Green Building rating systems

Wood Use in British Columbia Schools

Designing today’s school buildings demand economically and environmentally sustainable solutions that can simultaneously create safe and inspiring learning environments for educating our youth. This report considers the varying capacities in which wood can meet or exceed those demands as a building material for structural and non-structural applications.

Photo: Ed White | Mulgrave School, West Vancouver, B.C.

Wood Use in British Columbia Schools

Wood is versatile, resilient and renewable, making it an excellent choice to build or renovate schools. It can be less expensive than other major building materials, and studies show it creates safe, healthy and inspiring learning environments. By choosing wood construction, B.C. school districts can demonstrate a commitment to climate action and the environmental future of their students through designs that meet or exceed demanding energy-efficiency requirements.

Demonstrating the Benefits of Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessment

Providing measurable details about a building’s environmental impacts offers wide benefits. Its primary benefit is to equip the design team with the information needed to reduce environmental impacts over a business-as-usual design. It gives design teams a competitive advantage by positioning them as industry leaders. Clients can use the information to inform their marketing and climate change mitigation strategies.

LEED V4 Shifts Emphasis of Environmentally-Friendly Construction Material to Wood

A report published this month by Dovetail Partners analyzes how LEED V4 emphasizes wood as the most environmentally-friendly construction material and will bring increased incorporation of green building concepts into buildings of all kinds. Buildings constructed in the future will be significantly more energy efficient than today and more attention will be given to minimizing environmental impacts wherever possible using science-based tools to identify lowest impact alternatives. In this environment, wood products can become the building materials of choice.

City of Vancouver Advances Toward Zero-Emission Green Buildings

An 85-unit six-storey wood apartment is being built on the corner of Skeena and East Hastings streets in Vancouver. When complete it will be the largest Passive House building in Canada.

Across B.C., buildings account for 11 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions, according to a report by the provincial climate leadership team. The report cited Brusselswhich went from amongst the worst in Europe to amongst the best over an eight-year periodto suggest that B.C. could reduce emissions in this sector by 50 percent by 2030.

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