Sustainability

We are committed to the implementation of sustainability principles with a focus on practical and economical solutions. Our people have practice sustainable design for over 30 years extending from passive solar home design in the early '80s to recent buildings designed to LEED® criteria.

We are a member of the Canada Green Building Council.

 

 

LEED® CERTIFIED BUILDINGS

PLATINUM

 

 

 

Administration Building GVRD Waste Incinerator  Burnaby, BC (Certified)

  • Uses waste energy from the plant for in-floor radiant cooling and heating
  • Optimized thermal massing and external shading devices
  • 100% ventilated
  • Rain water harvesting incorporated with water efficient plumbing to eliminate use of potable water for toilets
  • Most power is generated by skylight integrated photovoltaic panels
  • GOLD

     

     

     

    Learning and Innovation Centre
    Royal Roads University
     Victoria, BC (Certified)

  • 95% of construction waste was diverted from landfill
  • Energy use reduced through use of natural ventilation
  • Solar panels provide hot water for washrooms and showers
  • Use of non-potable water for low-flush toilets and irrigation
  • Podium 2, Simon Fraser University  Surrey, BC (Commercial Interiors Certification Underway)

  • Re-use of chemistry lab casework
  • Use of high efficiency fumehoods
  • Re-use of 90% of existing interior components
  • Ease of public transit
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    Student Centre, University of the Fraser Valley  Abbotsford, BC (Construction underway, to be Certified)

  • Solar collection system for hot water in washrooms and kitchens
  • Daylighting strategies in the atrium; high performance translucent thermoplastic skylight
  • Green Roof
  • Composting kitchen waste program
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    Kwantlen Horticulture Research Facility
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University
     Langley, BC (Certified)

  • Use of geothermal heating for adjunct research greenhouse heating
  • Durable materials
  • Sustainable landscaping
  • Use of FSC wood
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    Medical Sciences Building
    University of British Columbia
     Vancouver, BC (Certified)

  • Use of water from adjacent fisheries research for grey water
  • Variable volume fumehood control
  • This was the first LEED® certified building on the University of Victoria Campus and the second building certified under the BC CaGBC program

     

    Ecogenomics Laboratory   Seattle, WA (Certified, Commercial Interiors with USGBC)

  • Use of free energy, capturing heat from server room to serve other areas
  • Use of low emitting materials
  • Reduced construction waste
  • This was the first LEED® certified project for University of Washington users on their campus.

    Benjamin D. Hall Interdisciplinary Building  Seattle, WA (Certified, USGBC)

  • Use of energy efficient and low emitting materials
  • Provisions of amenities for users (bicycle storage, showers, shared meeting rooms)
  • Use of durable materials
  • SILVER

     

     

     

    TEFIII Unviersity of British Columbia  Vancouver, BC (Certified)

    This was the sixth building certified as LEED® in Canada, and the first silver laboratory building.

    Fire Hall 8  Abbotsford, BC (Certification Underway)

  • Reduced flow plumbing fixtures
  • Occupancy sensors
  • LED lighting
  • Landscaped bioswales and a rain garden
  • GREEN GLOBE BUILDINGS

     

     

     

     

    Port Hardy Coast Guard Search and Rescue Station  Port Hardy, BC

  • Operations Building - 4 Globes
  • Residential Building - 3 Globes
  • Improved insulation levels; low window to wall ratio; use of air source heat pumps; use of free energy; use of low emitting materials, use of wood construction, green roof


  • OTHER SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS

    As part of our continuing focus of sustainable architecture, we look for opportunities in each project, not only those designated as LEED® projects. Strategies include:

  • "Right-sizing" projects to ensure maximum benefit for space and materials used
  • Considering waste in design, construction methods, job-site practices, purchasing products
  • Using local materials when possible
  • Re-use, salvaging, and recycling materials and products where applicable
  • Using our natural resources wisely (ie. water and energy)
  • Considering all aspects of the built design for user comfort and safety
  • Educating, promoting and championing sustainable design
  • Projects not registered with LEED®, but with significant sustainable features include:

    Surrey Animal Care Surrey, BC (In Construction, Certification Underway)

  • Geothermal heating
  • Reduced potable water use
  • Use of durable materials and finishes
  • Exposed wood/heavy timber

  • Metro Vancouver Sustainability Academy Annacis Island, Delta, BC

  • Green roof

  • Visual Arts Redevelopment, University of the Fraser Valley   Abbotsford, BC

  • Use of natural ventilation; sun shading; low emitting materials

  • TASC 2 Wet & Dry Laboratories, Simon Fraser University   Burnaby, BC

  • Use of high efficiency fume hoods

  • TRIUMF Stores Building   Vancouver, BC

  • Use of beetle killed wood; shallow floor plate and open floor plan to maximize daylight

  • Quinsam River Hatchery   Campbell River, BC

  • Use of solar hot water heating for public toilet wc use

  • UNBC DTO Lecture Theatres   Prince George, BC

  • Extensive green roof

  • Sturgeon Research Centre, Vancouver Island University   Nanaimo, BC

  • Extremely high level of recirculated and filtrated water use for research.
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