Vancouver, BC (January 6, 2021) – The Vancouver Convention Centre has been awarded a 2020 Clean Air Award by the National Air Filtration Association. The NAFA Clean Air Award recognizes excellence in air filtration as well as outstanding effort in maintaining a clean and healthy indoor environment.
With a comprehensive approach to maintaining and improving air quality throughout the facility, the Convention Centre received this award for attributes that include maintaining a comprehensive record-keeping program around the regular replacing of air filters, installing gaskets between air filters to prevent bypassing, installing instrumentation to measure pressure drop across air filters and more.
Notably, the upgrading of air filters to extend their lifespan from yearly to every two years provided additional benefit resulting in significant energy utilization savings for the building’s operation. This is in line with the Vancouver Convention Centre’s commitment to sustainability as the world’s first double LEED® Platinum certified convention centre.
“We are proud to receive this award from the National Air Filtration Association and be recognized for our efforts towards creating a safe environment for our guests and staff,” said Craig Lehto, General Manager, Vancouver Convention Centre.
“2020 has shown us that there is no limit on the need to prioritize air quality when striving to create clean and healthy environments within facilities like ours. We will continue to look for ways to further these efforts as air filtration becomes even more foundational to hosting events and visitors in the future.”
Situated centrally on Vancouver’s downtown waterfront, the venue’s connected East and West buildings offer a combined total of 466,500 ft2 (43,340 m2) of flexible meeting, exhibition and plenary space. The facility is designed to accommodate events of varying size, scope and complexity, ensuring that even large-scale trade and consumer shows are provided with a seamless experience from move-in to move-out.
After extensive consultation with health authorities and other partners, the Convention Centre has implemented a comprehensive safety plan to inform the execution of business activity held at the facility. This includes a wide range of protective measures, including set-up designed to adhere to physical distancing; enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures; use of protective barriers where necessary; specialized training for Convention Centre staff; availability of hand sanitizers throughout the facility; educational signage throughout the facility and more.
About the Vancouver Convention Centre
Located on Vancouver’s downtown waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the world’s first double LEED® Platinum certified convention centre offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre features two connected buildings with a combined total of 466,500 ft2 (43,340 m2) of flexible meeting, exhibition, ballroom and plenary space. The facility is committed to environmental sustainability as well as unparalleled service, technology offerings and culinary excellence. The Convention Centre is a part of BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), a Provincial Crown Corporation of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.