Okanagan College’s Kelowna Trades Complex was built and renovated to be a model for sustainability in trades training—one to inspire students and apprentices and to encourage other institutions to reach for a new green benchmark in trades training facilities.
It incorporates the latest in green-building techniques, technologies and materials, with the goal of meeting LEED Platinum standards. Shops and infrastructure dating from 1963 were renovated and updated (approx. 5,000 sq. metres) with goal of demonstrating how an existing built environment can be repurposed to be a sustainable space. Renovated areas were seamlessly blended with new construction (three-storey, approx. 5,000 sq. metres), to ensure the overall project is built to LEED Platinum standards.
The project is targeted for net-zero energy consumption, with the second-largest photovoltaic solar array on a non-utility institutional building in western Canada (second only to the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus).
The complex will include a high level of energy monitoring which will be displayed internally via a dashboard and on the Internet. The performance will be shared on a shop-by-shop level so occupants can see how their activities impact the overall energy picture.