At its very heart, the Okanagan College Child Care Centre is a project dedicated to sustainability. The first institutional building in Canada to meet stringent Passive House certification requirements, this wood-framed structure uses just one-quarter of the energy that a comparable commercial building would require.
While the design team considered other structural materials, they chose wood because it was a sustainable, cost-effective building material that could be installed quickly. Okanagan College administrators wanted to show that Passive House compliance was possible within the institutional building realm.
Okanagan College had a tight budget and schedule constraints. The design-build team completed the project in just 10 months.
This structure was framed with double-stud exterior walls, wood trusses, crosslaminated timber (CLT) for the entrance canopy and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) for window and door headers. Inside, they used birch wall paneling in the central corridor; interior door and window frames were Douglas-fir. All forest products were harvested and milled within the Okanagan region.
Wood fit well with our philosophy on this project that less is more. It’s tempting to want to try something new, but we needed to build this facility quick; we didn’t have time to experiment. Part of the benefit of using wood in a high-performance structure like this is that you’re working with something that’s familiar, easy to get and locally-available; our tradespeople know how to work with wood.
– Nicholas Hill, President and Owner/General Manager, Ritchie Contracting and Design Ltd.
The first institutional building in Canada to meet stringent Passive House certification requirements, this wood-framed structure uses just one-quarter of the energy that a comparable commercial building would require.
Forest communities will see more jobs and opportunity from B.C.’s proactive adoption of building code changes that allow the safe construction of taller wood buildings.
The 2019 Wood Design Awards, hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, honours excellence in wood building and design.
Located in Surrey, B.C.’s fastest growing municipality, this facility with its dramatic suspended roof form is the first project to be completed on the ‘super block’ that is destined to become a regional campus of health, wellness and sports excellence.
People spend as much as 90 per cent of their time inside buildings, and for children, adolescents and an increasing number of young adults, most of this time is spent either at home or in school. Given this situation, the design of schools is of clear importance where wood plays a vital role.
Research on wood in the built environment, has been incorporated into Clean Energy Canada’s new report on public infrastructure: Building the Future. The policy primer looks at how smart decisions can cut pollution, save money, and support a clean economy.