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.
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.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan has announced the province will focus on mass timber construction to bolster the forest industry. Premier Horgan has appointed Ravi Kahlon, parliamentary secretary for forests, lands, natural resource operations, and rural development, to lead the expansion and use of mass timber in B.C. buildings.
The B.C. Construction Association (BCCA) and Minerva B.C. has opened nominations for the 2nd annual Builders Code Champion Awards, which celebrate B.C. companies that are proactively addressing the issues of equity, discrimination, and harassment in the province’s construction sector.
Vancouver Fire Hall No. 17 has become the first fire hall in the country to earn the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) design certification, and the first project to be certified in B.C.
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.
Climate change poses challenges for building professionals tasked with the job of protecting structures from water damage. By becoming a part of the concrete, crystalline admixtures remove the need for a waterproofing membrane.