Manager, Green and Resilient Buildings Branch
City of Vancouver
Sean Pander is the manager of the Green and Resilient Buildings Branch for the City of Vancouver and a member of the BC Energy Step Code Council, the Buildings to Electric (B2E) Leadership Council, is past-chair of the Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx), and a recipient of Canada’s Clean50 award. Under Sean’s leadership, Vancouver established the regulatory framework underpinning the BC Energy and Zero Emissions Step Codes. Following this innovative framework, Vancouver’s Building By-Law has transitioned to reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions from new buildings by over 70% to date and approved changes that will reduce emissions by 90% by 2025. In 2022, Vancouver City Council approved annual greenhouse gas and heating energy limits for existing commercial buildings that will drive deep emissions retrofits and electrification projects to harness waste heat. His team is now actively working to implement the new by-law while simultaneously undertaking research to explore options to expand the commercial requirements and support voluntary retrofit actions in these buildings as well as multi-family residential ones.