When it comes to energy-saving policies, British Columbia is first, Saskatchewan is last, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I) is most improved, and the federal government needs to help all provinces ramp up to meet national goals, according to the second annual Scorecard of provincial energy efficiency policies by Efficiency Canada.
Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility, a nonprofit charity in Vancouver, has achieved the highest national accessibility rating to date under the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program. With a score of 96 out of 100 points (96 per cent), the ‘RHF Accessibility Certified Gold’ rated building has set the Canadian benchmark for meaningful accessibility in the built environment.
GBL Architects have unveiled designs for Archetype, a mixed-use development in Vancouver’s newly revitalized False Creek Flats neighbourhood. The development is centrally positioned within an emerging and dynamic district that caters to the city’s innovation economy. Archetype serves as an innovative precedent for a mixed-use residential, commercial, and light industrial integrated urban development.
The Wedge, a new residential tower in downtown Victoria, B.C., has commenced construction. The $50-million development seeks to deliver artful, award-winning architecture, tailor-made for its location. The Wedge was inspired by the natural beauty of Vancouver Island.
Ryder Architecture has received unanimous approval from the Vancouver city council for their Passive House affordable housing development in Vancouver for the non-profit organization Brightside Community Homes Foundation. The development’s design is in response to the foundation’s ideals, namely the mandate to build and foster resilient communities for those who struggle to meet the demands of market 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.
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.