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The Joyce Centre retains zero carbon dual certification

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk College has retained its zero carbon dual certification with the Canada Green Building Council this year.

The college received confirmation this week that Canada’s first zero carbon dually certified building surpassed the required building performance standards for a second year. In 2018, CaGBC awarded The Joyce Centre its Zero Carbon Building – Design certification, recognizing the building was designed according to zero carbon building requirements. In 2019, CaGBC also provided Performance certification for the building, verifying that The Joyce Centre has achieved zero carbon emissions in its first full year of operation.

From October 21, 2019 through October 20, 2020, The Joyce Centre generated 675,176 kWh of electricity and used 407,172 kWh, creating a surplus of 268,004 kWh. While the COVID-19 pandemic meant the building was not as active as it would normally be, the power production system actually produced more energy in its second full year of operation than it has in the past.

All excess power from the solar panel array is used by other buildings on campus. The high-performance building envelope, consisting of triple-pane glazing and insulated pre-cast sandwich panels, maximizes heating, cooling and natural light. Heating and cooling are maintained with the use of 28 geothermal wells on the property.

The Joyce Centre builds on Mohawk College’s commitment to be a leader in environmental sustainability. As the largest net zero institutional building in Canada, The Joyce Centre is a living lab for students, offering them hands-on access to the monitoring and operations of a ZCB-certified building.

Thanks to the Facility Services team for monitoring and maintaining this amazing building.