Net Zero & Passive House

The Clayton Community Centre

Location: Surrey, BC

Client: City of Surrey

Mechanical Engineer: The Integral Group

Clayton Community Centre is designed to achieve Passive House certification, putting it on track to becoming the first community centre to achieve Passive House in North America and Canada’s largest Passive House facility to date.

This futuristic community centre project combines four aspects of the City of Surrey’s community services—recreation, library, arts and parks, into a seamlessly integrated facility. This unique mix of spaces combines arts and culture programming: music studios, recording studios and a community rehearsal hall, alongside a gymnasium, fitness centre, and branch library.

HVAC Systems is proud to be part of this project. A key part of HVAC System’s design was providing a centralized ventilation solution by using the Swegon GOLD Series, Passive House Certified HRV single unit with heat recovery ratio of +85% to achieve the building’s challenging air filtration and energy targets.

Each unit includes an integrated microprocessor-based unit controller. All internal controls and sensors shall be factory prewired and tested. Each unit includes a touchpad user interface that allows remote monitoring and control.  This remote user interface communicates with the unit controller by hardwire [wireless] connection.

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Whistler Housing Authority

Location: Whistler, BC

Client: Whistler Housing Authority

Mechanical Engineer: Pinchin Ltd.

WHA, 1020 Legacy Way, Whistler, BC is collaborating with Integra Architecture on an employee housing project committed to environmentally sensitive practices.

The low-rise apartment project is set to meet Passive House standard while exceeding the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s sustainability requirements for wood frame. The development consists of 24 rental apartment units to be operated by the Whistler Housing Authority.

HVAC Systems is proud to be part of this project. A key part of HVAC System’s design was the use of Passive House Certified ERV (Sensible and Latent Recovery) Units – Swegon GOLD Series. The single unit, in conjunction with post heating and cooling, provides the buildings challenging air filtration and energy targets.

To meet WHA’s requirement for individual suite control, we utilized Swegon REACT Dampers in the design.  The airflow control system – REACT was able to provide each suite with normal mode, boost mode, night setback mode, and economizer mode.

Another challenge was to utilize the district energy, which we achieved by using Colmac Waterheat (CxW) technology.  These heat pump water heaters meet building domestic hot water needs without the need for fossil fuels. These modular CxW units can be arranged in banks to meet any capacity requirement.  Their PLC interconnectivity allows multiple units to act as a single machine.  All CxW models will fit through a standard 36″ door, making them ideal for retrofits and high-rise applications. They are also stackable, doubling the capacity of footprint.

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Charter Telecom Headquarters

Location: Victoria, BC

Client: Charter Telecom

Mechanical Engineer: Integral Group

Charter Telecom Headquarters, 2614 Sooke Road – Victoria, BC collaborated with Waymark Architecture Inc., a high-tech company that builds, maintains and operates secure, high-performance communication networks and data centre infrastructures for large public and private sector clients around the world.

A key part of HVAC System’s design was providing a centralized ventilation solution by using the Swegon GOLD Series, Passive House Certified multiple ERV units with a heat recovery ratio of +85% to achieve the building’s challenging air filtration and energy targets.

HVAC Systems is proud to be part of this project that leads the charge on sustainable, energy-efficient buildings that utilize technology to reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

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Firehall No. 17

Location: Vancouver, BC

Client: City of Vancouver & Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services

Mechanical Engineer: Integral Group

Firehall No. 17 – Vancouver, BC The aging Fire Hall No. 17 will be knocked down and replaced with the country’s first firehall built to Passive House standards.

The existing building was built in 1955 and is operationally and energy inefficient. Construction is expected to start this fall, with a project budget of $19.9 million. Expected to open mid-2019, the energy-efficient building will be more than double the size of the old one. It will also serve as a post-disaster citywide emergency hub in the event of an information technology (IT) network breakdown. This project is seeking to not only Passive House certified, but also net-zero carbon, net-zero energy, and gold rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

HVAC Systems is proud to be part of this project which was designed to achieve Passive House Standards.

A key part of HVAC System’s design was the use of Passive House Certified ERV (Sensible and Latent Recovery) Units – Swegon GOLD Series. Multiple units in conjunction with post heating and cooling provides the building’s challenging air filtration and energy targets. The unit provides the project with:
Smallest Footprint
– Lowest Operating Cost
– Improved Occupant Comfort
– Inter-Operability
– Certified Passive House Component

Radius

Location: Pemberton, BC

Client: Vidorra Developments

Mechanical Engineer: SRC Engineering Consultants Ltd.

RADIUS – Pemberton, BC is a multi-family residence designed to be the very best rental apartments available! Design features such as roof top solars, rainwater collection, green roofs, community gardens, energy efficient heating/cooling systems and long term durable low-maintenance materials, Radius will make sustainable living easy.

Radius will produce as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis.  The key to making this work is to build a very energy efficient building.  Radius will be one of the most energy efficient buildings in Canada.  “The Swegon GOLD ERV allowed us to have multiple systems in one machine with integrated controls. The seamless integration of the Heat Pump to provide both heating and cooling into the ventilation air of the ERV solved the high cost problems associated with building a Passive House quality building. HVAC Systems solved the complex problems of heating, cooling and ventilating a low energy building.

“They made it look easy, and it was easy to install and operate.”  Rod Nadeau, Vidorra Developments Ltd.

HVAC Systems is proud to be part of this project which was designed to achieve Passive House Standards.

A key part of HVAC System’s design was the use of Passive House Certified ERV (Sensible and Latent Recovery) Units – Swegon GOLD Series with Integrated VRF Heating/Cooling. Our units have the following ratings – air leakage A, Thermal transmittance T3, and Air tightness class L2. With the integration of VRF and our efficient heat recovery, we were able to reduce the cooling load by 33% from the original design intent. The unit provides the project with:
Smallest Footprint
– Lowest Operating Cost
– Improved Occupant Comfort
– Inter-Operability
– Certified Passive House Component

UNBC – Wood Innovations Research Laboratory

Location: Prince George, BC

Client: Federal-Provincial Investment & City of Prince George

Mechanical Engineer: Stantec

UNBC’s Wood Innovation Research Laboratory started construction in spring of 2017. The building of 13,000 square feet was designed to meet Passive House Standards. The facility provides students, members and researchers in the integrated wood design program with the ability to build and test large scale wood structures using engineered wood products.

HVAC Systems is proud to be part of this project which was designed to achieve Passive House Standards.

A key part of HVAC System’s design was the use of Passive House ERV Units – Swegon GOLD Series. Our ERVs will operate at -32.8°F (-36°C) during winter mode while maintaining setpoint temperature in the space with 86.0% temperature efficiency. These units provided the project with:
Smallest Footprint
– Lowest Operating Cost
– Improved Occupant Comfort
– Inter-Operability
– Certified Passive House Component

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