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by Journal Of Commerce last update:Jan 30, 2006

A new development is proving that the City of North Vancouver is committed to environmentally friendly buildings.

A new development is proving that the City of North Vancouver is committed to environmentally friendly buildings.

The Silva, located on the 100 block of West 16th St in North Vancouver, has just received LEED certification. The mixed commercial and residential building is the first of its kind in Canada to achieve the certification, and, in a statement by the City of North Vancouver, was said to “represent the City’s commitment to pursue opportunities that support its goals for a sustainable community.”

The LEED certificate was presented to North Vancouver’s city council by David Sprague of West Coast Projects, LTD, who credited the city for “turning an Official Community Plan vision of sustainable development into a successful, market driven reality.”

The Silva’s green building design is a multi-faceted approach that increases efficiencies while protecting the environment. The building is designed to use 60 per cent less water than the GVRD average, as well as decreasing the rate and quantity of storm run off by 27 per cent. By reducing the energy use 14 per cent from standard practices, the Silva was able to net a $16,500 savings.

Eighty-three per cent of the site’s construction waste was recycled, and the building material itself was made up of 13 per cent recycled content.

Over 50 per cent of the materials used were manufactured regionally, with 25 per cent of materials harvested or extracted regionally.

And all the interior paints, adhesives, sealants and carpets used contained low volatile organic chemical (VOC) levels.

The building was also awarded points from LEED for the location, near the City of North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Town Centre, which offers convenient access to transportation, meaning fewer trips by private vehicles for the residents.

LEED is a green building rating system which sets the national standard for sustainable building. LEED is the most widely recognized third party standards and verification tool for sustainable building practices.

last update:Jan 30, 2006

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