April 2022

Developing the Business Case for Deep Retrofits

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Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Time: 8:50 AM–9:00 AM Pacific: Registration
9:00 AM–11:00 AM Pacific: Webinar
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Christopher Naismith
CEO, Audette Analytics

Brian Miltimore
Energy Manager, BGIS

Jamie Gray-Donald
Senior Vice-President, Sustainability, QuadReal Properties

Christy Love, P.Eng.
Senior Project Engineer, RDH Building Science

Innes Hood, P.Eng.
Consultant (Facilitator)

Mariko Michasiw
Program Manager, B2E/ZEBx (Facilitator)
Credit: Eligible for 2.0 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Early Bird Price: $25.00 + GST = $26.25 until Mar 29, 2022

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This webinar will provide an overview of the tools, strategies, and skills to develop strong business cases to deliver energy and emissions reductions in existing Part 3 buildings.

For Canada to achieve its carbon emissions targets, significant emission reductions in existing buildings are needed. Many owners struggle to justify the first costs for investing in emission reduction projects, and many consultants struggle to demonstrate the business case to these owners. This webinar will feature the experiences of consultants, owners, and developers who are successfully charting the path toward deep emission reductions in existing buildings. Each will share how organizational and industry goals or requirements are evolving their business case development and shifting their priorities, and will share their insights around solutions, financing, and deployment. Using results from energy studies, and case studies from government, developer, and REIT-led projects, the presenters will discuss the most efficient, cost-effective, and impactful ways to enable building sector decarbonization. Following the presentations, participants will be invited to engage with the presenters through a facilitated panel discussion.

This webinar is part of a seminar series offered in partnership with BC Hydro and in support of actions under Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Climate Change Action Plan. This series is aimed at enabling knowledge sharing between attendees and building sector professionals with first-hand experience in deep energy building retrofits, with a goal of removing barriers and increasing the confidence and capacity of architects and engineers to take on existing building energy and emissions retrofit projects. The first, second, and third events in this series provided an introduction to deep retrofits, an overview of heat pump technology assessments in deep retrofits, and the role of building enclosure in an integrated approach to deep retrofits.

Learning Objectives

  • Reconceptualizing the value of retrofits through climate and financial evaluations;
  • Motivations and directives driving energy retrofits from the perspective of governments, asset owners and managers, developers, and real estate investment trusts;
  • Key financial metrics evaluated for retrofit measures, and accounting for planned increases to carbon prices;
  • Opportunities to accelerate building retrofits through aggregation;
  • Identifying and communicating the value proposition; and,
  • Compilation of carbon-neutral studies, case studies of completed projects, lessons learned, including analysis of most impactful solutions/approaches.

Target Audience

  • Registrants working in the buildings sector looking to engage in deep retrofit work (e.g., design and consulting engineers, architects, sales engineers);
  • Organizations providing or procuring services in developing building retrofit strategies (e.g., building operators, portfolio managers, energy managers, corporate ESG managers, etc.); and
  • Engineers, architects, technologists, geoscientists wishing to learn more about deep retrofits as a potential opportunity for climate action.


Christopher Naismith

CEO, Audette Analytics

Chris is the CEO of Audette Analytics, a carbon risk management platform for commercial real estate. Trained as an engineer and building scientist, his team has designed a machine-learning-driven platform for large commercial property portfolios to unearth retrofit potential and design business cases for deep decarbonization.

Brian Miltimore

Brian Miltimore, Energy Manager, BGIS

Brian works as an Energy Manager at BGIS, an integrated facilities management firm that provides sector-specific solutions to assist companies and organizations excel with sustainability results. He has first-hand experience with assisting clients including the Federal Government with carrying out carbon-neutral studies and solutions to implement energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures through building retrofits.

Jamie Gray-Donald

Senior Vice-President, Sustainability, QuadReal Properties

Jamie works as the Senior VP, Sustainability & EHS at QuadReal Property Group, and from development through to asset management, he incorporates sustainability practices that can enhance prudent growth and sustainable returns in the portfolios owned by the group. He has developed new tools to ensure investments are leading the transition to net-zero and performs climate and environmental risk analysis for all investments decision made.

Christy Love, P.Eng.

Senior Project Engineer, RDH Building Science

Christy Love is a senior project engineer at RDH Building Science, with an emphasis on efficient building systems, research, and sustainability. For the past 20 years, she has been designing, evaluating, and researching energy, carbon, and water-efficient solutions for the built environment. Her current focus is improving the performance of existing buildings through applied research and supporting the development of related policies and programs.


Innes Hood, P.Eng.


Innes is a professional engineer and resource management consultant with 25 years of experience in energy efficient low carbon buildings for new and retrofit projects. Innes is also an experienced facilitator with ongoing projects that combine technical and financial analysis balanced by values-based stakeholder input to support improved outcomes.

Mariko Michasiw

Program Manager, B2E/ZEBx

As a Certified Energy Manager, Mariko has experience working on a diverse portfolio of buildings, successfully developing, planning, and leading the implementation of building retrofit projects that have resulted in significant greenhouse gas emissions reduction and energy use savings. She currently works as the Program Manager for the Building to Electrification Coalition (B2E) at the Zero Emissions Buildings Exchange (ZEBx).

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