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

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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

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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:

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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

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Building a Winning Green Building Strategy: Successful Policies for Government, Industry and the Environment

Buildings are estimated to account for 40% of all energy consumed and 25% of all GHG emissions. Green building policies represent a range of instruments from incentive programs through to regulation aimed at improving the performance of buildings. This white paper presents select findings, including examples of policy successes and lessons learned, from a review

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Life Cycle Analysis and Environmental Product Declarations: North American Market Analysis

With the official launch of USGBC’s LEED version 4 at Greenbuild Nation in November 2013, Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are becoming hot new topics of discussion. What are LCAs and EPDs? This white paper answers this question,  identifying LCA/EPD impact on building design, and discussing the current North American market

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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

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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.