Construction Specifications Canada (Vancouver Chapter) – Breakfast Presentation: Improving Sustainability with Portland Limestone Cement and Pervious Concrete Pavers

Concrete just got greener. Presenters Rob Asquith and Bryan Russell LEED AP BD+C of Lehigh Cement will address Portland-limestone cement (PLC), the newest innovation in Canadian cement in 20 years. PLC reduces greenhouse gas emission associated with existing cement manufacturing by approximately 10% while producing concrete with similar strength and durability characteristics of existing general use (GU) cements. Learn how it is being used in British Columbia and across Canada, and how the industry is moving to have PLC recognized in the LEED® building rating system. Discover how you can make your project more sustainable. Staying with the sustainability theme , presenter Todd Kruszewski  PEng, MBA of the Cement Association of Canada will discuss pervious concrete pavements, which are gaining wide acceptance for use in the management of stormwater runoff. He will touch upon the design, construction and maintenance of pervious concrete pavements and how they can relate to LEED®. It all happens Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the Sandman Hotel, 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. Register at

1 Core LU

Heritage Vancouver Society – An Evening at the Marine Building Penthouse

Your invited to attend a special evening in the ultra-elegant Jazz Age Penthouse of the Marine Building. The building, which opened in 1930, was the landmark project of architects McCarter & Nairne. In 1933, British Pacific’s Managing Director A.J.T. Taylor bought the building and built a lavish Art Deco penthouse on the top floor, overlooking the city. Heritage Vancouver President Donald Luxton will lead tours of the lobby of the Marine Building, and Heritage Vancouver Board Member Isaac Vanderhorst will intrigue you with stories about the remarkable history of the Penthouse. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the two floors of this private penthouse, enjoy the Art Deco atmosphere and fabulous view, hear about its unique history, and share your own personal experiences, stories and photos of the Marine Building. It takes place Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 2000 – 355 Burrard Street, Vancouver. Sign up early as space is limited. Go to Tax receipts will be issued with all proceeds to support Heritage Vancouver Society’s initiatives to conserve Vancouver’s built heritage.

1.5 Non-core LUs

RedVector – Online Courses

Don’t miss out on the wide range of online learning opportunities offered through RedVector. With a library of more than 1,000 interactive, web-based courses, RedVector is a leading provider of interactive online continuing education and training for the design and construction industries. Its innovative AEC Learning Management System incorporates the latest eLearning technology with convenient 24/7 access, full reporting, and live client support available seven days a week. To view current course offerings, go to

Cobalt Engineering LLP – Client Seminar Series: LEED® Measurement and Verification

Join Stuart Hood  PEng, CEng, LEED® AP as he discusses why the elusive LEED® NC Measurement and Verification credit, largely avoided in the past, is now being mandated by owners and municipalities. Learn more about this LEED® credit as well as the benefits of attaining the LEED® standard. It happens on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. at Suite 180 – 200 Granville Street, Vancouver. Seating is limited, so be sure to confirm you plans to attend by registering at

1 Core LU

Light House Sustainable Building Centre – Market Insights: The Missing Link to a Green Economy – Green Industrial Lands

Protecting industrial land may be key for a healthy economy, but how can industrial land also support a green economy – and vice versa? Our industrial lands not only serve as places of work, but also the hub for design and innovation. Even so, the approach to designing most industrial buildings and lands has not evolved as quickly as that for residential or mixed-use lands. This Market Insights session will explore the successes and challenges of leading municipalities, developers, investors and property managers in developing green industrial spaces, including their role as a catalyst for green economic development. It takes place Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. at the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, 2260 West Mall, University of British Columbia. Register online at

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Light House Sustainable Building Centre – Bringing Industrial Land to the Green Economy

Vancouver’s industrial sector should not be overlooked as an opportunity to boost the local green economy. Be part of this full-day, interactive course that will explore why “eco-industrial” is not an oxymoron, as well as how it can reap economic, social, and environmental benefits. This course is a must for developers, building owners, and municipality representatives interested in a more efficient approach to industrial development and revitalization. Using real examples, case studies, best practices and hands-on activities, participants will learn how to practically and efficiently implement eco-industrial economic development strategies in the British Columbian context. Find out how to identify and argue the economic, social and environmental business cases for new eco-industrial parks and embedding sustainability in existing industrial lands, along with how to describe the elements of an eco-industrial park project – from “raw” land and site planning to infrastructure design and marketing. This session will also cover the steps to transform existing industrial lands for eco-industrial strategy development through visioning, characterization of industrial lands, opportunities assessment, prioritization and planning. This includes analyzing the challenges and developing successful strategies for new and existing industrial lands. It takes place Tuesday, February 21, 2012,  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, 2260 West Mall, University of British Columbia. Plan on attending by registering at

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Secondary Student Seeks Mentor

A Vancouver Grade 10 student with a passion for architecture is seeking a local architect to assist with a mentoring project. The initiative, undertaken as part of his Science program at Prince of Wales Mini School, would involve two or three afternoons per week between February 28 and April 4, 2012. If you are interested and able to spend some time introducing this student to the profession, please drop a line to

City Planning up in Air

By Matthew Burrows, Georgia Straight
February 1, 2012

A recent council candidate with Neighbourhoods for a Sustainable Vancouver says she’s not yet sure how city planning director Brent Toderian’s exit from city hall will affect local planning in the near future. “Well, it all depends on who they hire and it all depends on why they are firing him,” Elizabeth Murphy told the Georgia Straight by phone. “I guess my concern is whether or not this council really cares about the opposition that he has created in the community or if this is just because of some of the conflicts he has had with some of the development community.” More …