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Congratulations Evolv1! Canada's first Zero Carbon Building-Design certification

Updated: Dec 3, 2018

Photo by Peter Lee, Waterloo Region Record

It's been a big week for The Cora Group as Evolv1 earns Canada's FIRST Zero Carbon Building-Design certification. Livescape couldn't be prouder to be part of such an environmentally progressive project, and we want to publicly declare our love for The Cora Group and the amazing efforts they have made to set a strong precedent for prioritizing environmentally conscious building practices. Construction on Evolv1's 40 foot living wall will begin in June. Stay tuned for progress photos as the wall goes up!

The April 20 feature article by Terry Pender in Waterloo Region Record reads:

With a large array of solar panels on the roof and more covering sections of the parking lot, Evolv1 will produce more electricity than it uses.

Triple-glazed windows, a three-storey atrium with a living wall, technology that taps into heat produced underground and charging stations for electric vehicles are among the technologies included in the building.

"What's really key about this building is we are delivering it at market rates," said Adrian Conrad, chief operating officer at Cora.
"We have put together a business model where we can deliver that at the same rates as any other new building in the market."

The zero carbon building program was launched late last year by the green building council. Evolv1 is among 16 buildings that joined the council's pilot program for this new standard...

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Rendering courtesy of Cora Group

The Waterloo Region Record isn't the only publication to feature Evolv1. An April 13 feature article by David Malone in Building Design + Construction reads:

Evolv1, a multi-tenant commercial office building under construction in Waterloo, Ont., was awarded Zero Carbon Building – Design certification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). It is the first building to earn this award.

In order to earn the certification, evolv1 needed to show it has modeled a zero carbon balance for future operations, incorporated a highly efficient envelope and ventilation system to meet a defined threshold for thermal energy demand intensity, and designed onsite renewable energy systems capable of providing a minimum of 5% of building energy consumption. Over the first 12 months of operation, evolv1 will monitor performance to demonstrate it has achieved a zero emissions balance.

The high-performance building envelope incorporates triple glazing, a solar wall for preheated ventilation, a geo-exchange/VRF HVAC system, a three-story green wall, and a combination of photovoltaics. The building is also targeting LEED Platinum certification and will produce more energy than it consumes.

The Cora Group developed the project, which is slated for completion in summer 2018, Stantec designed and engineered it, and Melloul Blamey is building it.

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