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New green building standards in limbo at municipal hall

Council calls for green building standards at last meeting as the Whistler Green program sits with staff



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Councillor Ken Melamed, one of the biggest proponents for green building standards on council, has not seen a copy of Whistler Green but he was hopeful that the standards would be substantial.

"Obviously the upshot is that we begin applying these standards to all construction in Whistler," he said.

"My greatest fear is that the standards aren’t meaningful."

That’s why at the last council meeting he called for a third party review of the EcoVision standards used by Intrawest for the Hillside Lodge development. There has to be a way to measure the green standards in EcoVision against other proven green building standards, he said.

He sees Whistler Green, if the standards are good enough, as a way of consolidating the different green building programs into one overall program for Whistler.

Like LEED, Whistler Green has four certification levels based on the number of criteria fulfilled in the program. The Nita Lake developers expect homebuilders will want to build to the highest green standards in their subdivision because that’s what the anticipated homebuyers market will be looking for. In addition, the Nita Lake homes will give builders the chance to gain experience and familiarity with the program, which will be an added advantage if the municipality makes the program mandatory.

The pilot project will be voluntary. The first three homes at Nita Lake will go through the program and then it will be reassessed and revised.

In the meantime, some councillors are keen to review Whistler Green and give Nita Lake developers their due credit. Wade said: "Nita Lake should be acknowledged for living up to their obligation."