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CaGBC honours green building leaders at national conference

Daily Commercial News
By DCN News Services, Published June 7, 2017

VANCOUVER — The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) recently honoured the 2017 Leadership Award recipients as a part of Building Lasting Change, the 2017 CaGBC National Conference and Showcase, held at the Vancouver Conference Centre.

The annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that show outstanding leadership in the industry as well as those who have made a significant contribution to the CaGBC's mission and goals in advancing green building in Canada, states a release.

The council added two new award categories this year that showcase excellence in green building for new construction and existing building projects. These awards are presented to the team responsible for green building projects that demonstrate optimal building performance and occupant satisfaction, adds the release. The CaGBC is also recognizing projects that have achieved WELL certification.

The winners of the first CaGBC Green Building Excellence awards are:

• New Construction — Amber Trails Community School. Located in a new neighbourhood in north Winnipeg, Amber Trails has achieved over 50 per cent reduction in water use and energy savings of 65 per cent in cost and 68 per cent in use. The school is also open and accessible.

• Existing Building — Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC). Among its many sustainability efforts, this LEED Platinum building has the largest non-industrial green roof in North America that is fully composed of native and adaptive species. The VCC operates 44 per cent more efficiently than a typical Canadian convention centre.

Runners up for the Green Building Excellence Awards are the Telus Garden Office Tower, Q Lofts, Toronto Dominion Centre and the NSCC Institute of Technology Campus.

Projects that earned WELL Building certification include:

• Toronto-Dominion Centre, at 222 Bay St. in Toronto, which earned WELL Gold certification for its entire building — the first project in North America to do so. This was in addition to its earlier WELL Gold certification for floor 23 at TD Centre, which was the first WELL v1 certification in the world.

• MNP Tower owned by Oxford Properties Group at 1021 West Hastings in Vancouver, which earned WELL Gold certification.

• The CBRE Vancouver office at 1021 West Hastings St. in Vancouver, which earned WELL Gold certification.

The CaGBC Lifetime Achievement Award went to Stephen Carpenter, the former president and founder of Enermodal Engineering Ltd. For over 35 years, Carpenter has designed and promoted energy efficient and sustainable buildings and communities. He was the co-author of the first LEED Canada Reference Guide and was the LEED Canada technical chair for 10 years. As president of Enermodal Engineering, he has shaped how LEED is applied in the Canadian building industry, explains the release. His firm is responsible for 23 of the first 25 LEED for New Construction certified buildings in Ontario. In 2014, Carpenter was awarded the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston for his work in energy efficiency and sustainable buildings.

The winners of the remaining 2017 CaGBC Leadership Awards are:

• CaGBC Inspired Educator Award: Dr. Janet Moore and Duane Elverum, co-directors and co-founders of CityStudio;

• CaGBC Emerging Green Builder Award: Hilary Corneau, project delivery analyst, Brookfield GIS;

• Government Leadership Award: Office of Climate Change, executive council, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador;

• CaGBC Volunteer Leadership — Technical Expertise: Wendy MacDonald, sustainability consultant and professional engineer;

• CaGBC Volunteer Leadership — Chapter: Tony Iacobelli, manager, sustainability at the City of Vaughan;

• CaGBC Green Building Champion Award: David Ramslie, head of sustainability, planning and research, Integral Group;

• CaGBC Green Building Pioneer Award: Liviu Craiu-Botan, manager, energy and technical services, Oxford Properties Group;

• Students Leading Sustainability — Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award: Andrew Martins, British Columbia Institute of Technology.

CaGBC honours green building leaders at national conference