Invitational Dialogues

Increasing energy efficiency in BC's built environment

Increasing energy efficiency in BC's built environment

Increasing Energy Efficiency in BC's Built Environment was held on 10 June, 2014 in Vancouver, BC. The purpose of the dialogue was to help the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) develop one of the major research themes it plans to support over the next five years: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment. Drawing on the advice and guidance of UBC's Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability, PICS convened experts who are working and/or researching in the field of energy efficiency in the built environment to help set its research agenda. Buildings are responsible for an estimated 10% of BC’s GHG emissions, and while many energy efficiency solutions are already available, there are also many challenges to overcome.

The dialogue was designed to answer the following key questions:

  • How can BC improve energy efficiency in buildings?
  • What are the highest priority building research questions?
  • What are the potential research collaborations?


The Dialogue Report outlines the discussion and outcomes from the dialogue, download below:

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The multi-disciplinary dialogue was composed of engineers, planners, behavioural change experts, researchers, and other professionals

Participants identified research needs to increase energy efficiency in BC’s built environment