2016 Green Building Review results

The top environmentally sustainable buildings in Canada

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, University of British Columbia, Photo by Don Erhardt


University and college buildings

Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence, Okanagan College:
Gold (1st place)
Kelowna, B.C.
•Windows indicate when they can be opened to maximize cooling
•Floors are polished concrete, heated and cooled within-floor radiant system
•Solar chimneys draw warm air up and out of the building
•Building’s mechanical and electrical service sare exposed, where possible, to demonstrate technology used –part of the building’s teaching and “living lab” capability

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, University of British Columbia:
(2nd place)
City: Vancouver, B.C.
•100% of all reclaimed water originates from the building and campus sewer system, is treated onsite and reused within the building
•Thin floor plates allow light into the building from both sides
•Wood sourced from forests affected by mountain pine beetle infestation
•Living wall shades interior space from late afternoon sun in summer while allowing sunlight into interior spaces in winter

Mona Campbell Building, Dalhousie University

Bronze (3rd place)
City: Halifax, N.S.
•First university building in Atlantic Canada to become LEED Gold certified
•Built using Bubbledeck technology, which uses hollow, plastic balls, reinforced by steel within concrete slabs to reduce the amount of concrete used
•Features a bike room with two showers, 36 lockers and 32 indoor bike hanger racks
•90% of construction and demolition waste materials diverted from landfills



Sechelt Hospital
(1st place)
Sechelt, B.C.
•Hospital includes 125 boreholes to provide zero-carbon energy for the building’s heating and cooling, distributed through radiant slabs
•Patients look out over green roof combined with white roofs
•Local wood, stone and landscape elements echo the local ecology and materials
•Designed with the goal of being North America’s first carbon-neutral hospital

St. Joseph’s HealthcareWest 5th Campus
(2nd place)
Hamilton, Ont.
•Site lighting layout is designed with no light spillage to adjacent properties, limiting light pollution
•One of first healthcare facilities in Ontario to beconstructed on brownfield site
•Minimal solar heat gain through a predominant east-west orientation
•PVC roof toreduce heat island effect

Bridgepoint Hospital
(3rd place)
•Mechanical equipment contains no harmful chlorofluorocarbons or hydro-chlorofluorocarbons that cause ozone depletion
•Alla dhesives, sealants, paints and coatings used in the building are low-to-no VOC
•Campus filled with garden spaces where patients and community members can enjoy therapeutic benefits of the outdoors



Office buildings

TELUS Garden
Gold (tied for 1st place)
City: Vancouver
Owner: Westbank
•10,000 square feet of outdoor garden terraces on six different levels
•Rainwater capture and recycling system for grey water and irrigation
•Over 300 solar panels produce approximately 65,000 kWh per year
•District energy system uses heat transferred from TELUS’s nearby data centre
•Fully integrated smart building program controls all systems

MEC Head Office
(tied for 1st place)
•Building assembled in piecesand can be taken apart at the endof its useful life
•Artificial lighting only needed for a few hours of workday
•Heating/cooling provided by 20 geothermal wells optimized through ground source heat pump
•Passive ventilation system draws fresh air through three vertical stacks

A Grander View
(3rd place)
Kitchener, Ont.
Carpenter Properties
•Landscaping requires no irrigation and provides habitats for native species
•Automated exterior window shades help mitigate solar heat gain and glare
•Buried concrete earth tubes used to pretreat ventilation air
•Low-flow fixtures throughout, including water less urinal
•Recycled content used in construction, including stone from demolished church and retired river tunnel



Other public buildings

VanDusen Botanical Garden and Visitor Centre
Gold (1st place)
City: Vancouver
•Structure has been created tomeet the Cascadia Living Building Challenge standard
•Majority of the roof is finished as a green roof; one of the roof “petals” is a rainwater catch-basin and another holds a solar hot water tube array
•Net zero water and net zero energy use
•Wide roof overhangs help to prevent heat gain and also provide rain protection

Bibliothèque du Boisé
(2nd place)
City: Montreal
•Transparent partitions and open concept plan mean that 90% of occupied floor area has views to the exterior
•Two-storey format minimizes the building footprint, opening up space to plant 105 trees and 5,000 shrubs
•Durable materials with minimum maintenance requirements selected for longevity

Centre for Green Cities at Evergreen Brick Works
(3rd place)
•Operable windows throughout office space are augmented by cross ventilation, ceiling fans and three solar chimneys
•Building has programmable lighting control system that automatically shuts off lights when there’s enough natural light
•High-performance envelope reduces energy costs for the building

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