April 24, 2018 by Jillian Morgan
The Cora Group has earned Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building – Design certification for evolv1, a commercial multitenant office building in Waterloo, Ont.
Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) presents the certification, which required the building to: model a zero carbon balance for future operations; incorporate a highly efficient envelope and ventilation system to meet a defined threshold for thermal energy demand intensity; and design onsite renewable energy systems capable of providing a minimum of five per cent of building energy consumption.
Still under construction, evolv1 is one of 16 projects across Canada selected to participate in CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard two-year pilot program.
The high-performance building envelope incorporates triple glazing, a solar wall for preheated ventilation, a geo-exchange/VRF HVAC system, three-story green wall, and a combination of photovoltaics. It is due for completion in Summer 2018.
Over the course of the first 12 months of operation, evolv1 will monitor performance to demonstrate a zero emissions balance in order to earn Zero Carbon Building – Performance certification.
“It is extremely satisfying for all involved to have our work nationally recognized,” said Adrian Conrad, COO of the Cora Group. “We firmly believe it sets a new benchmark for green building design and construction.”