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The first ever commercial building to achieve NetZero energy

  • LEED

    Targeting Platinum

  • 120K

    Square Feet

  • Waterloo, Ontario

    Waterloo, Ontario

Positive designs for positive solutions

Located within the University of Waterloo’s David Johnston Research & Technology Park, and owned and developed by The Cora Group, 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 demonstrates 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 use of photovoltaics to make it a net positive energy candidate.

evolv1 showcases 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 LEED certified and is targeting Gold.


Meet Our Team

Andrea Frisque, Associate, Senior Building Performance Engineer

We use science and engineering in synergistic ways to help clients realize project goals around building performance and energy efficiency.
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Randy Irwin, Senior Building Performance Engineer

When we get together and understand what each of us is saying, we inevitably find common ground and the solutions we need within our grasp.
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Afaf Azzouz, Buildings Energy Specialist

My goal is to find the optimal point between high-performance design and financial viability, balancing environmental and economic impacts.
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Eugene Chumakov, Senior Associate

Design excellence and quality are my top priorities.
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  • Andrea Frisque

    Associate, Senior Building Performance Engineer

  • Randy Irwin

    Senior Building Performance Engineer

  • Afaf Azzouz

    Buildings Energy Specialist

  • Eugene Chumakov

    Senior Associate

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