More Than A Roof Foundation

LEED Gold Certification Awarded to Karis Place

July 22, 2013


VANCOUVER – Granville Mennonite Housing Society, in conjunction with More Than A Roof Foundation and BC Housing, and in line with the City of Vancouver’s LEED policies, has received LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council for its building for urban singles in downtown Vancouver, Karis Place.

To receive LEED certification, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the Canada Green Building Council has outlined stringent criteria. From the outset, this project mandated to achieve a LEED Gold standard of environmental performance. Included among the energy conservation strategies employed in the design of Karis Place are ground-source heat pumps, heat recovery ventilation, in-suite in-floor radiant heating and solar shading on the south and west facades. As well, the building uses no fossil fuels during normal operations.

In terms of project performance, here are the statistics:

–       Energy intensity [building and process energy]  = 340MJ/m2/year

–       Energy savings relative to MNECB  = 52%

–       Potable [municipal] water consumption = 20,988 litres/occupant/year

–       Local materials [800km radius] by value = 20.5%

–       Recycled material content by value = 16.5%

LEED certification is a concrete way to demonstrate commitment to sustainability and More Than A Roof is dedicated to environmental responsibility in all of its communities. “We’re really excited to have our Karis Place community be recognized in this way,” commented Executive Director, Lorne Epp. “ Achieving LEED Gold status in the most recognized green building rating system in North America ensures benefits for our tenants, our economy and our environment for years to come.”


Karis Place, under the management of Granville Mennonite Housing Society, is More Than A Roof Housing’s tenth community in British Columbia.


Lorne Epp

Executive Director

604 599 6438