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Sustainability

We are committed to environmental and social responsibility while delivering our housing programs and services. 

At BC Housing sustainability is a key part of our business strategy. We recognize that our actions impact on local communities and ecosystems across the province. BC Housing's sustainability plan livegreen provides a roadmap to help fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our environmental footprint. Nearly a decade into our livegreen journey we continue to deliver on our core mandate while reducing environmental impacts.

BC Housing's livegreen strategy is guided by 3 pillars

Integrated Decisions

Integration of financial, social and environmental considerations in planning and decision making.

Housing Excellence

Innovation in the design, construction renovation and management of housing

Change Agent

Guiding and supporting others in taking actions towards sustainability.

   Download livegreen BC Housing's Sustainability Plan 2017/2018

Strategy to action

Here are three examples of how we're delivering on our sustainability plan. Learn more about our initiatives and results by downloading the livegreen Sustainability Report and the Carbon Neutral Report.

Pillar 1:
integrated decisions

Integrate sustainable objectives into procurement

Percentage of procurements, (e.g. request for proposals) that include sustainability in the evaluation criteria

Pillar 2:
housing excellence

GHG emissions: buildings

Percentage reduction in GHGs from all buildings owned or leased by BC Housing (2005 baseline)

Pillar 3:
change agent

Leadership in sustainability and residential construction

Number of province-wide seminars on energy efficiency, durability and sustainability related topics delivered to Licensed Residential Builders and other industry stakeholders

   Download livegreen Sustainability Report
   Download Carbon Neutral Report

Our sustainability policy is informed by four core principles

1

Conditions that systematically undermine people’s capacity to meet their basic human needs (such as protection, subsistence or identity).

2

The systemic increase of concentrations of substances extracted from the Earth’s crust (such as fossil fuels or heavy metals).

3

The systemic increase of concentrations of substances produced by society (such as plastics, PCBs, dioxins).

4

The systemic physical degradation of nature (such as over-fishing, over-harvesting forests or destroying habitats).

Awards & Recognition

As with all of our programs and initiatives, we know that it is only through collaboration that we can create a more sustainable future. We are proud of the awards and recognition we have received and are committed to building a sustainable future. We also thank our partners in the non-profit and private sectors without whom these projects would not have been possible.

2016 2015 2014
  • Gold Award for Best Social Infrastructure – P3 Awards
2013 2012 2011
  • Excellence in Creating a Low-Rise Multi-Family Development, Tutt Street Place – Tommie Awards
  • Awards of Excellence - Camas Gardens, Olympic Vista Apartments, Rock Bay Landing – Victoria Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards
  • Innovation in Energy Conservation and Efficiency, Greenbrook – Clean Energy Awards, City of Surrey
  • Commercial Building Award, Tutt Street – Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
  • Commercial Building Award, Apple Valley – Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
  • Commercial Building Award, Willowbridge – Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
  • Award for Community Facility, Sustainability Award and People's Choice Award, Maria Keary Cottage – Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
  • Royal City Builders Overall Winner Award, Maria Keary Cottage – Royal City Builders Awards
  • Award for Excellence in Urban Sustainability, Little Mountain Demolition – GLOBE Award
  • Heritage Award, Rainier Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel – City of Vancouver
  • Heritage Awards, Orwell (SRO) hotel – City of Vancouver
  • Heritage Awards, Park (SRO) hotel – City of Vancouver
  • Multi-Unit Residential Wood Design, Willowbridge – Wood Design Awards of BC
  • Excellence in Creating Affordable Housing; Excellence in Creating a Low-Rise Multi-family Development; Best Public/Private Partnership; and Outstanding Achievement in Residential Environmental Consideration & Energy Efficiency, Willowbridge – Tommie Awards (Gold)
2010 2009
  • Award of Honour, Pennsylvania Hotel – City of Vancouver Heritage Award
  • Excellence in Creating Housing Affordability, Bowen Road – Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards
  • Excellence in Affordable Housing, Cardington Apartments – Tommie Awards (Gold)
  • Gold Award, George Whitten Place – Alexandra Housing Society
  • Conservation Partner of the Year, BC Housing and BC Non Profit Housing Association – BC Hydro Power Smart Awards