Richmond’s first LEED certified sustainable office building achieves Gold

Airport Executive Park – Building 6, in Richmond, B.C., owned by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada has achieved the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Core and Shell Gold designation. Designed by Vancouver-based Bunting Coady Architects and constructed in 2009 by Norson Construction Ltd. (engineered by MCW Consultants Ltd. and WSB Consultants, landscape architects Jonathan Losee Ltd., with property management by Bentall Real Estate Services), the building is Richmond’s first certified sustainable office building.


The building’s LEED features include:

  • Located within 400m of two public bus lines.
  • Bicycle racks, shower and changing room facilities.
  • Preferred parking (10 stalls) for low emitting and fuel efficient vehicles.
  • Stormwater is channelled into bio-swales for filtration and infiltration into the soil. 
  • Interior and exterior light pollution reduction.
  • Tenant Design and Construction Guidelines to delineate the buildings intent re: sustainability goals and objectives, including those for tenant spaces. 
  • Water efficient landscaping.
  • Water use reduction (sinks, showers, lavatories, urinals).
  • Energy savings (occupancy controls and sensors, wall thermal performance, low-e glazing, high efficiency lighting, sunshades).
  • Green Power (35 per cent of core and shell building’s electrical derived from renewable sources).
  • Building construction utilizes materials sourced locally and containing recycled content.
  • All interior adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings are “low-emitting” materials.
  • All interior carpets, woods and agrifiber products are “low-emitting “materials.
  • Building designed to minimize and control pollutant entry into building and to prevent cross-contamination of regularly occupied areas.
  • Building energy performance about 25 per cent more efficient than baseline building per ASHRAE standard.
  • Daylight and view maximization for building occupants.
  • Green housekeeping programs.
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