The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation

Okanagan College

It has been five years since Okanagan College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation opened its doors to students and the building continues to make national headlines for its innovative design and outstanding performance.

The $28-million building was designed to be one of most advanced sustainable facilities in the world, and to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous sustainability program on the planet.

After receiving LEED Platinum certification in 2015, the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence was recently named the most sustainable post-secondary building in the country.

The Penticton building earned the top honour – Gold – in the university and college buildings category of the 2016 Green Buildings Review, a recent ranking of Canada’s greenest buildings.

“This latest recognition for the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence is heartening for us because it re-affirms the high level of sustainability we have been able to achieve and maintain since the building opened in 2011,” says Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “Sustainability is deeply rooted in our core values, and this ranking will challenge us as an institution to continue to push the envelope in providing our students with learning environments that embody and inspire innovation.”

The review was released in March by Corporate Knights magazine, a nationally distributed publication focused on corporate ethics. It identified Canada’s dozen greenest buildings, as selected by a panel of building industry experts.

Read more about the Centre of Excellence here.