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First zero carbon office tower opens in Vancouver

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

The Stack in Vancouver has officially opened, a landmark project by Oxford Properties. The office tower is the first to achieve the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building – Design standard certification and the first high-rise commercial tower in North America built to zero carbon standards.

Designed by Vancouver-based and internationally renowned architect James K.M. Cheng, the 37-storey, AAA-class 550,000 sq ft office tower is situated in a premium location in downtown Vancouver and enhances the city’s skyline with its unique twisting, stacked box design. Ledcor was general contractor.

“In addition to the building’s achievements in sustainability and the workplace experience, we have also received a lot of compliments from our neighbours as to how well this project is fitting into the community, and how much they appreciate the Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun sculpture and the pocket park connecting to the existing network of mid-block passages and plazas,” commented James K.M. Cheng, principal, James K.M. Cheng Architects.

By achieving zero carbon status, The Stack also plays an important part in the progress of the City of Vancouver and province of British Columbia’s 2030 zero-carbon goals.

The Stack was able to achieve this status through its implementation of innovative features that minimize both carbon emissions and energy intensity, including low carbon building systems and a high-performance triple-pane glazing system. The Stack also deploys smart building technology to provide insights on energy management, optimize building performance and enable preventative maintenance. On-site renewable energy is achieved through a rooftop photovoltaic solar panel array that will generate 26,000kWh of energy annually.

“The Stack is leading the real estate industry to new levels of sustainability and reflects Oxford’s commitment to integrating ESG best practices throughout our assets,” said  Andrew O’Neil, vice president of development, Oxford Properties. “By being the first to achieve a Zero Carbon high rise office building, we can use the insights and learnings from this project across our portfolio and share best practices with the wider industry as we collectively tackle decarbonization as one of the most pressing issues of our times.”


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