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Projects from across Canada participate in CaGBC pilot

June 16, 2017 | By HPAC Magazine

East Port Properties’ project is 65,000-ft² multi-tenant warehouse building located in Dartmouth, NS scheduled for occupancy in 2018. The building features a tight and well insulated building envelope, heat recovery ventilation and a central in-floor heating system supplied by air-to-water heat pumps with a peak-load natural gas boiler. A net-metered solar PV system has been sized to offset the cost of both fuel sources to provide the tenant zero (or near zero) heating costs for typical* building use. Expected heating energy intensity of 1.6 e-kWh/ft².

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has announced that 16 of Canada’s most innovative projects have been chosen to participate in a two-year pilot of CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. The Standard, which assesses the carbon performance of commercial, institutional, and multi-family buildings in Canada, was formally released on May 29 in Vancouver.

Spanning the length of the country from Dartmouth to Kelowna, the diversity of these 16 pilot projects demonstrates the broad applicability of the program with sizes ranging from 20,000 to 1.3 million sq.ft, representing both new and existing buildings. Project types include institutional buildings, offices, multi-unit residential, and warehouses. The projects were chosen for their ambitious environmental leadership, and potential to aggressively raise the bar for carbon emissions reduction in Canada. The experience from these projects will help refine the Standard for full market deployment.

“The CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program was designed to recognize leadership excellence in Canada’s building industry, and I am pleased to say that these projects truly meet that ideal. We have great diversity in these pilot projects, demonstrating that zero carbon buildings are achievable in all regions across Canada,” said Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the CaGBC. “It is the combination of innovation and the broad adaptability of this Standard that will contribute to the shift to a low-carbon economy.”

The CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program projects are listed below, with the exception of those who wish to remain confidential. To view project profiles, renderings and other details on the Pilot Projects, visit cagbc.org/zerocarbonpilots.

Zero Emission Fire Hall
City of Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

Wilkinson Avenue Net-Zero Heating Energy Warehouse
East Port Properties, Dartmouth, NS

EcoLock, Carbon Capture Mini Storage
EcoLock, Kelowna, BC

Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation
Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON

Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Okanagan College
Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC

30 Bay Street
Oxford Properties Group, Toronto, ON

1133 Melville
Oxford Properties Group, Vancouver, BC

Confidential Mixed-Use Development
Perkins+Will, Vancouver, BC

Arthur Meighen Building, 22-55 St. Claire Avenue East
Public Service and Procurement Canada, Toronto, ON

New Curé-Paquin Elementary School
Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles School Board, Saint-Eustache, QC

NiMa Trails – Residential, Commercial Net Zero Building
TerraView Homes & Newton Group, Guelph, ON

The Cora Group, Waterloo, ON

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) New Headquarters
TRCA, Toronto, ON

MacKimmie Complex Redevelopment
University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Through the pilot program, participants will gain access to a group of leading professionals for advice and guidance. CaGBC will also be convening quarterly in-depth technical sessions with the pilots in order to provide networking and learning opportunities for them, as well as a platform in which to discuss the challenges and possible solutions involved in reaching net zero carbon.

For ongoing updates about the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Initiative and Standard, visit cagbc.org/zerocarbon.



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