Transformation of an Office

Half the main floor of the Ecology Action Centre was dropped to street level to improve access and urban presence.  130 year old subfloor boards, cut out as part of the renovation were salvaged cleaned and reused as a wall cladding.  Below are a series of images over the 10 month construction process.

Crossing the finish line

Along with the Concept House crossing the finish line so-to-speak, we might add that a few of the crew from Solterre did so themselves this past weekend at the Ocean Breeze Race:

  • Lil Corson - Zephyr 2 km Kids' Run
  • Aurelie Boyer, Rebecca Peters & Einar Christiansen - Breeze 5 km Walk
  • Keith Robertson & Jordan Willet - Gale 5 km Run:   Official Results
  • David Gallaugher & Ian Campbell - Hurricane 10 km Run: Official Results

Kudos to everyone who made it out for this year's walk & run. For those who weren't able, it is never too soon to start training for next year's event.




Concept House Receives Passive House Certification

A big thank you to everyone who dreamed, inspired, built, sweat and cheered to make the Concept House a reality. In addition to its LEED for Homes Platinum certification the project has recently received its Passive House Certification from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS).

Solterre's process of 'Study, Shape, Share' continues with live data from the project available via its welserver site. As well, inquiries are always welcome at info@solterre.com.

 

EAC Schematic Design Presentation

Last night was the Schematic Design presentation to the Ecology Action Centre (https://www.ecologyaction.ca/).  It was a great evening.  Thanks goes out to an engaged and excited client and our design partners -- Patrick Jardine at Tekton Design Build (https://www.facebook.com/TektonDesignBuild), Mike Gorman, Will Marshall at Equilibrium Engineering (http://www.equilibrium-engineering.ca/), and Lawrence White at Sherwood Enterprises).

Jennifer Corson of Solterre and Patrick Jardine of Tekton Design Build walking the crowd through the design. 

 

Canadian Coast Guard Achieves LEED Gold Certification

The Maritime Headquarters for the Canadian Coast Guard, located on the Bedford Institute of Oceanography Campus, has been awarded LEED Gold certification for New Construction. This multi-storey building houses 170 staff and comprises more than 5,400 square metres of gross floor area. Green features include:

  • Showers and change rooms for staff choosing to commute via cycling;
  • Exclusive carpool parking spaces and a parking management plan to help reduce vehicle emissions;
  • A preserved green space in excess of the size of the building's footprint (there are local deer who benefit from this);
  • A combination white reflective and green roof mitigating the heat island effect;
  • A landscaping plan incorporated native and adapted species which thrive in the local climate and do not require irrigation;
  • Efficient water fixtures such as dual-flush toilets and low-flow urinals help reduce the building's overall water consumption by 47% over a conventional building;
  • 88% of construction debris and waste was diverted from traditional landfill. Instead, the materials were recycled or reused;
  • More than 15% of the building materials were made of recycled content, and more than 30% of the materials were extracted/harvested and manufactured locally;
  • Low-emitting materials, such as adhesives, sealants, paints and flooring products were selected to improve the building's indoor environmental quality;
  • The building is oriented to maximize natural daylighting and to reduce the need for electric lighting during regular operating hours. Employees and visitors to the building benefit from expansive views to the outdoors in more than 90% of the building's spaces. 

 

The project team included: 

  • Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC);  Client
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans; Client
  • NORR Architects, Engineers and Planners;  Architect
  • Barrie and Langille Architects Ltd; Architect
  • BMR Engineering;  Structural Engineering Consultant
  • F.C. O'Neill Scriven and Associates Ltd.;  Mechanical, Electrical and Energy Engineering Consultants
  • ABLE Engineering;  Civil Engineering Consultants
  • Vollick McKee Petersmann & Associates; Landscape Architects
  • PCL Constructors Canada;  General Contractor
  • Solterre Design;  LEED Consultant
LEED Credit "Scorecard" Summary

LEED Credit "Scorecard" Summary

Primary entrance

Primary entrance

Exterior elevation and secure bicycle storage

Exterior elevation and secure bicycle storage

Work stations with natural daylighting and views to the outdoors.

Work stations with natural daylighting and views to the outdoors.

Foyer

Foyer



Open House Follow-Up

Last Friday's open house at Solterre Design's Concept House was a great success. Visitors and groups passed through the off-gridhome through-out the day. Solterre staff were on hand to answer questions and point out the many green features. 


Willem Paynter tackled explaining the mechanical room set-up to guests. 

Willem Paynter tackled explaining the mechanical room set-up to guests. 

David Gallaugher addressed onlookers amongst the planting beds and field. 

David Gallaugher addressed onlookers amongst the planting beds and field. 

A great day for a tour! 

A great day for a tour! 

Ocean Brrrr

The Solterre crew braved a chilly wet morning this past Saturday to participate in the Halifax Independent School's Ocean Breeze Trail Run. This year's race featured a 5km course (Gale), 10km (Hurricane) as well as two non-competitive categories; all taking place at Lawrencetown Beach. Proceeds from the race were donated to the local trail system. 


Jet Set

Keith Robertson is back at the office following a jaunt in Ontario to present at the Canada Green Building Council's National Conference: Building Lasting Change 2014, followed by the Scotia Bank Ecoliving Awards.

While away, Keith's desk was quickly usurped by his son Clay who took the job-shadowing opportunity to hold a brainstorming session on a world class sports facility. Jordan Willet moderated while Clay and his schoolmate developed ideas. 

After a brief appearance Keith was off again, this time to Fredericton, New Brunswick to serve as one of three jurors for the Architects' Association of New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor Awards.