B+H and Sustainable Design
Sustainable design is an integral part of the B+H process. We’ve been innovators in sustainable architecture since the mid-1990s, when we incorporated high-performance features into the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s South Building. Since then, we’ve worked on sustainable designprojects around the world including communities in China, the first LEED® Gold -certified building in Canada, the first LEED® Gold -certified high-rise in Toronto and the first LEED®-certified mid-rise office building in the Philippines. B+H is the only architecture firm to have won four BOMA Earth Awards.
Our teams of LEED®-accredited professionals are experienced in both the US and the Canadian versions of LEED®, as well as Asian programs such as Lotus. Our approach to sustainable design is to keep it simple. We use local materials, push building envelope design improvements and encourage the use of energy-efficient systems.
Using an integrated design process, we carefully consider how the buildings we are creating will relate to the surrounding urban landscape and to their ecological setting. Our design teams aim to reduce each building’s environmental impact through:
- Sustainable site planning
- Safeguarding water and water efficiency
- Energy efficiency and renewable energy
- Conservation of materials and resources
- Improved indoor environmental quality
B+H has a rigorous quality and sustainability assurance checklist processto ensure that sustainable design features are always considered, whether the project is targeting LEED certification or not. This process includes our clients, helping to assure them that the standard of sustainability being reached will promote staff attraction and retention, operational cost savings and will support the organization’s reputation as environmentally responsible and economically sound.
B+H believes in the collection of verifiable data from continuous performance improvement systems which allow clients to manage what is measured and maintain or improve on the operational and maintenance efficiencies that were designed for the building lifecycle. B+H has worked with our clients to achieve two of the 15 total Canadian Green Building Council LEED EB:O&M registered projects to date, both at the Gold level. These projects are Cadillac Fairview’s 77 King Street West of the TD Centre and 150 King Street West for Sunlife Financial. Currently, we have involvement with many more of the currently registered LEED EB:O&M projects across Canada and have been sought after to provide similar renewal and “second life” sensibility to existing buildings in Asia and the Americas.