Want a glimpse into the future of sustainable construction in Canada? Take a trip to Hamilton, Ont.
That’s where you’ll find Mohawk College’s Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation, a rare example of a net-zero energy institutional building that is currently under construction for a 2018 opening. Boasting a 500-kilowatt solar array, 24 geothermal wells and numerous efficiency features, the project will serve as a living laboratory for students to learn about sustainability, with live data from the building systems easily accessible to support hands-on education.
Of course, net-zero buildings are not exactly new to Canada. Indeed, Edmonton’s own Mosaic Centre and Riverdale NetZero Project have both been lauded as leading examples of net-zero construction. But the Joyce Centre will be the proving ground for twin initiatives aimed at getting the carbon out of construction: the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) Zero Carbon Buildings Framework and EllisDon’s Carbon Impact Initiative.