Green Vancouver Building Coming Together

The developers of the new TELUS Garden development in Vancouver, Canada, envision these towers as “a green oasis where architectural beauty, leading edge technology, urban living and environmental sustainability merge seamlessly into a vibrant and dynamic community.” They also see it as a redevelopment certified under the new LEED standards adopted as of 2009 — a vision the City apparently shares, as it recently endorsed the development’s re-zoning requirements, putting TELUS on track to break ground by the end of February, 2012.

The $750 million, one million-square-foot development, which we first told you about back in March, will consist of a 22-storey signature office tower designed to LEED Platinum standards, a 46-story residential tower designed to the LEED Gold standards and retail space along Robson and Georgia streets.  The development will be home to TELUS’ national headquarters while also offering a half-million square feet of new office space for lease and more than 450 green homes.

Telus LEED

image via Telus

When completed in 2014, TELUS Garden is expected to use at least 30 per cent less energy than a standard development of its size through its energy efficient systems and design. The development will transfer excess heat from one building to another as needed, use solar panels to provide for a portion of its power needs, and capture rainwater for toilets and landscape irrigation. Located adjacent to the Skytrain, it will also incorporate facilities for bicycles and charging stations for electric cars.

Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO, said, in a statement, “Once complete, TELUS Garden will transform an entire city block of downtown Vancouver into one of the most technologically and environmentally advanced properties of commerce, employment and residential living in the world.”

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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