Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation


The project, in short

The Centre for Excellence is designed as a highly innovative, two-storey multi-purpose teaching facility that will provide essential trades and technology training as well as professional development courses to students in British Columbia, Canada and beyond. The building will support a syllabus with a focus on sustainable building technologies and processes, and the development and application of alternative and renewable energy.

The building is aimed at attaining the highest standard of sustainable building design in North America, namely the Living Building Challenge. Furthermore, the building itself will become an essential element of the educational programs. In addition, a technology incubator (Accelerate Okanagan) will be incorporated into the building, providing opportunities for start-up companies to develop and prototype new green technologies in a supportive and synergistic environment. Finally, this building is being constructed in a difficult climatic regime of the south Okanagan region of Canada.


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Project name Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation
Type (new/renovation) New
Designer(s) CEI Architecture Planning Interiors
Owner(s) Okanagan College
Developer(s) Okanagan College
Year of construction 2009-2011
Address, Country 583 Duncan Avenue West, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Building life span 50 years
Heating-degree days 3500
Cooling-degree days 213
Project gross area above ground [m²] 7214
Project gross area (including below ground) [m²] 7214
Site area [m²] 44067
Stories (above grade) 3
Occupancy type(s) Community college
Typical building population 246
Number of operating hours / year 1725
Assessment phase Design
Assessment tool LEED & Living Building Challenge (version 1.3)
Rating LEED Platinum & LBC Full

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