White Papers

Construction in Reverse

Lessons from a Residential Renovation Pilot. This paper summarizes a residential renovation in Vancouver that used deconstruction methods to achieve an 85% diversion rate. It outlines the challenges for developers and makes recommendations for  governments working to meeting Metro Vancouver’s target of an 80% diversion rate for all demolition, land clearing and construction waste in the […]

What is a Carbon Neutral Building?

The term ‘carbon neutral’ has become increasingly used in recent years; however, there is often a lack of transparency regarding what is meant by different organizations’ usage of the term. This paper discusses some of the key international definitions of carbon neutrality worldwide and what you should consider when referring to carbon neutral buildings. Released: […]

Does Building Green Create Value?

The market for certified buildings in Canada has continued to grow since 2000, but are those buildings really worth more when it comes time to sell or lease? This Light House white paper examines whether building green translates into tangible value for property owners and developers and introduces a Green Building Valuation Report for the […]

Energy Labeling for Commercial Buildings in Canada

Building energy labeling and benchmarking, similar to measuring fuel use in a vehicle, is a useful tool to help owners, operators and managers understand how much energy their facility is using and how that compares locally and nationally to other similar buildings. This White Paper provides a summary of energy labeling programs, labeling procedures, available […]

Vancouver Public Library’s Garden in the Sky

Two decades after the completion of the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) Central Branch in downtown Vancouver, the joint venture architectural team of Moshe Safdie and DA Architects along with landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander (1921-2021) reunited to fulfill the original design intent: a publicly accessible rooftop garden. Released: July 2021 Download here.

BC Building Performance Study: Hotel Sector

Light House’s Building Performance study reviewed energy, water and waste data for 281 buildings from across the Province, including 147 BOMA BESt certified buildings and 134 non-certified buildings which included retail, office, multi-unit residential, warehouses, and hotels.  In cooperation with Tourism Vancouver the study was able to attain data from 19 hotels in the lower […]