berkhout, Senior Policy Advisor, Energy Efficiency at the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEM) to provide input into the province’s forthcoming retrofit program for commercial, institutional, and multi-unit residential buildings. 

The webinar included the following topics:

  • Program design (administration, eligibility, application process etc.)
  • Barriers to implementing measures
  • Opportunities for custom and prescriptive program measures

Save the Date: Spring AGM

Save the date for our Annual General Meeting!  Topic and speakers to be announced.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Creekside Community Centre

Join Us

Our members are so important and we accomplish a lot together.

BC ACE provides an opportunity for us to come together to leverage our expertise and to proactively promote our industry. We welcome you to join us, whether you are a supplier or distributor of energy efficient products, a contractor or a consultant that provides guidance and support. Our members are committed to advancing and shaping the future of energy conservation and efficiency in BC and building a stronger economy, society, and environment.

Visit our website to Join Us, or consider Sponsoring BC ACE at one of our four sponsorship levels of Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Diamond. 


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FALL 2017

Advocacy Update: BC ACE Supports Vancouver’s Renewable City Strategy

On November 1st, Vancouver City Council approved an update on the Renewable City Strategy. The goal of the Strategy is to ensure that Vancouver derives all of its energy from renewable sources prior to 2050. This update is to keep the City on track to achieve its targets, and realize the range of potential economic, environmental and health benefits. BC ACE board member Christine Gustafson spoke to council in support of the Strategy on behalf of the association.

BC ACE understands the potential for growth in jobs as the City transitions to 100% renewable energy to be significant, and we support the City’s commitment to develop cost effectiveness solutions and engagement each step of the way. We are keen to continue conversations with the City on the economic impacts, energy system impacts, and ensuring industry feedback remains a part of the strategy going forward.

See the full report here.

Fall Event: Panel Discussion on the BC Energy Step Code

BC is committed to taking incremental steps to increase energy efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to achieve net-zero ready buildings by 2032. To achieve this, the BC Energy Step Code, a voluntary standard within the BC Building Code, was enacted in April 2017.

BCACE invited members and potential members to a panel discussion with representatives from the BC Standards & Safety Branch, utilities, and local governments on the implementation strategy, roles and responsibilities, and opportunities and challenges for the Energy Step Code. We also explored plans for industry support, such as training and incentives, and capacity building processes within municipalities.

Panelists included:

  •        Zachary May: BC Standards & Safety Branch
  •       Robyn Wark: BC Hydro
  •       Norm Connolly: City of New Westminster
  •       Brendon McEwen: City of Richmond

Download the presentation here.

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