Upcoming Education and Events

2017 Green Innovation Breakfast Seminar Series:


Session 1: Introduction to Energy Benchmarking

Vancouver, March 1st 2017  Register Now  

Energy benchmarking allows owners and managers to compare the performance of their buildings against others in their portfolio, and to similar facilities across Canada. This course will provide step-by-step guidance for new users of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to begin working with this free, online tool to analyze building performance. Participants will learn how inputs such as occupancy, operating hours and vacancy rates influence results, common errors, and how to manage data outside of Portfolio Manager to ensure accuracy over time. The session will include live demonstrations of the steps required to add and update key inputs.

This session will be led by Maeri Machado. Maeri is the Team Manager for WSP’s Vancouver Sustainability team, as well as Project Principal and Technical Lead on many of WSP’s major projects in BC and Alberta. With a background in engineering, she has experience in sustainable community planning, LEED® project consultation, P3 (Pursuit) projects, sustainable design consulting and facilitation, and energy audits/retro-commissioning. 
GBCI hours: 1

A continental breakfast will be provided.

Understanding the WELL Building Standard

Vancouver, March 8th, Register Now

The WELL Workshop helps building professionals and owners understand their role as public health practitioners. It also helps medical professionals understand the critical role that the built environment plays in the health and well-being of occupants. Attendees will learn how to harness the built environment as a vehicle to support human health, well-being, and comfort. The ideology, structure, and certification process of the WELL program are covered, as well as the health basis for key Features. Strategies for improving the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns, and performance of occupants through design and construction practices are explored and  WELL case studies are highlighted.

For those seeking to become WELL Accredited Professionals (WELL APs), this course will provide you with foundational knowledge that may be incorporated into your WELL Exam study plan. 

Instructor: Kathy Wardle--As Associate Principal and Director of Research, Kathy directs Perkins+Will Vancouver office’s research and sustainable design advisory team. On a firm wide level, Kathy helped author, implement and direct Perkins+Will’s Sustainable Design Initiative. She regularly speaks and writes about sustainable design and healthy materials, and has authored several articles on healthy building materials and transparency.


LEED Workshops:


LEED Green Associate Exam Kickstarter

Vancouver (UBC) February 9th 2017 Register Now
Victoria (Burnside Gorge) March 7th 2017 Register Now

Prepare to take your LEED® Green Associate exam and earn the internationally recognized LEED v4 Green Associate credential.CaGBC has developed this condensed 1-day course which will be delivered by highly-qualified Canadian instructors with real-life local and regional experience.

Are You Ready for LEED v4? In Class Workshops Available

BUILDEX Vancouver, February 15th 2017 Register Now (CaGBC members contact hphillips@cagbc.org for code to recieve member rate)
Victoria,  September 12th 2017 Register Now

CaGBC's on-site private workshops are a convenient, cost-effective way to deliver quality training to your group, without sending staff off-site. Available workshops include a half day Introduction to the LEED v4 Rating Systems course where you will learn about the key changes you can expect with LEED v4. Contact hphillips@cagbc.org for further information if you'd like to see a private workshop in your area/your organisation.

Past Chapter Events

November 2016: Approaches to Advancing Net Zero – CaGBC and City of Vancouver Perspectives

Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council
Sean Pander, Green Building Program Manager at the City of Vancouver

Dave Ramslie, Principal, Sustainability + Research at Integral Group

TheCaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Framework is the first stage of a broader CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative to champion the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in support of Canada’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. This was an exclusive opportunity to hear an update on CaGBC’s work to date, from Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council.In July 2016, Vancouver City Council endorsed a Zero Emissions New Building Plan. The plan provides a roadmap that defines the specific goals, timelines and initiatives needed to eliminate emissions from most new homes and buildings within a decade. This was a chance to hear from Sean Pander, Green Building Program Manager at the City of Vancouver as he  provided an update on the city’s work to date to develop policy to implement this plan.

Following the presentations, a Q + A and discussion session with the audience was moderated by Dave Ramslie, Principal, Sustainability + Research at Integral Group


October 2016: The Green Building Industry: Inspiring Possibilities

The CaGBC's Emerging Green Builders (EGB) are dedicated to providing the next generation of green building industry professionals with the tools, information and connections they need to be successful. This was the first event hosted by our EGB group in Vancouver. "Inspiring Possibilities" gave industry insight into the rapidly growing green building and alternative energy field. Designed to be an open and relaxed atmosphere, attendees had the chance to ask questions, hear the perspective of industry experts and network.


  • Bryn Davidson, Principal / Design with Lanefab Design/Build
  • Chris Higgins, Green Building Planner with the City of Vancouver
  • Sean Moore, Sustainable Building Analyst with Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  • Steffen Lee Trangeled, Energy Efficiency Engineer with SES Consulting
  • James Woodall, Sustainable Design Specialist with HCMA
  • Vanessa Jansen, Designer, Perkins and Will

June 2016: Summertime Green Building Mixer


Our first networking event of the year took place on the penthouse terrace and boardroom of 980 Howe Street. Developed, owned and managed by Manulife Real Estate, 980 Howe Street is a newly completed, 16 storey, AAA office building in downtown Vancouver targeting LEED® Gold certification. The evening kicked off with tours of the venue,  continued with networking, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a crowdpleasing Building Blitz: six rapidfire presentations highlighting a few of the most sustainable recent green building projects in British Columbia. Guests enjoyed views of downtown Vancouver from the 16th floor terrace as they networked, and discussed the featured green building projects with the professionals who designed them.


Building Blitz: Guests enjoyed short presentations on recent green building projects in BC, including:

  • TELUS Garden Office Tower [Goran Ostojic , Integral Group)
  • Stantec Office, Metrotower III [Megan Leslie, Stantec]
  • Queen Mary Elementary [James Kao , DA Architects + Planners]
  • Wood Innovation and Design Centre [Juan Monterrosa, MMM Group Limited]
  • Mt. Tolmie Community Branch 68 [Jeremy Trigg, Vancity]

You can view the pdf of these presentations here

2016 Lunch and Learn Series:



  • Introduction to Energy Benchmarking, Victoria 
  • Introduction to the WELL Building Standard, Vancouver 
  • Resilience and Green Building, Vancouver and Victoria 
  • Introduction to the Material Credits in LEED v4, Vancouver