B.C. building projects win net-zero challenge

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Eleven building projects in B.C. have won the Net-Zero-Ready Challenge, one of many CleanBC programs aimed at making buildings all over the province more comfortable and energy-efficient.

“By using more clean energy and using it more efficiently in our buildings, we’re taking action to improve air quality and reduce energy costs for British Columbians,” said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

“Part of our CleanBC plan, the Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge is showcasing best practices in building design and providing support to leading innovators across the province. Congratulations to all of the final winners.”

Net-zero energy-ready buildings are designed and built to be so efficient that they could meet all or most of their own energy consumption requirements with renewable energy technologies.

The competition received 51 expressions of interest which included more than 170 different organizations as proponents, suppliers or partners. In January 2019, 16 of those projects were selected as winners of the design incentive portion of the competition. The winners were then asked to submit more detailed applications for the construction incentive portion of the competition.

The $2.5-million program provides up to $390,000 in financial incentives to offset a portion of the cost to build to the highest energy performance standards.

The final 11 winners are:

  • Corvette Landing, Esquimalt, Standing Stone Developments
  • The Narrows, Vancouver, 51565 BC Ltd
  • Vanness, Vancouver, Community Land Trust
  • OSO, Golden, Viddora Developments
  • 825 Pacific, Vancouver, Grosvenor Americas
  • UVic Student Housing/Dining, Victoria, University of Victoria\Skeena Residence, Kelowna, UBC Properties Trust
  • SFU Parcel 21, Burnaby, SFU Community Trust
  • 2150 Keith Drive, Vancouver, Bentall Kennedy
  • Peat Commons Phase 2, Langford, Peat Commons Inc.
  • Carrington View – Building A, Kelowna, Highstreet Ventures.

Winners will showcase their winning designs and share design best practices at an open house event to take place later this year.

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