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    Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool - gh3*

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    Audi ATC4 - Audi training centre

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    Audi ATC4 - Audi training centre

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    University of Northern British Columbia Wood Innovation Research Laboratory – Stantec Architecture Ltd

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    The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation - B+H Architects

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Sustainability: innovation key as companies take green approach

Emilia Nuzzaci
12 Aug 2019

Bold entries demonstrate what architectures are doing to ensure buildings are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

The guiding principle of the German automobile manufacturer Audi is "progress through technology". Founded in 1899, Audi has been focusing on continuous improvement.The Audi ATC4 - Audi training centre aims to be a modern and sustainable building where employees can be trained and educated. Planned to be self-sufficient in terms of the required energy supply and the building’s technology, solar power is used, and the installation of an electric charging station is planned for September 2019. 

Through its bold architecture and advocacy for personal accountability over unrestricted energy consumption, the recently-completed The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation - B+H Architects in joint venture with mcCallumSather is creating a new paradigm for sustainable building in North America. The facility’s commitment to sustainability is emphasised by its role in determining standards for the Canadian Green Building Council Zero Carbon Buildings Framework, and its contribution to the World Green Building Council’s “Advancing Net Zero” initiative. 

University of Northern British Columbia Wood Innovation Research Laboratory – Stantec Architecture Ltd  is designed to enhance the capabilities of the students, faculty, and researchers from UNBC’s Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program. It responds to and compliments its surrounding buildings, and forms and orients itself in response to the urban landscape. This is the first Passive House certified building in Canada for an education client; the testing protocol involves both pressurizing and depressurizing the building and measuring the number of air changes per hour that result. With a score of 0.07, WIRL surpassed the Passive House requirement by nearly a factor of 10.

Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool – gh3* is the first chemical-free public outdoor pool to be built in Canada. The challenge was to create a large-scale pool with high-quality water control while also achieving an environmentally healthy and natural filtration process. The design process began with developing a pool technology that cleanses the water through stone, gravel, sand, and botanic filtering processes. Filtration is achieved in two ways: through a biological-mechanical system or the constructed wetland and gravel filter, and in situ, with Zooplankton. The elemental form and reductive materials ease the user experience and enriches the narrative of bathing in the landscape.

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