February 17, 2010
LEED certified Vancouver Convention Centre West building
The Vancouver Convention Centre’s West building, opened in April, 2009, has been awarded LEED Platinum certification – the highest level – for new construction by the Canada Green Building Council.
The facility’s sustainable design features and practices include a six-acre ‘living’ roof, the largest living roof in Canada; a sophisticated drainage and water recovery system, which has successfully reduced potable water use by 72.6 per cent; and an extensive facility-wide recycling programme that recycles an average of 180,000 kg of materials annually, nearly half of the total volume of waste generated.
A heating and cooling system using adjacent seawater.
In addition, 83 per cent of the convention centre’s construction waste has been diverted from landfill.
The conference facility includes 471,000 sq. ft. of pre-function, meeting, exhibition and ballroom space, giving meeting planners ample flexibility.
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