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ISSUE 2, FALL/WINTER 2016, British Columbia Chapter - CaGBC Regional Publication /


Why Focus on Sustainability and Wellness? Made-in BC technology helps buildings perform better REDUCING EMBODIED FOOTPRINT Embodied environmental impact Dutch Urban Design Showcase in Vancouver



UBC’s new Pharmaceutical Sciences Building claims six awards For Nick Maile, the only thing better than having a building he helped plan and develop win a series of major architecture awards, it’s seeing the people who use the building truly enjoying it. The development manager for UBC Properties Trust believes the university’s new Pharmaceutical Sciences Building is “architecturally pleasing, but any building, no matter how beautiful, if it doesn’t work for the students and faculty, it’s not a success. This one, though, is incredibly lively – people like to be in it and they use every space.” “At UBC, we are trying to be on the leading edge of sustainability and energy efficiency,” says Nick, “but it’s definitely a challenge with a building like this, where there is a data centre in the basement plus a lot of a lot of laboratories and many fume hoods.” (Fume hoods limit exposure to hazardous chemicals or toxic fumes, but they are energy-guzzlers: one fume hood alone can use more energy than three typical B.C. homes.) For help, UBC turned to BC Hydro’s New Construction Program, which provides funding for an energy-modeling study – a simulation of how a building might function throughout a full year if it’s designed and built with a variety of energy saving measures – along with additional financial incentives for implementing those measures. The energy-saving measures include capturing waste heat from the data centre and recycling it into the building, as well as daylight sensors and a low temperature water system. Together, these measures are estimated to add up to about 1.2 million kilowatt hours of savings every year over a similar building that does not include them. In addition, says Nick, “The incentive from BC Hydro for installing these measures really does help. It may be a small percentage of the overall construction budget, but we can give that money back to the Pharmacy people to use for long-term operations. So not only does the university win by saving on energy use, the department wins as well.”

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Message from the British Columbia Chapter of the CaGBC It’s an exciting time for the BC CaGBC Chapter, with our network of members expanding rapidly. By listening to our members, volunteers, industry partners, and community at large, we have zeroed in on what is important from a local level in order to develop a responsive program for the upcoming year. The BC CaGBC Chapter is working hard to ensure a strong framework is in place to continue providing meaningful content, learning sessions, and executing engaging events, all while impacting policy and public perception. While there is always more work to be done, and opportunities for policy leadership, we are encouraged by the changes already taking place –new provincial and federal policies are a step in the right direction to combat climate change. In addition, projects are constantly surpassing each other in energy savings with ever increasing innovative systems. TELUS Garden (featured in this issue) was able to reduce demand from conventional energy sources by 80 per cent and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than one million kilograms a year through a district energy system. We are inspired by the work accomplished to date and will continue to serve as sustainable advocates.

Ali Nazari P.Eng., MASc, BEMP Principal, Energy & Sustainability Director, Integral Group Chair, BC Chapter, Canada Green Building Council

In this edition, we explore a variety of topics which showcase the rich landscape of innovation in the green building industry in British Columbia. It’s an exciting time, with BC’s sustainable building movers and shakers initiating innovative projects, applying new materials, adapting new technologies and spreading the word about the advantages of building green. An article on lifecycle analysis focuses on the importance of addressing embodied environmental impacts when thinking about sustainable design. You will hear how European innovators are showcasing their environmentally sustainable designs and products, and how made-in BC technology is helping buildings perform better. You can also read how benchmarking and reporting is a critical first step in operating and/or retrofitting existing buildings to higher, more efficient standards. With an ever-growing member network of building industry professionals, the BC CaGBC Chapter is dedicated to creating a cleaner, healthier, high-performance built environment through education, advocacy, collaboration and innovation. We offer a range of opportunities to keep learning — and with the introduction of the LEED v4 rating system, we have workshops designed to help get professionals up to speed. Finally, we’d like to thank our supportive community of members, partners, sponsors and advertisers who have helped to make this edition of BC Focus supplement happen.

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Upcoming Events & Membership Updates


Dutch Urban Design Showcase in Vancouver


Telus Garden


Why Focus on Sustainability and Wellness? To Thrive in Our Environment While our Environment Thrives


The Road Towards Building Energy Benchmarking across Canada


Made-in BC technology helps buildings perform better


Advance your career with CaGBC®’s Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) – Coming soon to British Columbia


Reducing Embodied Footprint

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Why Focus on Sustainability and Wellness? To Thrive in Our Environment While our Environment Thrives Submitted by Oxford Properties Group 8


Sustainability and wellness are on everyone’s mind – from tenants to

Leadership - We prioritize sustainability through modifying

partners, and from employees to executives. Our buildings are more

existing buildings and designing new builds with sustainability in

than just places to work or live, they are thriving communities-within-

mind. We also implement programs to make sustainable actions

communities. We have a responsibility as individuals and as an organization

as simple as possible for our tenants and visitors. Each building in

to ensure that the impact of those communities on the environment is well

Oxford Place has unique sustainability challenges. Thanks to our

managed. What’s more, we have a responsibility to create spaces that

dedicated teams across Oxford, the buildings are now successful

help their communities be successful; in a healthy building, employees and

case studies that Oxford will reference as we roll out sustainability

guests are less likely to get sick and more likely to be happy and productive.

initiatives at our properties around the world.

How do we live this statement? We have a defined set of sustainability

Performance - In 2015, Oxford Place set a waste diversion target

principles that help guide our decision process: Innovation, leadership,

of 75 percent and a water reduction target of 40 percent. As of

performance, transparency and engagement, risk and opportunity, and

2015, both MNP Tower and Guinness Tower have far surpassed


their waste diversion goal, achieving 100 percent and 99.3 percent,

Innovation - Oxford Place, a Vancouver city block made up of MNP Tower, Oceanic Plaza, Marine Building and Guinness Tower, represents the culmination of our efforts. Oxford Place is a combination of new and old,

respectively. This was accomplished through the hard work of our tenants and property management teams, working towards a common goal.

with the gleaming MNP Tower cutting a striking backdrop to the historic

Transparency & Engagement - To keep the momentum

Marine Building. Together the buildings share not only bike facilities,

going, we try to make sustainability fun (and competitive!). Our

conference amenities, and a gym, but also amenities that strive to increase

Sustainability Team runs campaigns across our properties, which

wellness, including a public green space, and a yoga studio. The idea was to

have included: Greenest Tenant Awards, Waste Reduction/E-Waste

integrate our amenities to achieve sustainability and wellness throughout

Campaign, Eco Fairs, Unplug Campaign, What’s WATT Game,

Oxford Place, resulting in a better, more efficient and more enjoyable

Waste Watchers Game, and many more. We take pride in our

experience for tenants and the public alike.

initiatives and in fact, we are the first building owner in Canada to set greenhouse gas reduction targets, and publicly report on our sustainability performance.

1 - MNP tower (Oxford Properties). 2 - OXFORD PLACE SKYLINE (OXFORD PROPERTIES). 3 - Bicycle Facilities (360 Immersion). 4 - MNP tower, with the historic Marine building in the foreground, both part of Oxford Place (Oxford Properties] 5 - Oxford Place has a range of health and fitness facilities (360 Immersion).




Risk & Opportunity - The development of MNP Tower brought

Bringing it all together – By combining good building design with

great opportunity. It was not only the catalyst to upgrade the

landlord-tenant initiatives, Oxford has:

overall efficiency and amenities of all the buildings in Oxford

• avoided $60M in cumulative energy costs since 2007;

Place, but now serves as a case study for all Oxford owned

• achieved 77 percent of our buildings (office/retail) that exceed the

properties and future developments.

Canadian industry average in energy performance;

Credibility - As of January 2016, Guinness Tower, Marine Building, and Oceanic Plaza each achieved LEED EB:OM Gold, while MNP Tower has applied for LEED C&S Gold. We strive to maintain credibility through external certification – to demonstrate we’re ‘walking the talk.’ Internally, Oxford’s Canadian buildings participate in our Corporate Energy Management Program which strives for a 20 percent improvement in the energy efficiency of our managed portfolio, since 2010. The program rigorously benchmarks our performance, sets ambitious targets, invests in new technologies,

• averaged 20 percent more energy efficiency than the average Canadian office building; and, • realized a 28 percent reduction in water use across portfolio since 2010, exceeding our 10 percent target and representing an average annual savings of $1.1M. We have found that our sustainable efforts have not just benefited the environment. They have helped us reduce building costs and led to happier, more engaged tenants. The results speak for themselves and we will continue to grow our efforts in the years to come. At Oxford, we believe we can thrive in our environment while our environment thrives.

and continuously looks for opportunities to improve – all with the goal of driving reductions in output energy.

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Your quick-reference resource uVisit our on-line Directory to see hundreds of listings of companies which supply products and services for sustainable, high-performance building.

Canadian Directory OF Products and Services for Sustainable, High-Performance Building

uCompanies are listed by Product Category and by LEED Category in cases where they have products which can potentially help a project earn LEED points. uAmong the listings are our partners – listed below – who are briefly described in the Directory and linked to their web sites for more detailed information.

Our 2016 Partners Site | Landscaping | Rainwater harvesting >Busch Systems >greenscreen® >N.A.T.S. Nursery Ltd. >Unilock >Wishbone Industries Ltd.

Structure & Exterior envelope >Alumicor Building Excellence >Bailey Metal Products Ltd. >Dryvit Systems Canada >Engineered Assemblies >LiveRoof Ontario Inc. >Stonerox >Thames Valley Brick & Tile >Tremco

Thermal & Windows >Demilec: Heatlok Soya, PolarFoam Soya >Eco Insulating Glass Inc. >Pollard Windows Inc. >UNILUX Windows and Doors

Interior finishes >Baillargeon Doors Inc. >CBR Products >CertainTeed AirRenew® M2Tech® >Columbia Forest Products >Dinoflex >Forbo Flooring Systems >Interface >Lynden Door >Nora Systems, Inc. >Olympia Tile International Inc. >Tectum >Shaw Contract Group

Electrical | Plumbing | HVAC | Renewables >Acuity Brands >Duravit >Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada Inc. >Sloan Valve >Taco Comfort Solutions

>Tate Access Floors >Termobuild >Uponor >Viessmann Manufacturing Company Inc. >Zehnder America Inc.

green design support + professionals >ATA Arctic to Antarctic Portable or Permanent Homes >Architek SBP Inc. >Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute >Cement Association of Canada >Eco Building Resource >Homesol Building Solutions Inc. >Fabriq architecture >Legacy Building Solutions >MetroCan Construction Ltd. >Pinwheel Building Supplies >SCS Global Services >Sweeny&Company Architects Inc.



Submitted by Dudoc Vancouver

Dutch Urban Design Showcase in Vancouver Where can North Americans go to find the most sustainable and innovative products for their projects? The Dutch Urban Design Centre (Dudoc) in Vancouver provides an opportunity for exceptional European innovators to showcase their environmentally sustainable designs and products. It also serves as a forum for exchanging ideas and designs for better buildings and cities. Here we profile a few of the European products which are showcased at Dudoc.

1 2 Priva Indoor vertical farms. Robots for trimming tomato plants. Water filtration. Rooms adjusted to the perfect temperature, humidity, light and CO2 levels. These are some solutions offered by Priva. Priva develops and supplies sustainable technologies for the control of indoor environments within horticulture and buildings. This includes innovative solutions for a more efficient control of climate, energy and water to achieve optimal crop growth, and as a means to conserve scarce resources and reduce our impact on the planet. Sustainability is at the heart of Priva’s business ethos. Its horticultural process management and building control solutions make efficient use of natural resources like water and energy. Innovation is a top priority in order to continually improve the solutions offered. This year, Priva’s Kompano Deleaf-Line won the GreenTech Innovation Award. This robot is the first product, worldwide, that provides growers with an economically viable alternative for manual deleafing of tomato crops. It is offered as a service, enabling growers to profit from the advantages of the product instantly, without a long payback period.



Tulpi Besides bicycles, the tulip-shaped Tulpi chairs exhibited at Dudoc are perhaps the most Dutch in appearance of all the products on show. These eye-catching seats, developed by Dutch designer Marco Manders, add colour to the showroom as to any environment. The Tulpi seat is a perfect combination of design, ergonomics and sustainability with a huge fun factor. Designed to make outdoor use appealing, the seat automatically folds when its occupant gets up, guaranteeing a clean and dry seat for the next user. With full 360-degree rotation, it also lets you pick your own view! This clever contemporary product is typical of Dutch design, entertaining and quirky. It will ‘flower’ and brighten up your surroundings. The Tulpi design has garnered a number of design awards, including a gold win at the International Design Awards, a prestigious United States design award. The company’s new Tulpi bin, a cheerful-looking waste bin in the same tulip shape as the chair has also won gold at the A’ Design Award Competition. The designer hopes that Tulpi-bin’s eye-catching appearance will create an atmosphere that will make disposing of waste less dull and thereby contribute to a cleaner environment.

3 4 Jaga Respecting nature. Awakening the artist. Dreaming a future – innovating. Creating emotion. Building bridges – sharing knowledge and collaborating. These are Jaga’s core values, reflected in the company and its products, such as Jaga’s eco-design radiators made from 100% recycled materials. Focusing on the most energy efficient designs with an aesthetic flair, Jaga has been providing residential, commercial and institutional buildings with the most advanced, artful and tailor made products for over 40 years. Jaga provides hydronic heating at low water temperatures and incorporates water cooling and unobtrusive designs. These are hallmarks that helped Jaga become an integral part of projects like the Evergreen Brickworks Building in Toronto and the award-winning Telus Garden building in downtown Vancouver. As part of the latter project, Jaga helped enable the building become Vancouver’s first LEED Platinum office tower by reducing energy demand and heat loss and integrating with the building’s onsite district energy system, including its solar panels. The Clima Canal Hybrid heating and cooling units in Telus Garden function at low heating water temperatures and high chilled water temperatures, allowing for the above-mentioned integration and enabling quick reaction to temperature changes to maintain comfortable temperatures at all times.



Submitted by Dudoc Vancouver Hotsofa As a child, Hotsofa designer Co de Smalen spent many hours

tors, it transforms an existing heating element into a seating area that

sitting on the radiator at his house, looking out of the win-

has the added benefit of being cozy and warm when the radiator under-

dow. He always put a little cushion on top of the radiator to

neath is on. There are various lengths of sofa and many fabric options

make it more comfortable. This improvised childhood seat

to choose from, allowing for customization of the product to the clients’

would be the inspiration for Hotsofa. De Smalen is always

space and style.

looking for functional designs that will fill our modern lives with pleasure. Many people seeing Hotsofa for the first

De Smalen has also put much thought into the environmental impact

time can’t believe that it’s actually a novelty. That’s why his

of his Hotsofa and applied circular economy principles: A sophisticated

design motto is: “Good things seem to have existed forever”.

sizing process results in minimal losses from cutting and sewing during upholstery. Reupholstery is offered at a discount and unwanted sofas

The Hotsofa is an upholstered bench that makes space

are collected for free to reuse the parts. The Hotsofa won the Red Dot

instead of taking it up. Designed to fit over the top of radia-

product design award this year.

1 - Designer Marco Manders with Tulpi chair. Photo: Tulpi Design. 2 - BrightBox research and education centre, Venlo. Photo: Priva. 3 - Tulpi chairs in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark. Photo: Marco Manders.

4 - Jaga products in ‘The Addition,’ development, Vancouver. Photo: Jaga. 5 - Hotsofa transforms a heating element into a comfortable seating area. Photo: Hotsofa.






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The Road Towards Building Energy Benchmarking across Canada Energy benchmarking programs are growing in prominence and popularity across the world. Benchmarking can provide building owners and operators with a platform to track the energy performance of their buildings over time, and compare them to buildings with similar function, size and climate. While there is a good deal of momentum toward energy conservation, lack of data about how buildings are performing and data transparency is a consistent challenge that can inhibit the success of conservation programs. Benchmarking and reporting is a critical first step in operating and/or retrofitting existing buildings to higher, more efficient standards.

Energy benchmarking, reporting and disclosure requirements help overcome the data transparency challenge. Building owners use a common tool to calculate energy use and compare their buildings’ consumption against other buildings of the same type, and against other buildings in their portfolio over time. Reporting energy use to a government body ensures that policy makers have the information they need to develop conservation programs. Public disclosure of data provides information to owners and tenants and incentivizes owners to take action and helps guide investment decisions. In the United States more than a dozen jurisdictions have introduced mandatory energy benchmarking policies as compared to Canada where adoption has been much slower. The Province of Ontario recently introduced new legislation for a mandatory energy and water benchmarking and disclosure program for buildings over 50,000 square feet. The City of Toronto was a strategic partner in the development of the program. The Province of British Columbia, worked with local governments to explore three different regulative options including: a model bylaw, and opt-in regulation and a mandatory requirement. However, the recent release of the Climate Action Plan did not include specific reference to energy benchmarking and it is uncertain what role the provincial government will play in its adoption. What is clear is that many municipalities in British Columbia are convinced of the value of energy benchmarking and are exploring the best way to introduce a program in their community.



The CaGBC released a white paper titled Energy Benchmarking, Reporting and Disclosure in Canada: a Guide to a Common Framework in April 2016, which sets parameters for a consistent approach to energy benchmarking on a national scale. The purpose of the framework is to support local and provincial governments that are developing energy benchmarking strategies and regulations. The development of a standardized approach to energy benchmarking simplifies the process of policy development and implementation, and provides reliable data for the pursuit of strategic investments to achieve building improvements and energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets. A common approach to energy benchmarking on the national scale ensures consistency for those building owners who would participate in benchmarking across Canada.

The report provided a summary of the key steps, components and considerations necessary for provinces and local governments interested in pursuing energy benchmarking requirements. The principles of consistency, effectiveness, transparency, and capacity building served as the foundation for the framework. While the specific nature of benchmarking programs requires some adaptation to suit local industry capacity and context, the CaGBC’s focus was to provide an overarching framework based on consultation with Canadian industry stakeholders as well as the experiences of U.S. actors. As benchmarking programs move forward and industry capacity increases, the depth and usefulness of benchmarking databases will increase, offering new insights and opportunities for reducing energy consumption in Canada’s buildings. Further, the greater the number of stakeholders and governments involved, the higher the likely success in reaching energy efficiency and emissions reductions targets. As such, it is important for provinces and local governments across the country to exhibit leadership and make energy benchmarking a new Canadian standard. Supported by the generous contributions of the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, You can read the full white paper on our website at:

Interested in upcoming training opportunities? The Canada Green Building Council® (CaGBC) has launched new training on energy benchmarking strategies and regulation for both private and public sector stakeholders. The CaGBC’s 75 minute ‘Introduction to Energy Benchmarking’ course is intended for those interested in learning more about energy benchmarking in Canada, including project team members preparing for LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance certification and those interested in benchmarking their real estate using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. This course will also be offered in British Columbia through the CaGBC’s BC Chapter, offering the course to interested participants this fall. If you are interested in a classroom session for this course, please contact for further information.

Four principles of energy benchmarking and corresponding action areas.



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Geared towards trade professionals, GPRO consists of a series of courses and

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certificate exams developed by Urban Green Council that aim to close the gap

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EMBODIED FOOTPRINT Embodied environmental impact is next up to address in life cycle thinking for sustainable design.

1 1 - An estimated 20% of worldwide CO2 emissions are embodied in construction1. photo: Stock Adobe.

With so many creative minds working to reduce energy and associated GHG emissions from operating buildings, maybe we can collectively turn some attention to the rest of the building life cycle: the embodied environmental burdens of construction. Embodied impacts are primarily due to materials – manufacturing them, transporting them, repairing them, and disposing of them. These constitute a significant portion of a building’s total carbon footprint and the majority of a building’s impact in other environmental metrics like air and water pollution.

It’s tempting to dismiss embodied impacts, since they are typically small compared to the lifetime impacts of operating a building. But take a shorter time perspective, and they become proportionally much larger. Embodied impacts are the vast majority of environmental burden in the first few years of a building’s life – the urgency of climate change is a motivator to look for these near-term reductions. And for a net-zero building, embodied impacts remain the dominant component throughout building life.



The construction materials industry is working to reduce manufacturing footprints, but that alone won’t be enough. This problem has to be tackled from the demand side as well. Can we do more with less? Building smaller and building less often. Optimizing design to minimize material use. Choosing long-lived or recoverable products. Substituting low impact products for high impact ones Perhaps not building at all, in favour of rehabilitating existing structures. Making rationalized choices to reduce embodied footprint requires data: life cycle assessment (LCA), to be specific. It’s important to know that a sustainability-driven action will actually deliver environmental benefits. LCA is a long-established science for measuring cradle-tograve environmental impact of a product or a process. It’s a complex analytical procedure, particularly when applied to complicated products like entire buildings. Simplified software tools such as our free Impact Estimator for Buildings are trying to make LCA accessible to the design community. One of my favourite LCA stories right now is Capitol Tower, a high rise currently under construction in Houston. The structural engineers at Walter P Moore used LCA during design to discover that customizing their concrete mix for lower GHGs got the best environmental bang for the buck. Building structure is typically the biggest contributor to embodied footprint, which means structural engineers have a tremendous role to play in sustainability.







A1 Raw Material Supply

A4 Transport

B1 Use

A2 Transport

A5 Construction Installation


A3 Manufacturing

SOURCE OF IMPACT Material Use Operational Energy Use Operational Water Use

END OF LIFE STAGE C1 Deconstruction Demolition

B2 Maintenance

C2 Transport

B3 Repair

C3 Waste Processing

B4 Replacement

C4 Disposal

2, 3, 4 - UBC Biosciences [courtesy of UBC].

B5 Refurbishment B6 Operational Energy Use B7 Operational Water Use

The full LCA boundary of a building. Green boxes are embodied components. (Athena Sustainable Materials Institute).

It’s encouraging to see LCA used to rationalize building renewal over demolition and new construction. For example, take a look at the UBC Renew program. This program is minimizing the financial and environmental impact of construction campus-wide, by supporting rehabilitation of existing buildings. LCA is used to put real numbers to the environmental benefit of preservation, as with the renewal of the Biological Sciences complex. By renovating Biosciences rather than building new, UBC avoided the consumption of 4 million liters of water, 24,000 gigajoules of fossil fuels, and 13,000 tonnes of materials. On average across various LCA metrics, the renovated building has 60% less impact than a replacement building. Plus, construction time was much faster and cost was one-third less than building new. “Every third building is free”, says Mike Champion, Associate Director with UBC Project Services. Green building programs recognize the value of whole-building LCA. The Living Building Challenge goes furthest: it requires calculation of embodied carbon and purchase of an offset. LEED provides incentives to use LCA during design, to end up with a smaller environmental footprint than would otherwise have happened.


Canadian LEED v4 project teams might be interested in the new MR credit “Building life cycle impact reduction.” Option 4 is a whole-building LCA incentive, worth three points. In addition, this credit has one point available for exemplary performance, which may not be difficult to achieve. And for much of Canada, including urban BC, this credit has one more point as a regional priority. That’s a potential total of five points. Reducing embodied impacts of new construction may be the next big thing in policy. Several countries in Europe are moving towards embodied carbon legislation, for example2. What a great opportunity for the design community to expand its impact on sustainability. 1Tatsuo,

O. et al. 2014. Introduction of Annex 57 - Evaluation of Embodied Energy and Carbon Dioxide Emissions for Construction Worldwide. Proceedings SB 14, Barcelona. 2Embodied Carbon of Buildings: International Policy Review. Athena Institute, 2016.



TELUS Garden Positive results through Information Management - the challenges and lessons learned

The TELUS Garden development in Vancouver includes a LEED Platinum 22-storey office tower and a 53-storey residential tower. It contains 50,000m2 of office space, 4000m2 of retail space, and 424 residential units; transforming an entire city block into one of North America’s most technologically advanced commercial developments. By Clint G. Undseth

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With exemplary energy performance, a mixed use program and the animation of the adjacent streets and lanes, the project contributes both environmentally and socially to the City of Vancouver’s goal to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. This article shares results and lessons learned as it relates to achieving smart and sustainable buildings. Our role at Stuart Olson on this project was for building performance technology solutions. A smart sustainable building was a proposition that helped TELUS Garden rapidly attract worldclass tenants and knowledge workers, in a market that had approximately 10% vacancy. While there are brilliant amenities, including capabilities for individual tenant controls, occupants wanted to know how the building really performs. This was achieved through integrated systems and Information Management which measurably improves the overall Building Performance including the occupant experience. Mobile user interfaces and integrated systems are changing the way occupants interact with buildings. Gone are the days of proprietary single vendor control systems. By leveraging the web, building systems can be managed anywhere, anytime. This is a positive contributor for cost reductions, tenant attraction and worker productivity. Our technology strategy anticipated and facilitated evolving workplace trends including flexibility of schedules, work spaces and communications infrastructure. To align technology with the TELUS Garden vision, the building systems required integration and realtime mobile access and control. Achieving this vision required integrated construction processes, systems, and a true Information Management strategy to enable continuous improvement of the building’s sustainability performance. TELUS Garden is the result of a collaborative integrated process, which was achieved, in part, through a multidisciplinary approach to the design of the building envelope, mechanical, electrical, and technology systems. The design and energy model came in at 3,300 MWh/year [an energy intensity of 69.9 kWh/m2/year]. This figure is 43% below the energy intensity of a reference baseline building. The neighbouring data center provided energy for the office tower’s climate-control systems and complemented the energy intensity goals. By capturing and redistributing low-grade waste heat throughout the development’s central plant, it was anticipated that the heating demand from the District Energy Systems could be reduced by





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Offices Sky Garden Elevator Lobby Glass Pavillon Below Electrial Room Telecom Room


80% as compared to a conventional system. According to Integral Group, this is projected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one million kilograms annually - an amount equivalent to planting 25,000 trees.

Integrated Systems and Infrastructure From the outset, the objective was to make TELUS Garden a Smart Building within a conventional budget yet deliver higher quality building services, such as illumination, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality. This went beyond the LEED prerequisites. Reaching this goal, required a whole new approach to design, construction and operations. Many buildings have sub-optimal performance and are difficult to operate because traditional control systems within buildings, including HVAC, lighting, emergency power, security systems and energy metering, typically use proprietary communications languages, separate user interfaces and separate network infrastructures. By integrating these systems we realized cost savings. This allowed for best in class multi-vendor interoperability and procurement while eliminating unnecessary redundancies. But this required testing and performance verification early in the design phase, which was helped by the Stuart Olson Centre for Building Performance. TELUS Garden’s central plant, photovoltaic array, UPSs, generators, HVAC, security, addressable lighting controls, dynamic architectural lighting controls, digital metering [for power and thermal energy], environmental monitoring, electric car charging stations, life safety systems, and irrigation; all require interoperability. These integrated systems generate an enormous amount of data that require an Information Management program to optimize the performance. This involved more than simply adding analytics and graphics like our industry supply chain advocates.



The Information Management program provides a degree of future proofing for the building. Any technologies considered for this project were to be open, non-proprietary systems where multiple vendors could provide service and sole-sourcing could be mitigated.

We worked with the client team through an iterative approach to design an intuitive and simplified operator interface for all building systems which aligned with the client’s standard operating procedures.

Information Management

Stuart Olson’s Centre for Building Performance helped to Improve the building performance, especially at turn-over to the owners and operators. Within one year of occupancy the building systems are running near optimal range.

From a sustainability perspective one of our guiding principles was to audit and verify the building performance metrics in real time. Interconnecting all the building systems generates massive amounts of data that traditionally were not utilized as an asset. We transformed information into an asset providing the opportunity to report key performance indicators [KPIs] for all levels of the business. This continues to help with organizational intelligence for continuous improvement of building performance. We planned for data acquisition, storage, analysis correlation and reporting. Conventionally this remains outside of the scope of Mechanical and Electrical Design or Trades. Therein lies a major gap. Technology and Information Management are distinctive practices like any of the other core competencies. Through Information Management we can cost effectively track the performance of every piece of equipment in the building and automatically inform operators of priorities needing attention. Visually reporting multiple KPIs for multiple stakeholders from the same data in real time demanded a structured approach to information management. Through a strong collaborative effort we developed, tested and verified interfaces that connected a variety of subsystems which traditionally operated independently. We enabled all systems to communicate with one another and achieved systems integration and process integration.




Day 2 Hand Over & Commissioning

Through Stuart Olson’s Day 2 Hand Over program, we leveraged the Measurement & Verification [M+V] infrastructure by using Fault Detection and Diagnostics [FDD] analytics software. Through information management it compared realtime operational metrics to a baseline reference model and provided intelligent automated analysis for prime results. As the building changes over time operators will be able to make adjustments to maintain the expected level of performance.

Carbon Reduction and Brand Value Nearly all of TELUS Garden greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to energy use in the buildings. The design, envelope, systems, on-site generation, operational process and behaviour all affect the overall carbon profile. Information Management helps to tackle the complexity of reporting carbon reduction. Addressing energy use in buildings requires a holistic approach to quantifying results which, with the TELUS Garden design and installation, is being taken into account with carbon calculations. Information Management enables us to live up to our brand promise.


Providing a Platform for Future Facility Management


The operation of a facility represents the longest duration in the life cycle of a building and the largest portion of the total lifecycle cost. The facility management responsibilities are wide-ranging and multidisciplinaryvarying from responses to immediate alarms to long-term capital planning. As today’s buildings are increasingly more complex, it is imperative to have the information management tools to manage the facility at peak efficiency. Through integration and information management greater value can be realized from life cycle cost benefit analysis to warranty compliance standards while realizing additional LEED credits.

Occupant Experience While there are potentially significant gains to be made from designing smart building systems with workplace design strategies from the outset, there are many other factors beyond the systems or the work space, which we believe play a role in shaping user experiences. We see potential linkages between improved occupant comfort and productivity in the new TELUS Garden Office Tower. Organizational culture and contextual factors are part of these considerations. This raises a number of important questions and considerations from a post-occupancy evaluation perspective for productivity, wellbeing and workplace research. We see the opportunity to improve occupant productivity with smart sustainable buildings if we apply Integrated Building Systems with Workplace Design Strategies from the initial planning phase.

Through converged network infrastructure, alignment and commitment of stakeholders, processes, integrated systems and automated performance verification, TELUS Garden is a high-performing building. Information Management enables operations to continuously improve the building’s total performance. We see a significant opportunity to improve building performance through the capital construction and lifecycle operations of a building. The design and construction process has a profound impact on building performance and by extension the occupant experience and the building’s brand. Achieving high-performing buildings requires our construction industry to use alternate forms of contractual engagement which brings collaboration between people, systems and best practices in a way that leverages talent and insight from all project participants. Building performance includes financial benefits, sustainability performance, occupant productivity and our global responsibility to reduce carbon while extending the lifecycle of building systems and materials usability. TELUS Garden serves as an example where realizing true building performance, which LEED is part of, requires a new way of working together to achieve information-driven facility management and continuous optimization.

Clint G. Undseth, Vice President, Innovation at Stuart Olson.



The TELUS Garden development transforms an entire city block into one of North America’s most technologically advanced commercial developments [1 and 3]. the structure of THE GLASS PAVILION FormS PART OF THE OFFICE LOBBY and PROVIDES SHELTER AND ANIMATION AT STREET LEVEL [2]. energy use is taken into account with carbon calculations [4]. There is opportunity to improve occupant productivity if Integrated Building Systems are applied with Workplace Design Strategies from the initial planning phase [5].



British Columbia Construction Association

Made-in BC technology helps buildings perform better By Helen Goodland With over 9,000 tech companies located across

Unlike other jurisdictions, BC does not have a

the province, BC is home to a vibrant technol-

construction industry innovation platform that

ogy community. Bloomberg Businessweek has

can quickly and effectively connect construction-

called BC “the new tech hub” and a place offering

related technology developers to customers,

“world-class talent”.

clients and investors, or support start-ups


they launch their products or services and scale

Three of Canada’s clean tech leaders are not

up production.

only based in BC but also directly or indirectly focus on improving sustainability. Advanced natural gas engine-

There are many BC-based technology companies in early stages of develop-

maker Westport Innovations sells to manufacturers of

ment today that could add value to BCs construction sector, its companies,

construction equipment. Wastewater treatment specialist

and the projects they build. Leaders of the pack include certificate organizer

BioteQ Environmental Technologies ensures water con-

WalletCard, low-carbon building utility service provider eStream, fibre-optic

servation and high water quality from mining operations.

IoT solution for base building networks Optigo, and building information

Renewable biofuel leader Nexterra Systems Corp provides

manager BuiltSpace.

low-carbon solutions to infrastructure challenges.

Start-up hotspots such as Discovery Parks in Vancouver and VIATeC in

Other local building-related success stories include, which

Victoria are buzzing with exciting new ideas. The Canada Accelerator and

develops building energy management software [bought

Incubator Program recently awarded over 1/3 of their national funding to

by US-based EnerNOC Inc. in 2014] and dPoint, which

accelerators located in Vancouver to help entrepreneurs build better tech

applies fuel cell technologies to HRV and ERV cores and

companies. BC’s provincial government announced a new $100 million fund

recently acquired by European HRV giant Zehnder. Both

to support technology development. But none of these actions go sufficiently

of these companies are focused on improving building

deep into the world of buildings [which includes civil and infrastructure] to be

energy efficiency. These companies and many more are

able to make the right connections to the right experts at the right time for

shining examples of BC’s technology prowess. However,

construction companies to benefit.

getting started wasn’t easy for any of them.






The construction industry needs to embrace innovative

Recognizing these barriers, the City of Vancouver has launched the Green

solutions, and it needs to do so as quickly as possible. The

and Digital Demonstration Program to provide support to start-ups in the

City of Vancouver has mandated that by 2050, all buildings

clean technology and digital sectors. Selected participants in the program

must use renewable energy only. Of the total floor space

gain temporary access to City-owned assets, such as buildings, streets or

that will comprise Vancouver’s building stock in 2050,

vehicles, for technology demonstrations and proof-of-concept trials.

about 30% has already been built, 30% will be built between 2010 and 2020, and the remaining 40% will be built after 2050. This means that the way buildings are designed and built needs to change now.

The program offers participating entrepreneurs a chance to leverage their demonstration site and use the City as a reference when marketing their products and services. While this is an excellent start, the program is only open to Vancouver-based companies. A province-wide construction innova-

To this end, the City of Vancouver’s Zero Energy Buildings

tion centre that can build on programs like this is being considered by the BC

Plan states that by 2020, new buildings

Construction Association.

should emit on

average 64% less CO2 as compared to current rezoning policy outcomes, which some argue are already challenging to achieve. This is less than four years away. A whole host of local technologies and services could be valuable in helping achieve these goals – such as prefabricated building elements [made by BC PassiveHouse or Britco], high performance windows made by Cascadia, cladding panels from MagO, state-of-the-art visualization software powered by CadMakers and project documentation organized by MultiVista, all procured using the BidCentral online procurement platform from Infinite

Associations like the BCCA can be huge assets in advancing construction innovation. They can serve as industry entry points for entrepreneurs, establish networks, find opportunities for testing technologies for application, and provide information on market trends and technology needs. There is tremendous opportunity for the tech sector and construction industry to work closely together. Tech companies get access to markets, valuable expertise and, potential investors. In turn, construction companies can help fast track the adoption of technologies and solutions needed to meet new performance standards, improve efficiency and, most importantly, enhance the competitive strength of their sector.

Source Systems Corp. [ISSC]. The City’s green goals offer a tremendous opportunity for innovation. However, for new technologies to be accepted

Helen Goodland RIBA MBA is principal of Brantwood Consulting and cofounder of Building Technology Innovations.

by the market, they need to be tested and refined in “reallife” situations. But experimentation in the context of a construction project is rife with challenges. Anything that could adversely affect the project schedule and budget is problematic and there is a very low tolerance for risk of failure.

Passive House construction, in this case factory-built modular units by Britco based in Langley [photos 1 and 2], and high-perfomance windows by companies such as Cascadia Windows also in Langley [photo3], can help buildings achieve Net Zero. Vancouver’s BioteQ Environmental Technologies specializes in waste water treatment in industrial operations [photo 4].







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national spronsors

regional spronsors:

Enbridge and Inline Fiberglass


Visit the Awards section of our website for complete details on the winners. For details on sponsoring the Canadian Green Building Awards contact

[1] Brian Hall [centre] of National Sponsor, the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute presents a National Award for the Skygarden House to client Ian Roland [left] and to architect Heather Dubbeldam, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design. [2] The team from Dialog accepts the Ontario Regional and Technical Award Winner certificate for the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre [left to right]: Charles Marshall, Associate; Craig Applegath, Principal; Steve Sestic, Associate; Daria Khachi, Principal and Kim Jagger of National Sponsor Interface. [3] David Coole [right] of D.R. Coole Architecture Inc. receives the Atlantic Regional Award for the Dura House from Regional Sponsor Inline Fiberglass represented by Gary Mackin. [4] The team from Williamson Chong Architects receive a National Award for the Grange Triple Double House [left to right]: Donald Chong, Chris Routley, Betsy Williamson, Kim Jagger of National Sponsor Interface and Shane Williamson. [5] Solares Architecture receives a National Award for its Our House project [left to right]: Lilia Sosedova, Jered Gudbranson, Brian Hall of National Sponsor, the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Tom Knezic, Christine Lolley, Elyse Snyder, Josef Hanik, and Melodie Coneybeare. Our sincere thanks to all who entered the 2016 Canadian Green Building Awards.



Winning projects and teams recognized at the 2016 CaGBC National Conference, “Building Lasting Change” Five of the nine winning design teams were on hand in Toronto on June 6 to receive their Awards presented by our National sponsors: the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI] and Interface; and by our Regional sponsors: Enbridge and Inline Fiberglass. Representatives of NSDA Architects for the National Winner: the Budzey Building, Aedifica for the Quebec Regional Winner: the Groupe Dynamite Atrium, HCMA Architecture + Design and Dub Architects for the National Winner the Jasper Library, and the City of Fort St. John for the British Columbia Regional Winner: the Fort St. John Passive House. [Photos: Courtesy CaGBC].






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Product profile Langley-based Cascadia develops world’s first fiberglass Passive House window Various municipalities, including Vancouver, have begun to adopt the Passive House building standard as a guideline or requirement for their buildings. This extremely stringent energy efficiency standard drastically shortens the list of feasible window options to the point where just a handful of window products will meet the cut. Of the acceptable products, none of them are specifically commercial-grade. As well, the act of importing containers of windows from another continent is not very attractive from a big-picture energy efficiency standpoint, or in view of other construction realities like tight schedules. Better options in the form of locally- produced options are needed.

2 A case in point is Cascadia's new all-fiberglass, commercial-grade, Passive House window and door system. This product line combines all the features of the present product lines into one system that performs thermally better than any of them. What’s more, the lessons learned in applying fiberglass technology to commercial projects for the last eight years has enabled Cascadia to incorporate greater strength and fabrication-friendly


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Since 2008, when the dream of creating the most durable, reliable, and thermally-efficient window possible led its founders – a group of building science specialists

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Summer 2017. It may be hoped that the new product series will stimu-

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late more demand for such high-performace components in the North

regulations and energy standards to become more stringent.

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