Passive House (aka Passiv Haus) is a German-based energy performance standard aimed at designing buildings that are extremely thermally energy efficient and therefore require very little heating energy to maintain comfortable conditions. The Passive House concept is the only internationally recognized performance-based standard in construction, with buildings designed such that the vast majority of heating needs are met by the normal heat generated inside a building from people, lighting, and electrical devices, as well as passive solar heating from well-placed windows.
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Congratulations to Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. on winning a SCUP/AIA-CAE Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for the Okanagan College Trades Renewal and Expansion in Kelowna, BC. Completed in 2016 in collaboration with David Nairne & Associates Ltd., AME is proud to have provided mechanical consulting services on this highly sustainable renovation and addition.
Grand opening of UBC’s new $40 million Aquatic Centre as featured in Canadian Architect. A new aquatic centre has officially opened at the University of British Columbia. Designed by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) and Acton Ostry Architects—Architects in Association, the new Aquatic Centre replaces the indoor and outdoor pools at the centre of the UBC campus. It features a 10-lane, 50m competition pool; 8-lane, 25m pool with an accessible ramp and diving boards; a lazy river; hot tub; food and beverage kiosks, a sauna and steam room; and more.
LEED Gold for the new commercial building and corporate headquarters of plumbing giant Andrew Sheret at 740 Hillside in Victoria. AME's mechanical design helped achieve the maximum 10 credits for Water Efficiency and 8 credits for Energy Performance.
Guildford Aquatic Centre's LEED Gold targeted 75,000 sq.ft. expansion is featured in Canadian Architect magazine. AME is proud to have worked with Bing Thom Architects on this new bright and contemporary extension to the existing facility.
This modern and iconic dual-pool facility, designed by MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) and Acton Ostry Architects, features a 10-lane 50m competition pool, an 8-lane 25m recreational lap pool, a shallow family pool with a lazy river loop and play features, as well as a hot tub, sauna and many additional amenities. Designed to target LEED Gold, UBC's new Aquatic Centre includes a leading-edge rainwater harvesting system and a 1.3-million-litre underground water cistern enabling rainwater harvested from the roof to be collected, filtered and stored to replenish evaporated pool water.
AME is extremely honoured to receive a First Place ASHRAE Region XI & BC Chapter 2016 Technology Award - Existing Educational Facilities for our work on the new Academic District Energy System (ADES) at the University of British Columbia's Point Grey campus in Vancouver. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the outstanding success of this innovative, award-winning project.
New $40 million UBC Aquatic Centre is featured in Award Magazine. Key local stakeholders have long been asking for concrete, sustainable measures to improve community and recreational infrastructure. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects such as this one by the Municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Portage, which contribute to the strength and vitality of all regions of the country.
As Mechanical Engineering Consultant for the major renovation and expansion of the City of North Vancouver's Civic Centre, AME is excited to congratulate everyone involved in the building's extensive range of sustainability features which have been officially recognized by the CaGBC with LEED Silver certification.
AME is excited to announce that Greg Tarnopolsky, P.Eng., CEM, LEED AP and Zlatko Puljic, P.Eng., HBDP, CEM, LEED AP BD+C have both been promoted to Principal within the firm. Since joining AME's Victoria office in 2008, Greg's outstanding leadership skills and energy modeling expertise have been a major asset to the firm. Zlatko has been a key member of AME's Vancouver team for more than 4 years where he has successfully built up the company's portfolio of building energy retrofits. We are very appreciative of their commitment to AME and congratulate them in their new roles.
As Mechanical Engineering Consultant for Manulife's new AAA 16-storey commercial tower located at 980 Howe, AME is excited to congratulate everyone involved in the building's extensive range of sustainability features which have been officially recognized by the CaGBC with LEED Gold.
The University of Victoria's LEED Gold targeted Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) building was awarded a first place standing in the New Educational category and the University of British Columbia's Academic District Energy System was awarded first place in the Existing Educational category. Innovation is a primary criterion on which submissions are judged and both projects will now go forward to the Society Level Technology Awards (January 2017).
AME is pleased to have been involved in the heritage renovation and expansion of this historic building which now provides much-needed supportive housing and services for up to 56 homeless individuals with mental illnesses or addictions.
AME is delighted to congratulate Michael Green Architecture (MGA) on this outstanding achievement and we are extremely proud to have been involved in this important, award-winning project.
Plumbing Engineer magazine features AME's work as Mechanical Consultant on the LEED Platinum targeted UBC Student Union Building (SUB) written by AME Associate, Alex Chou.