Perkins+Will Advances Sustainable Building Leadership

Participation in the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program, a Canadian Green Building Award, and Two LEED Gold Certifications are Among Recent Accomplishments

Global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will advances its reputation as one of Canada’s leading sustainable architecture and design firms by announcing a number of recent accomplishments in the building industry.

Perkins+Will is pleased to announce that its confidential mixed-use development in Vancouver is one of 16 projects selected across Canada to participate in the Canada Green Building Council® (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program. The 2-year program will help refine the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard that assesses the carbon performance of commercial, institutional, and multi-family residential buildings in Canada.

“We congratulate Perkins+Will for their continued leadership in sustainable design and helping to advance best practices in zero carbon development. Their work is aligning well with the CaGBC’s vision to achieve zero carbon performance across a range of project types,” says Thomas Mueller, president & CEO of the CaGBC.

Perkins+Will’s participating project aims to set a new sustainability standard for Vancouver. Currently in the early stages of design, the estimated 340,000 square foot mixed-use development seeks to be a high performance and deeply green building that integrates energy, water, health and wellness, and social sustainability initiatives. With an initial energy target of 40 kWH/m2/yr, the project endeavors to comply with the City of Vancouver’s new Zero Emissions Building Plan, pursue Passive House certification, and sets ambitious goals for rainwater reuse and potable water use reduction.

“We are honoured that our new mixed-use project has been selected to participate in the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program,” says Kathy Wardle, Perkins+Will’s director of research. “We applaud the CaGBC for recognizing excellence in environmental leadership, and we look forward to the opportunities for knowledge exchange and having a platform for exploring innovative solutions to the challenges of reaching net zero carbon.”

Another accolade recently bestowed to Perkins+Will by the CaGBC is the 2017 Canadian Green Building Award in the Mixed Use Category for Marine Gateway, a large transit-oriented mixed-use development that officially opened in 2016. The development also recently earned LEED Canada Gold Certification under the Core and Shell (CS) rating system. Both awards were presented at the CaGBC’s National Conference in Vancouver.

“Marine Gateway represents a new way of living in dense urban environments that allows our cities to thrive, and we are honoured to receive recognition for its sustainable design leadership,” says Ryan Bragg, principal at Perkins+Will who led the project. “Our goal was to create a sustainable and livable community that would not only benefit the local neighbourhood, but the broader city as a whole.”

Marine Gateway was built to energy standards that exceed Vancouver’s new building code and is host to a number of sustainable design strategies that includes a district energy geo-exchange heating and cooling system with an ambient heat recovery energy loop, healthy materials, sun shading devices, and extensive green roofs.

Another Perkins+Will project, Calgary Public Building, also recently received LEED Canada Gold certification for levels 3 to 6 under the Commercial Interiors (CI) rating system. Perkins+Will, in collaboration with marc boutin architectural collaborative, restored this landmark heritage building integrating sustainable design practices focused on energy efficiency and a heathy workspace environment. This recent recognition combined with the LEED Canada CI Platinum certification for levels 7 and 8 transforms this heritage monument into a landmark of sustainable design.

Perkins+Will is known for leadership in green building with expertise in sustainability, resilience, health and wellness, and mobility, and is consistently ranked among the world’s top green design firms. Perkins+Will’s Research Labs catalyze innovative design technologies and solutions that result in better, smarter, more sustainable built environments.