GREEN BUILDING TOURS

 Spectacular by nature. Green by design. Vancouver is known as Canada's greenest city. But a great city doesn't happen by accident. It happens as result of planning, innovation, vision and execution. Choose from these great tours to see some of the city's most interesting and impactful green sites. Register online to ensure your spot.

DATE: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
RATES: CaGBC Members: $100 / Non-members: $125

TOUR 1

UBC's fast track to a high performing campus (3 GBCI CE hours)
(7:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)



Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRs), LEED Platinum

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is accelerating the transformation to high-performing green buildings on campus. LEED Gold certification is mandatory for all new construction and major renovations for institutional buildings at UBC. There are 10 LEED certified buildings in total at the University, with 15 more projects targeting certification. On this tour delegates will visit these four important buildings:

CIRS is an internationally recognized research institution that accelerates the adoption of sustainable building technologies and sustainable urban development practices in society. CIRS itself pushes the envelope of sustainable design by integrating passive design strategies with innovative sustainable technologies and they endeavor to share the performance data and lessons learned from their ongoing operations so that others can learn from their successes and failures. CIRS is a LEED Platinum building, and has also sought certification through The Living Building Challenge (LBC).

ESB gives UBC students attending earth science classes – as many as 6,500 a year – the expanded space they need to learn and connect with their peers. Updated laboratory facilities – and the collocation of expertise in math and statistics – are enabling researchers to collaborate and investigate the challenges facing our planet in new ways. A LEED Gold building, ESB is the largest panelized wood building and the largest application of cross laminated timber in North America.

A LEED® platinum building, incorporating elements of the Living Building Challenge, the New SUB will be extremely energy-efficient. Design strategies place a priority on minimizing consumption. A high performance envelope, natural ventilation and daylight harvesting are amongst the long list of strategies that are integral to this low energy building. Rainwater harvesting will also be used as one of the means to reduce water use significantly on the project.

BRDF is a world-leading initiative to demonstrate a combined heat and power system fueled by biomass. The system provides clean energy to UBC’s Vancouver campus, facilitates research to set new global standards for performance and emissions, while lowering campus greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption. The building has achieved LEED Gold certification and is a large contributor to UBC’s aggressive GHG emission reduction targets. The design and establishment of this operation provides UBC faculty and students with research and learning opportunities in the clean energy and sustainability sector and helps municipalities set new and better standards for future bioenergy operations.  The combined heat and power system brings together Nexterra’s pre-commercial gas conditioning system and biomass gasification system with a GE Energy high-efficiency gas engine generator.

TOUR 2

EB: O&M - Lessons learned and benefits earned (3 GBCI CE hours)
(7:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

The transformation of existing buildings into highly efficient and effective sites can reveal unsuspected surprises and require creative resolutions to achieve specific targets. Join others and learn firsthand from those who played a role in the success of three impressive flagship EB: O&M projects in the City.

The offices at Shaw Tower are committed to providing their staff with a healthy and environmentally responsible workplace. The building consists of 3/5 commercial space and 2/3 residential, with the commercial space targeting LEED EB: O&M Platinum.

This building is a multi tenanted 26 floor commercial office building that is targeting LEED EB: O&M Gold. They have taken a number of actions to help promote sustainability and environmental stewardship with their tenants and operation practices.

This 34-story office tower is committed to environmental excellence in management and operations. Tenants include financial institutions, consultants, legal professionals, and a restaurant. The building as a whole is targeting LEED Gold certification.

Located on the corner of Burrard and Cordova streets, and across from the Vancouver Convention Centre, Waterfront Centre is a unique Vancouver landmark. Built in 1990, Waterfront Centre is a Class AAA office tower that has 21 floors of prime office space and a unique retail mall located under it. At Cadillac Fairview, green thinking has become an important part of our decision making process. This is demonstrated through green initialize such as the ongoing GREEN AT WORK™ program and the LEED® Canada EB: O&M Gold Level certification for Waterfront Centre in 2014.

TOUR 3

Vancouver's longstanding Olympic legacy –  the reigning model for sustainable events (3 GBCI CE hours)
(12:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.)



Vancouver Convention Centre, LEED Platinum

Vancouver's Winter Olympic Games in 2010 were a success on a number of levels — athletically, culturally and environmentally too. It remains a model for how international events can deliver on sustainability commitments. The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games grounded its environmental commitments in real science and, as a result, these commitments had real meaning.  Delegates will tour these two sites:

The Olympic Village is located within the Southeast False Creek neighbourhood, which is a mixed-use community and is a certified LEED for Neighbourhood Development project. The village is a leading model of sustainable development and it features efficient energy solutions, high performing green buildings, and an easy transit system. Some of the green features include urban agriculture, green roofs, Island and inter-tidal fish habitat, seaside greenways and bikeways, rainwater management systems with a 50% reduction in water consumption through the re-use of rainwater, and a neighbourhood energy system that will provide space heating and domestic hot water to all buildings in the area.

This tour of the first LEED Platinum Convention Centre in the world will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete and will encompass areas such as our Central Heating/ Cooling Plant, Black Water Treatment Plant, view of the “Green Roof”, Ballroom, Pre-function, Meeting and Exhibit spaces, Marine Habitat and any other area of interest your group expresses a wish to explore. Our 6.4 acre Green Roof, the largest non-industrial living roof in North America is the home to a variety of wildlife and is also the home to four bee hives, each with their own Queen and houses approximately 80,000 bees and produces approx. 120lbs of honey annually which our Chef uses to make items such as honey ice cream, etc. for events from our “scratch” kitchen (some of this honey is bottled for dignitaries).

TOUR 4

New office towers convert imagination into innovative spaces for tenants (3 GBCI CE hours)
(12:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.)



Telus Garden

Creating healthy work environments is a priority for many owners and finding spaces that foster productivity, creativity and engagement is becoming a pre-requisite for tenants. Visit these two workplaces and see how their ambitious visions for excellence and efficiency have translated into some of the most desirable places to work.

TELUS garden is a million square foot development consisting of both a 500,000 square foot office tower and a 500,000 square foot residential tower. Aimed to be one of the most sustainable building in Canada, the project undertook an ambitious district energy system that recycled waste heat from a neighbouring telecommunications building. The design of the district energy system, coupled with the building’s innovative features such as triple glazed window system, forced air ventilation, LED lighting and rainwater recapture, allow the project to use 80% less energy from the grid than comparable buildings. The project features over 20,000 square feet of outdoor terraced green space, operable windows for the office building and taller ceiling heights to enhance the delivery of natural light to work spaces.  The office tower at TELUS garden is set to become the first building in Canada to certify LEED Platinum NC (2009) when it submits for certification in May 2015.

  • Mountain Equipment Co-op Headquarters 

Located in the False Creek Flats of East Vancouver, this next generation green building was specifically designed to encourage employee health and activity, to foster innovation, and to tread light on their environmental footprint. Designed to meet LEED Platinum standards, this building exceeds the City of Vancouver’s requirements to be green. Conceived as a campus with water being a central feature, this four-storey glass, wood and steel building dominates a two acre site. Natural light and fresh air flood the space, and rainwater is stored and reused in the gardens. Heat is drawn from geo-thermal wells and sensor monitor sunlight automatically lowers and raised the blinds and controls the lighting switches.

TOUR 5

Living Building Challenge Tour (3 GBCI CE hours)
(12:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.)



VanDusen Botanical Garden, Visitor's Centre, LEED Platinum

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is taking root around the world. LBC acknowledges the most advanced sustainability efforts in green building and we're fortunate to present these two great projects for this tour. Guests will visit the LEED NC Platinum certified Van Dusen Botanical Gardens; and the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), UBC's internationally recognized research institution.

Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre is a LEED-NC Platinum certified project that was also the first building in Canada to apply for the Living Building Challenge. Inspired by natural forms and organised into a petal-like floor plan, the building uses on-site, renewable sources to achieve net-zero energy on an annual basis and treats 100% of its blackwater in an on-site bioreactor—the first of its kind in Vancouver. The project was recently named the Most Sustainable Building of the Year for 2014 by World Architecture News.

CIRS is an internationally recognized research institution that accelerates the adoption of sustainable building technologies and sustainable urban development practices in society. CIRS itself pushes the envelope of sustainable design by integrating passive design strategies with innovative sustainable technologies and they endeavor to share the performance data and lessons learned from their ongoing operations so that others can learn from their successes and failures. CIRS is a LEED Platinum building, and has also sought certification through The Living Building Challenge (LBC).