Posts Tagged ‘HVAC’

Wesbrook Community Centre

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Performance results achieved with passive design, active HVAC

The two-storey, 2,900m2 Wesbrook Community Centre is located at the heart of the rapidly growing Wesbrook Village neighbourhood, on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia. With construction completed in September 2015, the community centre acts as a hub for all community activities. This new municipal landmark includes a gymnasium and fitness centre, art and dance studios, and multipurpose rooms, all intended to further strengthen the community and promote social interaction and gathering.

By Esther Gutman


Hyde Park Public School

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Top energy performer employs thermal mass of precast concrete

A proven product like precast hollow core slabs have gained new functionality and added value through their integration with the heating and cooling system of the Hyde Park Public School in Barrie, Ontario. Technology from Toronto-based Termobuild converted the precast floors into part of the HVAC system. The thermal mass of the hollow core slabs allows the building to tap into low-grade energy such as the body heat of students, or to pre-cool the building at night by storing most of the daytime cooling needs in the floors.

By Jack Laken


The occupant factor in low-energy building design

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Occupants’ impact on building energy use continues to increase as building components and systems become more efficient. This source of uncertainty extends well beyond lights and plug loads, often including heating and cooling.

By Liam O’Brien



Monday, June 10th, 2013

JURY COMMENT - The transformation of a coal-fired power station on the Halifax harbour to a commercial building employing 600 people made for a compelling story of environmental,
economic and social sustainability. These broad ambitions were reinforced with impressive energy performance, good use of natural light and an innovative envelope upgrade. The project acknowledges its industrial past in the scale and character of the atrium space, and offers public access to the waterfront where none existed before.


EcoHouse Canada 2 - Zen Barn - 80-year old siding helps modern house meld into historic neighbourhood

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

The Zen Barn is an infill home built in an historic and eclectic Ottawa neighbourhood. The owners wanted to balance their modern taste with a subtle integration of the house into the community.

By James Hawley (more…)

PCL Centennial Learning Centre

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

Major industry player takes a stand for sustainable design

Explicit expression of concrete, steel and glass in the south elevation illustrates the company’s primary focus on construction. The Centennial Learning Centre becomes the new front door to an existing campus of company buildings.
by Tom Sutherland

A corporate headquarters must be more than simply shelter from the storm. Ideally, it is a living, breathing advertisement conveying the image, values and philosophy of its owner to the world. (more…)

Heat Pumps for heating and cooling buildings

Saturday, July 28th, 2007
by Richard Lay

Building owners and designers wanting to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and energy use of their buildings are confronted by an array of technologies for heating and cooling, all claiming superior performance and even promising guaranteed LEED credits. (more…)