In the News: Mohawk College attempts to balance the energy budget
Now Toronto highlights Mohawk in artlce on sustainable buildings opening at Ontario campuses
March 7, 2018
This fall, Mohawk College is making a statement about renewable energy by opening the country’s largest institutional net-zero-energy building. With highly visible rooftop solar panels, it will provide a home to engineering students while greening the grid.
The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation is designed to operate without producing negative emissions, which means that for every kilowatt hours of energy used, a kilowatt of renewable energy is produced.
Three years in the making, the facility will be ready for the Hamilton-based school’s students in September, and is among several sustainable building projects set to open on college campuses in and around Toronto in the coming years.
“Everybody who occupies the building should see a benefit: students, researchers, teachers, administrators and parts of the public,” says Kevin Stelzer, a principal with B+H Architects, which was involved in the building along with firm mcCallumSather. “We’re going to pump a lot of green electricity into our grid so that people’s homes and workplaces will be less carbon-intensive, if they use electrical energy.”