Roam Transit Operations + Training Centre Wins CAGBC Zero Carbon Design Award

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Awards competition recognizes members contributing to the advancement of green building in Canada. These national awards are presented annually at Building Lasting Change, Canada’s premier green building industry event. Among the recognized categories is the award for Zero Carbon Design.

The Zero Carbon Design Award is presented to the team responsible for a new building that demonstrates climate leadership through innovative carbon reduction strategies and optimal building performance. Construction must have reached completion between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021. The evaluation considers operational carbon reduction measures; efforts to reduce the building’s embodied carbon; energy efficiency; grid-friendly design measures, and innovation.

Integral Group is proud to announce that the Town of Banff’s Roam Transit Operations and Training Centre project has been awarded the 2022 Zero Carbon Design Award.

Banff Transit Centre

The centre supports the operations of the Roam Transit bus fleet in the Bow Valley, encouraging the shift to alternative transportation in Banff National Park. The single-story 1,414 m² building stores twelve buses inside, with a canopy structure to cover an additional twenty buses on the exterior.

Zero Carbon Design Award presented to Michael Hay, Town of Banff Manager, Environment and Sustainability at the CAGBC Awards Gala in Toronto. (Photo courtesy Canada Green Building Council)

This project represents the unprecedented integration of several low carbon technologies including ultra-efficient mechanical systems, a super-insulated building envelope, district heating, a biomass waste-to-energy operation, 302.6 kW solar photovoltaics, and electric bus charging.

Banff Transit Centre

Key Sustainability Features

  • Occupancy sensors in storage, administration classroom, wash bay, wash shops, corridor, lunchroom, vestibule, and washroom to ensure elimination of unwanted lighting use.
  • Town of Banff’s low-carbon biomass-fueled district heating system is used to eliminate on-site fossil fuel usage and contribute to a reduction in operational carbon emissions.
  • Electric water heaters are used to eliminate the use of on-site fossil fuel combustion.
  • 302.6 kWp solar photovoltaic system provides the operational electricity required by the base building during the day.
  • Triple-pane glazing with double low-E coatings, argon fill, and warm edge spacers are incorporated into thermally-broken aluminum framing with glazing U-values of 1.14 to 1.42.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and recipients of this year’s CAGBC Awards!

 Learn more about this year’s CAGBC Awards here.