The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation at Okanagan College is one of the greenest buildings in the world. It was designed and constructed as an innovative, sustainable post-secondary facility that is highly adapted to its site, climate and context. The facility supports a syllabus with a focus on sustainable building technologies and processes, as well as research and development of alternative and renewable sources of energy. As such, the innovative features of the building itself will be used as a teaching tool to help train the next generation of tradespeople in green construction practices.

The Centre of Excellence has been designed to meet the ambitious targets of not only LEED Platinum, the highest level of LEED certification, but also the Living Building Challenge (LBC), the greenest rating system in the world – requiring net-zero energy and water consumption, as well as several other Imperatives. At 6,780 square meters, this project is the largest in the world to target the Living Building Challenge. Through our roles as Sustainability Consultant (LEED and LBC) and Energy Modeller, we employed an integrated design process to coordinate the team around the extremely difficult challenges of the Living Building Challenge, with a focus on passive design solutions.

Take a tour of some of green building features in this video:

For more details, check out the project casestudy website: alivingclassroom.com

Centre of Excellence

  • Location:
    Penticton, BC
  • Size:
    6,780 sq m
  • Budget:
    $28 M
  • Completion:
    2011
  • Developer / Client:
    Okanagan College
  • Architect(s):
    CEI Architecture
  • Our Role(s):
    Sustainability Consulting (LEED and Living Building Challenge), Energy Modelling, Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling, Daylight Modelling
  • Green Building Certification Status:
    LEED-NC Platinum certified; LBC certification pending
  • Awards:
    • 2012 Green GOOD DESIGN Award, THE EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR ARCHITECTURE AND THE CHICAGO ATHENAEUM
    • 2012 Canadian Green Building Award, CANADIAN GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
    • 2011 TechGREEN Award, APPLIED SCIENCE TECHNOLOGISTS AND TECHNICIANS OF BC
    • 2011 PowerSense Conservation Excellence and Leadership Awards, FORTIS BC
  • Sustainability Metrics:
    • LEED-NC Platinum certified (2015)
    • Living Building Challenge certification pending
    • Largest photovoltaic array for a non-utility organization in Canada
    • Expected to consume less energy than a typical LEED Gold building
    • Sun-tracking light pipes magnify sunlight by a factor of ten
    • Vacuum tube solar panels supply hot water needs
    • Accessible green roof planted with local flora attracts local species
    • Nearly 100% B.C. wood, including local pine beetle-kill and FSC timber
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