Sustainable Solutions International (SSi), a U.S.-based green products manufacturer and distributor with offices in Los Angeles and Vancouver, has received LEED-CI Gold certification for the recently refurbished interior of their corporate headquarters in Burnaby, B.C. Designed by Shelley Penner, director of practice at Penner & Associates, this 4,200-sq.-ft. workspace features, among other spaces, a bathroom that also serves as a space to showcase the company’s line of water-efficient plumbing fixtures, faucets and accessories.
To increase the versatility of the space, which was also the recipient of the Silver Award of Excellence from the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia, Penner installed retractable screens made of a special material meant for projecting images behind the reception area to divide the office and display areas. With each workstation featuring views of the Fraser River, the office also features a colour palette of blue and green accents, combined with transparent and reflective materials to invoke an aquatic aesthetic. During construction, SSi purchased green power certificates while Penner implemented waste and IAQ management.