Covenant House Vancouver along with NSDA Architects are honoured to win a 2020 Canadian Green Building Award for Institutional [Small].
The Canadian Green Building Awards is a program of Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine [SABMag]. The winners, which include new and adaptive re-use projects from most regions of the country, represent some of the best examples of sustainable, high-performance building design in Canada.
Our 1302 Seymour building achieves a significant level of environmental sustainability and is registered to achieve LEED Gold (LEED Canada BD+C NC 2009). Sustainable design strategies include: Optimized exterior wall assemblies / low window-to-wall ratio; High degree of daylighting; Energy recovery ventilation; Reduced lighting power density; and Reduced domestic water usage.
One Jury member shared, “This project, which provides residential accommodation and a range of support services for youth at risk, balances its strong social agenda with a high level of environmental performance. On a tight urban infill site and an equally tight budget, the design nonetheless manages to achieve high levels of natural light throughout, as well as providing attractive communal spaces for its occupants and visitors. A low window to wall ratio and a high-performance envelope, underpin a durable, low maintenance solution that ensures maximum funds can be made available for youth programs.”
We want to thank NSDA Architects, the members of the 2020 Canadian Green Building Awards jury and Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine.