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This University Is Creating A Sustainable Building With Net-Zero Ambitions

By Brian Spaen

Using the same techniques as a passive house, a new university building in Toronto, Canada will be one of the most sustainable in the world. York University awarded architecture firm Perkins+Will with their design that will meet LEED certification. The building aims to have a warming appeal and will generate as much energy as it uses.

The new building, which will host the School of Continuing Studies, will be located at the Keele campus. Perkins+Will was selected after the university fielded many designs and won the competition stage featuring three finalists. Other finalists were HOK and Gow Hastings Architects.

In an effort to achieve at least an LEED Gold certification, the building will represent a similar approach to a passive house. Heating and cooling will be at its most efficient with air-tight sealing, strong insulation, and heat recovery ventilation. The latter means heat is retained more during winter months and vice-versa during the warmer months.