The Green Building Audio Tours project aims to record and publish, via web podcast and phone dial-in, the audio stories of the greenest buildings in North America. This audio content supplements the existing case studies in the Green Building Brain. Visit the building location and call in on your phone to enjoy an on-site audio guide 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, or browse our audio guides online via the audio tours directory below. Audio players on the building pages let you listen to the recordings. A code snippet provided on the tour pages lets you embed a widget on any webpage (at any website or blog) that includes a small map showing all the sites and a player to listen to all the audio guides. A podcast accessible via iTunes or any similar audio player allows you to download the whole audio guide series.
The City of Vancouver Green Building Audio Tour is a collection of audio recordings about Vancouver's greenest buildings. Each three-minute recording takes the listener on a virtual 'tour' of the building's green design features, guided by the architect or member of the design team. You can listen to them online, via podcast, or via your cell phone by calling 604-673-8150. The Vancouver Green Building Audio Tours were created through a partnership between City of Vancouver Sustainability Office and the Open Green Building Society.
128 West Hastings Vancouver, British Columbia
The HiVE is a 9,000-square-foot collaborative coworking and event space focusing on sustainability and creativity, located in Vancouver’s historic Gastown area. The space occupies the 2nd floor of two interconnected heritage buildings and was retrofitted to provide a comfortable and healthy open-concept work environment featuring brick walls, high ceilings and large windows. More info: www.hivevancouver.com
Why settle for less when you can lead the way? Commercial buildings account for 23% of Edmonton’s energy use, and over 60% of Edmonton’s greenhouse gas emissions come from electricity and natural gas. Key sustainability leaders in Edmonton’s downtown community have done something about this. Their strategies make their buildings more environmentally friendly, and are the right moves from comfort, aesthetic, and economic perspectives. Join a different leader at each location, as they explain the unique steps they have taken. Six downtown Edmonton buildings are included in this walking tour, starting at the beautiful City Hall. Listen to audio tours on this website, or subscribe to the podcast feed to download the tours on your mobile device. Print this page for a map to take with you.
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square Edmonton, AB
Edmonton City Hall is the home to the mayor and city council and also a number of City staff. The building is not only used for council meetings, it is also a public gathering place in Edmonton. City Hall holds the downtown farmer’s market in the winter time and many gatherings and celebrations that take place in the sunny atrium of the building.
10368 97 St NW Edmonton, AB
The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is a key cultural institution in Edmonton, Alberta. The natural and human history museum displays important artifacts pertinent to the natural environment and heritage of Alberta. The extensive galleries showcase captivating exhibits, and touring features from around the world.
10111 104 Ave NW Edmonton, AB
Edmonton Tower is the first office building to be completed in downtown Edmonton’s ICE District, home of the new Rogers Place Arena and future site of multiple retail, entertainment, commercial and residential developments.
10220 103 Avenue NW Edmonton, AB
Stantec Tower is a 66-floor mixed-use tower located within the Edmonton Ice District and constructed to LEED standards. Comprised of a 4-story retail podium, with multi-tenanted office space to level 28 and residential above, Stantec Tower includes 1.3 million sq. feet and is Edmonton’s tallest building at 224 metres (735 ft).
10220 104 Ave NW Edmonton, AB
Edmonton’s new downtown arena is home to the Edmonton Oilers, and hosts some of the city’s biggest concerts, and many more significant entertainment events. The iconic downtown building is a leader in environmental awareness and was constructed in less than three years at a total cost of more than $600 million.This state-of-the-art facility will act as a catalyst to the city’s downtown core while also setting the bar for future growth and sustainability. Rogers place is the first LEED Silver certified NHL Facility in Canada, and is only the second newly-built arena in North America to be LEED certified.
10810 104 Ave NW Edmonton, Alberta
The Robbins Health Learning Center was built in 2007, and it houses the health learning programs at MacEwan University. It is a LEED silver building. It houses approximately 2,000 students and 200 staff members, and is a very dynamic environment. It contains lecture theatres, gathering spaces, labs, and a wide variety of practical spaces for students.