Is it possible to design a “net-zero” building?
In 2008, GEC Architecture completed a replacement school for the Lawrence Grassi School in Canmore, AB. Natural Resources Canada certified the design as over 70% better than the Model National Energy Code for Buildings reference design for energy use. Of about 250 buildings registered across Canada, Lawrence Grassi School is one of only two to have achieved this “net-zero ready” designation.
This project is an excellent example of how a simple, rational and cost-effective construction system can use regionally harvested and manufactured materials, enhance the local economy and create durable and functional buildings of lasting beauty and enduring value.