Vice President & Senior Policy Advisor, Urban Development Institute
Jeff is responsible for many of UDI’s Municipal Liaison Committees, including land use, regulatory, housing affordability, legal and sustainability issues. He joined UDI Vancouver in 2004 as Director of Municipal Affairs and Research, with responsibility for UDI’s relations with governments.
Jeff is a member of the BC Energy Step Code Council, assisting with the code’s implementation. He will describe the Code, its implementation by local governments, and plans to increase its adoption.
The Urban Development Institute, is a non-profit association of the development industry in BC. It promotes wise and efficient urban growth, good planning and development, transit investment, affordable housing, and quality commercial and industrial developments. UDI focuses its efforts on policy development, research, and education.
The Energy Step Code requires new construction to be net-zero energy ready. It is pan-Canadian, and by 2030 will be incorporated into the National Building Code. The BC Building Code will fully adopt the energy step code by 2032. UDI is supportive of the code’s long-term perspective.
Rather than a “prescriptive” approach, the Energy Step Code offers a more effective “performance” approach to comply with the energy efficiency requirements of the BC Building Code. That method establishes a desired outcome, leaving it to the design and building team to decide how to achieve it.