On Demand Video: ZCB case study - Vancouver Fire Hall 17

DURATION: 1 hour

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As the imperative for high performance buildings grows in urgency, local governments are often leading with policy and demonstrating commitment to sustainability through public projects. This course explores one of the most ambitious projects in North America, with a focus on drastically reducing the energy use of a building type that is typically an energy drain.

HCMA Architecture + Design and Integral Group share their experience working on the Vancouver Fire Hall 17, a City of Vancouver project.

In the recording, presenters delved into the interesting journey of their project's design development, highlighting the challenges they encountered along the way and the solutions that were employed to surmount them. A crucial aspect they explored is the management of stakeholder relationships to achieve the optimization of their building for low energy intensity and heating loads. They emphasized how the integration of passive architectural strategies played a pivotal role in achieving exemplary environmental performance within their building, underscoring a great commitment to sustainability. Furthermore, presenters discussed the incorporation of cutting-edge mechanical technologies to maximize building performance and ensure thermal comfort for occupants. Finally, they highlighted the leadership demonstrated by the City of Vancouver in aligning with the Renewable City Strategy and the Zero Emissions Building plan, setting an example for sustainable urban development.

This project was part of the CAGBC's Zero Carbon Building pilot program v1, while also pursuing Passive House certification, LEED v4 Gold and Net Zero Energy (as defined by Federation of Canadian Municipalities). Vancouver Fire Hall No. 17 is the first fire hall in Canada to earn the Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) design certification, and the first project to be certified in BC.

This presentation was delivered by Zina Berrada, formerly of HCMA Architecture + Design, and Scott Ghomeshi of Integral Group in 2020.


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