BC Energy Step Code – In mid-December, the BC Energy Step Code came into full force after its initial introduction last spring. Communities can now use the Step Code, if they desire, to require a level of energy efficiency in new buildings that goes beyond what the provincial code dictates. The Step Code is so named because it comprises of groups of measurable efficiency goals designed in a theoretical ‘staircase’. In terms of homes, there are five steps; each step represents a gradually more energy-efficient house. Benefits of the Step Code can include increased home comfort, a small carbon footprint and lower heating bills! Builders, buyers and communities alike can look forward to innovative strives in constructing better-built buildings in the near future.
Viaduct Demolition – The controversial demolition of the Dunsmuir & Georgia viaducts has been given the go-ahead by the Vancouver City Council. The Northeast False Creek Plan will remove this elevated arterial bypass and create a new, smaller road network on the ground level. A new neighbourhood with then arise around this network and waterfront area, including a new entertainment district comprised of retail spaces, restaurants and office space. Demolition is expected to begin in 2019.
McArthurGlen Vancouver Airport Mall Expansion – Construction on the second phase on the outlet mall at the Vancouver International Airport has now commenced. This expansion will create an additional 84,000 SF of retail space that will open by spring 2019 and will be located in the undeveloped site between the existing outdoor mall and Arthur Laing Bridge. Shoppers can look forward to 35 new retailers and an expansion of the shopping centre’s open-air village style with its piazzas, cobblestone walkways and unique facades. We will keep you updated with retailer confirmations once it’s announced!
Céline – Renowned French fashion house has increased its Vancouver presence with the addition of two new shop-in-store boutiques. Céline aficionados could visit LVMH’s Céline when it opened a women’s ready-to-wear boutique in Holt Renfrew, Cadillac Fairview Pacific Centre back in January and they can now also visit the newly-unveiled accessory boutique in Holt Renfrew’s accessory hall. These stores boast a modern interior design that is perfectly reminiscent of the brand’s trademark unfussy and minimally chic style.
The Butterfly – Condominium sales continue to heat up in Vancouver as sales for units in this luxury condo tower that’s being developed by Westbank almost sell out. Destined for 969 Burrard Street, The Butterfly by Westbank’s sculpted facade features high-performance curved double glazing, “sky gardens” in open-air breezeways on each level and is inspired by light, natural ventilation and organic materails. Construction is slated to begin in December and is shaping up to be a stylish addition to downtown Vancouver’s skyline.