Rick Gregory, vice-president of Henson Developments, said the company’s team is working “very co-operatively” with city of Vancouver staff on the plans. Photo Jennifer Gauthier Rick Gregory, vice-president of Henson Developments, shifts the conversation away from height when asked about the company’s plans for a 60-storey tower on Nelson Street. “You can make any buildings you want but the planet is on fire…” he told the Courier at the spring open house for the project before calling attention to what he sees as a key feature of the proposal — the plan to earn Passive House certification. Passive House is an international standard for energy efficiency focused on creating an airtight structure, having high-quality windows, super-insulation and good ventilation. Elaborating on his remarks during a subsequent interview, Gregory said climate change is a concern. “You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem. Up until now, I think I’ve been part of the problem. I drive a car every day, I heat my home with natural gas, so I don’t feel I’ve done my part to address what is a substantial problem that we’re all facing,” he said. “I don’t want this to sound preachy but you […]


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