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CARSA is a world-class venue with more than 190,000 sq. ft. (the equivalent of three
football fields) of floor space to house training, recreation, research and learning
facilities. CARSA was built to LEED Gold standards and includes technologies to
reduce water consumption by 40 per cent (this represents approximately 7.5 million
liters of drinkable water each year). The venue derives half of the energy needed
for cooling and heating through a geothermal system which will save 340 tons of
emissions per year. Extensive use of natural light reduces the facility’s dependency
on artificial lighting, and low volume and natural ventilation systems reduce the need
for air conditioning. LED lighting fixtures are installed throughout and over 100 new
bike spaces are provided in the parkade. UVIC will also plant 282 trees as part of the
project. The entire facility including the high performance gym is accessible to people
with disabilities (CanAssist) and will provide customized technologies, programs and
services for people from across the disability spectrum.

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Victoria Real Estate Board

3035 Nanaimo Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4W2
Tel: (250) 385-7766 Fax: (250) 385-8773

Historically speaking

The Commercial Building Awards were started in 1991 by a group of REALTORS® who were concerned that commercial development within the Greater Victoria area was not receiving the recognition it deserved.

The Commercial Building Awards competition is recognized among architects, builders and developers and the real estate community as a prestigious event dedicated to the advancement of excellence in construction and design. Because of its success, the Victoria Commercial Building Awards program is now being emulated by various real estate boards throughout BC and across Canada.

The Commercial Division of the Victoria Real Estate Board is dedicated to advancement in quality developments and to encouraging a better environment within our community and is proud to sponsor this annual competition.