Eleven projects have been selected as winners of the Net Zero Energy Ready Challenge (NZERC) Construction Incentive, a provincial program and juried competition to support energy efficient design and construction.
The NZERC is one of many CleanBC initiatives aimed at turning buildings all over the province less polluting, more comfortable and energy efficient.
“By using more clean energy and using it more efficiently in our buildings, we’re taking action to improve air quality and reduce energy costs for British Columbians. Part of our CleanBC plan, the Net-Zero Energy-Ready Challenge, is showcasing best practices in building design and providing support to leading innovators across the province. Congratulations to all of the final winners.”
– Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
The following are a few of the winners:
Project Location: Esquimalt
Project Architect: Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture
Corvette Landing is a 12-storey, mixed-use development designed as a catalytic project that advances urban densification in the Township of Esquimalt. Targeting Passive House certification, Corvette Landing will create attractive and affordable homes supporting a community with a range of incomes and demographics. It includes both affordable rental and affordable market homes. Planned and developed as a panelized and prefabricated mass-timber hybrid building, Corvette Landing will combine a low carbon footprint with a high level of liveability.
2150 Keith Drive
Project Location: Vancouver
Project Architect: Dialog
Targeting the top step of the BC Energy Step Code, this innovative 10-storey mass timber office building features a high-performance building envelope and mechanical system, as well as open daylight spaces designed to promote employee productivity and well-being.
This project also provides a new structural design typology for tall mass timber buildings in Canada through its unique lateral force resisting system consisting of perimeter timber-braced bays and interior cross-laminated timber shear walls.
Peatt Commons – Phase 2
Project Location: Langford
Project Architect: Jack James Architect
Peatt Commons Phase 2, part of a new, walkable downtown community in Langford, utilizes an innovative mass timber design that considerably reduces the building’s carbon footprint and thermal bridging, while also providing highly effective seismic force dissipation.
Targeting the top step of the BC Energy Step Code, Peatt Commons Phase 2 will create a replicable design that advances energy efficiency and carbon sequestration in the building process to increase occupants’ comfort, lower energy costs, and reduce lifecycle GHG emissions.
Carrington View – Building A
Project Location: West Kelowna
Project Architect: WD Fisher Architecture
Carrington View Building A combines modern, highly liveable architecture with innovative sustainable design principles to provide low carbon, market rental units. Targeting the top step of the BC Energy Step Code, this 100% electric, combustion-free building will include on-site solar power generation. Carrington View is also targeting Built Green Canada Platinum certification and CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard.
Located seventy kilometres east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford Senior Secondary School features wood as part of a major rehabilitation and replacement project.
School principal Rob Comeau talks about why wood is good for schools
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This 8,825-square-metre aquatic centre in the heart of Surrey looks ready to take flight, with catenary, undulating, glue-laminated timber cables that swoop skyward.
Read this interview with Scott Groves, who oversees design, construction, and operations of all civic facilities in Surrey, and find out how the province’s fastest-growing city is winning with wood.
Commercial and industrial buildings are incorporating more wood into their construction. Along with the strength needed to last in heavy duty applications, wood has its own unique advantages.