Living Building Project Tours: UniverCity Daycare & VanDusen Botanical Garden

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 8:30am to 2:00pm PDT
UniverCity Daycare & VanDusen Botanical Garden (Start/End at Westin Bayshore)
1601 Bayshore Dr Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4 Canada

Living Building Project Tours: UniverCity Daycare and VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre


What is a Living Building? Among other things, a certified Living Building must be net-zero energy, net-zero water, non-toxic, beautiful, and educational. The UniverCity Childcare Centre and VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre are both registered Living Building Challenge projects and hope to be the first certified Living Buildings in Canada.

This tour will visit both sites. Participants will explore how each project approached the Living Building Challenge from their own unique perspectives, how the net-zero components of each are being achieved and monitored, how materials were sourced locally and ensured to be free of toxins, and how design and construction costs played out in the quest to meet the Living Building Challenge.


8:30-9:00am -Meet in the lobby of the Westin Bayshore

9:00-9:40am - Travel via charter bus to Simon Fraser University

9:45-10:45am - Tour of UniverCity Daycare Centre

10:50-11:30am - Travel via charter bus to VanDusen Botanical Garden

11:35am-12:35pm - Tour of VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

12:40-1:40pm - Lunch at VanDusen Botanical Garden

1:40-2:00pm - Charter bus returns group to Westin


Learning Objectives:

1. An overview of the Living Building Challenge and its 20 Imperatives

2. An understanding of an integrative design process that LBC projects demand

3. Exploring and understanding built solutions for LBC Imperatives

4. Exploring and understanding built solutions for sustainability education and awareness


This tour has been approved by GBCI for 2 Continuing Education Units and AIBC for 2 Core LUs.


At UniverCity Daycare Centre:

Dale Mikkelsen
Dale is the director of development for the UniverCity Project at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Mountain campus. Prior to working with SFU Community Trust, Mikkelsen was the lead project planner for the City of Vancouver’s 2010 Athlete’s Village. He also acted as the City’s Green Building Planner. Mikkelsen and the Trust’s team are making significant and innovative contributions toward the creation of independent and universal green building standards to ensure a high level of urban design and environmental performance. Mikkelsen is charged with raising the bar of sustainable community planning to ensure UniverCity remains on the leading edge of energy efficiency, material conservation, healthy environments and community building. He serves as a board member for the International Living Future Institute and is helping UniverCity to create Canada’s first Living Building. Mikkelsen is also leading the design and implementation of one of Canada’s largest neighbourhood energy utilities reducing GHG’s on Burnaby Mountain by as much as 85% within 3 years. Mikkelsen has a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia.

At VanDusen:

Martina Soderlund, MSc., BEMP, LEED AP BD+C
Martina Soderlund is a Senior Sustainable Building and Energy Advisor with Perkins + Will Canada in Vancouver. Martina is responsible for advising on sustainability goals and targets, energy performance, daylight distribution, natural ventilation strategies, greenhouse gas reductions and renewable energy strategies. Martina provides design assistance for high performance building projects around the globe. Martina is an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional, and part of the list of approved third party energy reviewers Experienced Modeler’s list for the Canada Green Building Council. In addition, she is a trained Passive House Professional and has worked as building performance simulation trainer with consultants in North-America and Europe.

Rebecca Holt, M.Urb, LEED AP BD+C, ND
Rebecca is a Senior Sustainable Building Advisor for Perkins+Will Canada in Vancouver. Rebecca consults on a variety of work related to sustainability concepts and high performance building design. She provides her expertise to public and private sector clients at all scales of the built environment. Rebecca has contributed to community energy plans, sustainability plans, green building strategies, indicator and benchmarking programs, and sustainable land use planning. In addition, Rebecca works extensively on projects pursuing the Canada and US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification, and the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge. Rebecca is a contributing author to the Living Building Challenge 2.0 Healthy Air Imperative, and a trusted advisor to the CaGBC. She leads one of seven LEED Canada Assessor teams. Rebecca has successfully managed many projects pursuing aggressive sustainable design goals, with multiple stakeholders and large consulting teams. Her commitment to sustainability, clear communication style and attention to detail support exceptional project outcomes. In addition to her work and Perkins+Will, Rebecca teaches part-time at the School of Construction and the Environment at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.


Price (includes transit costs and lunch): 

$55/person for ILFI / Cascadia members and Passive House Conference attendees

$75/person for Non-members

There is limited space so book early!