Eleven projects have been selected as winners of the Net Zero Energy Ready Challenge (NZERC) Construction Incentive, a provincial program and juried competition to support energy efficient design and construction.
The NZERC is one of many CleanBC initiatives aimed at turning buildings all over the province less polluting, more comfortable and energy efficient.
“By using more clean energy and using it more efficiently in our buildings, we’re taking action to improve air quality and reduce energy costs for British Columbians. Part of our CleanBC plan, the Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge, is showcasing best practices in building design and providing support to leading innovators across the province. Congratulations to all of the final winners.”
– Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
The following are a few of the winners:
Project Location: Esquimalt
Project Architect: Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture
Corvette Landing is a 12-storey, mixed-use development designed as a catalytic project that advances urban densification in the Township of Esquimalt. Targeting Passive House certification, Corvette Landing will create attractive and affordable homes supporting a community with a range of incomes and demographics. It includes both affordable rental and affordable market homes. Planned and developed as a panelized and prefabricated mass-timber hybrid building, Corvette Landing will combine a low carbon footprint with a high level of liveability.
2150 Keith Drive
Project Location: Vancouver
Project Architect: Dialog
Targeting the top step of the BC Energy Step Code, this innovative 10-storey mass timber office building features a high-performance building envelope and mechanical system, as well as open daylight spaces designed to promote employee productivity and well-being.
This project also provides a new structural design typology for tall mass timber buildings in Canada through its unique lateral force resisting system consisting of perimeter timber-braced bays and interior cross-laminated timber shear walls.
Peatt Commons – Phase 2
Project Location: Langford
Project Architect: Jack James Architect
Peatt Commons Phase 2, part of a new, walkable downtown community in Langford, utilizes an innovative mass timber design that considerably reduces the building’s carbon footprint and thermal bridging, while also providing highly effective seismic force dissipation.
Targeting the top step of the BC Energy Step Code, Peatt Commons Phase 2 will create a replicable design that advances energy efficiency and carbon sequestration in the building process to increase occupants’ comfort, lower energy costs, and reduce lifecycle GHG emissions.
Carrington View – Building A
Project Location: West Kelowna
Project Architect: WD Fisher Architecture
Carrington View Building A combines modern, highly liveable architecture with innovative sustainable design principles to provide low carbon, market rental units. Targeting the top step of the BC Energy Step Code, this 100% electric, combustion-free building will include on-site solar power generation. Carrington View is also targeting Built Green Canada Platinum certification and CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard.
New report summarizes global research on the health impacts of using wood and natural materials in our buildings A newly released report, Wood, Well-being and Performance: The Human and Organizational Benefits of Wood Buildings, shows how increasing our use of wood and nature-inspired materials can be good for our health. The approach, sometimes referred to as biophilic design, is characterized by […]
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All levels of government in British Columbia (B.C.) are leading by example, showcasing what’s possible with wood construction and demonstrating the importance of sustainable building. Through its Wood First Act, the province of B.C. encourages public institutions to consider using wood in construction where appropriate. Since the act was introduced about a decade ago, more […]
Many communities in British Columbia founded on forestry are increasingly returning to their roots by constructing landmark buildings with local wood products, using local expertise, labour, and manufacturers. Learn how B.C. communities are growing strong with wood.
The newly updated 812-page CLT Handbook is the essential how-to resource for Canadian building professionals interested in construction and design using cross-laminated timber (CLT). The free e-copy is now available for download.
A First Nations forester is combining traditional knowledge with new technologies, such as light detection and ranging (LiDAR), for wiser resource management. Discover how Indigenous forestry initiatives can help the future sustainability of our working forests.
An increasing number of health-care facilities are incorporating wood to provide patients and visitors with a warm, natural aesthetic, and a calm, stress-reducing connection to nature.
Research begins to show the biophilic benefits of wood, which suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature. Study results show students who spent time in rooms featuring natural wood exhibited lower stress reactivity. During all three periods of the study, stress, as measured by sympathetic nervous system activation, was measurably lower on average in the rooms featuring wood than in the non-wood office.
The bold, striking use of wood throughout the space — uncommon in such health-care settings— softens the hospital’s institutional feel and creates a calm, stress-reducing connection to nature, while standing up to weather, wear and tear, and rigorous maintenance. As the research on biophilic benefits of wood continues to grow, one of B.C.’s busiest hospitals leads the way in offering patients a comforting, supportive, and healing environment.
For architect and timber advocate Peter Busby, wood is one of nature’s greatest innovations
B.C. forest products are a predominant structural and finishing material for a wide range of transit infrastructure throughout the province, including airports, bus exchanges and SkyTrain stations. Learn more about the use of wood in transportation projects.
Learn about the latest wood design and construction trends within these four building applications while earning Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) recognized continuing learning units towards professional development.
With its wide-ranging use of different wood species, the Prince George Airport demonstrates how a high-traffic building can benefit from the resilience, versatility, durability, and thermal characteristics of wood. These were important considerations for this northern city, situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, which is prone to cold, harsh winters.
An effective insulator with a warm aesthetic, wood is particularly well suited to the demanding atmospheres of swimming pools — as well as ice rinks in arenas. Wood tolerates high levels of humidity, offers acoustic and thermal benefits, and absorbs and releases water vapour without compromising its structural integrity. Indoor pool design has evolved to include ample use of natural light and bold, innovative uses of B.C. wood from sustainably managed forests.
Interview with Darryl Condon, Managing Principal of HCMA Architecture + Design, who has embraced and often pioneered the use of wood and mass timber in community, civic, and recreational aquatic facilities throughout British Columbia and Canada. He shares why wood is often an integral material in the buildings they design, and how they’ve pushed the boundaries of what is possible with wood.
Located in John Hendry Park in east Vancouver, this ice rink was the first phase in the replacement of an aging community centre facility. The rink served as a practice facility for competitors who participated in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and opened for public use after the Games.