Jul 28, 2021
North Vancouver’s Tatras Group is helping build bridges, literally and metaphorically
Saphiya Zerrouk

Building restoration calls for tradespeople to get into hard-to-reach places, but such tasks often damage a structure’s exterior and its surrounding ecosystem. North Vancouver–based rope access specialist Tatras Group offers a better way, thanks to its innovative installation methods and in-house trades team. “We...

Jul 9, 2021
30 Under 30: Piero Castillo runs a trio of companies with Pacifica Service Group
Nathan Caddell

Life Story: Piero Castillo had his own College Pro franchise before he even set foot into UBC Sauder School of Business. “I got thrown into the trenches at a young age,” the Richmond native says of operating one of the...

Jun 11, 2021
Vancouver entrepreneurs bring sparkling new innovation to window cleaning industry
By the Editors

Many winners of Mitacs’ annual Entrepreneur Awards are worth looking up to. Whether Hossein Kamali fits in that category is up for debate, but his innovation certainly does. The only B.C.-based name among the five winners of the sixth annual Mitacs...

Apr 27, 2021
Community Benefits Agreement is money well spent: report
Nick Rockel

This story was updated on April 28 to include comments from the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA). If Mike Schilling had his way, there would be a lot more women on construction sites throughout B.C. Schilling says he recently spoke to...

Mar 25, 2021
The Innovators: Structurlam Mass Timber creates the pieces for wood skyscrapers
Michael McCullough

Tall buildings made of wood are having more than a moment–the number of such construction projects worldwide has taken off over the past five years, with no sign of stopping. And one of the leading global mass timber suppliers is Penticton-based Structurlam Mass Timber Corp. After nearly six decades developing proprietary...

Jan 22, 2021
The Innovators: Nexii has concrete plans to curb carbon emissions in construction
Nick Rockel

Green building? It’s still mostly an oxymoron. Building and construction accounted for almost 40 percent of all energy-related carbon emissions as of 2017, the World Green Building Council estimates. And don’t get us started on landfill: annual construction waste will...

Oct 21, 2020
Solving Vancouver Buildings' CO2 Emissions Conundrum

BCBusiness + Pace Solutions According to Vancouver’s original ZEB (Zero Emissions Building) Plan, 2020 was supposed to be the year all new commercial and residential buildings were required to be carbon neutral. That ambitious target has been pushed to 2030, but it exists because buildings in urban areas account for nearly 25%...

Aug 26, 2020
Canada Green Building Council crowns three B.C. winners in annual award ceremony
By the Editors

Three B.C.-based innovators were recognized yesterday as the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announced the 14 winners of its 2020 Leadership and Green Building Excellence Awards. The honours cover achievements in leadership and eco-conscious building design. B.C. saw two winners in the former...

Jul 15, 2020
A New Light: Nine Stories of Hope
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Salvation Army A beacon of hope, a light in the dark—Vancouver Harbour Light has anchored The Salvation Army’s community outreach efforts in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) for more than 60 years. Its respected and proven service offering draws individuals...

Jun 23, 2020
Go Figure: Measuring the province’s highest towers
Melissa Edwards

9.4 percent of buildings in B.C. were classified as highrises as of 2016—up 23.5 percent since 2011 In Vancouver: 29.3 percent—up 18.5 percent since 2011 In Victoria: 17.9 percent—up 14.1 percent since 2011 In Kelowna: 3.1 percent—up 46.3% since 2011 B.C. had 106 existing or under-construction skyscrapers (buildings more than...

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