The primary objective of the Okanagan College Trades Renewal and Expansion project is to upgrade and expand the Trades Complex and consolidate all Trades training programs on the Okanagan College Kelowna campus. The project comprises two distinct but integrated components, the renovation of the existing Automotive Trades Workshop building and the construction of a new addition.
The sustainable design targets are ambitious and a key component of the project. They include achieving LEED EBOM certification for the renovation and LEED Platinum certification, Living Building Challenge certification and net zero energy for the new addition. Critical to the success of these initiatives is maximizing the passive energy potential of the new addition by using principles of sustainable design to inform the orientation, footprint and massing. The design of the new addition integrates components for daylighting, natural ventilation and managing heat gain.
The project is focused on extreme energy conservation and the end goal of Net Zero is a priority in every decision. Construction is complete and the current models identify 74kWh/m2/year of energy consumption when complete. This will be offset by an integrated photovoltaic array designed to produce 74kWh/m2/year netting out the project to 0.0kWh/m2/year. Perhaps the lowest numbers seen for an academic classroom building in Canada.