Net-Zero Energy and Carbon Building Design: Feasibility in Northern Canada and Alaska (Webinar)


About this presentation:

The challenges presented by climate change are unprecedented and have propelled governments to introduce new legislation aimed at greatly reducing energy and carbon usage in the building sector. In an effort to mitigate the effects of climate change, the Government of Canada has committed to net-zero emissions by 2050. But what does this actually mean and how do we design buildings for it? In this presentation, Robin Urquhart will first unpack key terminology such as net-zero energy, net-zero carbon, net-zero emissions, and net-zero operational carbon by providing definitions and design considerations. Then, using the most recent research and energy modeling, he will assess the feasibility and practical limitations of net-zero building design in Northern Canada and Alaska (north of 60° latitude). Robin will also highlight case studies of residential and commercial buildings with emphasis on the magnified challenges of extreme cold climates and remote locations.

This presentation is a part of our Building Science Live Series

After attending this event, you'll be able to:

  1. Define key net-zero building design terminology.           
  2. Compare net-zero building design standards.
  3. Identify challenges and opportunities for net-zero design in various locations within northern climates.                
  4. Understand approaches for net-zero design for new building projects.
  5. Understand the regulatory landscape in Canada for net-zero design. 


  • Format: 1-hour live webinar with the opportunity to ask questions during the event. 
  • Audience: This session will be of interest to architects, building science engineers, project managers, federal government department heads, energy advisors, energy modelers, and home builders.

Continuing Education Credits:

This presentation is pending approval for continuing education credit.

About Building Science Live:

Building Science Live is a live webinar series delivered by RDH's building science specialists who explore a new topic during each session. Topics range from building science fundamentals to high-performance design. Building Science Live is a free live event for those who have purchased a ticket. Session recordings are made available for purchase shortly after each event and include the event recording and a quiz for learners seeking continuing education credits.