August 12, 2013
Three Lower Mainland projects win national green building awards
Three sustainable building projects in Metro Vancouver recently earned 2013 Canadian Green Building Awards.
The Belmont Building and Eco 4-Plex in Vancouver, as well as the UniverCity Childcare Centre in Burnaby were three of the eight national award winning projects announced during the Canada Green Building Council’s annual conference.
The 13-storey residential Belmont Building won the first-ever Technical Achievement award.
It was constructed in 1986 in West Vancouver and was recently upgraded with a new envelope system, where the siding is attached with a new fiberglass Cascadia Clip that improves insulation performance.
Energy savings of up to 90 per cent for in-suite heating energy were achieved.
“The jury was impressed with how the design team turned the envelope failure on this 1980s building into an opportunity,” the jury noted.
“The cladding eliminates the thermal bridging inherent in steel stud construction and offers a solution that could be transferred to literally thousands of other similar projects.”
The Georgia Green Eco 4-Plex replaces a single family home with four compact residential units.
The airtight building envelope includes triple-glazed windows and skylights, rainwater capture in underground cisterns, extensive daylighting and cross ventilation.
It was designed and built to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
“The refined aesthetics, the clever circulation system and the beautifully laid out and light-filled interiors make this a welcome addition to a rather bland and banal residential neighbourhood,” said the jury.
“The superior building envelope, including high-performance windows, are indicative of the considered approach to passive design, focusing more on the reduction of energy loads than on state-of-the-art energy technology.”
The UniverCity Childcare Centre at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby has net zero energy and water use, and used locally sourced materials for construction.
It was one of the first Canadian projects to aim to meet the Living Building Challenges, which is one of the most stringent sustainable building rating systems in the world.
“The interiors are beautiful, the surrounding landscaping makes for an appealing play space and the performance numbers for energy and water are particularly impressive,” noted the jury.
“The directness of the design approach and the simplicity of the environmental systems offer a level of confidence that net-zero performance can be maintained over time.”
Other winning projects included: Through House in Toronto, Ontario; the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence in Ottawa, Ontario; Nova Scotia Power Headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia; County of Simco Administrative Centre expansion in Midhurst, Ont.; and the Station No. 1 Housing Co-op in Montreal, Que.
The 2013 Canadian Green Building Awards is an annual national program offered by Sustainable Architecture & Building (SAB) Magazine and the Canada Green Building Council.
The awards are intended to recognize excellent examples of sustainable building design in order to advance knowledge and improve practice for the design of non-residential and residential buildings.
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