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Aquaquest Center Teaches Sustainable Living Through Design
Posted By Danielle Rago On September 17, 2009 @ 4:30 pm In Architecture,Environment,Green Building,Green Roof,Innovation,Sustainable Materials,Water Issues | 2 Comments
Aquaquest  is a beautiful addition to the Vancouver Aquarium  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 , and a highly efficient heating and cooling system.
Aquaquest  was constructed as an addition to the Vancouver Aquarium  located inside Stanley Park  in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Designed by the global design firm Stantec , the Center  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  10-foot-by-50-foot living wall, the first of its kind in North America, designed by Vancouver-based landscape architecture firm Sharp & Diamond . The leafy green wall also incorporates Vancouver’s first rainwater harvesting  and reuse system. The wall  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  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.
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URLs in this post:
 Aquaquest: http://www.vanaqua.org/home/Aquaquest.html
 Vancouver Aquarium: http://www.vanaqua.org/
 rainwater harvesting: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/05/07/rainpod-water-collection-system/
 Stanley Park: http://vancouver.ca/PARKS/parks/stanley/
 Stantec: http://www.stantec.com/default.htm
 Sharp & Diamond: http://www.sharpdiamond.com/
 rainwater harvesting: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/05/cista-rainwater-cachement-by-moss-sund-and-figforty/
 wall: http://www.sharpdiamond.com/projects/vancouver_aquarium.html#title
 LEED Gold: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19
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