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Okanagan College Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation celebrates its grand opening

On December 12, 2011, the Okanagan College Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation will celebrate its grand opening. This world-class educational facility is a shining example of sustainability at work in British Columbia and will train the next generation of tradespeople in green construction.   

“It’s a great day for everybody involved; students, administrators, trades people, and the whole community,” says CEI Architecture’s Tim McLennan. “It’s been such a collaborative effort between so many people that makes this building what it is. I think that it’s going to have an extremely positive, long-term influence on green building everywhere.”   

The Centre has its sights on the Living Building Challenge, one of the most rigorous sustainability programs on the planet. The challenge requires projects to meet a stringent list of environmental qualifications for material use, air quality, and energy and water consumption. Successful Living Building Challenge projects are only certified if they prove they meet program requirements after 12 months of continued operations and full occupancy.   

The Centre of Excellence is one of the largest buildings of its type in the world pursuing Living Building certification.   

CEI Architecture is an award-winning firm offering integrated architectural, planning and interior design consulting services, and their work embraces a site-specific approach to sustainable design.   

For more information, please visit www.alivingclassroom.com

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