CleanBC Better Buildings competition winners announced

CleanBC was developed by the BC government to implement climate action to meet the province's emission targets.

The Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge (NZERC) is one of many CleanBC programs aimed at making buildings all over the province less polluting, more comfortable and energy-efficient.

On Thursday, the British Columbia government announced the 11 building projects selected as winners in a juried competition to support the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings.

“By using more clean energy and using it more efficiently in our buildings, we’re taking action to improve air quality and reduce energy costs for British Columbians,” said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. “Part of our CleanBC plan, the Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge, is showcasing best practices in building design and providing support to leading innovators across the province.”

The Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge (NZERC) is one of many CleanBC programs aimed at making buildings all over the province less polluting, more comfortable and energy-efficient.

Net-zero energy-ready buildings are designed and built to be so efficient that they could meet all or most of their own energy consumption requirements with renewable energy technologies.

George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy said “The Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge is helping drive world-leading innovation and inspiration in the building and design industry that will help us make every new building built in B.C. net-zero energy-ready by 2032 and support good jobs for today and tomorrow.”

The competition has also highlighted how mass timber buildings can help achieve net-zero energy performance, “which is why we are also making changes to the B.C. Building Code to encourage more mass timber buildings in B.C.,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Since the competition was announced in October, 51 expressions of interest were submitted, naming more than 170 different organizations as proponents, suppliers or partners.

Last January, 16 of those projects were selected as winners of the design incentive portion of the NZERC. The winners were then asked to submit more detailed applications for the construction incentive portion of the competition.

The $2.5-million program provides up to $390,000 in financial incentives to offset a portion of the cost to build to the highest energy performance standards.

Winners of the NZERC will showcase their winning designs and share design best practices at an open house event to take place later this year.

Christian Cianfrone, executive director, Zero Emissions Building Exchange said “We look forward to extracting the lessons learned from these early adopters and further building capacity to accelerate cost-effective solutions for future projects.”

The final 11 winners of the NZERC Construction Incentive are as follows:

  • Corvette Landing, Esquimalt, Standing Stone Developments
  • The Narrows, Vancouver, 51565 BC Ltd
  • Vanness, Vancouver, Community Land Trust
  • OSO, Golden, Viddora Developments
  • 825 Pacific, Vancouver, Grosvenor Americas
  • UVic Student Housing/Dining, Victoria, University of Victoria\Skeena Residence , Kelowna, UBC Properties Trust
  • SFU Parcel 21, Burnaby, SFU Community Trust
  • 2150 Keith Drive, Vancouver, Bentall Kennedy
  • Peat Commons Phase 2, Langford, Peat Commons Inc.
  • Carrington View – Building A, Kelowna, Highstreet Ventures



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