Iredale Architecture has been a leader in sustainable design since the 1980s, when we pioneered the Heritage Conservation movement in BC. We were early developers of the first Ministry of Energy Mines and Resources standards in the 1990s and contributed to the development of LEED standards in the early 2000s.


Since then, we have contributed numerous articles and studies to the emerging science of sustainable building design. Richard Iredale sat on the Board of the Canada Green Building Council from 2006 to 2009 and led the Council’s efforts to establish a carbon offset incentive strategy for buildings. From 2010 to 2015, he was also a Board Member and Chair of the Cascadia Green Building Council (Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington). He currently serves on the Board of the Cascadia Collaborative and frequently presents at conferences.


Our upcoming book “Rewilding: Helping Nature Heal the Climate” presents a cost-effective method for designing carbon-balanced buildings and sites. This new approach uses passivhaus techniques combined with intensive landscape restoration to produce a practical and inexpensive way for developers to balance the carbon and water cycles on their projects.


Iredale Architecture has designed many ultra-green projects, including the new Exchange Tower in Vancouver, and the net-zero Bateman Center in Victoria.



The Exchange – When completed, this office tower will be the second-largest building in Canada to achieve the highest LEED standard (platinum).


North Saanich Middle School – constructed to obtain LEED Gold certification


Salt Spring Island Public Library– designed to achieve LEED Gold standards


Meadowridge Private School, Early Childhood Education Centre – designed to achieve LEED Gold certification


Royal Oak Middle School – LEED Silver standards


Kelset Elementary School – LEED Silver standards



As environmentally conscious designers, we seek to combine building envelope, mechanical, electrical, landscape and structural systems to produce sustainable buildings.
On larger projects involving several engineering disciplines, we seek to involve the entire team in this process. Like many practices, we use a “charette” format to bring the team together to develop and integrate smart solutions. We help the owner lead and direct this process.


Every project is different. Yet they all share a common goal: to find the most cost effective way to reduce energy and material use and to enhance and restore nature. As a rule, one starts by brainstorming green design opportunities. One then costs these opportunities and develops a short-list of the “best” ways to achieve sustainability.


At Iredale, we emphasize the site. Generally, money spent on landscaping is a low-cost and very effective way to balance nature’s carbon and water cycles. Using “free” measures such as tree growth and topsoil build-up, even low-budget projects can achieve a sustainable footprint.