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Zero emission building basics with Tony Cupido

With guest Tony Cupido, Mohawk College’s research chair for sustainable building technologies

In this episode of The 360 On Energy and Carbon podcast, the hosts tackle the burning question: are zero-emission buildings achievable?

Learn how advancements in energy-efficient systems and renewable energy technologies have made the dream of net-zero carbon emissions a reality. To provide a tangible illustration of successful zero emission building practices, the episode features Tony Cupido and Mohawk College as a real-life example.

Listeners discover this project's concrete results and benefits, gaining inspiration and confidence in the possibilities of zero-emission building. This practical case study helps listeners envision the potential for implementing similar sustainable initiatives in their own projects.

Unveiling the process: how to start your journey

Starting the journey towards a zero emissions building can be daunting, but fear not, as the podcast unravels the step-by-step process to help you kickstart your sustainability transformation. The hosts discuss setting ambitious energy efficiency goals, incorporating renewable energy systems and partnering with experts in sustainable design. Gain invaluable insights from industry professionals and get inspired to embark on your sustainable building journey.

The quest for net-zero building status

What does it take to achieve net-zero building designation? Are carbon credits involved? Cupido breaks down the criteria and certification programs that can help you attain this prestigious status—the significance of data-driven demonstrations that prove the feasibility of achieving zero emissions.

Finding Funding

While the cost and compliance challenges are currently on a per-building basis, the increasing momentum of governance, policies and codes across various regions is compelling building owners and developers to move toward zero emissions. Learn about where to find financial support and how to make your zero emissions building a reality. Hear about funding options, from grants and incentives to green building financing programs.

If you're passionate about sustainability and the future of our built environment, this podcast episode is a must-listen. Gain insights, expert advice, and success stories that will inspire and guide you on your journey to zero-emissions buildings. Join us as we explore the achievable, the process, funding options, and more. Take the chance to be part of the sustainable building revolution.


In 2019, Tony Cupido become Mohawk College’s inaugural research chair for sustainable building technologies, leading cutting-edge research driving the transition to a low-carbon economy.

He engages students in multidisciplinary problem-solving and focuses on real-world solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. Cupido's current initiatives include developing an operational performance database for Canada's largest institutional net-zero energy building, The Joyce Centre, and measuring innovative air purification and ventilation technologies in Ontario schools.

With roles on the Canada Green Building Council's board of directors and as an associate professor at McMaster University, Cupido is dedicated to advancing sustainable building practices and education.

David Arkell, president and CEO of 360 Energy

Lysandra Noam, executive producer of The 360 On Energy and Carbon Podcast

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