On this episode of The Construction Record Podcast, digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with City of Vancouver green building manager Sean Pander and clean energy engineer Brenda Scott Castro about how Vancouver can adapt aging architecture to changing climate conditions.
Vancouver’s older building stock was built in a more temperate environment but as the world heats up and the Lower Mainland experience heat domes and other temperature-related stresses it becomes necessary to retrofit where possible.
Pander and Castro said heat pumps are showing promise in adapting older building stock to rising temperatures and said the first priority for the City of Vancouver is to ensure modifications are made to residences and structures housing the city’s most vulnerable residents.
News editor Lindsey Cole also joins the pod with a look at the top headlines across the country, including more news and industry reaction to the ongoing Greenbelt saga and Doug Ford’s cabinet shakeup following former housing minister Steve Clark’s resignation. She also pointed to a project story about a Burlington lift bridge getting a $21-million overhaul which will extend the life of the structure by another five decades. In the west, Lindsey highlighted a story about Fastfrate Group, a major transportation and supply chain provider, which is building several facilities at CentrePort Canada, Winnipeg’s 20,000-acre inland port and foreign trade zone.
You can listen to The Construction Record on the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce websites as well as on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music’s podcast section. Our previous interview with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) research advisor Jill Engel-Cox and senior building energy research engineer Shanti Pless is here. Thanks for listening.