Washington State Industrial Symbiosis Program Report

The Washington industrial symbiosis program recommendations are backed by a robust review of global case studies, the consulting team’s personal international experience, and industry stakeholder input. The report also includes a summary of the various material data flow collection systems being used to advance industrial symbiosis. Industrial symbiosis is already emerging across the state; the

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Watching our Waste

A National Construction Waste Analysis in Canada Using LEED™ Certified Project Data The Watching our Waste report, developed with the support of the National Zero Waste Council, analyses the collected construction and demolition (C&D) waste data of 678 LEED Canada certified projects from across the country. This represents the largest such dataset currently available and

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Home Buyers and Renters GHG Calculator

This Energy and GHG Emissions calculator, developed with funding from BC Housing, can help home buyers and renters decide on a location based on GHG emissions associated with both the housing type and transportation. It considers commuting to and from work, school or other locations, with multi-modal options and is available here for download and

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Towards Carbon Neutral Buildings in BC

The first, externally-reviewed report in this research initiative, “Towards Carbon Neutral Buildings: Framework for High-Rise Multi-Unit Residential Buildings in BC” was released June 13, 2012. This work was generously funded by the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the City of Vancouver, and BTY Group.Drawing on European approaches, especially the internationally-leading success of Switzerland, the

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Energy Labeling Showdown

British Columbia’s existing buildings account for two-thirds of all energy consumed in the province and 41% of the province’s total GHG emissions. On a small scale, building energy labeling systems are effective tools in helping owner / operators monitor and reduce their energy consumption and GHG emissions. On a larger scale, they are one of

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British Columbia Building Performance Study

This province-wide study, undertaken by Light House in partnership with the Building Owners and Managers Association of BC (BOMA BC), examines the energy performance of 281 buildings from across BC, including 147 BOMA BESt certified buildings and 134 non-certified buildings.Using 40 performance indicators and EnergyStar Portfolio Manager, the study brings together real industry data with

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Squamish Deconstruction and Demolition Report

The District of Squamish commissioned Light House to examine the region’s current demolition and deconstruction waste flows and investigate opportunities to divert waste from landfills. Based on the building permits submitted in Squamish from January to November 2020, the report identified the significant contribution of non-residential construction waste and identified wood as a critical waste

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Tiny Homes – An Alternative to Conventional Housing

Affordable housing continues to be a concern across British Columbia and there is an urgent need to increase housing options for homebuyers. Tiny houses are not currently permitted in the Lower Mainland and are not regulated through the BC Building Code or Vancouver Building Bylaw. This project identifies lessons learned in other jurisdictions and explores

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Low Carbon Building Materials and LEED v4

B.C. government policy currently requires that all newly constructed public sector buildings achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold or equivalent certification. The most recent iteration of LEED, known as LEED v4, has seen the most rigorous update of this green building rating system. LEED v4 rewards the use of low carbon building

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Passive Design Toolkit – For Homes

This toolkit outlines passive design practices for low-rise wood framed construction buildings in Vancouver.While covering best practices, the toolkit addresses the specific needs of Vancouver and outlines a succinct definition of what ‘passive’ means for Vancouver. This toolkit can be used as a reference for best practices, and considered complementary to design guidelines and policy.

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