uOttawa ARC | LEED GOLD Achieved!

ARC LEED LOGO.pdfIt’s official! uOttawa Advanced Research Complex [ARC] has achieved LEED Gold Certification!

COLE+Associates Architects Inc. is proud to announce the LEED Gold Certification of the ARC. This state-of-the-art, open-concept, research-only building is designed to integrate students and researchers from across Canada and the world and to foster innovation and interdisciplinarity in the Geosciences and Photonics departments. This centre for advanced photonics and environmental analysis features special laboratories for AMS, lasers, and photonics research.

The University had originally chosen to target LEED® Silver Certification for this facility and therefore C+A had designed this building to high energy efficiency standards, employing durable materials, passive design strategies and using green/recycled materials where applicable. While balancing very complex program requirements with a fixed budget/schedule, C+A was able to strike a balance between achieving a modern aesthetic which departs from the palette of other uOttawa campus buildings while creating an energy efficient and environmentally conscience building. The building is heated and cooled utilizing central services via underground connection to the Physical Plant Building across King Edward. Roofs and hard landscaped surfaces provide high reflectivity and soft landscape dominate the site, reducing heat gain and moderating rain water run-off.

LEED Gold_ARC TARGETED_with name-01LEED Scorecard:

7/14 Points   |  Sustainable Sites
   1 Site Selection
   1 Development Density
   1 Alternative Transportation, Public Transportation Access
   1 Alternative Transportation, Bicycle Storage + Changing Rooms
   1 Alternative Transportation, Parking Capacity
   1 Heat Island Effect, Non-Roof
   1 Heat Island Effect, Roof

5/5 Points   |  Water Efficiency
   1 Water Efficient Landscaping, Reduce by %50
   1 Water Efficient Landscaping, No Potable Use or No Irrigation
   1 Innovative Wastewater Technologies
   1 Water Use Reduction, %20 Reduction
   1 Water Use Reduction, %30 Reduction

6/17 Points   |  Energy + Atmosphere
   3 Optimize Energy Performance
   1 Best Practice Commissioning
   1 Ozone Protection
   1 Green Power

7/14 Points   |  Materials + Resource
   1 Construction Waste Management, Divert 50% from Landfill
   1 Construction Waste Management, Divert 75% from Landfill
   1 Recycled Content: 7.5% (post-consumer + ½ post-industrial)
   1 Recycled Content: 15% (post-consumer + ½ post-industrial)
   1 Regional Materials: 10% Extracted & Manufactured Regionally
   1 Regional Materials: 20% Extracted & Manufactured Regionally
   1 Certified Wood

9/15 Points   |  Indoor Environmental Quality
   1 Construction IAQ Management Plan, During Construction
   1 Construction IAQ Management Plan: Testing Before Occupancy
   1 Low-Emitting Materials, Adhesives & Sealants
   1 Low-Emitting Materials, Paints and Coatings
   1 Low-Emitting Materials, Carpets
   1 Low-Emitting Materials, Composite Wood and Laminate Adhesives
   1 Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
   1 Thermal Comfort, Compliance with ASHRAE 55-2004
   1 Thermal Comfort, Monitoring

5/5 Points   |  Innovation + Design
   1 Innovation in Design, Alternative Transportation, Public Transportation Access
   1 Innovation in Design, Construction Waste Management
   1 Innovation in Design, Water Use Reduction
   1 Innovation in Design, Green Housekeeping Policy
   1 LEED® Accredited Professional

39 Points   |  Total [Gold]

An article for some behind the scenes at the ARC can be found here: