Evolv1 becomes first structure to be awarded Zero Carbon Building certification

Monday, April 30, 2018

Evolv1, a multi-tenant office building under construction in Waterloo, Ont., has become the first structure to be awarded the Zero Carbon Building – Design certification.

Evolv1 has been chosen as one of 16 elite projects across Canada by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) to participate in a two-year pilot of its new Zero Carbon Building Standard.

In order to receive this award, the building had to demonstrate zero carbon design excellence.

“We are incredibly honored that evolv1 has been recognized as the first building in Canada to earn Zero Carbon Building – Design certification”, said Adrian Conrad, COO, Cora Group, developers or evolv1. “This has been a building several years in the imagining, planning, and making. It is the result of a collaborative effort by The Cora Group, our design partner Stantec, and our many stakeholders. It is extremely satisfying for all involved to have our work nationally recognized. Evolv1 represents a project that goes well beyond ‘building sustainably.’ We firmly believe it sets a new benchmark for green building design and construction.”

“CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard is an innovative made-in-Canada solution that supports industry efforts to reduce GHG emissions and grow the low-carbon economy,” explained Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. “As the first project to earn Zero Carbon Building – Design certification in Canada, evolv1 stands out as an innovator and a true leader for the industry. It is setting a tangible example for building owners and policymakers across the country that zero carbon buildings are technically feasible and economically viable right now. The shift to zero carbon buildings is a critical step in reaching our climate change goals in Canada. Through innovative projects like evolv1 the building industry can lead the way in the fight against climate change.”

The building, designed and engineered by global design firm Stantec and constructed by Melloul Blamey, is also targeting LEED Platinum certification and will produce more energy than it consumes when complete, the Cora Group claim.

“We are proud of how evolv1 expands the definition of sustainability. This project advances the business case and economic model for sustainable design in a multi-tenant building. It’s a building that supports human health and wellness, important characteristics for today’s premiere tenants and their employees,” said Richard Williams, principal with Stantec.

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