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Aquaquest Center Teaches Sustainable Living Through Design

Posted By Danielle Rago On September 17, 2009 @ 4:30 pm In Architecture,green roof,Sustainable Building,Sustainable Materials,Water Issues | 2 Comments

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Aquaquest [1] is a beautiful addition to the Vancouver Aquarium [2] that was conceived as an education center to teach the surrounding Canadian community the importance of eco-friendly living. True to its nature, the complex demonstrates these principles through an impressive set of sustainable building strategies including a leafy green wall, rainwater harvesting [3], and a highly efficient heating and cooling system.

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Aquaquest [1] was constructed as an addition to the Vancouver Aquarium [2] located inside Stanley Park [4] in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Designed by the global design firm Stantec [5], the Center [1] includes over 52,000-square-feet of office space, gallery and exhibition areas, as well as classrooms and supplementary spaces for the existing facilities.

One of the greenest additions to the complex is the Center’s [1] 10-foot-by-50-foot living wall, the first of its kind in North America, designed by Vancouver-based landscape architecture firm Sharp & Diamond [6]. The leafy green wall also incorporates Vancouver’s first rainwater harvesting [7] and reuse system. The wall [8] is composed of over 7,000 native plant species to the region including fern, bleedingheart, huckleberry, and wintergreen. The installation is complemented by 75-square-feet green roof planters made up of three trees and various groundcover plants that help reduce soil erosion.

The building was recently LEED Gold [9] certified, and some of the building’s other eco-friendly features include: low-flush toilets, and an efficient system of pipes that heat and cool the building.

+ Aquaquest [1]

+ Stantec [5]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Aquaquest: http://www.vanaqua.org/home/Aquaquest.html

[2] Vancouver Aquarium: http://www.vanaqua.org/

[3] rainwater harvesting: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/07/rainpod-water-collection-system/

[4] Stanley Park: http://vancouver.ca/PARKS/parks/stanley/

[5] Stantec: http://www.stantec.com/default.htm

[6] Sharp & Diamond: http://www.sharpdiamond.com/

[7] rainwater harvesting: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/05/cista-rainwater-cachement-by-moss-sund-and-figforty/

[8] wall: http://www.sharpdiamond.com/projects/vancouver_aquarium.html#title

[9] LEED Gold: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19

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