Vancouver Fire Hall #17

This 19,375 sq ft fire hall is the first Zero Carbon Building design (ZCB) certified fire hall in Canada, and the very first ZCB certified project in British Columbia.

The Integral team was able to incorporate a number of design synergies to achieve the project’s ambitious sustainability goals. The mechanical systems consist of a geo-exchange field coupled with ground source heat pumps that distribute heating and cooling water throughout the building. The high-performance building envelope allows for the geo-exchange field to be a fifth of the size when compared to an equivalent building built to minimum code standards. This strategy allowed the team to tunnel through the cost barrier of building envelope upgrades such as photo-chromatic glazing which further reduced cooling energy demand and respected the architect’s vision for Fire Hall 17’s aesthetic and form.

With the help of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities funding, Fire Hall 17 is installing a 95 kW solar photovoltaic array to help achieve net-zero energy in operation. The solar photovoltaic array provides the all-electric post-disaster fire hall the ability to remain operationally resilient in the wake of disaster by vastly reducing its reliance on the grid.

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