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Evergreen Brick Works

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: Tom Arban for Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: Tom Arban for Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: Tom Arban for Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: Tom Arban for Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: Tom Arban for Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: Tom Arban for Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: Evergreen

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: Elizabeth Gyde for Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: du Toit Architects Ltd.

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: du Toit Architects Ltd.

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: du Toit Architects Ltd.

Evergreen Brick Works

Photographer: Nikkol Rot, Zurich

Architect
du Toit Architects Ltd., Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated, Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Incorporated (landscape),
Engineers/Specialists
Halsall Associates Limited (structural/sustainability/green design), Stantec Inc. (Mechanical Electrical), ERA Architects Inc. ( Heritage), AECOM (civil, storm water management)
Further Specialists
http://ebw.evergreen.ca/about/whos-involved/design-team/
Location
The Americas - Canada - Toronto
Climate Zone
temperate
Design status
build
Date of completion
2009
Type
Mixed use
Site area (m²)
11743
Footprint (m²)
1000
GFA (m²)
4964
Density
0.423
Building Costs
14000000 USD
Building Costs / m² GFA
2820.306
Primary Energy (kWh/m²a)
137
Heating Energy (kWh/m²a)
68
Cooling Energy (kWh/m²a)
68
Cooling / Heating-System

Heating - low temperature perimeter radiation and in-floor radiant heating with hot water delivered by high efficiency (96%) condensing boilers.
Cooling - Natural ventilation incorporating solar chimneys, night pre-cooling of thermal mass using either cool night or mechanical cooling using high efficiency scroll chillers

Use of renewable ressources - low tech
natural cross ventilation, evapoartive cooling, solar chimneys, use of high thermal mass
Use of renewable ressources - high tech
solar heating, photovoltaics, heating pump, energy recuperation, energy storage, other
Renewable, recycled, recyclable and innovative materials

Foundations For a lightweight structure with a low carbon footprint, we used a steel frame and precast plank floors.
Steel Frames Recycled content: Post-consumer 26.9%, Pre-consumer-36.1%, 100% regionally manufactured.
Steel columns and beams rely on prefabrication, local manufacturing and production reducing energy use in their transportation and waste in manufacturing.
Hollow Core Concrete Floor Precast planks also rely on prefabrication, local manufacturing and production. Voids in the planks reduced the volume of concrete required.
Sheathing The drywall contains 16% post-consumer recycled content, 83% pre-consumer and is 100% manufactured locally.
Cladding Rather than aluminum, we chose steel that is is manufactured and recycled with a lower carbon footprint. The cladding is corrugated and covered in zinc to extend its life. It is 100% regionally manufactured with 80% post-consumer recycled content and 16% pre-consumer. Pervious concrete allow infiltration in parking lots.

Key Sustainability aspects
vernacular building strategies, public spaces, accessability for disabled, renewable building materials, recycling and reuse, ecological building materials, innovative bulding materials, integrated planning process, participation of users in planning process, low cost design
Sustainability rated
LEED
Social and ethical responsibility

Evergreen has restored Toronto's derelict Don Valley Brick Works to its proper place at the centre of the city's future. By revitalizing and reusing historic buildings and offering programming focusing on education, heritage and ecological sustainability, Evergreen Brick Works is an environmental community centre in the heart of the Toronto ravine system. Its use of a wide range of green technologies and its sustainability symposia, forums and other public gatherings will make it a national hub for urban sustainability. With the recent Grand Opening the site is now animated with year-round programs and activities that include a native plant nursery, a seasonal farmers' market, demonstration gardens, an organic food market and kitchens, conference and event facilities, youth leadership and children's camps, family programming and youth-at-risk programs. Evergreen Brick Works is a project of Evergreen, Canada's national charity dedicated to bringing nature into public spaces, schools and homes. Sustainability objectives of Evergreen Brick Works
• On the micro level focusing on family and community, Evergreen Brick Works will offer year-round programs and activities that include a sustainable garden centre, a farmers' market, demonstration gardens, and kitchens, conference and event facilities, youth leadership and children's camps, community bike space, family programming and programs for youth.
• On the macro level, the vision for Evergreen Brick Works as a platform is to become a venue where Torontonians (and the world) explore and address the global issues that we all face, including the green economy, urban ecology, transportation, water, energy, waste management, agriculture and food, building design and land-use planning. The site's use of a wide range of green technologies will help make it a national hub for urban sustainability.

Ressource efficiency and environmental impact

Resource modelling indicates that the project will reduce energy use by 50% and potable water consumption by 60% over code standard. 95% of waste was diverted from landfill during construction. 23% materials incorporate recycled content, 43% regional content. Operations are powered bny 100% renewable power purchase for natural gas and electricity. 47% of domestic hotwater provided by solar thermal energy.Stormwater management features include ponds,swales and rainwater harvesting cisterns.

Economic lifecycle perfomance

This building envelope has been designed and constructed using quality assurance plan. This has reduced the risk of future premature envelope failures, pushed forward maintenance requirements.