Perkins+Will Demonstrates Sustainability Leadership at Canada Green Building Council National Conference in Vancouver

Perkins+Will’s Vancouver office will host a pre-conference education session, a project tour, and make two presentations as part of the Canada Green Building Council National Conference taking place in Vancouver on June 4th -6th. The conference focuses on providing a program full of inspirational education opportunities each year centered on the ideas that: the buildings and infrastructure built today must be resilient and adaptive to a changing environment; it is essential they create long-term value through improved energy performance and less water consumption; and communities should be designed to mitigate the environmental challenges that lie ahead.

Tuesday, June 4
Perkins+Will will host a pre-conference education session at their Vancouver office. The session is titled “Repurposing a 1940s Warehouse to a Modern Design Office: EB:O+M at Work” and will describe how a candy factory from the 1940’s has been renovated and retrofitted to a modern architecture office.

Perkins+Will team members will also lead a tour of VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre during the on-site session “Understanding the Living Building Challenge Workshop”. This workshop provides a 6-hour introduction to the Living Building Challenge. Participants will learn about key issues such as development patterns and density as well as regulatory, financial, behavioral and technological barriers and incentives.

Thursday, June 6
Blair McCarry, a Principal and senior engineer at Perkins+Will, will present “Net Positive – Beyond Zero”. This is a presentation of McCarry’s report on achieving net-positive results using VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, and a 100-bed hospital project for Kaiser Permanente.

Kathy Wardle, an Associate Principal and Director of Research at Perkins+Will, will moderate a panel session on “An Equal Challenge: Bringing Healthy Materials to the Mainstream.” During the discussion, a manufacturer, an owner, an architect and an advocate will share their perspectives about healthy materials and transparency. Wardle will share tools to find healthy materials and resources that they use to encourage clients to use healthy materials and demand transparency.