Sonja Winkelmann
Director of Net Zero Energy Housing

Sonja has been working in the field of energy efficient homes for 15 years. She joined the CHBA in May 2014 as the Director of Net Zero Energy Housing and has led the development of the Net Zero Home Labelling Program as well as the associated training courses and marketing efforts. Prior to the CHBA she was the Executive Director of the Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition for 4 years. Previously Sonja was a Program Consultant for Climate Change Central (C3), working on projects such as the Alberta New Home Rebate Program and the Calgary Real Estate Board ìGo Green Challengeî. Sonjaís career in this industry started at EnerVision; a Service Organization in Alberta that delivered new home rating and certification programs such as EnerGuide, Built Greenô, R-2000, and LEED for Homes, as well as NRCanís Building Canada initiative. Her formal education is in Business Administration and Environmental Management, and she has her Environmental Professional (EP) designation from ECO Canada. She is also the proud winner of EnerQualityís 2015 Leader of the Year award.

Codes, Standards and Rating systems: Validating your corporate philosophy and values through the expanding building performance certification market.

With the proliferation of different performance certification systems, building labeling has become big business and third party verification of these systems has created a whole new subset of design and testing professionals. How can a Builder use these different systems to communicate their own corporate philosophy and values to their customers?