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11 B.C. projects win Net-Zero Challenge prize

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11 B.C. projects win Net-Zero Challenge prize
PERKINS + WILL - Parcel 21 is a project that aims to transform Simon Fraser University’s campus. It is one of 11 projects recognized by the Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge organized by CleanBC to promote sustainable, low-emissions construction.

Vancouver, B.C. – Eleven building projects in B.C. have won CleanBC’s Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge for their achievement in energy efficiency.

“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.”

The challenge is one of many CleanBC programs designed to push buildings in the province to produce less pollution and be more energy efficient. 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.

CleanBC was developed in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus and supports the commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets.

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

“Not only are these buildings meeting and exceeding our environmental targets, but many are creating much-needed housing for people throughout the province,” said Christian Cianfrone, executive director of the Zero Emissions Building Exchange, in a press release. “We’re also seeing a number of developers using mass timber construction in order to achieve net-zero energy performance, which is why we are also making changes to the B.C. Building Code to encourage more mass timber buildings in B.C.”

The program offers up to $390,000 in funding incentives to finance a portion of the project cost. The winners will showcase their designs and share design best practices at an open house event to take place later this year.

The final 11 winners of the challenge are as follows:

  • 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

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