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Vancouver, BC, Canada

Westerleigh Retirement Residence

The Westerleigh Retirement Residence in Vancouver, BC

The Westerleigh Retirement Residence in Vancouver, BC: Concrete STBs at curved wraparound balcony connections

The Westerleigh Retirement Residence in Vancouver, BC

The Westerleigh Retirement Residence in Vancouver, BC

Balconies at The Westerleigh Retirement Residence

Balconies at The Westerleigh Retirement Residence

The Westerleigh Retirement Residence in Vancouver, BC

The Westerleigh Retirement Residence in Vancouver, BC

The Westerleigh Retirement Residence in Vancouver, BC

The Westerleigh Retirement Residence in Vancouver, BC

Vancouver's Westerleigh Retirement Residence showcases the value of implementing Schöck Isokorb®

Sustainability was one of the key components in the Westerleigh Retirement Residences. In order to reduce the amount of energy consumed (with a LEED Gold Standard certification as the objective), energy efficient products such as Schöck Isokorb® were used in the retirement residence.

A thermal bridge was evident between the internal slab of the building and continuous cantilevered balconies along the building's perimeter. "Schöck Isokorb® thermal breaks can reduce the overall heat loss of an otherwise high quality wall system by up to 25%, a very significant jump in performance. Any other method of insulating balconies or overhangs will cost much more than the Isokorb® and will be far more difficult and time consuming to construct," says Rob Simpson, PEng and principal with Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers in Vancouver, B.C.

"Westerleigh was developed by an owner with an appreciation of the health as well as the financial benefits of improved thermal performance, user comfort and healthy living environments." said Simpson. "This project was an ideal opportunity to showcase the value of Schöck Isokorb® Type CM." The Westerleigh highlights numerous features of sustainable design, including a green roof with drought-tolerant vegetation, the reduced use of potable water, and innovative heat recovery strategies.

Sustainable Building with Structural Thermal Breaks

"We provided structural drawings and Schöck designed their structural thermal break element specifically to the project. Schöck engineered the product to meet the need. This product will likely help us to achieve LEED credits for Innovation in Design and for thermal comfort." says Russell Hobbs, Project Manager for the developer, Pacific Arbour Retirement Communities (PARC).

Architect

Besharat Friars Architects

Structural Engineer

Glotman Simpson

Construction Company

Ventana Construction Corporation

Project Manager

Levi Stoelting

Construction completed

2013