The Zero Energy/Emissions Buildings Learning Centre provides training on zero-energy building techniques for new construction and retrofits – skills needed now more than ever.
Alex Hebert jokes that when he used to attend events, he would set up his booth as far away from the flashy, tech-forward exhibits as possible. “We’re not shiny like a Tesla,” he says. But when it comes to reducing the impact of buildings on our climate and achieving government – and Vancity – emission reduction targets, his work plays an important role.
Alex oversees BCIT’s Zero Energy/Emissions Buildings Learning Centre (ZEBLC), which provides training on zero-energy building techniques for new construction and retrofits. The building sector is Canada’s third highest source of emissions. The skills students acquire with ZEBLC are needed now more than ever.
Since opening in 2018 with Vancity support, the ZEB Learning Centre has trained more than 1,900 students from across BC. Students like Carrigan Tallio from the Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola.