In the Lab @ BCIT (Builders Breakfast Series – Nov)
This month’s Builders’ Breakfast Series — the last one for 2019 — will be held at the BCIT High Performance Building Lab at the Burnaby campus. The topic will focus on the demonstration of four LEEP wall assembly strategies to meet the Net Zero Energy Ready construction standard, as well as discussion on moisture, thermal bridging and airtightness challenges.
Alex Hebert, Manager, Zero Energy/ Emissions Buildings, BCIT
Alex is a professional engineer with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering (Sherbrooke University). He completed a MBA with a focus in sustainability (UBC). Alex also studied at the School of Economics and Management at the Tsinghua University in Beijing and completed a certificate in Sustainable Energy Management at the BC Institute of technology (BCIT).
When Alex joined BCIT (2009) as their first energy manager, both energy consumption and GHG emissions were on the rise. During his time as BCIT’s energy manager, Alex’s team managed to stabilize the increase and to reduce in-scope GHG emissions by 10% (by 50% in a pilot project covering six neighboring buildings on one of the five campuses). Before moving on to a new position as manager of zero emissions buildings, Alex worked directly with BCIT’s president to prepare and provide recommendations on how to reduce GHG emissions by 33% below 2007 levels by 2021 and by 80% below 2007 by 2050. In March 2017, BCIT’s Board of Governors approved a $7M budget to meet the 2021 target. In the last three years of his energy manager mandate, Alex led a team that completed 40 projects, saved BCIT more than $400K per year and attracted more than $4M of new capital.
Alexandre is now responsible for a BCIT portfolio designed to build the capacity required in British Columbia to accelerate the construction of near zero energy buildings. Alex is also a part-time instructor in the energy management certificate at BCIT and in the Building Operator Certification course at CIET and, author of courses such as Decision Making for Energy Manager and Hands-on Introduction to Zero Energy Buildings. Finally, Alex is an official trainer for the BC Housing Building “Smart with the BC Energy Step Code” seminars.