Thursday, November 17, 12:00 (12 pm, online, 1 hour)

Learn BC-specific ways to understand future climate, identify risks, and mitigate them.

The Lower Mainland’s climate over the past 2 years has included heat domes; atmospheric rivers; severe droughts; and longer and drier summers leading to high numbers of wildfires.

Climate hazards have real impacts on people, buildings, and infrastructure. Risks are increasing over time without intentional mitigation for new builds, revised operational practices, and financial planning.

Learn BC-based resources for better understanding future climate data (including 1 in 1000 year events) and discuss processes for identifying and mitigating risks for new builds and existing buildings.

About your presenter

Veronica Owens

WSP Vancouver – Team Lead, Senior Advisor, and Western Canada Regional Proposal Coordinator

Veronica serves on WSP’s Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainability (CCRS) team in Vancouver, BC. She has a background in green building policy and rating systems; is a LEED NC and Fitwel Technical Lead; and has over 13 years of experience in the building sustainability sector.

She typically manages multi-disciplinary projects which combine mandates for climate adaptation; net zero carbon; and holistic sustainability (accessibility, health and wellness, environmental and zero waste). Her expertise extends to third party certification systems (Envision, Fitwel, LEED, Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification, WELL); policy research and development; consensus-building stakeholder engagement (interviews, workshops); product research; and strategic master-planning.

She regularly speaks at conferences (CHES BC, ACEC, Buildex, APTA) and has been an annual guest lecturer for the UBC High Performance Buildings Program since 2018 (501: Green Building Contemporary Practice).

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Let’s change the way buildings provide healthy, comfortable, and energy-efficient spaces for occupants.

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