Our Environmentally-Friendly Office

The design and construction of this clinic has incorporated an environmental theme, and is characterized by a balance of five factors:

  1. Occupant health
  2. Energy efficiency
  3. Resource efficiency
  4. Environmental responsibility
  5. Affordability

Materials used

Walls and insulation:

  • Steel framing
  • Gypsum fibreboard (Fibrebond) made of 20% recycled newsprint
  • Low colour, solvent/emission-free, water-based paint
  • Fibrewall (Canada) wall covering in place of wallpaper
  • Yellow batt insulation and Homasote (20% recycled newsprint) used for sound insulation


  • Formaldehyde-free Medite-II medium density fibreboard
  • Whiteglue for lamination of countertops and cabinets
  • Stainless steel countertops in wet lab


  • Natural stone tile with cement-based mortars
  • Water-based urethane finish on natural cork floor
  • Natural linoleum floor (Marmoleum)
  • Natural fibre carpet (100% wool) with fibre underpad

Heating and Ventilation:

  • Linear diffusers improves air ventilation, reducing the effect of ozone from office business machines
  • Ductedrange hood/vents with outside exhaust
  • Low flush and odourless toilet

Lighting: B.C. Hydro Power Smart Guidelines

  • Fixtures using T8 fluorescent, compact fluorescent and halogenlamps to save energy
  • Electronic ballasts installed to generate less electromagnetic energy and conserve electricity

Reference: Envrionmental by Design Volume 1: Interiors. 1992. Authors Kim LeClair and David Rousseau Concept models: B.C. Advanced House, CMHC Healthy House, CMHC User-Friendly Home

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Location & Parking

Building Parking

We are located on the northwest corner of Yew Street and 41st Avenue. You can access the underground parking entrance to the building via Yew Street.

Kerrisdale Parkade

Free covered parking is available. Enter via Yew St & West 42nd Ave.

Thank You

Spring for Kids successfully competed in the $100,000 grant level of the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. To win, we needed the most online votes in our grant level. Thank you for supporting Spring for Kids!