Recently it was announced the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) awarded Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario the Zero Carbon Building-Design certification for the Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation.
According to news reports the Joyce Centre was one of 16 projects chosen in 2017 from across the country for the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. CEO of the CaGBC Thomas Mueller said that the project sets a strong standard for students regarding the low-carbon economy, and demonstrates the financial viability and technical feasibility of these types of buildings.
Mohawk’s curtain wall which provides superior insulation value over typical curtain walls contributed to the zero carbon certification. The Joyce Centre is set up for electricity and will not utilize gas, and will have close to 500 solar panels mounted to roof canopies. The centre features 38 geothermal wells that extract energy from more than 600 ft. below the building.
Nearly 2,000 solar panels are being installed across the Mohawk campus as part of a clean energy retrofit. This system will make it possible to produce 550,000 KW of clean energy on an annual basis, sufficient to provide 45 homes with power for an entire year. Mueller said that Mohawk College has gone well beyond the status quo and proven it’s on the forefront of innovation.
Zero-carbon building is defined by the Canada Green Building Council as “A highly energy-efficient building that produces onsite, or procures, carbon-free renewable energy in an amount sufficient to offset the annual carbon emissions associated with building operations.”
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