Trades Inspector II (Emissions Compliance Inspector) (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada, V6A 4K6)

Requisition ID: 26534 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, BC’s Top Employers, and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Main Purpose & Function 
This position is responsible for enhancing the quality of permit application review and the work performed by the building and trades inspections branches by developing and supporting the implementation of processes to ensure adherence to the energy and greenhouse gas requirements of the Vancouver Building Bylaw from permitting through to occupancy in low-rise residential buildings. The position will develop and deliver training to improve energy and greenhouse gas emission inspections outcomes, ensure consistency in applying procedures, completing research or special projects, and make recommendations on policy and procedures. This position also performs field inspections and provides guidance and assistance to inspection staff, such as accompanying inspectors on difficult and complex inspections. This position is involved in all phases of related projects including permit application (form/process design), inspections, and occupancy as appropriate.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

This position requires a multi-departmental approach that includes emphasis in policy and bylaw enforcement, industry and staff engagement and training, standardized process development leading to implementation and compliance enforcement to ensure overall compliance with the Vancouver Building Bylaw and other applicable bylaws and policies. 

  • Provides mentorship and training  to inspectors, plan checkers, and new staff to ensure they understand and are competent in department policies, procedures and energy/emissions regulations 
  • Monitors adherence to bylaw requirements, standards and procedures and recommends skill or knowledge training where necessary
  • Develops and delivers technical workshops, training and seminars, arranges external training courses and seminars, and responds to staff questions related to energy and emissions submissions and inspections.
  • Develops processes to best facilitate industry’s submissions showing compliance with relevant requirements.
  • Accompanies inspectors to gather compliance and installation quality data, enhance procedures, and to support difficult and complex inspections.
  • Maintains records regarding staff training and industry compliance with specific requirements of interest
  • Conducts annual audit of Energy Advisor reports, identifies irregularities, conducts inspections or other actions to ensure Energy Advisor testing and reports are complete and accurate, recommends processes to improve the quality of Energy Advisor work and submissions, and works with Legal Services to prohibit service in Vancouver by incompetent or fraudulent Energy Advisors
  • Ensures proper sizing and installation of all mechanical (Furnace, Boiler, Heat Pump, HRV) equipment.  Reviews heat loss calculations and furnace sizing on audited projects.
  • Liaises with other authorities having jurisdiction, the Province, energy utilities and various professional bodies, educational institutes and City departments on energy and emissions compliance related matters.
  • Make recommendations on changes to regulations and assist in developing policies and procedures relating to enhanced interpretations and inspections.
  • Prepare draft reports and bulletins related to by-law changes, departmental directives, procedural changes and technical updates, such as enhancement requests for POSSE.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • Diploma in Building Technology from recognized institute such as BCIT or equivalent combination of skills, knowledge and ability
  • Successful completion of the Part 9, Part 3 and VBBL courses from a recognized institute such as BCIT is preferred
  • Minimum of ten (10) years in the construction industry
  • Experience in building inspections and supervising staff are an asset
  • Successful completion of TECA (Thermal Environmental Comfort Association)  would be an asset
  • Education on how to train or educate adults would be an asset

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of methods, risks, best practices, and approved materials, appliances, equipment used in energy efficient residential building envelopes supplemented by familiarity with residential heating, and ventilations systems
  • Knowledge of the Vancouver Building By-law’s energy and emissions requirements and the BC Safety Standards Act
  • Ability to develop and deliver specialized technical workshops, seminars
  • Ability to work with individual inspectors in upgrading specific skills and knowledge related to the work
  • Ability to assess the inspection staff skills related to the application of department standards, procedures and practices.
  • Ability to establish satisfactory working relationships with staff, contractors, developers, tradespeople and owners, and to provide advice on problems and issues
  • Proven ability to coach and mentor staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to enforce by-laws and regulations with firmness, impartiality and good judgement
  • Ability to read and understand plans and to recognize the technical requirements as regards to specific types of installations, and to suggest desirable changes when necessary.
  • Ability to identify and document improvements, and prepare articulated enhancement requests for the inspection system.
  • Ability to maintain manual and computer records, to prepare a variety of reports and to review reports submitted by staff.
  • Ability to perform thorough, complete and accurate work with limited supervision and direction. 
  • Ability to manage projects crossing multiple departments, issues and stakeholders.

A current and valid BC Driver’s License or higher and a satisfactory driving record is required. 

A criminal records check will also be required. 

Business Unit/Department: Development, Buildings & Licensing (1250) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Parks 

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: June, 2021 

Position End Date: March, 2023 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-029: $44.83 to $53.01 per hour

Application Close: May 23, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion

To be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity with a generous benefits package, please apply on our careers site.

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