Publications

Our professional publications represent some of the leading research on topics related to sustainable infrastructure.

Nexii Deconstruction Case Study

The case study leverages the latest findings in Light House’s research on Design for Disassembly (DfD) and construction waste. The study showcases the successes and challenges, along with embodied carbon

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NISP Performance Report Pilot

The NISP® model is delivered regionally; uses facilitation to engage businesses and identify symbiosis opportunities; requires regionally-based practitioners dedicated to helping businesses implement symbiosis. There is no cost for businesses

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Watching our Waste

A National Construction Waste Analysis in Canada Using LEED™ Certified Project Data The Watching our Waste report, developed with the support of the National Zero Waste Council, analyses the collected

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Towards Carbon Neutral Buildings in BC

The first, externally-reviewed report in this research initiative, “Towards Carbon Neutral Buildings: Framework for High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings in BC” was released June 13, 2012. This work was generously funded

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Energy Labeling Showdown

British Columbia’s existing buildings account for two-thirds of all energy consumed in the province and 41% of the province’s total GHG emissions. On a small scale, building energy labeling systems

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Low Carbon Building Materials and LEED v4

B.C. government policy currently requires that all newly constructed public sector buildings achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold or equivalent certification. The most recent iteration of LEED,

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Passive Design Toolkit – For Homes

This toolkit outlines passive design practices for low-rise wood framed construction buildings in Vancouver.While covering best practices, the toolkit addresses the specific needs of Vancouver and outlines a succinct definition

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Residential Construction Waste Analysis

This nationwide study, undertaken by Light House with the support of BC Housing, investigates one of the most significant contributors to construction and demolition (C&D) waste – the construction of

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Design for Disassembly Report

Created with the support of BC Housing, this report investigates Design for Disassembly (DfD) and the importance of integrating DfD into building design. It discusses DfD principles and gives material

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Building Performance Study

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