Underneath the adjacent permeable parking area is a ground source heat exchange system that helps regulate the temperatures inside. A displacement system flushes contaminant up and out of the building while providing fresh air, and heat recovery brings the fresh air back in at a similar temperature. Ultimately, the community center uses less than 40% of the energy a comparable building.
The 24,000 sq foot project began back in 2000 and was completed in 2003. Since then the building has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Certificate of Merit in 2006 and then the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture 2008.
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