Case Studies

Climate Action by B.C. Public Sector Organizations

Following a fire in a staff housing complex, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority rebuilt the complex to Passive House standard as a way to significantly – and permanently – reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs.

BC Housing has developed a comprehensive adaptation strategy that will help address the financial, social and physical risks associated with climate change.

Facility staff at Sooke School District 62 were able to achieve a 50 per cent gain in energy efficiency through optimization of mechanical systems as part of a detailed recommissioning process.

Low Carbon Building Materials

This landmark 18-storey residence building at the University of British Columbia was, at the time of construction, the tallest contemporary wood hybrid building in the world.

The BlueShore Environmental Learning Centre at the Cheakamus Centre in Brackendale is a striking timber structure raised up into the canopy of the surrounding forest. 

The new building for L’École Mer et Montagne in Campbell River uses reclaimed Douglas Fir joists salvaged from the existing building which adds warmth and reduces the new building's environmental impact. 

The LEED® Gold certified Ronald McDonald House at the BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Vancouver provides a home-like environment for children and their families while undergoing treatment.

Completed in 2015, TELUS Garden boasts many sustainability features and was the first Canadian project to be awarded Platinum certification under the LEED® Canada 2009 Core and Shell rating system. 

The Wood Innovation & Design Centre in Prince George is one of the tallest modern timber buildings in North America and makes extensive use of wood materials.