Westhills is British Columbia's largest LEED-Neighbourhood Development pilot project. "Westhills has design elements and community initiatives that create and nuture a strong sense of community; and a plan that incorporates leading-edge environmental technologies," stated Darlene Tait. "The project integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green buildings into a system for neighbourhood design."
Living Water Smart is the provincial government’s vision and plan to keep British Columbia’s water healthy and secure for the future. “The Showcasing Innovation Series adds depth to Living Water Smart by providing on-the-ground examples of the Province’s expectations look like in practice,” observed Lynn Kriwoken.
At the heart of the City’s approach to innovation is its corporate philosophy for managing risk, learning by doing, and adapting quickly to new information and changing circumstances. “A corporate culture that is willing to accept and then manage risk with regards to infrastructure standards can open the door to creativity, innovation – and its rewards,” stated John Manson.
“Because it was one of the first Canadian pilots for LEED Neighbourhood Development, Westhills will help set a new national standard for community development that achieves objectives for socially and environmentally sustainable design. The Westhills plan addresses all six elements of a Design with Nature strategy as promoted by CAVI," stated Emilie Adin.
A scenario comparison tool to assess green infrastructure effectiveness, achieve a lighter 'water footprint' and protect stream health. Learn More
The Water Conservation Calculator illustrates how specific water conservation measures can yield both fiscal and physical water savings for communities. Learn More
This Landscape Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
This Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
The BC Agriculture Water Calculator enables water licensing for all irrigation purposes, whether agricultural or landscape. All non-domestic users of groundwater in BC are required to obtain a licence. Learn More