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Our Mission

We help our clients to create buildings and spaces that better serve people.

Our Vision

By 2020, buildABILITY will be a leading catalyst for change within the residential building industry.

buildABILITY exists at the intersection between the built environment and the organizations that create it. The firm’s core strength is its customized stakeholdering process. buildABILITY is able to work with clients to uncover the key challenges, build consensus solutions, and develop implementation strategies that satisfy the needs and objectives of each project. The firm also looks beyond the implementation and works to understand key metrics to ensure effectiveness and optimize results.

The firm has a unique approach to delivering change within the housing industry. This approach can be captured in three words, which are the foundation of buildABILITY’s work: EXPLORE, ENGAGE, TRANSFORM. With a focus on helping clients to adapt to change, buildABILITY inspires action by building knowledge and capacity.

Explore

Every project begins by understanding the motives for and barriers to change

buildABILITY takes a step by step approach to problem finding, fact finding, and problem definition. During this step the firm considers the broad scope of questions in defining the plan.

Engage

Uncovering the problems brings new understanding to the challenges and barriers

buildABILITY works with clients to recognize the opportunities for change that are aligned with the problem definition and the client’s current and future goals. This step includes generating lots of ideas and selecting the most promising.

Transform

It is now time to implement

buildABILITY develops a final deliverable for the client tailored to their problem and solution. This step includes continual incorporation of feedback on the deliverable as drafts are shared with the client.

Built for People.

Michael Lio, P.Eng, ICD.D

Michael is a professional engineer who has been involved in sustainable housing for almost 30 years. He has consulted on projects and publications across North America relating to housing, energy efficiency and sustainability. Michael has provided key technical studies that have supported changes to the energy efficiency requirement of every version of the Ontario Building Code since 1990. His studies have supported the development of the Energy Star for New Homes program in Ontario. He has also been retained by Natural Resources Canada to provide the technical rationale for changes to the new EnerGuide Rating System, the new R-2000 Program and the 2012 Energy Star Technical Specification. He has at various times benchmarked the greenhouse gas emissions of new and existing housing in Ontario.

Since 1984, Michael has represented the public interest on a number of boards, council, and committees including as a government appointee. Michael brings over 20 years of governance experience to the board of Markham District Energy Inc. He has served on the boards of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, the TSSA, the Electrical Safety Authority, and Tarion Warranty Corporation. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Markham District Energy.

For 27 years, Michael taught in the architecture programs at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. In 2014, he was selected to act as a mentor by the The Hatchery at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. The Hatchery is a vehicle for student entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable businesses as part of the engineering faculty.

Vicki Yan

Vicki is the Finance Manager at buildABILITY. She handles all financial matters and provides support to other business areas. Vicki is a graduate with Honours from Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management where she majored in accounting and minored in economics. She is currently a student in the CPA program and is looking forward to attaining her designation.

Edith Yu, M. Arch

Edith takes complex technical content and translates them into narratives people can intuitively follow. She integrates technical research and experience design with her talent for visual design. Her contributions have aided projects focussed on innovation adoption, housing technologies, stakeholder engagement, and builder and trades education. Edith also manages the company events and training agenda.

She holds a Master of Architecture from the John H. Daniels’ Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.