The Vancouver Convention Centre West is the first building in the world to receive the LEED Platinum certification from the Canadian Green Building council .
The scheme opened in April 2009 and was designed by US-based LMN architects in collaboration with Vancouver-based MCM and DA.
The scheme includes a six-acre living roof, which is the largest living roof in Canada and the largest non-industrial living roof in North America.
The building’s sustainable features include a drainage and water recovery system that has successfully reduced potable water use by 72.6%. 83% of the construction waste was diverted from landfill and a facility recycles 180,000kg of materials annually.
The scheme uses power generated from renewable sources including a seawater heating and cooling system.
The structure offers natural light and ventilation, and local BC wood products are used throughout the building.
With the expansion complete, the 1.1-million-square-foot centre now includes 471,000ft² of pre-function, meeting, exhibition and ballroom space. A restored marine habitat has also been built into the foundation.