UniverCity Childcare Centre Wins Silver

October 18, 2012

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The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) announced the winners of its 24th annual Awards of Excellence, which celebrates the use of innovative techniques, procedures and materials in the construction industry.

UniverCity’s Living Building Childcare Centre was nominated in the Sustainable Construction category by the Special Projects Department of Ledcor Construction. “Ledcor was one of the first construction companies to participate in the Living Building Challenge™ certification program, which goes well beyond LEED®,” says Ledcor project manager, Bruce Vaserhely. “The childcare centre is one of Ledcor’s first Living Building projects and one that we are very proud of.”

To qualify for Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, a building must generate more energy than it uses, collect or recycle more water than it consumes and be built and operated using non-toxic and locally-sourced materials. Unlike other environmental standards that certify buildings based on design specifications, the LBC approves buildings only after they have been operational for 12 months. The UniverCity Childcare Centre opened in April 2012 and expects to be the first project in Canada to achieve LBC certification.

“The Living Building Childcare Centre cost 18 per cent less to build than conventional childcare centres being built elsewhere in the region,” says Gordon Harris, president and CEO of the SFU Community Trust. “It is one more example of how UniverCity is demonstrating ways to create a complete community that is both highly livable and affordable.”

The LBC is designed as the most ambitious rating system in North America for environmentally sustainable architectural design. To learn more about the Living Building Challenge visit ilbi.org.

With more than 700 members, VRCA is British Columbia’s largest and most inclusive regional construction association, representing union and non-union, general and trade contracting companies, manufacturers, suppliers and other professionals throughout the Lower Mainland from Hope to Whistler.