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Evolv1 Centre for Sustainability Excellence

Building a business case for net positive energy

Waterloo, Ontario

Located within the University of Waterloo’s David Johnston Research & Technology Park, Evolv1 offers a perfect light-filled home for growing technology or professional services companies who include social and environmental impacts as part of their bottom line. The goal was to motivate, inspire, and educate the public about sustainable design, all within the context of a competitive marketplace.

Evolv1 demonstrated that a high-performance building can be a market-driven, cost-effective building where design decisions are driven by competitive construction budgets. We used a highly-integrated design process where both passive and active systems were iteratively modelled to optimize value received against construction cost. The solution? A high-performance building envelope with triple glazing, a solar wall for preheated ventilation, a geo-exchange / VRF HVAC system, and a green wall. The site hosts a combination of photovoltaics to make it a net positive energy candidate.

Evolv1 will showcase how end-users act within the space—generating an internal community of creative types to ignite new discoveries that span science, technology and wellness. The building is currently on track to achieve LEED platinum certification.

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