Building to NetZero: CHBA NetZero Labelling Program (Builders’ Breakfast Series)

The NetZero Labelling Program: Benefits, Marketing, Training Technical and Costing Attributes

Event date: February 27, 2020
Showtime: 7:30am - 9:30am
Location: Trev Deeley (1875 Boundary Road Vancouver)
2 CPD Credits (Pending)

With the Energy Step Code, builders have the opportunity to choose the high-performance pathway that works best for their product and company.  In this seminar, the NetZero labelling program will be discussed as a viable option for high-performance building in Metro Vancouver.  A panel of speakers will be presenting the NetZero program and go in-depth about its benefits, costing, marketing support, labelling and technical requirements to achieve a NetZero home.

Program Overview
– Introduction to the CHBA Net Zero Council efforts
– Marketing support for participants
– Program benefits
– Costing information

Program Technical Detail
– Technical Requirements overview
– Current program statistics
– Performance of homes labelled to date
– How homes in the program have achieved Net Zero

Service Organization Labelling Process
– How to become a CHBA Qualified Net Zero Builder
– How to label a Net Zero/Ready home
– Net Zero Training Program
– Where are the codes going? (BC Step Code)

JUST ADDED: The City of Vancouver will also be part of this presentation, discussing the latest Vancouver Building ByLaw (VBBL) updates for 1 to 3 storeys, zero emissions targets plan, and information on a financial incentive for high-performance projects in Metro Vancouver.

Who Should Attend

Builders, designers, energy advisors, municipal building inspectors, trades and suppliers.

Event Agenda


  • headshot of Sonja Winklemann

    Sonja Winkelmann, EP, Director, Net Zero Energy Housing CHBA

    Sonja has been working in the field of energy efficient homes for over 15 years. She joined the CHBA in May 2014 as the first Director of Net Zero Energy Housing and has led the development of the Net Zero Home Labelling Director of the Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition for 4 years. Previously, Sonja was a Program Consultant for Climate Change Central (C3), working on projects such as the Alberta New Home Rebate Program and the Calgary Real Estate Board “Go Green Challenge”. Sonja’s career in this industry started at EnerVision; a Service Organization in Alberta that delivered new home rating and certification programs such as EnerGuide, Built Green™, R-2000, and LEED for Homes, as well as NRCan’s Building Canada initiative. Her formal education is in Business Administration and Environmental Management, and she has received the Environmental Professional (EP) designation from ECO Canada. She is also the proud winner of EnerQuality’s 2015 Leader of the Year award!

  • headshot of Brett Cass

    Brett Cass, Coordinator, Net Zero Home Labelling Program, CHBA

    Brett Cass is the Coordinator for the CHBA’s Net Zero Home Labelling Program. He has a B.A. in Environmental Science with a Minor in Business from Robert Morris University (Pittsburgh, PA). After graduation he began his career in the renewable energy industry as a renewable energy system designer. Brett continues to develop his education in green building practises and energy management; He has his accreditation as a LEED Green Associate from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and is also certified as an Energy Manager in Training (EMIT), soon to be a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), through the Association of Energy Engineers.

  • Vanessa Joehl, Director of Energy Program, CHBA BC

    Vanessa Joehl is the Director of Energy Programs for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC as well as the association’s Service Organization Manager. Her role is to facilitate the promotion and delivery of the EnerGuide Rating System, ENERGY STAR, R-2000 and Net Zero programs within BC.

    Vanessa works closely with Natural Resources Canada and the CHBA BC Energy Advisor Network who have all been trained and licensed through the Canadian Home Builders’ Association to deliver and promote voluntary labeling programs.

    Additionally, Vanessa provides training opportunities for builders seeking an Energy Star or Net Zero label for their newly constructed homes.