Monday, June 17, 2019

51 developments apply for Better Buildings project in B.C.

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Fifty-one projects involving more than 170 design, development and construction organizations have made submissions to take part in the new Better Buildings B.C.: Net-Zero Energy-Ready challenge.

Of the submissions of interest, eight were high-rise residential projects, 19 were low-rise residential, six were office, four were institutional, 12 were mixed-use, and two were categorized as “other” by Integral Group Consulting, which is administering the provincial government-funded pilot project.

The program, launched in Vancouver in October, is offering two financial incentives — one for the design phase of a project, the other for the construction phase.

The program will provide up to $40,000 to successful design teams to offset the additional costs of designing net-zero energy-ready buildings and up to $350,000 for construction costs, depending on the type and size of the building.

All of the projects are in active phases of development and most were located in the Lower Mainland, said Lisa Westerhoff, an associate for sustainability research and planning with Integral Group in Vancouver.

She said a few of the projects are located in Whistler and a few in Kelowna.

Integral Group had not released specific details about the 51 projects by deadline.

“We’re really happy with the number of expressions of interest that we received,” Westerhoff told Postmedia. “It’s a new program. It’s in its pilot stage, so we weren’t really sure what the industry uptake would be.”

She said the 51 projects involve more than 170 organizations, including developers, consultants, designers and other industry stakeholders.

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