FortisBC – Victoria Area Regional Operations Centre

OWNER/DEVELOPER:

FortisBC

ARCHITECT:

HDR | CEI Architecture

SECTOR:

Industrial, Office Buildings

AME ROLE:1

Mechanical Design

Completed:

2012

Location:

Langford, BC

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Project Details

At 21,000 sq.ft., the Victoria Area Regional Operations Centre (VAROC) is a blend of a two-storey office and a single-storey warehouse building.

The centerpiece of the building’s sustainability initiatives is a geo-exchange loop system. This system comprises a network of vertical boreholes, each 200 feet deep, located beneath the parking lot, along with a 30-ton water-to-water heat pump. This advanced system supplies heat during the winter months and serves as a heat sink in the summer. For additional cooling and passive ventilation during the
summer, the building has been designed with operable windows that open automatically.

Catering to any extra heating loads, a 98% efficient gas-fired boiler was installed. In-floor radiant heating ensures even distribution of heat and cooling throughout the building. And rooftop solar panels contribute to the building’s energy efficiency by providing solar domestic hot
water.

In the main lobby, an interactive dashboard centrally displays the building’s energy consumption data. This includes details on water consumption, energy used for ventilation, heating, and cooling, equipment and plug loads, and the energy recovered from the ground and waste heat. This feature enables occupants, and visitors, to keep track of the building’s actual energy consumption and carbon 
footprint, promoting transparency and awareness about the building’s sustainable practices.