Joyce Centre at Mohawk College achieves Zero Carbon Performance Certification
Canada Green Building Council announces that the Hamilton, ON building is first to achieve both Zero Carbon Building Design and Performance certifications.
By Megan Hoegler
Mohawk College’s Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation (JCPI) has received its Zero Carbon Performance Certification (ZCB) from the Canadian Green Building Council.
Canada Green Building Council announces that the Hamilton, ON building is first to achieve both Zero Carbon Building Design and Performance certifications. The JCPI received its certification on Nov. 27.
Opened in May 2018, the JCPI became the second project in Canada and the first institutional building to earn a Zero Carbon Building – Design certification through the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Program.
The Joyce Centre is powered by a photovoltaic (PV) system that produces 500kWp AC, enough carbon-free energy to power the entire building. The building envelope also consists of triple-pane glazing and insulated pre-cast sandwich panels, helping to minimize thermal energy demand intensity (TEDI) while maximizing heating, cooling and natural light. A variable refrigerant flow (VRF) geoexchange heat pump system that will provide space heating and cooling.
JCPI also uses no natural gas on site – the all-electric set up allows for the easiest route to low carbon for most buildings.
Introduced two years ago, the ZCB Standard was designed to guide the industry in building to zero and help Canada meet its international emissions targets by 2030. Since its launch, over 20 projects (including 10 certifications) now registered under the ZCB Standard.