Northwest Energy Retrofit Forum

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Northwest Energy Retrofit Forum

June 3 - June 5

Nisga’a Nation and Terrace, BC

Retrofitting existing homes increases their durability, makes them more comfortable, and reduces the cost of heating and cooling. CEA is working with the Nisga’a Nation and the Northern BC Chapter of the Canadian Home Builders Association to bring some of the leading experts on the topic to northwestern BC in June.

The Northwest Energy Retrofit Forum aims to build region-wide capacity for high-performing retrofit projects in all communities by including everyone involved: builders, sub-trades, suppliers, building officials and government staff, energy advisors, and community leaders.

Save the date: June 4–5, 2024 in Terrace, BC. Registration details will be available soon.

Tour – Nisga’a Nation, June 3

The Nisga’a Nation is preparing to implement a coordinated program that will result in dozens of homes being retrofitted in Nisga’a communities over the next several years. This will require the participation of various building-industry officials throughout the Northwest. Interested in learning more? Apply to participate in a tour and networking event on June 3 – email

Presenters Include:

RICHARD HALL International Read Seal carpenter, NISI qualified building inspector, independent First Nations Housing Consultant 

After 38 years of experience as a Red Seal carpenter, home builder, construction foreman, qualified building inspector, site supervisor, and project manager, Richard now serves as a special advisor for First Nation communities in constructing energy-efficient, culturally appropriate, affordable homes. Over his career he has inspected 5-6000 homes in BC and captured the challenges within communities by placing pen to paper to help find solutions that would benefit all Canadians. He is the principal designer of the “Wet West Coast Building Standard”. With this booklet he created a new building standard for First Nations, with simple, affordable concepts and solutions that complimented their lifestyle, the weathering elements, Step Code and overall durable and appropriate building materials for the designs. He has also retired from his role as the Asset Manager for Nuxalk Nation; in this role, he led efforts to build capacity within the community and utilized what resources he had to rebuild a Nation. 


Mark is the President of Bernhardt Contracting Ltd. and CEO of Energy Code Solutions. For the last decade he and his team have spent their time developing, building, retrofitting, and consulting on some of Canada’s highest performance homes. 

Mark is a Registered Energy Advisor and Passive House Consultant, and over the past few years has spent much of his time helping other builders gear up for Step Code and higher performance buildings. He serves on several provincial code committees and is CHBA BC Vice President and past chair of the technical committee. 

ROB POPE Senior Consultant, Ecolighten Energy Solutions 

Rob started working in the HVAC industry in the mid 1970s where he began his apprenticeship in high-end custom homes, quickly earning tickets in sheet metal, refrigeration and gas fitting. During this time, he installed, serviced and began designing the first wave of energy-efficient systems such as condensing gas furnaces and boilers, heat recovery ventilation, heat pumps and solar thermal. Rob was the Mechanical Consultant on the first residence in Canada to achieve a Canadian LEED® certification. As an active member of the industry he has served as an executive member of the HVCI and TECA industry associations, advocating for higher standards and better education for its members. 

JAMES BOURGET ABET, RRO, CPHT | Principle, Construction Specialist 

James Bourget began his career in the construction industry in 1975. Over the years, he has established a multifaceted skill set and familiarity with various trades’ practices, including masonry, carpentry, concrete placing and finishing, architectural sheet metal, painting, as well as various stucco systems. In 2003 he joined RDH Building Science and since has been specializing in condition assessments, project design, detail development, and field review on Existing Buildings projects. 

As an approved roof inspector with the Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia, James has developed expertise in the investigation, design, and field review of complex and specialty roof renewal and replacement projects. He is also a Certified Passive House Tradesperson. 

James has extensive experience mentoring and training members of the building industry. He currently shares his knowledge of the building enclosure as a hands-on instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology for both Passive House and building science related courses. As part of an initiative to support the implementation of a province-wide energy step code policy, James also provides hands-on airtightness training to builders and contractors. He has worked with reputable manufacturers to film installation demonstration videos of their products such as membranes, barriers, and cladding attachments. 

GEOFF KIRKPATRICK Instructor / Registered Energy Advisor, BCIT Zero Energy/Emissions Buildings Learning Centre 

Geoff Kirkpatrick is passionate about providing solutions for high-performance envelopes. With over 30 years of experience in residential and commercial construction, he educates and consults on building enclosure assemblies, specializing in airtight assemblies and enclosure details. 

Geoff is a part-time studies instructor at BCIT’s Zero Energy/Emissions Buildings Learning Centre and is Registered Energy Advisor actively providing Evaluations in the Kootenay Region.\



June 3
June 5


Nisga’a Nation and Terrace, BC