Green Building Audio Tours

The Green Building Audio Tours project aims to record and publish, via web podcast and phone dial-in, the audio stories of the greenest buildings in North America. This audio content supplements the existing case studies in the Green Building Brain. Visit the building location and call in on your phone to enjoy an on-site audio guide 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, or browse our audio guides online via the audio tours directory below. Audio players on the building pages let you listen to the recordings. A code snippet provided on the tour pages lets you embed a widget on any webpage (at any website or blog) that includes a small map showing all the sites and a player to listen to all the audio guides. A podcast accessible via iTunes or any similar audio player allows you to download the whole audio guide series.

Hillcrest Centre

  • Interview: Darryl Condon- Hughes Condon Marler
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4575 Clancy Loranger Way Vancouver, British Columbia

The Hillcrest Centre (formerly known as the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre at Hillcrest Park) is located in Vancouver’s Riley Park neighbourhood near Queen Elizabeth Park. It was the home of competition curling events during the 2010 Winter Games. The venue was converted to a community facility for the residents of Vancouver, housing a new community/fitness centre, Community Ice Arena, Curling club, library, preschool, field house, and offices, including the Queen Elizabeth Park District Offices, as well as an aquatic centre with indoor and outdoor pools. The entire complex is fully accessible. READ MORE

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SEFC Creekside Community Centre

  • Interview: Walter Francl - Walter Francl Architects
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1 Athletes Way Vancouver, British Columbia

The South East False Creek Community Centre is located on the False Creek waterfront, in the heart of the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Village. During the 2010 Winter Games the building was used as office space for the Olympic and Paralympic mayor, management staff and Four Host First Nations, and also hosted amenities for athletes. The facility will now be converted to a two-level, 4,227 square metre community centre including a child-care facility, a non-power boating centre, and space for a restaurant. It will be targeting LEED Platinum certification. READ MORE

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Vancouver Olympic/ Paralympic Village

  • Interview: Ian Smith - Manager of Development SEFC & Olympic Village, COV
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  • Interview: Ian Smith - Manager of Development SEFC & Olympic Village, COV
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  • Interview: Ian Smith - Manager of Development SEFC & Olympic Village, COV
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1702 Columbia Street Vancouver, British Columbia

The Olympic and Paralympic Village is part of the Southeast False Creek (SEFC) development. The SEFC site includes 32 hectares of formerly industrial lands which constituted the last remaining tract of undeveloped waterfront land in downtown Vancouver. The SEFC development has over 600,000 square meters of residential development, approximately 6,200 housing units, and an estimated total population ranging from 10,000 to 12,000 people. The first phase of the development, completed at the end of 2009, temporarily accommodated athletes of the 2010 Olympic/Paralympic Winter Games, after which it was converted into a high-density, mixed-use sustainable neighbourhood with approximately 1,100 housing units. READ MORE

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SEFC Neighbourhood Energy Utility

  • Interview with Chris Baber - NEU Manager
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1890 Spyglass Place Vancouver, BC

The Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) is an environmentally-friendly community energy system that provides space heating and domestic hot water to all new buildings in Southeast False Creek (SEFC). READ MORE

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Trout Lake Rink

  • Interview: Walter Francl - Walter Francl Architects
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3350 Victoria Drive Vancouver, BC

Completed in 2009, the replacement of Trout Lake Ice Rink at John Hendry Park in Vancouver was the first stage of revitalizing this important civic gathering place. The LEED-NC Silver certified rink and skater’s lounge provided necessary practice space for the 2010 Winter Olympics and now serves the public interest. In an effort to maximize use of the Park, the building was oriented perpendicularly to 19th Avenue, opening up sight lines and providing a more natural approach and pathway system. The use of wood culled from the Stanley Park windstorm is testimony to sustainability and a West Coast sensibility. READ MORE

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Crossroads Mixed-use Development

  • Interview with David Dove - Principal, Perkins+Will Canada
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507 West Broadway Vancouver, BC

The Crossroads Mixed-use Development is located between 8th Avenue and Broadway along Cambie Street in Vancouver. Due to its size, street frontages, sloping topography and ready transit access, the site is ideally suited to a mix of uses. The project houses large-format food and drug stores, commercial retail units, rental office space, a bank, two restaurants, and market residential uses. READ MORE

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The Mount Pleasant Community Centre

  • Interview with David Dove - Principal, Perkins+Will Canada
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  • Interview with David Dove - Principal, Perkins+Will Canada
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1 Kingsway Vancouver, BC

The Mount Pleasant Centre is a gleaming multi-service civic centre with virtually everything under the roof. The heart of the building is the new Community Centre, featuring a gym and climbing wall, a fitness centre, dancing studio, multi-purpose rooms and outdoor space. Mount Pleasant Centre also houses a new Vancouver Public Library, Child Development Centre, café and market value rental housing. READ MORE

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Sunset Community Centre

  • Michael Heeney - Principal Design for Project, and Eileen Keenan - Green Guru at Bing Thom Architects
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6810 Main St Vancouver, BC

The new Sunset Community Centre is 30,000 square feet, over 20 percent larger than the existing centre. Major programmable space includes a full-sized gymnasium, two multipurpose rooms, a fitness centre, aerobics/dance room, arts and crafts room, youth room and two pre-schools. READ MORE

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Mazda Building

  • Sustainability through better facility management
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800 Johnson Street Victoria, BC

The Mazda building is an 7,526 SM (81,009 SF), 6-storey office building located at 800 Johnson Street in downtown Victoria, BC. Built around 1990, the building has undergone numerous audits and upgrades to improve its energy and environmental performance, and has also been awarded BOMA BESt certification, as well as LEED Gold under LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. To view real time energy consumption for The Mazda Building, please visit the following link: http://client.pulseenergy.com/357689BCLtd/dashboard/ READ MORE

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Rhoda Kaellis Residence

  • Interview with Christine Williams - Property Manager
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1105 Royal Ave. New Westminster, BC

The Rhoda Kaellis is a 4-storey, 1,591 m2 multi-unit residential building, built as part of BC Housing’s Homelessness initiative. The 24 units, operated and managed by the Lookout Society. READ MORE

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Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre Expansion Project

  • Jacques Boudreault - Partner, Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership
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1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Convention Centre West was completed in April 2009, and highlights the best of west coast green building design and operation. It features a 5 acre living roof, on-site wastewater treatment plant, locally harvested and manufactured wood finishes, and a high quality, energy efficient environment. Building operators have implemented a green housekeeping program, a comprehensive green building tour, and have innovative waste management practices. It is targeting a LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council. READ MORE

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UBC Renew Biological Sciences Complex

  • Interview with Mike Champion - Project Manager
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6270 University Boulevard Vancouver, British Columbia

The project consists of renovation and upgrades to two wings of the Biological Sciences complex at UBC Point Grey campus, resulting in increased functionality, improvements in energy and water efficiency and some landscape work replacing existing planting with adaptive species for improved stormwater managment.  Renovation rather than demolition and building new was specifically chosen to reduce environmental impact.  READ MORE

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