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19. New 'green' design methods revolutionize building industry

from The Vancouver Sun

From Nov. 2, 2012: If you want a preview of the downtown Vancouver streetscape in 2035, start with a walk down Granville or Georgia Street today. Most of the buildings you see now will still be standing. There will be additions and replacements, but the majority of the changes that will transform downtown's living, work and retail space will be undetectable from the sidewalk. That includes upgrades to water and energy systems in buildings that in 2012 are models of inefficiency by contemporary standards, let alone future ones. "If you are thinking 2035, realistically 80 per cent of the buildings that will be in existence at that time have already been constructed," Innes Hood, a professional engineer and senior associate with Stantec Consulting, said in an interview. more


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