HRAI Joins Building to Electrification Coalition

Climate initiatives in BC have been front and center in government policy for over a decade and as we see the acceleration of climate policies in Canada and increasing impacts on key stakeholders, the need for HVACR industry representation is increasing.

As part of the BC Building Electrification Road Map (BC BERM), announced in April of 2021, a new BC-based member-driven coalition called the “Building to Electrification Coalition,” or B2E, has been formed to focus on electrifying space heating and domestic hot water systems in BC, in pursuit of a province-wide shift to low-carbon buildings.  B2E is a key initiative identified in the Building Electrification Road Map (BERM) and is supported by ZEBx.

HRAI has been invited to join the coalition as a founding member, amongst other industry and government leaders, and will represent the whole HVACR supply chain in the context of building de-carbonization. 

The coalition will formally launch with a virtual event on Wednesday September 29th at 11:00 am PT. This FREE one-hour launch event will feature two speakers with extensive experience working in building electrification and  will highlight BC’s Building Electrification Roap Map, as well as identifying ways to get involved with its implementation.

Registration information:

Building to Electrification (B2E) Coalition Launch Event

Wednesday, Sept. 29th - 11am-12pm PDT

Online via Zoom – Register via Eventbrite


Tom Berkhout is the Program Manager for Building Electrification at BC Hydro, and co-author of the BC Building Electrification Road Map (BERM). He will be sharing highlights of BC’s BERM and discuss opportunities for coordination and collaboration.

Panama Bartholomy is the Executive Director of California’s Building Decarb Coalition and has experience working on climate solutions in 30 different countries. Panama will be sharing successes and lessons learned from California.


Mariko Michasiw is the Building Electrification Coalition Program Manager at B2E. Mariko has dedicated her career to advancing climate action through conservation and energy management in BC. Working in the municipal realm for nearly a decade, she has developed a keen understanding of both the challenges and opportunities related to building electrification in the commercial and residential sectors.

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