Our client’s challenge
Located on a brownfield heritage site, the project was intended to provoke new thinking about urban sustainability and showcase green building technologies. WSP was engaged to create a sustainability strategy for the project and manage the LEED-NC Platinum certification of the Centre for Green Cities (CGC), the site’s lone new building.
To significantly reduce resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions throughout construction and in operations, the LEED-NC platinum candidate incorporated a combination of strategies.
Key design features included a highly-insulated building envelope, natural ventilation, optimized energy and water use, increased controllability of heating, cooling and ventilation, and extensive rainwater capture and re-use.
CGC’s design energy cost is 57% better than predicted by the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB), achieving all LEED energy performance points. With its impressive performance and eye-catching design, the CGC is a showpiece that links sustainability, culture and community together.
The building has won numerous awards, including the 2014 CaGBC Innovation in LEED Award and a Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award in 2013. National Geographic named Evergreen Brick Works as a top 10 finalist in its Geotourism Challenge 2009: Power of Place – Sustaining the Future of Designations.