The City of Waterloo, ON, in partnership with the Region of Waterloo and Sustainable Waterloo Region, will study the feasibility of constructing and operating Canada’s largest (100,000–120,000 square foot) net-positive building. Known as the Centre for Sustainability Excellence, the building would generate more energy than it uses on an annual basis, by incorporating passive and active systems alongside renewable sources such as solar, geothermal and wind.
The feasibility study will also explore a range of innovative technologies and mechanisms, including:
- Net-positive water use through rainwater collection, greywater recycling, and on-site wastewater treatment and stormwater management
- Zero waste sent to landfill during construction and ongoing occupancy, through a series of procurement, waste-diversion and composting systems
- Incorporation of a series of passive, living and mechanical systems to improve air quality and maintain a healthier interior environment
The study will generate valuable lessons for the municipal sector.