Deadline: 06.01.2023

Sustainable Building Advisor/

  • Location
    Vancouver, Victoria or Edmonton

Are you driven by impact? We are hcma, an interdisciplinary design firm driven by the desire to create happier, healthier, more connected communities.

We are looking for a Sustainable Building Advisor to join our team of specialists that support the practice of advancing project performance across hcma’s portfolio.

This role supports senior advisors and design teams to set performance goals, guide and inform design decisions, verify performance, and communicate results.  Specifically, it supports LEED certification for range of projects, at all stages of design and construction. This role will be key to embedding the foundation of building performance and into our design practice.

This role also contributes to a range of initiatives and activities that support our commitment to sustainability and social impact including advisory services, operations, advocacy, and research.  It is aligned with HCMA’s desire to practice sustainability holistically, with an emphasis on human experience and social impact.

The role is dynamic and requires undertaking a number of tasks in a support capacity including project context and site research, green building rating system documentation and coordination, technical building performance analysis, materials attributes research, compiling resources and maintaining knowledge management platforms.

Note: This role is a 12-month contract, with the possibility of transitioning to permanent.

What will you do:

  • Support senior practitioners with the application of green building rating systems including LEED, Passive House, The Living Building Challenge, Zero Carbon Building Program, and Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification.
  • Manage and advance certification documentation for LEED and other rating systems.
  • Coordinate consultant deliverables for certification programs;
  • Conduct project context research including current and future climate conditions, social and cultural context, applicable codes and regulatory conditions, and other information as required;
  • Support senior practitioners with early-stage design analysis including daylighting, energy and emissions benchmarking, and life cycle assessment.
  • Maintain reference materials and tools related to performance and rating systems for the practice;
  • Generate graphics for presentation material and reports as necessary;
  • Support firmwide best practices in sustainable design and innovation.


Ideally, you will bring:

  • Degree or diploma in architecture, environmental science, building science, landscape architecture, engineering, planning, or other related discipline.
  • LEED Accredited Professional with specialty.
  • 3-5 years of professional experience.
  • Basic understanding of principles of sustainable design;
  • Good understanding of design process and workflow;
  • Expert knowledge of green building rating systems and assessment, specifically LEED and The Living Building Challenge;
  • Exceptional time-management and organizational skills; attention to detail and strong work ethic;
  • Ability to learn quickly and incorporate feedback into future work;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and adapt to shifting priorities;
  • Collaborative mindset and proven ability to work in a team environment with success;
  • Some proficiency in CAD and BIM, exposure to energy modeling and other simulation software will be an asset.
  • Proficiency in MS Office.


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