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Better Buildings BC finalists selected

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Fifteen building projects have been selected in the design incentive portion of the Better Buildings BC contest, a provincial program and juried competition to support, promote and celebrate the design and construction of net-zero energy-ready buildings.

The Better Buildings BC contest is one of many CleanBC initiatives aimed at turning buildings all over the province into lower polluting, warmer, more comfortable and healthier spaces.

Since the contest was announced in October 2018, 51 expressions of interest were submitted, naming more than 170 different organizations as proponents, suppliers or partners. The 15 finalists of the design incentive will receive a total of $318,923. The dollar amount of the reward will vary according to the size and complexity of the various building designs: $40,000 is largest single incentive awarded, while $21,000 is the average incentive.

Finalists of the design incentive are now required to submit a full application by March 31, 2019, for the Net Zero Energy Ready Incentive, which provides assistance for the construction phase of the building. The Province will announce final winners in May 2019. An open house will be held to showcase the winning designs.

The Better Buildings BC program is administered by Integral Group and funded through the Innovative Clean Energy Fund for $1 million and Forestry Innovation Investment for $200,000, for a total provincial contribution of $1.2 million.

Finalists selected for the Better Buildings BC design incentive are as follows:

ZGF Architects
Community Land Trust (3279 Vanness Ave.), Vancouver

MCMP Architects
Concert Properties, North Vancouver

Meiklejohn Architects Inc.
Pacific Arbour Seven Residence Ltd., Kelowna

ZGF Architects
Community Land Trust (1190 Burrard St.), Vancouver

Cornerstone Architecture
51561 BC Ltd, Vancouver

Jack James Architect
DB Services of Victoria Inc., Victoria

WD Fisher Architecture
Highstreet Ventures, Kelowna

Murdoch + Co
Whistler Housing Authority, Whistler

Dennis Maguire Architect
Vidorra Developments Ltd., Golden

VIA Architecture Inc.
B.C. Conference of the United Church of Canada, Vancouver

Perkins + Will Architects
University of Victoria, Victoria

Elevation Collective
Elevation Collective, Squamish

Perkins + Will Architects
Delta Land Development, Vancouver

Dialog
Bentall Kennedy, Vancouver

IBI Group Architects
Grosvenor Americas, Vancouver

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