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OAA HQ Targets Zero CO2 Emissions

As the OAA building passes 20 years old, the building requires extensive maintenance, and its energy use is significantly above average for a low rise office building.  OAA Council saw this as an opportunity to review all aspects of the building, including...  

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CASE STUDIES

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New! Environment 3 Building- University of Waterloo

Located in the heart of the University of Waterloo’s campus, the Environment 3 Building (EV3) serves as the expanded home for the Faculty of Environment. The new 61,000 sq ft addition and renovation represents a significant departure from the existing EV1 and EV2 facilities...

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SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIONS

Architecture Net-Zero

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The Architecture at Zero competition, now in its fourth year, was conceived as a response to the zero net energy targets set out by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) in the 2008 report, California’s Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. In this report, the CPUC set out four “Big Bold Energy Efficiency Strategies” for California that include the goals that all new residential construction in California be ZNE by 2020 and that all new commercial construction be ZNE by 2030.

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SUSTAINABLE ARTICLE

Snøhetta's New 'Plus House' in Norway

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This gorgeous experimental house in Norway can produce twice the energy it consumes! Designed by Snøhetta for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, the building demonstrates the latest sustainable technologies and proves that houses can go beyond their own energy needs to produce additional electricity for the grid.

 

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BOOKSHELF

Reading Suggestions 

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These publications offer an overview of the current issues we face, emphasizing why sustainability is important in our practices. They also look at current built form, space planning, technical guides, sustainable programs, and energy efficiency in building systems.

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Sustainable design aspires to create a common future where impending generations ability to meet their own needs are not compromised. This hinges on our ability to protect environmental quality, and thus quality of life. This is a future dependent upon making decisions today that protect or improve environmental quality. Building ecologically sensitive, highly efficient, sustainable buildings and communities is an enormous part of  this challenge.