Certification & Recognition


CIRS has sought green building certification through two of the world’s foremost third-party sustainable building certification programs: LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ and The Living Building Challenge (LBC).

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is an internationally recognized benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Created by the US Green Building Council and used under license by the Canada Green Building Council, LEED has four levels of certification (certified, silver, gold and platinum). The LEED rating system recognizes performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a performance standard developed by the International Living Future Institute and applies to a range of fields, from buildings to boats. Projects seeking LBC certification must demonstrate that they meet the performance requirements of the standard, over a 12-month period, in each one of the seven LBC key areas (referred to as petals): site, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty.

The CIRS building is LEED Platinum Certified and is currently in the process of achieving petal recognition under LBC version 2.0.



In addition, the CIRS building has received recognition through a number of design and sustainability awards:



  • Canadian Green Building Award | SAB Magazine


  • Clean50, Top 5 Project | Delta Management Group
  • Sustainable Building of the Year, Longlist | World Architecture News WAN
  • Sustainable Development Award | Golder Associates
  • Wood Design Awards of BC | WoodWORKS!


  • Architectural Innovation Award | Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)
  • Award for Education or Healthcare Structures | Institute of Structural Engineering (IstructE) Commendation
  • Award for Engineering Excellence | Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – BC (ACEC-BC
  • Best Office or Commercial Design & Readers’ Choice Winner | Treehugger Best of Green
  • Excellence in Structural Engineering Award | National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA)
  • Excellence in Urban Sustainability Finalist | GLOBE Awards for Environmental Excellence
  • John Robinson named Environmental Scientist of the Year | Canadian Geographic
  • Perkins+Will Design Biennale – Design Merit Award
  • Wood Design Award | Canadian Wood Council , Wood Design & Building


  • Design and Architecture | Treehugger Best of Green