Building Better

What Does "Building Better" Mean?

"Building Better" is using sustainable building approaches and purpose-built features which mimic nature or promote a healthy environment.

Building Better in Coquitlam

The City of Coquitlam is using innovations and progressive development approaches to mitigate our impact on the natural environment. Through the Building Better campaign, the City aims to inform, educate and inspire by showcasing projects which are built with nature in mind. We want to recognize the builders, developers and businesses in Coquitlam who are building better too. Look for the Building Better Green Star around Coquitlam!

Examples of building better include:

  • Absorbent Topsoil
  • Bioswales
  • Engineered Soil
  • Green Lanes
  • Green Roofs and Walls
  • Infiltration Trenches
  • Pervious Pavement
  • Rain Barrels
  • Rain Gardens
  • Stream Enhancement Projects
  • Street Trees
  • Ultraviolet (UV) Reflective Pavement
  • Vegetated Swales
  • Water Quality Ponds

Benefits of Building Better

Building better:

  • Helps to reduce greenhouse gases
  • Uses less energy
  • Improves water quality and reduces erosion in creeks and rivers
  • Reduces heat island effect
  • Provides healthy aquatic habitat
  • Protects watershed health