Resources and Webinars

Stay Informed

The following pages can be useful to monitor public weather and health alerts.

Public Weather Alerts for British Columbia - https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=bc

Air Quality Health Index - View the current and forecast Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) readings for your area, hourly air quality readings and related health messages: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-quality/aqhi

BC Wildfire Service

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status

Emergency Info BC – Current Wildfire Information

  • Evacuation Orders, Alerts
  • Emergency Support Services and Reception Centres
  • Family Reunification Services
  • Highway Conditions and Closures

Communication Resources for Tenants

Resources for Building Operators & Staff

Planning & Preparing

Space Cooling and Indoor Air Quality

Heat and Pets

Educational Materials

Extreme Heat Webinars

Addressing Extreme Heat and Wildfire Smoke: Equity Informed Approaches

NEW: June 17, 2021 | 92 minutes

Topic: Learn about the health risks of extreme heat and air pollution from wildfire smoke and strategies targeting the needs of those most at risk. This session will help non-profit housing providers can do to build resilience plans for tenants to extreme and wildfire smoke.

Presented by:
BC Non-Profit Housing Association 

Retrofits for Overheating Buildings and Poor Indoor Air Quality

July 7, 2020 | 88 minutes

Topic: Summer temperatures and extreme heat events are on the rise, creating major challenges for keeping our buildings cool and safe enough for the wellbeing of tenants.

Speakers:
Alex Chou, P.Eng., LEED AP, Associate, AME Consulting Group
Dr. Marianne Touchie, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Owen Philip, Capital Planning Senior Manager, BC Housing
Jackie Kanyuk, Moderator, BCNPHA

document icon Slide Desk - Retrofits for Overheating Buildings and Poor Indoor Air Quality (5.99 MB)

Addressing COVID-19 & Overheating in Non-Profit Housing

May 13, 2020 | 77 minutes

Topic: Hotter days are on their way, and with COVID-19 protocols still in place, building operations staff need to be ready for extreme hot weather and potential wildfires contributing to poor air quality.

Speakers:
Angela Eykelbosh - Environmental Health Scientist, BC Centre for Disease Control
Ulryke Weissgerber - Division Manager, Metro Vancouver Housing
Chris Higgins - Green Building Planner, City of Vancouver
Tamsin Mills - Senior Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver

document icon Slide Desk - Addressing COVID-19 & Overheating in Non-Profit Housing (5 MB)

Building Overheating and Air Quality: Considerations in New Construction

April 28, 2020 | 95 minutes

Topic: Join experts who will share extreme heat and poor air quality management strategies to consider for new construction projects.

Speakers:
Lisa Westerhoff - Principal, Integral Group
Chris Doel - Managing Principal, Integral Group
Sadia Afrin - Senior Manager, Construction Services, BC Housing

document icon Slide Desk - Building Overheating and Air Quality: Considerations in New Construction (7 MB)

Preparing for Extreme Heat & Poor Air Quality

May 14, 2019 | 81 minutes

Topic: Extreme hot weather and poor air quality events related to forest wildfires and rising air temperatures are occurring more and more often across the province.

Speakers:
Dr. Sarah Henderson - Senior Scientist, Environmental Health Services, BC Center for Disease Control
Dr. Michael Schwandt - Public Health Physician, BC Center for Disease Control
Tamsin Mills - Senior Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver
Magdalena Szpala - Senior Sustainability Advisor, BC Housing

document icon Slide Desk - Preparing for Extreme Heat & Poor Air Quality (7 MB)