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Vancouver Convention Centre Features Canada's Largest Green Roof

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This week, the west expansion of the Vancouver Convention Centre celebrates its grand opening, and we thought you should know a little about this incredible facility.  Designed by Seattle's LMN Architects, as well as MCM and DA, the green convention center's most visual feature is the massive, six-acre green roof.  It's Canada's largest and the biggest non-industrial living roof in North America!  Set directly on the waterfront of Burrard Inlet, the west expansion is 1.2 million square feet and seriously enlarges the city's ability to provide greener conference space.  Here are some of its green features:

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LEED Platinum for 1865 Historic Building

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Just recently, the new headquarters for the Barton Group was awarded LEED Platinum, a noteworthy achievement for an historic building originally built in 1865.  The building appears to be only the seventh Platinum building in New York (and the 105th in the country) and was a finalist for ED+C's 2008 Excellence in Design Awards.  The 16,000 square foot building now has a green roof, energy-efficient windows, a raised floor for air and electrical, a rainwater collection system, and a number of other green features:

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Chinatrust Bank Complex Features Modern Buildings with Green Roofs

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If you've ever been to Taiwan, you'll probably agree that this design for Chinatrust Bank's headquarters is spot on for the region.  Taiwan is so lush and green — the extensive allowance for green roofs, vertical courtyards, and open space in the central plaza likely blends right in to the terrain.  Designed by the LA office of NBBJ, with the assistance of local firm Fei & Cheng Associates, the development includes a 30-story headquarters building, 21-story commercial office building, 10-story hotel, and four-level retail center.  The development just broke ground earlier this month and will end up with 2.5 million square feet by about 2012. 

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