Building a sustainable future at Mohawk College 

Canada’s largest and Hamilton’s first net-zero institutional building is under construction at Mohawk College. The total amount of energy used to operate the building on annual basis will be roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy generated onsite.

The 96,000 square foot Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation incorporates leading-edge environmental technologies, including:

• High-performance building envelope to maximize heating and cooling while maximizing natural light

• Green roof with extensive planted areas

• Solar panel array generating 2,500 kW

• Solar thermal array

• 28 geothermal wells

• Variable refrigerant flow heat pump system

• Storm water harvesting of up to 342,000 litres

• Sensor-controlled LED lighting

• High-efficiency plumbing fixtures

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation is one of 16 projects across Canada to participate in a two-year pilot project for the Canada Green Building Council’s new Zero Carbon Building Standard. The standard assesses carbon use in commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings in Canada.

The $54 million Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation will also serve as a living lab for students and demonstration site for industry partners with:

• Exposed structural connections in public areas

• Exposed mechanical and electrical systems in public spaces

• Solar panel array monitoring

• Interactive feedback

• Access to "green" roof terraces

• Graphic user interfaces showcasing building systems

Construction on the Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation is expected to be complete in early 2018 and the building will be open to students and industry partners in the fall.

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation is part of the largest renewal of labs and classrooms in Mohawk’s 50-year history.