Perkins + Will goes back to school with the sustainable construction of the university
Perkins + Will has presented plans for a new building at the Keele Campus of the University of York, in Toronto, Canada. Commissioned after an architectural competition, it is scheduled for LEED Gold certification, or higher, and will have a significant amount of sustainable technology. The building of the School of Continuous Studies will be animated with a slightly twisted shape and its facade will be covered with integrated photovoltaic panels. The goal of the solar panel façade will be to reduce network-based power requirements instead of completely eliminating them.
Perkins + Will says it will comply with the Passive House’s demanding standard, which requires excellent insulation and almost total tightness, allowing very efficient heating and cooling. The possibility of incorporating a wooden structure is also being explored. Being a minimum LEED Gold certification, the design explores the potential of zero net energy and zero net carbon. Strategies include a building envelope that complies with passive house standards, integrated heat recovery and photovoltaic ventilation to generate electricity on site. With the goal of reducing the carbon incorporated and improving the health of the occupants. The initial plans put the total building size at around 9,000 square meters and the number of classrooms at 39, plus student rooms, social spaces and more.