Its time we give props to our northern neighbors. The first LEED Platinum building was designed by Larry McFarland Architects. This building is cool because it is uses building positioning to take advantage of solar and geothermal heating. Ocean water is pumped through the building and heat is extracted to warm the building. The building has solar panels on the roof...I have posted a silhouette of the building and you can see how the building's position was strategically developed to take advantage of as much sunlight as possible. The building uses 1/4 the energy of a "conventional" building, resulting in a 33.3 ton reduction in CO2 emissions. Bike racks, drought resistant plants, dual flush toilets, CFL's, photosensors and occupancy sensors to control lighting and energy usage, exterior sunshades used for cooling, radiant heating, 30,000L underground water recycle tank for rainwater and greywater...all of this has come together to make this Canada's first LEED Platinum.
This is cool...all of the exterior lighting has been selected to prevent light trespass across property lines. Now that is serious business. The solar panels will provide up to 20% of the buildings total energy needs. Close to 108,000L of rainwater will be harvested and used on a yearly basis, and the ocean water will basically be the sole provider of all of the building's heat through the geothermal heating mechanism. One last thing about building positioning. You can have all the bells and whistles of a green structure but if it isn't positioned right, you can grow your green chi out the window. Positioning a home with respect to the sun is crucial to harvesting and obtaining energy efficiencies.
Kudos go out to Dave who emailed me and gave me heads up about this story. Check out his blog below.