Architecture Canada | RAIC Website Features 2030 Challenge Achievements
June 2011 | Inspiration
A new Architecture Canada | RAIC website featuring Canadian building projects that meet and exceed the 2030 Challenge has posted its first two case studies and promises eight additional projects available to view soon. These featured projects are “the best energy-efficient commercial buildings that have been constructed in Canada so far.”
The North Vancouver City Library and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Restoration Services Centre (pictured above) have reduced energy use by an estimated 72% and 61% respectively beyond the National Average Energy Use Intensity (EUI) for their building types. Case studies on the website provide an overview of the project along with in-depth building information covering each project’s energy conservation features, information on products and materials, water conservation and drawings of site integration, floor plans, section drawings, and energy system strategies.
According to the website:
“Every project featured has been included because of the commitment made by its Owner, the Builder and the entire Design Team to create a building that reduces or eliminates its consumption of resources. Success is measured by the building’s energy use index; it can also be measured by the satisfaction and enthusiasm of every individual using or inhabiting the building.
These case study buildings have taken the first step to becoming energy neutral; their building envelopes are as efficient as possible and the implications and realities of net zero energy have been considered. The next step is to integrate renewable energy systems into the majority of new and existing buildings.”