The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), and the Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) are proud to partner on the year-long event series The Competitive Edge – Growing Your Business in the Future of Construction.
Construction is undeniably changing, from significant regulatory shifts – such as the BC Energy Step Code – to industry trends towards greater digitalization and industrialization. In recent years, Vancouver construction businesses have shown incredible leadership and innovation, particularly as we move towards net-zero emissions and the more widespread use of mass timber, but threats and challenges – such as an ageing workforce – remain.
The series kicked off on April 29 with speakers from the VEC, VRCA, ZEBx, and the BC Building Safety and Standards and Safety Branch offering a broad overview of the types of changes the industry is facing, including digitalization and new regulatory requirements.
The conversation was wide-ranging, and touched on many present and future trends, threats and opportunities.
Watch the webinar
Listen to panelists speak about major regulatory changes coming this decade, advances in industry trends and best practices. Plus learn about new initiatives that are working to build construction sector capacity.
Resources mentioned during the session
Below is a comprehensive list of resources mentioned during the event that businesses will find useful:
Construction Sector Innovation Threats and Opportunities
Jason Glue, President, JG Strategies
Policy and Regulatory Intentions and Trajectories
Andrew Pape-Salmon, Executive Director, BC Building and Safety Standards Branch, Attorney General and Minister responsible for Housing
- BC Energy Step Code Council
- BC Building Codes
- CleanBC – BC’s climate change plan
- CleanBC – Better Homes
- Canadian Free Trade Agreement, Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table
The Economic Potential of the New Construction Economy
George Benson, Sector Manager for the Built Environment, Vancouver Economic Commission
- Metro Vancouver 2019 Green Building Market Forecast”
- Vancouver Contech “Ecosystem Map”
- Green Buildings Design and Construction – resources, data, and research
- Shift – online tool for projection green building market expansion in Metro Vancouver
Building Capacity in Industry Today and Tomorrow
Roberto Pecora, Director of Programming, Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx)