Vancouver City Council Adopts Green Building Standards for New Civic Buildings

According to Ron Bain, Co-Chair of the Southeast False Creek Stewardship Group, the City of Vancouver recently adopted tough green building standards for new civic buildings. Vancouver City Council approved the Green Building Strategy for the City of Vancouver at the Planning and Environment meeting on July 8, 2004. Vancouver City Council adopted a minimum requirement of LEED Gold for all new civic buildings greater than 500 square meters funded out of future Capital plans and a target of LEED Gold for Southeast False Creek, starting out with LEED Silver, and with the intent to move to formal LEED certification as a requirement as soon as possible. Just as significant was the addition of a resolution to ask staff to prepare a strategy to address current privately initiated green building applications outside of Southeast False Creek. LEED is a green building standard endorsed by APEGBC as the preferred method of environmental assessment for buildings in BC. See the links below for more information on LEED.
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