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Canada Shares Best Practice with Chinese Net Zero Delegation

Haiyan Zhang

By Haiyan Zhang

Senior Technical Director, Canada Wood Shanghai

October 2, 2018

A group of 20 delegates led by China Academy of Building Science Research (CABR, the largest and most diverse research institution in China’s building industry) attended the Sino-Canadian symposium themed on “High Performance Energy-Efficient Construction” in Vancouver on September 13. The delegates are from 16-member organizations of China Zero Energy Committee, including CABR, China Construction Science & Technology Group, China Construction Southwest Design and Research Institute, Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science, Tianjin Architecture Design Institute, Beijing Cole Building Energy Conservation Technology Co., Ltd. etc.

On the one-day symposium, Canadian experts from NRCan, CanmetEnergy, Canadian Home Builders Association, design consultants and builders in net zero businesses gave an overview of Canada’s net zero energy policies, codes and developments; Canadian energy efficiency programs; design and construction practices of net zero buildings. Dr. Xu Wei, Director of Institute of Building Environment and Energy of CABR gave an introduction of Chinese net zero energy policies, standards, programs and demo projects.

The delegates then visited The Heights, the Harmony House, two high performance villas under construction, as well as CIRS green building, Westbrook Neighborhood, Brock Commons at UBC. The symposium and field site visits organized by Canada Wood, provided an opportunity for the Chinese pioneering firms and organizations to understand Canada’s development and best practices in net zero and net zero ready wood buildings. Collaboration opportunities such as the net zero building standard, simulation modelling, and demo projects etc. will be further discussed.