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Canada Green Building Council

ISSUE 3, SPRING 2017, British Columbia Chapter - CaGBC Regional Publication /


The Canada Green Building Council Vancouver Office

LEED v4 Platinum Certified

The GoodLife Fitness AUTISM FAMILY CENTRE Resource conservation and durability make light footprint Zero Carbon Framework CaGBC launches Initiative

Taylor Manor Addition to heritage building achieves LEED Gold SPRING 2017 | BC FOCUS


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Message from the British Columbia Chapter of the CaGBC We are pleased to share with you this BC Focus supplement produced in partnership with SABMag. Last year was another milestone year for green buildings as the CaGBC Vancouver office became the first commercial LEED® v4 Platinum certified project in the country. In this edition, you’ll be able to read about this project and how this innovative office space has served as a learning tool for CaGBC staff, visitors and the project team. You can also learn about the CaGBC zero carbon buildings initiative, launched to champion the move to lower carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings, in support of Canada’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions by 30% by 2030. We also present a variety of case studies that showcase innovative and efficient buildings being designed and constructed in British Columbia. These range from the Good Life Fitness Autism Family Centre which is seeking to contribute to a high degree of social sustainability, to a commercial downtown project seeking to encourage cycling, to a Passive House project in a remote part of British Columbia. The BC chapter is your local chapter of the CaGBC. With an ever-growing member network of building industry professionals, we are dedicated to creating a cleaner, healthier, high-performance built environment through education, collaboration and innovation. Since our last edition we’ve been pleased to be able to offer a wide range of successful events, workshops and networking opportunities. Some highlights have included our “approaches to advancing net zero” panel discussion and networking event, our educational workshops and our green innovation breakfast sessions on topics such as “healthier building practices in the commercial property sector” and “energy benchmarking.”

The BC chapter is continuing to expand our educational offerings and technical training. As a Chapter, we are striving to push the envelope in our community through advocacy, education and by highlighting the best of green building practices. We hope you will join us at Building Lasting Change, the CaGBC national conference and showcase which will be taking place this year in Vancouver from May 30 to June 1. We hope to see you at some of the many Chapter run activities we have planned for you as part of the conference, including green building tours and a Chapter after party. Finally, a huge thank you to our supportive community of members, partners, sponsors and advertisers who have helped to make this publication happen.

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In this issue SPRING 2017

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Upcoming Events & Membership Updates


The GoodLife Fitness Autism Family Centre - Resource conservation and durability make light footprint


Bella Bella multi-unit - Modular Passive House construction a pioneering effort



Zero Carbon Framework CaGBC launches Initiative for Commercial, Institutional and Multi-Family Buildings in Canada Taylor Manor - Addition to heritage building achieves LEED Gold


Oxford Properties Group Building Sustainable Options


The Canada Green Building Council Vancouver Office LEED v4 Platinum Certified


BCCA: The role of associations in BC’s construction sector

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The GoodLife Fitness




Resource conservation and durability make light footprint The GoodLife Fitness Autism Family Centre addresses sustainability in two ways: by contributing to a high degree of social sustainability as a community resource, and by committing to significant measures to reduce the building’s effect on the physical environment.

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building is served by municipal transit and is close to the Canada Line. Bicycle

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This begins with the site. Located in Richmond close to the airport, the



storage and changing rooms are provided for staff and visitors. Electric vehicle


Educator Office


investigate carpooling opportunities.

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charging receptacles have been provided and once operational, the Owner will

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A stormwater management plan is anticipated to decrease significantly the rate and volume of stormwater runoff from the two-year 24-hour design


storms. The water-efficient landscaping scheme, comprising drought-tolerant planting and an efficient irrigation system, and the choice of roof surfaces to minimize urban heat island effect, should reduce outdoor potable water

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consumption by 50% from a midsummer baseline case. Light pollution has been minimized by the careful selection of landscape lighting and the use of cut-off light sources.

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Entry Reception Gift Shop Workroom Resource Centre Library PAFN Information Centre Meeting Rooms Kitchen Pre-School Space Consultant Meeting Rooms Music Room Therapy Rooms Family Courtyard Outdoor Play Area Parking

To meet the evolving requirements of the service providers, the Centre is designed to be adaptable and flexible. We also followed the concept of ‘long life, loose fit’ to extend the useful lifetime of the building structure and exterior envelope to 60 years, and to reduce the building’s consumption of resources over its lifetime. Some of the practical criteria introduced for achieving increased flexibility and adaptability are: • Use of non-load-bearing partition assemblies where practical • Mechanical and electrical services in easily accessible locations • Provision of options for alternative furnishing arrangements within rooms • Design specific rooms as a ‘loose fit’ making future adaptation easier • Common area rooms made versatile, enabling their use for a variety of programs or uses • Data and communication outlets are to be included in all rooms • Provision of movable partitions in larger rooms enabling them to be used as two separate spaces


The high-performance building envelope and passive design strategies

and Family Development

will help to achieve the overall energy performance target of 40%


better than ASHRAE 90.1 [2007]. In addition. electrical energy demand


has been cut by reducing the lighting power density while maintaining acceptable light levels, using LED fixtures, flexibility in switching to allow for lights to be turned off in banks to conserve energy, and employing energy-saving technologies such as occupancy sensors and daylight sensors where suitable.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Perry + Associates GENERAL CONTRACTOR Ventana Construction Corp BUILDING CODE LMDG Building Code Consultants COMMISSIONING AGENT Western Mechanical Specialties BUILDING ENVELOPE exp. Services Inc PHOTOS Derek Lepper Photographer

The high-performance building envelope and passive design strategies will help to achieve the overall energy performance target of 40% better than ASHRAE 90.1 [2007] [1 and 2]. Materials were selected for their durability, functionality, aesthetics, low environmental footprint, and regional sourcing [3]. Regularly occupied areas receive abundant natural light and views to the outdoors. [4 and 5]. Common area rooms are made versatile to accommodate a variety of programs or uses [6 and 7].



The mechanical system includes a central air-to-water heat recovery air source

As for the construction, the building has been designed

heat pump plant which generates chilled water for cooling and low temperature

in accordance with the principles of BC’s Wood First

hot water for radiant floor heating and cooling with efficiencies much higher than

Initiatives and Guideline on Durability in Building standard

that from the gas-fired boiler plant. Domestic hot water is pre-heated from the

CSA S-478-95 [R2007].

heat recovery chiller plant to 40°C, reducing energy required from the gas-fired boiler plant. The boiler plant provides supplementary injection of heat during

All materials for the project were selected based on their

very cold ambient conditions, re-heating of domestic hot water from 40°C to

durability, functionality, aesthetics and low environmental

60°C and full back-up to the heat recovery chiller plant. No CFC- and HCFC-

footprint with a high priority placed on sourcing regional

based refrigerants are used in the air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

materials and materials containing recycled content. Following Metro Vancouver’s best management practices,

Central ventilation is combined with displacement ventilation distribution where

75% of the demolition, land-clearing and construction

100% of outdoor air is supplied in low velocities at the floor level and exhausted

waste was diverted from the landfill.

at the high level providing better ventilation effectiveness and superior indoor air quality. An energy wheel provides passive heat recovery of above 70% for heating the fresh ventilation air.


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Indoor Environmental Quality Good indoor environmental quality and comfort are especially important for this project. The Centre is air- conditioned, however, ducting and ventilation equipment has been designed to be quiet and vibration free to eliminate distracting noise. Rooms containing copiers are maintained at negative pressure and exhausted by independent ducting. To ensure healthy indoor air quality, project construction followed an indoor air quality management plan to protect the mechanical systems and prevent build-up of contaminants. Also, low-emitting materials were selected that offer low or zero toxic off gassing in compliance with the South Coast Air Quality Management District Rules and the Green Seal Standards. The ventilation systems throughout the project easily meet the minimum requirements set out in ASHRAE Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. 100% outdoor air supplied for ventilation with no recirculation or air mixing as well as stratification due to low-level supply and high-level relief, will together result in better control of contaminants and bacteria spread. Lastly, a comprehensive daylight and views strategy connects the regularly occupied areas of the building to the outdoors, admitting abundant daylight to reduce reliance on artificial lighting and giving occupants the benefit of visual access to the outdoors.


Larry Adams is a principal at NSDA Architects, Vancouver.

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Bella Bella multi-unit Modular Passive House construction a pioneering effort

Bella Bella is a small community located on Campbell Island between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. Approximately 90% of its 1,500 residents belong to the Heiltsuk First Nation. By Peter Treuheit

Project Credits Owner Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Architect Mobius Architecture Inc. Structural Engineer CanStruct Engineering Group Mechanical Engineer ITEC Systems Design Ltd. Electrical Engineer Opal Engineering Passive House Consultant Red Door Energy Building Envelope RDH Building Science Inc. General Contractor Spani Developments Ltd. Module Fabricator Britco LP Photos Britco LP

Cladding transitions help to facilitate site assembly [1]. Stacked modules form the six staff housing units [2].

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2 In 2004, a fire destroyed the staff housing complex at the RW Large Memorial Hospital, and Vancouver Coastal Health [VCH] needed to construct a replacement facility. At the time, VCH was actively considering introducing Passive House requirements for new facilities. Buildings certified to Passive House require up to 90% less heating and cooling energy than an average building. The Bella Bella project was seen as an opportunity to put this change into practice. An RFP was issued for a design/ build contract, including a basic program, design criteria and the requirement for Passive House certification. Mobius Architecture had been involved in the assessment of the fire damaged structure, and saw the opportunity for an innovative solution to this challenging project. It sought out Spani Developments, a local company that had worked previously for VCH, but also had experience building homes in remote locations.

Accordingly, we sought out Red Door Energy [and through them] RDH Building Engineering for their expertise in the Passive House

It quickly became clear that conventional site-built construction

methodology and envelope design, respectively. Most important,

would not work, given the short construction season and the

however, was their ability to train the Britco and Spani workforce who

need to barge all materials to the site. The team considered

would be responsible for the factory fabrication and site assembly of

prefabricated panel solutions, but these would also have been

the project.

vulnerable to weather. In addition the complexity and precision required for Passive House certification made site construction,

Preliminary architectural drawings, details and a product list were

and even panel construction, risky. The team then considered

completed. At the same time Britco and Spani personnel refined

volumetric prefabrication, and approached Britco to see whether

and costed the scope of factory and site work, and Red Door

the program requirements and specifications could be met in its

energy worked on Passive House precertification. The logistics of

production facility.

transportation by truck and barge also had to be understood, and the risks and uncertainties mitigated within a fixed price quotation.

They could, and Britco joined the team. The team realized a

One significant advantage of the volumetric prefabrication approach

significant amount of work would be required to respond to the

was that the modules could be pretested in the factory before being

RFP with drawings and a fixed price. Passive house certification on

shipped to the site. The considerable attention paid to understanding

modular construction had not been attempted in British Columbia

the scope Wand preparing the bid was rewarded when Spani

before, and the learning curve was steep.

Developments won the contract.



Upper module

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Lower module

Section: exterior wall at stacked modules with on-site finishing. [The green colour indicates the construction detailing performed on site.].

Detailed design began immediately to take advantage of the short

Construction began in the rain, requiring the planned protective

construction window. Construction of the first modules began as

measures to be implemented. The site reviews were completed by

final energy modelling was being completed. Although pre-testing

the consultants, and the air tests, air balancing and systems testing

for air leakage was planned for the factory, a number of envelope

were done by Red Door Energy. In just two weeks the final exterior

air seals had to be completed on site. Certification was further

work was completed, the units were cleaned and furnished, and

complicated by the limited climate data base available at the

residents moved in.

Passive House Institute, and the fact that Campbell Island gets its power from a diesel generator.

In hindsight, off-site construction was the correct choice, ensuring the precision required for Passive House detailing was not compromised

Architectural details were prepared with colour coding to

by weather. The lessons learned are transferable, and confirm that

differentiate work that was done in the factory and what was

innovative approaches can benefit the planet, save energy, increase

to be done on site. RDH provided training on the installation

productivity and improve housing affordability. The leadership shown

and sealing of membranes and envelope insulation. It was

by Vancouver Coastal Health in promoting Passive House is an example

possible for exterior envelope work and interior finishing, such

other public and private institutions should follow.

as built-in cabinetry, plumbing fixtures and lighting, to proceed simultaneously, reducing overall construction time. As each module was finished, it was tested for compliance with Passive House standards. As fabrication proceeded, a crew was

Peter Treuheit is principal with Mobius Architecture Inc., in Sechelt, BC

working on site to prepare the concrete pad foundations, a pressure-treated exterior foundation wall, and all necessary site servicing. The HRV was installed in the factory and prepared for the connections on site. Further training of site workers preceded the arrival of a crane and the first shipment of modules by barge.



Module fabrication in the factory [3], and positioning on site [4].

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CaGBC launches Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative for Commercial, Institutional and Multi-Family Buildings in Canada The CaGBC launched a Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative in 2016 to champion the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and highrise residential buildings in support of Canada’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. CaGBC believes that a zero carbon approach to new construction can play an important role in meeting Canada’s GHG reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, saving 7.5 megatonnes of GHG emissions annually.



Phase One

participation across a range of building types and sizes,

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provides a clear definition for zero carbon buildings, and

Join us for the official launch of Canada’s first zero carbon verification

establishes five key components for the evaluation of

program at Building Lasting Change 2017 in Vancouver.

The first stage of this work involved consultation with approximately 50 individuals representing 40 organizations in the building sector, in order to develop a Zero Carbon Buildings Framework, which was released in November 2016. The final Framework facilitates broad

building carbon footprints that are detailed below. 1. A greenhouse gas intensity metric for assessing a building’s emissions, calculated using regional emissions factors. 2. Energy intensity metrics to incentivize the design of highly efficient, reliable and resilient buildings. 3. A peak energy demand metric to encourage the use of “peak shaving” measures 5. A requirement that renewable energy included in the zero emissions calculation be either generated on-site or procured directly from a renewable energy generator.

Phase Two In early February 2017, CaGBC launched the Zero Carbon Pilot Program, a two-year immersion program developers



This full-day, pre-conference event launches CaGBC’s new Zero Carbon Buildings Standard for commercial, institutional, and multi-residential buildings in Canada. The Summit will feature five technical sessions

4. An embodied carbon metric.


The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit | May 30, 2017



addressing the key challenges and opportunities for zero carbon building design and construction, as well as an exclusive lunch plenary represented by a diverse panel of international experts.

Getting to Net Zero Carbon Buildings Stream 1 | May 31 to June 1

carbon developments in new or existing buildings

During the main conference, choose one or attend all seven sessions which

across Canada. The program is designed to recognize

complement the Summit where you will find the information you need to

excellence and leadership in the field as well as to

help design, construct and operate net zero carbon buildings, homes and

inform the development of tools, policies and pathways

neighbourhoods. Leading Canadian and international examples will be

to accelerate market transformation. The results will

showcased along with guidance and insight into how we can scale up the

assist CaGBC in identifying opportunities to refine the

number of new buildings and retrofits that reach low carbon targets.

Zero Carbon Building Standard before it is released into the marketplace.

Phase Three

Getting to Net Zero Tour | May 30, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Zero Carbon Building Standard will be designed

Attendees will enjoy a guided tour of a multi-unit residential property which

concurrently with the pilot program and will include

is currently Canada’s largest Passive House building, and visit research

specific metric calculations, emissions factors, acceptable

facilities at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

forms of renewable and alternative energy sources, and

To find out more about the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Initiative, including the

performance requirements. The Standard will provide

Zero Carbon Buildings Framework and future updates, visit www.cagbc.

a process for verification and recognition of new and

org/zerocarbon. To register for the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit or

existing zero carbon buildings in the third phase of work

Building Lasting Change in Vancouver, visit www.cagbc.org/blc2017.

to be completed and launched by CaGBC at the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit on May 30, 2017 in Vancouver.

The CaGBC defines a Zero Carbon Building as: A highly energy efficient building that produces on-site, or procures, carbon-free renewable energy in an amount sufficient to offset the annual carbon emissions associated with building operations.



Taylor Manor Addition to heritage building achieves LEED Gold By Mark Zaitsoff


Taylor Manor, a supportive housing facility, is a unique and successful collaboration between key stakeholders: the City of Vancouver, BC Housing, the Kettle Society, other nonprofit organizations, and a private donor whose gift funds maintenance and operational expenses for the facility in perpetuity. This adaptive reuse, rehabilitation, and restoration project of an existing Category “B� designated heritage building includes a total of 56,320 square foot self-contained studio supportive housing units, including three accessible units.





Constructed by the City in 1915 to serve as a care home for low-income seniors, the rehabilitated Taylor Manor features common amenities such as a commercial





kitchen, a dining area to accommodate all residents, a decontamination room, bicycle storage, laundry


facilities, and recreation rooms such as a TV lounge as well as a library and reading spaces. Also included within


the facility is a medical office where tenants can receive treatment and counselling. The building is staffed 24/7 by the Kettle Society and provides a high quality level of support for homeless people with mental illness.



The new addition / annex achieved LEED® Gold



Certification in April of 2016 while following the


Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic


Places in Canada utilizing construction best practices, current building code requirements, and incorporating sustainable principles wherever possible.







Achieving LEED® Gold Certification in harmony with


heritage conservation is a significant accomplishment of


the project, undertaking the retention, refurbishment and restoration of numerous original and historic building elements including; original double-hung wood windows


and trim, existing entries with ornate wood doors and


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stained glass transoms, original envelope materials, a historic sheet metal cupola with wood louvres, and interior features such as an original wood balustrade stair c/w newel posts, and heavy timber beams.


Entry Vestibule/lobby Elevator Reading/library/lounge Courtyard below Suites


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Office Medical room Manager Seating Dining Kitchen

2 PROJECT TITLE: Taylor Manor DATE COMPLETED: February 2015 LOCATION OF PROJECT: Vancouver, BC Project Architect: Merrick Architecture – Borowski Sakumoto Fligg McIntyre Inc. General Contractor: Heatherbrae Builders Structural Consultant: Bush Bohlman & Partners Mechanical Consultant: AME Group Electrical Consultant: Acumen Engineering Ltd. Building Envelope: Spratt Emanuel Engineering Ltd. Landscape Architect: Durante Kreuk Ltd. Geotechnical Consultant: GeoPacific Consultants Ltd. Civil Consultant: Focus Group [now WSP Group] Heritage Consultant: Donald Luxton and Associates Sustainability Consultant: Recollective Consulting Owner: City of Vancouver – Real Estate and Facilities Management Photos: Ema Peter [1, 2, 3, 4]

Achieving LEED® Gold Certification in harmony with heritage conservation is a significant accomplishment of the project [1]. THE addition, clearly distinguishable from the heritage building, was positioned at the rear of the site [2].




Careful consideration was taken in regards to the siting/location of the new addition and also in retaining the significant and formal main entry drive to the building. Current City of Vancouver Building code requirements for fire-fighting and Municipal Zoning requirements regarding vehicular parking at the main entry driveway were achieved while respecting the original design intent of the driveway. The project provides a significant public amenity in restoring a vacant and deteriorating heritage building and addresses the need for affordable supportive housing units. It represents an outstanding achievement in both the conservation of heritage places and in the effort to provide homes and support for those in need.

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In addition to a high degree of heritage retention, the rehabilitation of Taylor Manor provided enhanced accessibility and integrated numerous sustainability measures, including: horizontal solar shading louvres, active and passive conditioning of interior spaces, radiant/ hydronic heating systems, on-site composting, low-VOC paints, energy efficient appliances and mechanical equipment, low-flow water efficient fixtures, rooftop solar tube array to heat domestic hot water, and the maximizing of daylight into the building. A stormwater detention pond was sympathetically incorporated into the landscaping to allow days of high volume stormwater runoff to be detained and slowly eased back into the existing municipal stormwater system. Emphasis was placed on passive strategies rather than active systems. The existing building lacked the square footage to provide all programmatic requirements requested by the client and non profit operator, and as such, an addition which was clearly distinguishable from the heritage building was positioned at the rear of the site. This location strategically formed a private internal, but open air exterior courtyard available to occupants. While the site is situated adjacent the publicly accessible Adanac Park, it was important to provide a private and secured outdoor space for occupants with mental health and addiction issues which can make them susceptible to being taken advantage of. The

The transition between the heritage building and the new addition [3]. THE restoration RETAINED numerous original building elements [4].

addition was carefully considered to maximize suite count which meant using varying floor-to-floor heights in order to match the generous floor elevations of the existing heritage building but still permitting the addition to utilize four storeys, all while having the height of the new addition “hidden� behind the heritage building to preserve the street presence of the character-defining east elevation from the formal main entry driveway. 20


Mark Zaitsoff is Project Architect and Sustainability Leader with Merrick Architecture – Borowski Sakumoto Fligg McIntyre Inc., Vancouver.




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Building Sustainable Options Submitted by Oxford Properties Group

With sustainability at the forefront of everyone’s mind today, the race is on to find new solutions. Many real estate organizations have put considerable resources towards upgrading existing buildings and building sustainability into new developments. The industry is seeing success on this front. Encouraged by the early wins, companies are thinking about the next frontier: working together with occupants to create an engaging, thriving, sustainable environment and culture. Though all industries are facing similar challenges, some in the commercial real estate world are turning it into an opportunity to push the boundaries of what people expect from their workplace. For example, Oxford Properties, the global real estate arm of OMERS, the pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees, is integrating sustainable facilities and sustainable practices not just into its buildings, but into its culture as well. When MNP Tower opened its doors in 2015, Oxford launched Oxford Place, a city-block-

One of the bike lockers also has a bike repair

complex comprised of MNP Tower, Guinness Tower, Marine Building, and Oceanic Plaza.

station, free for tenants to use, ensuring that

Tenants in all Oxford Place buildings have access to shared facilities and amenities. MNP

they can promptly fix any issues with their bike

Tower brought the opportunity to build a new bike facility for the complex that would

and feel safe in on their ride.

reiterate its focus on sustainability, but would also create a new amenity for tenants, while engaging and encouraging them to live a healthy lifestyle.

Amenities within an Amenity: Oxford is acutely aware of the primary users of the

Why biking? Vancouver has a well-deserved reputation as an active city with an active

space, and recognized that with Vancouver’s

population. Biking is a popular way to get to work, and most bike facilities should,

unpredictable, and often rainy, weather, the

in theory, be well-used. But appearance is not always reality. Although Oxford was

ability to dry off and clean up between biking

meeting municipal bylaws for the amount of bike parking it provided, the reality was

and going to work was vital to the success of

that Oxford Place’s tenants were not making use of them. Oxford conducted a short

the facility.

survey and found that there were two primary factors causing people to not use the bike facility: fear of theft/vandalism, and concern over hygiene when going straight to

The facility is designed to be more than just

the office after a long bike commute.

a storage and changing area. The space is meant to make cyclists feel welcome and

Oxford sought to solve these problems by creating a functional, safe, and appealing

comfortable. It is decorated with high end

facility. An Accessible Space: The facility had to be both easy and safe to access from

wood finishes and bike-themed art. Cyclists

street level and accessible to all tenants. Oxford added a special bike entrance beside

have access to showers, change rooms, hair

the entrance to its parking garage which was easy to find and access for cyclists. The

dryers, clothes dryers, and the option of

entrance is unlocked by a key card, making it safe to access, and available to card

signing up for a towel service.

holders at any time.



ALL PHOTOS: Oxford Place Bike Facilities, Vancouver. credit: Ben Taft, 360° Immersion.

Spreading the Word: When new tenants move into the building, they are given a welcome package that explains how to access and use the bike facility. Additionally, Oxford’s Green Committee provides several sessions each year to teach tenants about the benefits of using active transportation. During ‘Bike to Work Week’, Oxford hosts workplace cycling workshops for building tenants, building employee skills and knowledge to safely and happily commute by bicycle. The Outcome/Achievements: The facility has seen great success. To date, the facilities are used over 350 times each week. Feedback from Oxford’s customers is consistently positive. “It’s nice having a dry and secure place to store my bike. Taking a hot shower on cold mornings certainly makes cycling to work more enjoyable. I’ve mentioned to others that one of my company’s perks that I enjoy has nothing to with my company directly. It’s the office location (access to the bike facility) that’s an extra nice benefit,” said Wilson Ng, a Ledcor employee and tenant of Guinness Tower. With Oxford’s bike storage and amenities, users can feel comfortable knowing that they will be safe, their belongings will be secure, and they can comfortably transition from cycling gear to boardroom attire. Most importantly, Oxford arrived at a great solution by working with the customers directly: understanding their needs and adjusting accordingly. When landlord and tenants become partners in the process, good things can happen! It’s the Oxford way.



BC Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council Announcing our 2017-2018 Chapter Leadership Board

Members of the Chapter Leadership Board contribute to the goal of the Chapter to be a catalyst for green building and community

Passionate and accomplished, each member

development across British Columbia. The

of the Canada Green Building Council - BC

Chapter Leadership Board establishes regional

Chapter Leadership Board has made important

strategies, initiatives and priorities, and

contributions to advancing the green building

contributes to the advancement of the CaGBC

movement – whether through advocacy work,

nationwide mission and strategic goals by

policy advancement, technological innovation,

demonstrating strategic leadership, collective

local leadership, or education.

decision-making and representing a diversity of opinions and perspectives.

Our 2017-2018 Board Members are: 1. Ali Nazari Principal, Energy and Sustainability Director, Integral Group









2. Morgan McDonald Director of Operations, Ledcor Renew

3. Deanna Fourt Director of Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Vancouver Island Health Authority

4. Alberto Cayuela Principal, Redcedar PM Services Ltd.

5. Sean Pander Green Building Program Manager, City of Vancouver

6. Chani Joseph Ritchie Planner and Sustainability Specialist, DIALOG Design

7. Jennifer O’Connor President, Athena Sustainable Materials Institute

8. Jamie Gray-Donald VP Sustainability, QuadReal Property Group



The Canada Green Building Council Vancouver Office - LEED v4 Platinum Certified

In November 2016, LEED v4 became the guiding framework and new benchmark for the next generation of green buildings. As Canada’s leading non-profit supporting the design and construction of green, healthy buildings, it is important that CaGBC lead by demonstrating to the industry how a state-of-the-art, innovative green office can reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with building construction and operation, and improve employee well-being.



After 10 years in their West Pender Office location, a growing team required the CaGBC Vancouver office to relocate. In January 2017, in keeping with Council’s leadership position in the industry, the CaGBC Vancouver office became the first commercial LEED v4 Platinum certified project in the country, earning certification under the Interior Design + Construction (ID+C) rating system. Located in the LEED® Canada CS Gold certified MNP Tower at 1021 W. Hastings Street, owned by Oxford Properties Group, this new office provides a healthy, sustainable space for staff and the visitors – and one that reflects the innovation and growth in green building that the CaGBC has fostered over the past decade. In order to earn LEED v4 Platinum certification, CaGBC worked with industry leaders DIALOG, Ledcor Construction Ltd. and Integral Group. This innovative office space has served as a learning tool for CaGBC staff, visitors and the project team and the following case study will provide an overview of the project as well as its accomplishments and challenges.

Building performance Climate change mitigation through green building rests first in improving building performance wherever possible. With LEED v4, there is a greater emphasis on performance, as reflected in water and energy metering requirements.

The energy modelling for the CaGBC Vancouver office project was provided by Curt Hepting at EnerSys Analytics. The scope of the project was limited in terms of the energy conservation measures that could be implemented; however the project was able to earn a final predicted energy costs savings of 25.3 per cent compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2010. The project also earned a 39 per cent reduction in indoor water use. Though the kitchen is the only space within the office with plumbing, LEED v4 ID+C requires the inclusion of fixtures in the building that occupants access, including washrooms. In this case, the most efficient gain and least intrusive solution was to switch out the flush valves for the urinals in the fifth floor washrooms in order to increase water savings. In the kitchen, a low flow faucet was installed along with an ENERGY STAR® dishwasher, contributing to water and energy savings.

Waste management Ledcor provided a Waste Management Plan detailing five waste streams, which under LEED v4 is now a prerequisite. The five waste streams included wood, metal, cardboard, gypsum and soft plastics. Of the 909 kilograms of waste generated, 799 kilograms or 87.9% was diverted from landfill.



Creating a healthy work environment Canadians spend much of their lives at work and the indoor

from reused, refurbished or recycled sources; and using VOC-

environmental factors within that space, such as daylight, air and

absorbing gypsum and other low-VOC products to maximize

water quality, and the presence of low-emitting materials, can

indoor air quality.

have a huge impact on overall health and well-being. LEED v4 delivers improved human health and environmental sustainability by further enhancing building performance and placing a spotlight on materials transparency and environmental life cycle impacts.

The location for a LEED project is also critical to health and wellness considerations, and was a key contributor in CaGBC earning this LEED v4 Platinum certification. Due to its dense downtown location, choosing to lease office space in the newly

Version 4 introduces a larger focus on life cycle assessment, as

opened MNP Tower,

well as product disclosure and optimization to LEED with three

enhance staff comfort and satisfaction, including:

new credits that focus on different ways to provide disclosure

• Ample access: adjacent to public transit, numerous services and

and optimization:

amenities, as well as an extensive bike network.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs);

• A brighter outlook: the new office space features large

Sourcing of Raw Materials; and

windows, providing abundant natural light and views of the

Material Ingredients.

Vancouver cityscape.

The project team focused on product selections that had life-cycle information available, along with environmentally, economically, and socially preferable impacts. This included

provides many advantages that can

• Cleaner air: The new office features an outdoor air system designed to provide at least 30 per cent more outdoor air than ASHRAE 62.1-2010 requirements.

sourcing flooring, shades and fabric that are Cradle2Cradle

CaGBC built on the idea of wellness by also incorporating an

(C2C) certified or that have Environmental Product Declarations

open-office design, a variety of workspace options, and sit-stand

(EPDs); ensuring 80 per cent of workstation furniture was

desks to maximize ergonomics.

Thank you to our Sponsors In total, the CaGBC worked with 40 industry sponsors for this project, who provided in-kind services and support and would like to thank them for contributing to the success of this project. Special recognition for the CaGBC Vancouver Office is given to: • DIALOG – Designer • Ledcor Construction Ltd. – Contractor • Integral Group – Mechanical and Electrical Engineer • Oxford Properties Group – Building Owner Additional sponsors: • Aligned Floor Covering • Allmar Inc. • ASSA ABLOY • Avison Young • Benjamin Moore & Co. Limited • Brooks Corning • Bullfrog Power Inc. • CASSEN Testing Laboratories • CertainTeed Gypsum & Insulation • CES Engineering Ltd. • Douglas Lighting Controls • Dudoc Vancouver • Erv Parent Co. Ltd. • Forbo Flooring Systems • Fred Welsh Ltd • Haworth Inc. • Heritage Office Furnishings • Intelligent Living Technologies Inc.

• JFC Solutions • K.D. Engineering Co. • Knauf Insulation • Maharam • MechoShade Systems, Inc. • Northwest Sheet Metal LTD. • Pinchin West Ltd. • Planters Perfect • Power Pros Electrical Ltd. • Shaw Contract Group • Smart Office Solutions • Smoothcuts Painting & Finishing • Steelcase • SUPERIOR ESSEX • Teknion • Upper Canada Forest Products • Winwood Construction Ltd. • Woodrose Woodworking Inc.



The Role of Associations in BC’s Construction Sector In January this year I became the President of the BCCA, mandated to work closely with our Regional Construction Associations to represent the needs of our industry on key issues such as skills training, procurement, prompt payment, and green building policies and legislation. Without you, nothing gets built. That’s why it’s important that we work together to elevate best practises, provide training, encourage innovation, and address key issues and challenges as new products, concepts, and policies are introduced in our industry at an ever-increasing rate. Chris Atchison

Association work can seem abstract when you’re hitting hard on deadlines, budgeting with slim margins, and responding to the tough challenges that frequently occur on a job site. Remember that a very committed team of construction employers from across the Province give their personal time and expertise to keep your needs front and center with our provincial government. Our province is a leader in the global construction industry and your BCCA board and staff aims to keep it that way. Know that you are free to contact me or a BCCA Board Member in any region across the province with your ideas about green building or other key issues. Our doors are open. Together, we’re building BC’s future.

Alan Fletcher

Sincerely, Chris Atchison BCCA President

Meet the BCCA Board of Directors theteam@bccassn.com Vancouver Island Alan Fletcher, BCCA Vice Chair Alan is a ticketed carpenter and joiner and President/Founder of AFC Industries Ltd. Alan has owned and operated successful construction companies in Victoria and Anthony Minniti

Courtenay/Comox over the past 20 years. Anthony Minniti Anthony is Century Group Inc.’s V.P. of Operations for Western Canada, based in Victoria, and brings 25 years of architectural planning and construction experience. Roger Yager Roger is Vice President of Knappett Projects Inc., in Victoria and holds P. Eng., BSc Eng., and a GSC PM degrees.

Roger Yager



Vancouver Bob David Cooke, BCCA Chair Bob is a Certified Engineering Technician who has spent a lifetime working and succeeding in the sector. Bob is currently President and CEO of Surrey-based Division 15 Mechanical Ltd. Jason Glue

Bob David Cooke

Jason Henderson

Jason Glue

Josh Bergsteinsson

Graham Sibbald

Lee Bedell

Kevin Mierau

Mike Fawcett

Angela McKerlich

Sue Zacharias

Jason is District Manager at Graham Group Ltd., based in Delta. He graduated with a degree in Quantity Surveying and worked his way to senior management after gaining experience in several different industry-related roles. Graham Sibbald Graham is a Director at Wylie-Crump Limited in Vancouver. Kevin Mierau Kevin is President of Mierau Contractors Ltd. in Abbotsford. Kevin holds Red Seal Trade Certification in Carpentry and is Gold Seal Certified in Project Management. Southern Interior Angela McKerlich, Secretary/Treasurer Angela is a Partner and Contract Surety Manager at Capri Insurance Services, Ltd., in Kelowna. Angela is the recipient of the Howard Strong Industry Builder Award (2014). Jason Henderson Jason is Division Manager, Security and Controls, at Houle Electric Ltd. in Kelowna. Josh Bergsteinsson John is Vice President of Business Development for Global Roadway Maintenance Inc. in Kelowna, BC. John has 12 years of business development experience in the industry. North Lee Bedell Lee is Area Manager for DGS Astro Paving in the Peace Region. He has worked in the Civil Construction field for 14 years. Mike Fawcett Mike is Branch Manager in Sales for Brock White Construction Materials in Northern BC. Mike brings more than 15 years of sales experience within the industry. Sue Zacharias, Past Chair Sue is Office Manager at United Concrete and Gravel Ltd., a Williams Lake-based business she has owned and operated with her husband for decades. Find valuable resources at WWW.BCCASSN.COM including the Innovation Report and the new Procuring Innovation Report.



Company profile: BC companies making products for sustainable building According to the United Nations Environment Programme, buildings consume approximately 40% of global energy, and are responsible for approximately 1/3 of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Passion for Passive

Left: Bernhardt Passive House (first Passive House on Vancouver Island) Photo Courtesy of Bernhardt Contracting. Middle: North Park Passive House (first Passive House multi-family strata building in Canada) Photo Courtesy of Bernhardt Contracting. Right: Orchards of Orenco (the largest multi-family Passive House in North America)Photo Courtesy of Ankrom Moisan Architects.

It is no wonder that more municipalities are embracing more sustainable and energy efficient construction methods, as countries all over the world are facing soaring energy costs, environmental concerns and sustainability issues. More and more, cities are turning to standards such as Passive House to save energy and diminish their carbon footprint on the planet.

Its 4700-series ThermoPlus™ system — with its patented hybrid fibreglass-uPVC core profiles from REHAU® — is recognized by architects and builders alike and has been used in Passive House certified projects across Canada and the US. From the first single family Passive House residence on Vancouver Island to a multi-family condo project in Oregon, EuroLine Windows is forging ahead to build products that will help to set higher standards of energy efficiency in the construction industry.

For example, the city of Vancouver has the ambitious goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by the year 2020, and the Township of Langley was the first municipal hall in Canada to achieve LEED Silver certification, and now offers builders and home owners rebates for building energy efficient homes.

Producing fenestration systems that are thermally superior was the motivation behind the 4700-series ThermoPlus PHC - the first vinyl-fibreglass hybrid window to achieve certification as a Passive House Component by the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany.

A key element of the Passive House concept is the window and door system. Windows and doors are areas where major heat losses commonly occur, which is why it is important to use high performance components when building to Passive House standards. EuroLine Windows Inc., the largest manufacturer of European-style tilt and turn window systems in North America, is a leader in fabricating highly energy efficient window and door systems that can attain the stringent Passive House criteria. EuroLine has a passion for Passive, and is committed to providing the strongest, most energy-efficient systems for both residential and commercial projects. 30


In fact, the PHC tilt & turn windows will be installed in a new six storey, 60,000 square foot, mixed-use building in Vancouver. This project, The Heights on Skeena St., will be Canada’s largest Passive House building. EuroLine continues to implement new technologies and manufacturing processes in its quest to make a positive impact on the world, by building higher performing fenestration components that reduce energy loss and lower operating costs in both residential and commercial markets.



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

Visit our on-line Directory to see hundreds of listings of companies which supply products and services for sustainable, high-performance building. Listings are organized by Product Category and by LEED v4 Category. Our LEED v4 Directory is created with the help of our partner:

Our 2017 Partners Site | Landscaping | Rainwater harvesting >Catec Rainwater Harvesting Systems >Langley Concrete Group >Molok® Deep Collection™ System >Unilock >Wishbone Industries Ltd. Structure & Exterior envelope >Alumicor Building Excellence >Bailey Metal Products Ltd. >Dryvit Systems Canada >Euroshield® >Hydrotech >LiveRoof >StoneRox >Tremco Thermal & Windows >Cascadia Windows & Doors >Eco Insulating Glass Inc. >EuroLine Windows® >Inline Fiberglass Ltd. >LiteZone™ Insulating Glass >Pollard Windows Inc. >View Dynamic Glass Interior finishes >Baillargeon Doors Inc. >CBR Products >Columbia Forest Products

>Forbo Flooring Systems >Interface >Nora Systems, Inc. >Shaw Contract Group >Tectum Electrical | Plumbing | HVAC | Renewables >Acuity Brands >Aqua-Tech >Duravit >Simple Solar >Sloan Valve >Taco Comfort Solutions >Tate Access Floors >Termobuild >Uponor >Ventacity Systems >Viessmann Manufacturing Company Inc. >Zehnder America Inc. green design support + professionals >Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute >Diamond Schmitt Architects >FABRIQ architecture >Pinwheel Building Supplies >RJC Engineers

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