Adera Wins 5th Multi-Fam­ily Home Builder of the Year

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Van­cou­ver developer Adera took home two ma­jor awards rec­og­niz­ing ex­cel­lence in home build­ing at the an­nual Ge­orgie Awards gala held Feb. 1 at the Van­cou­ver Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Not only did Adera win the 2013 Ge­orgie Award for Best Multi-Fam­ily Home Builder of the Year, but its SAIL build­ing at UBC’s Wes­brook Vil­lage was also rec­og­nized as Best Mul­ti­Fam­ily Low-Rise Devel­op­ment.

“We are honoured to be rec­og­nized by our peers,” says Adera pres­i­dent Norm Cout­tie. “SAIL is the first build­ing to be awarded with REAP Plat­inum home cer­ti­fi­ca­tion un­der UBC’s home­grown green-build­ing pro­gram, and we are very pleased to see its in­no­va­tive de­sign and qual­ity con­struc­tion be rec­og­nized with the top award at the Georgies.”

The Ge­orgie Awards, owned by the Cana­dian Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion of British Columbia, rec­og­nize the best builders in this prov­ince, show­cas­ing their com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to the high stan­dards that CHBA BC mem­ber com­pa­nies strive to up­hold.

Lo­cated at 3479 Wes­brook Mall, SAIL is UBC’s first six-storey wood­frame build­ing and is the evo­lu­tion of Adera’s Pa­cific Spirit Col­lec­tion, an award-win­ning trio of de­vel­op­ments at Wes­brook Vil­lage. De­signed as con­tem­po­rary West Coast Mod­ern homes, SAIL fea­tures sus­tain­able green tech­nol­ogy in its de­sign, like a Waste Wa­ter Heat Re­cov­ery Sys­tem from North Van­cou­ver’s En­er­pro, re­new­able wood prod­ucts from Penticton’s Struc­turlam, En­ergy Star-rated win­dows, en­ergy/wa­ter ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ance sets and a co-op car at the curb.

Adera has a long track record of Ge­orgie wins, in­clud­ing Multi-Fam­ily Home Builder of the Year five times, Best Cus­tomer Ser­vice seven times and the first ever Cus­tomer Choice Award. Last year, Adera’s seven35 project in North Van­cou­ver won the 2012 Ge­orgie Award for Sus­tain­able and In­no­va­tive Com­mu­nity and, in 2009, Adera re­ceived the Ge­orgie Award for Sus­tain­able and In­no­va­tive Com­mu­nity for Green in Burn­aby.

No stranger to the Ge­orgie podium, Norm Cout­tie be­lieves that “rec­og­niz­ing good work helps mo­ti­vate all de­vel­op­ers. When a home builder sets a high bench­mark for qual­ity work, and that level of ex­cel­lence is rec­og­nized, it mo­ti­vates us to con­tinue to reach for that high level. Com­pe­ti­tion helps spur in­no­va­tion.”

A Built Green BC Builder of the Year for four of the last five years, Adera has also re­ceived nu­mer­ous Cana­dian SAM Awards, in­clud­ing two Grand SAMs, and was the first Cana­dian re­cip­i­ent of a PCBC Gold Nugget Award in 50 years.

Cout­tie says that “go­ing green isn’t al­ways an easy process, but it can be done even in in­cre­men­tal steps. As with all busi­ness ini­tia­tives, some steps are eas­ily at­tain­able and oth­ers re­quire a more ad­vanced com­mit­ment. But a fo­cused effort over time al­ways has a mean­ing­ful im­pact.”

Ren­der­ing of the Sail condo project at UBC’s Wes­brook Vil­lage in Van­cou­ver, by developer Adera.

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