Langara College Science & Technology Building

Location:
Vancouver, BC

Sustainability:
LEED Gold Certified

Size:
12100 m2

Value:
$48.9 million

Architects:
Proscenium Architecture + Interiors
Teeple Architects

Photography:
Ema Peter

Lighting Award:
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America 2017 Illumination Awards, Interior Lighting Design, Award of Merit

 
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Case Study


After nearly 45 years of use, the Langara College Science and Technology Building lacked many advanced technologies for education that had become available since its construction. As a result, the College sought the ambitious goals of developing a new, state-of-the-art, energy neutral facility that would increase student capacity and give their programs and students an added edge moving into the future, while achieving LEED Gold standards for construction and operations. AES designed energy saving measures that reduced the need for internal lighting within the labs while maintaining recommended illumination levels. This enhanced lighting and lighting control system superseded the minimum requirements of ASHRAE 90.1-2010 and resulted in 25% less energy consumption compared to the 2010 baseline. AES’ design utilized occupancy sensors to turn off luminaires and daylight sensors to reduce the output of the luminaires within spaces when natural light is adequate. Reducing energy consumption in the lighting system by 25% compared to the 2010 baseline was a significant accomplishment, given that the adopted energy code in Vancouver at the time of permitting was ASHRAE 90.1-2007. In addition, AES designed energy distribution systems that allowed for future deployment of features, such as a digital metering system and photovoltaic energy, which helped to ensure that the economic and sustainability benefits of the building continue as the use of the facility evolves. In addition to LEED Gold Certification, this project utilized the Lean Building Construction Delivery Method and the Living Building Challenge.