Z3 Controls chosen for Canada’s first building to target Living Building Challenge certification

Z3 Controls chosen for Canada’s first building to target Living Building Challenge certification

Markham, 2016-03-30 – Z3 Controls today announced that the NetMeter family of energy monitoring and submetering devices have been incorporated into the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre, recently unveiled by the Regional Municipality of York.

This single-storey, 4,000 square foot structure, is constructed with a goal of achieving Living Building Challenge certification. Currently, there are only eight buildings in the world that have attained this designation.

Z3 Controls NetMeter family products (the 3P for electricity and the OMNI for water and gas) are an integral part of the building’s real-time monitoring and data-logging system.

Other green features of the building include:

  • All wood used is Forest Stewardship Council certified
  • Net zero energy use: Through the use of solar panels, the building will generate more energy than it uses
  • Net zero water use: Building canopy gathers rain water and snow melt to service bathroom facilities
  • Much of the building materials were sourced from local manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions from long-distance haulage
  • Z3 Controls sub-meters capable of monitoring and measuring electrical use, water and gas, in real-time, to a high degree of granularity and accuracy.

By targeting both LEED® Platinum and the more demanding Living Building Challenge Certification, the region is pursuing the most ambitious certifications in the world.

“York Region has long been recognized an environmental leader,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “This building is constructed with a goal of achieving Living Building Challenge certification. Currently, there are only eight buildings in the world that have attained this designation. This world class facility is a fitting tribute to York Region’s former Chairman Bill Fisch and his forest stewardship and education legacy.”

York Region’s objective for the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre is to achieve ‘net zero’ water and ‘net positive’ energy performance. Z3 Control sub-meters monitor, measure and data-log both the energy consumed and the energy generated.

“Z3 Controls NetMeter-3P and NetMeter-OMNI were extensively used throughout the project, monitoring every aspect of the buildings energy use and performance”, said Z3’s President and CEO John Zambakkides. “We will continue to work closely with York Region until the building achieves LEED Platinum and LBC certification”

Z3 Controls sub-meters were incorporated in two of the four key areas identified for integration:

  1. Energy: Electricity generated by solar panels is expected to produce as much energy as the building uses in one year.
  2. Water: The facility captures rainwater, returning it to the watershed as clean as when it entered the facility.

Z3 Controls will continue to work closely with York Region’s energy engineers, general contractor and sub-contractors to achieve full LBC certification.

 

 

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