Tag Archives: British Columbia

B.C. to pilot next-generation retrofits to improve multi-unit housing

The Province of British Columbia, through B.C. Housing, and the City of Vancouver, the B.C. Non-profit Housing Association, and the Pembina Institute, is launching the Reframed Lab initiative to find ways to make homes safer, more energy-efficient, and less polluting, while reducing heating costs for residents. Through Reframed Lab, the partners will do retrofit demonstration projects on up to five multi-unit residential buildings.

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KPF receives city approval to build office tower in Vancouver

The Vancouver City Council has unanimously approved Kohn Pedersen Fox’s (KPF’s) design for the 601 West Pender Street project. Sensitive in both scale and materiality, the building replaces a six-storey parking structure in the city’s Central Business District with a retail base covered by a planted pedestrian canopy, an enhanced Alley Oop laneway, 29 floors of state-of-the-art workspace, and crown amenities with panoramic views of the city.

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Passive House goes to work

The benefits of high-performance buildings are being recognized by owners, designers, and policy-makers alike. This led to an uptake in Passive House (PH) design, as it is widely recognized as the most rigorous energy-based standard in the construction industry today.

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