First net-zero carbon emissions building in the province
This ten-storey educational building is set to be the first tall-wood, mass-timber, net-zero carbon emissions institutional building in the province.
Located at Queens Quay and Lower Sherbourne, it’s set to be a new landmark for the college’s Waterfront Campus, the winner of an international design competition from architects Moriyama & Teshima and Acton Ostry.
Limberlost Place will host space for George Brown’s School of Computer Technology, School of Architectural Studies, a new childcare facility, and an innovation and research hub known as the Brookfield Sustainability Institute. The building will also house space dedicated to Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenous culture.
And the building’s green contributions are evidenced in some pretty outrageous statistics. The building’s over 15,500 cubic metres of wood products will trap almost 13K metric tonnes of carbon dioxide and prevent nearly 5K metric tonnes greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to taking 3,740 cars off the road for a year.
It will accomplish this with some high-tech methods, including solar chimney systems, rooftop photovoltaics and deep-water cooling that harness natural energy from the sun and lake.
Not only will the building physically contribute to a greener city, but it will also help train a future generation to fight climate change.
“This signature building not only represents an important addition to George Brown’s waterfront campus, but also signifies its strong commitment to sustainable development with its innovative design and extensive use of natural building materials,” said key donor Jack Cockwell.