from NSDA, the Architects: The Budzey Building has achieved LEED Gold Certi cation. Sustainable design strategies include: optimized exterior wall assemblies / low window to wall ratio, air to water heat pumps / energy recovery ventilation, radiant hot water heating, solar shading, reduced lighting density, low- ow xtures, and enhanced ventilation to living units.
The Budzey Building - a partnership between BC Housing, the City of Vancouver, and RainCity Housing, provides supportive rental housing as part of the Provincial Homelessness Initiative. This initiative focuses on providing safe, secure, permanent housing in response to the homelessness crisis in Vancouver. The project consists of three major components: Residential - The residential component consists of one hundred and forty-six units plus amenity / support space. The units range from studios to three-bedroom family units. The resident focus group is women who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Commercial - The commercial component is owned, managed and leased by the City of Vancouver. RainCity Of ces - RainCity Housing is a grassroots organization that delivers housing and support to people in need. The project afforded them the opportunity to consolidate their administrative functions into one building.
The Budzey Building was named the 2016 SAB (Sustainable Architecture and Building) Magazine National Award winner. JURY COMMENTS: This public sector project is a model for energy-efficient high-rise residential design. The 30% window-to-wall ratio, the high-performance envelope with thermal breaks, radiant in-slab heating and heat recovery ventilation in each suite are strategies all private sector developers should try to emulate. This project is characterized by a remarkable quality and generosity of the interior spaces, making it an example of architecture that could truly transform the lives of its embattled residents.