by Lisa Grimaldi | February 17, 2010

The Vancouver Convention Centre has been awarded LEED Platinum certification for new construction by the Canada Green Building Council. The designation covers the VCC's West building, which opened last April. Among the green features are a six-acre living roof, the largest in Canada and the largest nonindustrial living roof in North America; a drainage and water-recovery system that has reduced potable water use by 72.6 percent; an extensive facilitywide recycling program; the generation of "green power" electricity from low-impact renewable sources, and a seawater heating and cooling system. Local wood products also were used throughout the building.