The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation (JCPI) at Mohawk College is a fast-tracked, net zero carbon building. The facility is the second project in Canada to earn a Zero Carbon Building – Design certification through the CaGBC’s cutting-edge Zero Carbon Building Program. Designed as a net-zero footprint facility including state-of-the-art labs, workshops, lecture theatres, industry training centres and showcase an iconic canopy roof with forked columns.
Green elements of the project include a variable refrigerant flow heat pumps system, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, as well as a high-performance building envelope to maximize heating, cooling and natural light. Geothermal wells, stormwater harvesting and a sensor-controlled LED lighting system throughout the building will enable the project to meet its net-zero goals.
- Five Stories; 96,000sqft
- Capacity for 4,500 students
- Photovoltaics - 5,015m2 array producing 500KWp AC; 1980 individual 330 watt panels [Canadian Solar].
- Geothermal Field - 28 vertical bore holes, 183m deep; 4 slinky loop circuits, each circuit contains a 305m pipe installed in a 92m trench [GeoSource Energy].
Energy Management Strategy
The needs and behaviour of the building’s occupants were assessed to determine the energy requirements. Parameters included:
- Building enclosure performance to reduce heating & cooling losses;
- Mechanical system performance to optimize ventilation, heating, and cooling distribution; and,
- Electrical system performance to optimize lighting requirements.