Sustainable Engineering: Green Building Technologies

Binnie and Green Building Technologies - Binnie Engineering

Binnie recognizes the importance of integrating green building technologies into engineering designs, plans and construction.

We employ LEED® certified professionals and actively encourage and support our employees who want to pursue LEED® certification.

More than just talking about the importance of green building technologies, we plan for engineering activities that include the

  • Use of stormwater management best practices, such as bioswales, rain gardens, and pervious hard surfacing;
  • Integration of recycled materials, including post-consumer waste and cradle-to-grave recycled products;
  • Use of warm-mix technologies for road and highway paving;
  • Development of construction stage erosion and sediment control plans;
  • Specification of locally sourced materials, as possible;
  • And the development of continuously improving sustainable design.

We work within the structures of sustainable building design and, with direction from our landscape architect group, incorporate green stormwater infrastructure that uses native and drought tolerant plants.  For rain garden design, we recommend the depth of the growing medium, the need for drain rock reservoirs, ponding depths and overflow and/or outflows to the storm system.

Highlight: One of Our Leed® Certified Projects:

VanDusen Botanical Garden upgrade

  • The first phase includes a new 18,775 square foot visitor’s centre.  It was  designed by Busby, Perkins & Will Architects to meet the Living building Challenge Standard and is expected to achieve LEED® Platinum certification.
  • Binnie was retained by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation for the design of an integrated Stormwater Management Plan.  The goal was to achieve the Living Building Challenge developed by Cascadia Region Green Building Council.  The design criteria: achieve 100% of the site stormwater and building water discharge to be managed on-site and integrated into a comprehensive sustainable system for the development.
  • Binnie’s plan incorporates best management practices to achieve natural water balance conditions.  The plan includes features to achieve volume reduction and rate control; to improve water quality; and to use an on-site rainwater harvesting system which employs a 125 cubic metre cistern that permits rainwater reuse within the building while natural rock swales allow infiltration and filtering of rainwater to recharge the groundwater conditions.
  • Binnie also handled site servicing, grading and erosion sediment control during the construction of the Visitor’s Centre.

Our company is experienced with, and committed to, engineering sustainable infrastructure solutions.  Contact one of our Civil Engineering Consultants – Division Managers to find out more.

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