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PODS – Net Zero Energy + Biophilic Design

The Pender Harbour Ocean Discovery Station (PODS) will be located in Irvines Landing, Sunshine Coast, BC, consisting of auditorium, aquarium, exhibit, dive centre, a restaurant and laboratories.

The overarching Sustainability goals of the project are Net-Zero Energy, Net-zero water and Biophilic architecture – to mimic natural systems in building and site design to enhance and restore natural ecological systems and human health benefits.

The architecture of the building incorporates integrated passive design strategies and other energy efficient mechanical systems. The owners and []

Canada Green Building Award for OC Daycare Passive House

Jury comments: As a structure designed to the rigorous Passive House standard, this building is notable for the beauty and simplicity of its environmental systems. The building relies mostly on local materials and very economical passive design strategies, yet also addresses cross-cultural issues and creates a symbolic new gateway to the college campus.

Award details here

Thames Tidal Powered School

Thames Tidal Powered School (2016/17)

The concept comprises a new building poised on the Thames wharf side at Cannon Street that is an exemplar of low embodied energy and carbon construction technologies, using natural and bio-renewable materials sourced through local supply chains.

The school will be a recognised centre of excellence at a European level, providing world-class facilities through its sustainable design and use of materials. The site is located directly at the narrowest section of the Thames – meaning that the velocity of the tidal []

Okanagan College Daycare

Okanagan College Daycare – Passive House (2016/17)

 

The Okanagan College Daycare project is seeking Passive House Certification, with specific focus on reducing primary energy consumption and improving occupant health and comfort.

The building envelope designed by LandformADB and constructed by Ritchie Design Build provides the most energy efficient barrier between the indoor comfort and external extremes of -20°C to +40°C.

BC Building Science carried out the Passive House envelope tests, supported by Certiphiers group.

Archineers provided the integrated design services to assist with securing []

PHC Member

Passive House Canada

Archineers are providing systems integration on several commercial and residential Passive House projects in Canada. The key to delivery of the engineering is by complete understanding of holistic design with the architect, contractor and client team. We have developed a close working relationship with the Passive House Institute.

Further information available here

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Ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools

The classroom air quality must be improved. The promotion of rapid ventilation for air flushing of classrooms to exhaust body odour, flatulence and food/meals as well as the higher metabolic rate following break-time physical activity. Did Ole Fanger teach us nothing?

This goes beyond the steady state outdoor air supply rates typical for normal classroom activities when all students are calm and orderly. But for those times, typically after lunch, there needs to be a mechanism that allows teachers []

Forest Green Rovers proposal

Forest Green Rovers Eco-Stadium

 

The shortlisted design led by Richard Kroeker with Roly Hudson took into consideration the whole experience of the game being played within a natural setting – the stadium is treated as a landform covered in natural vegetation.

The seating in the stadium is oriented to face away from the afternoon sun and steeply raked to give spectators an intense experience close to the action on the field. The canopy is a tensile structure to protect spectators from rain, []

MATCHBOX Energy

The MATCHBOX energy calculation tool offers a basis for communication between design consultants throughout the design process.

MATCHBOX enables systematic analysis of critical building energy flows related to climate, occupancy, envelope, and building orientation.

MATCHBOX does not create the design, or prescribe design solutions, but by quickly and simply quantifying, graphing, and tracking the energy effects of design decisions, it can give building designers a clear, quick measure of the energy consequences of fundamental design decisions.

MATCHBOX was developed []

Zibi - One Planet Community

Zibi Carbon Neutral Development, Ottawa

 

The Windmill Development vision is to create one of the world’s most sustainable and environmentally conscious communities on the planet. To accomplish this, Zibi follows an ambitious One Planet Action Plan, which is a model based on ten simple principles to make sustainable living easy and affordable for all. This model will help Zibi live and breathe within a fair share of the planet’s resources.

All buildings and structures at Zibi are carbon neutral; powered and heated by a combination []