Congratulations evolv1 & The Cora Group

Rating System/Standard
Zero Carbon Building
Green Building

Second project to achieve both Zero Carbon Building – Design and Zero Carbon Building – Performance certification.

The Cora Group’s evolv1 is a three-story building located in the University of Waterloo’s David Johnston Research and Technology Park in Waterloo, Ontario. It was purpose-built to attract a millennial, tech-savvy workforce. In April 2018, evolv1 became the first building to achieve the Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) – Design certification under the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. Today the Cora Group announced they’ve achieved Zero Carbon Building – Performance certification, making it only the second building in Canada to achieve both certifications.

This is what CaGBC president and CEO Thomas Mueller had to say about this achievement:

“As the very first Zero Carbon Building certification, evolv1 is already ahead of the curve. I had the pleasure of visiting evolv1 this February. I was impressed by how the different design approaches and technologies had been integrated to achieve zero carbon as well as environmentally advanced and healthy workplaces through LEED Platinum certification. The evolv1 project helped CaGBC prove that zero-carbon designs are both technically feasible and economically viable. With the addition of a ZCB-Performance certification, The Cora Group’s leadership not only continues, but it confirms that this building operates to zero carbon standards delivering premium sustainability benefits at competitive market rates.”

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