Karis Place 2013
Developing and building Karis Place provided a unique challenge in achieving sustainability goals as an important aspect of the project. A difficult program and a modest budget made the pursuit of these goals particularly challenging in this building for low income, urban singles. The solution successfully integrates streamlined architecture with environmental performance ambitions through careful envelope design and a variety of passive strategies. As such it provides an example, not just to other publicly-funded housing projects, but to market condominium developments as well. Karis Place provides rental housing as part of the BC Provincial Homelessness Initiative, which focuses on providing safe, secure and supportive housing for singles in response to the current homelessness crisis in Vancouver.
project performance - Energy intensity [building and process energy] = 340MJ/m2/year - Energy savings relative to MNECB = 52% - Potable [municipal] water consumption = 20,988 litres/occupant/year - Local materials [800km radius] by value = 20.5% - Recycled material content by value = 16.5%
Sun Life Financial and Bentall Kennedy LP, Ab 2013
Sun Life Financial and Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP believe that managing a real estate portfolio in a sustainable manner is critical to their success. As a show of market leadership, Sun Life Place became the first office tower in Edmonton to achieve LEED EBOM Gold certification. Strategies and programs were put in place that helped the property achieve the following: • Sun Life Place uses 35% less energy than the national median • Over 55% of occupants use alternative transportation • 30,000 ekWh per year of energy savings • 202 tonnes of waste diverted With Sun Life Financial’s endorsement, Bentall Kennedy implemented several sustainable initiatives on site before the building had targeted LEED designation. These included the installation of low mercury lamps throughout the building, a low voltage electrical switching program throughout the tower, energy efficient retrofitted chillers, new energy efficient boilers installed, thorough preventative maintenance program for mechanical and electrical systems, exterior lamps that minimize light pollution, and operations strategies that helped the building achieve an Energy Star rating in the top 20th percentile of similar building types.
sabMag - SPRING 2014