Meeta Lele, architect at DIALOG, will present “Sustainability Frontiers: BC Step Code in Action at Simon Fraser University” at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia Conference 2022 on May 3, 2022.
Sustainability Frontiers: BC Step Code in Action at Simon Fraser University
The BC Energy Step Code, which sets a new standard for energy-efficient building design, is still relatively new, and case studies are few and far between. This presentation attempts to bridge the gap between the legislative mandate and practical fulfillment through a case study of how the Step Code was implemented on an institutional, mixed-use project at Simon Fraser University. This project, which is currently under construction, was designed with a target of Step 4 of the BC Energy Step Code. Due to a lack of precedent in practice, the design team faced some new challenges and consequently found creative ways to address them. This presentation will describe how adoption of the Code influenced the design, and review some of the challenges faced, solutions developed, and lessons learnt along the way.
About Meeta Lele
Meeta Lele is an architect at DIALOG based in our Vancouver studio. She has designed diverse project types across North America and has led projects across a broad range of sectors including mixed-use developments, corporate and workspaces, science & technology, industrial, retail, educational, and transit.
Meeta brings a progressive attitude to her role as an architect, whether in the area of energy efficiency or the use of technology in building design. Over the past decade, she has garnered substantial experience in the application of new energy standards to building design. Her experience stretches back to her former practice in California with California’s green building code (CALGreen), which is the first state-mandated green building code in the US and was widely implemented for the first time in 2011. In her present role at DIALOG, she has been instrumental in developing innovative solutions to meet Code needs and educating others in the practice about the requirements.