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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Okanagan College Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation in British Columbia, Canada by CEI Architecture Planning Interiors

October 18th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: CEI Architecture Planning Interiors

The Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation was conceived to meet the urgent need for tradespeople, site managers and construction workers who are skilled in the practices of sustainable building.


Front Entrance

  • Architect: CEI Architecture Planning Interiors
  • Name of Project: Okanagan College Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation
  • Location: Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
  • Cost: $27,600,000
  • Size: 6,780 sq m
  • Completion: June 2011


  • Anticipated Impacts: Energy consumption FOR CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE 65 kWh / m2 / year
  • Energy consumption for typical LEED Gold building: 150 kWh / m2 / year
  • Stormwater retained on site: 100%
  • SANITARY water treated and returned to site for re-use: 100%
  • Size of photovoltaic array: 260 kW
  • ENERGY generateD BY photovoltaic array: 293,000 kWh / year

Rooftop Detail

It is also designed to be one of most innovative and advanced sustainable facilities in the world, designed to the standards of the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous sustainability program on the planet. CEI was selected to lead the project due to the reputation of our design charrette to kick-start the design process and get support and contributions from a diverse group of stakeholders.

Exterior Detail

The integrated design team recognized that achieving a facility with net-zero energy and water consumption, as required for Living Building certification, requires a three-pronged approach to energy and water use: conserve, capture and create. Additionally, the design had to be highly adaptable, so that as time passes, new technologies can easily replace old, ensuring relevance and currency with the changing curriculum. All project features are designed around these realities.


The most exhilarating aspect of the Centre of Excellence is that the building itself will be used extensively as part of the teaching curriculum. The design allows most aspects of the building and its systems to be accessible and demonstrable, and live building data will be available to learn from. To encourage conservation and behavioural adaptation, energy use will be metered at each classroom, workshop, office and other areas. Real-time energy usage will be demonstrated in each space with red/yellow/green indicators and full LED displays showing comprehensive data.

Overhead View

The Centre of Excellence is a living experiment in sustainable innovation, and a testament to the power of integrated design. We hope the lessons learned from its design, construction and ongoing operations will educate its students and inspire other communities to follow suit, resulting in a building that lives up to its name.

Interior Hallway


  • Innovative and efficient composite wood and concrete panels contain the mechanical and electrical infrastructure required to integrate the gymnasium with the buildings systems.
  • A photovoltaic array the largest for a non-utility organization in Western Canada supplies energy to the building.
  • Vacuum tube solar panels supply the buildings hot water needs.
  • Accessible green roof planted with local flora attracts local species.
  • The design takes advantage of the energy, light and ventilation that the natural environment has to offer.
  • Nearly 100 percent B.C. wood, includes local pine beetle-kill and FSC timber.


Aerial View of Rooftop

Section of Natural Lighting Summer

Section of Natural Lighting Winter

Section of Natural Ventilation

Site Plan

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan


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One Response to “Okanagan College Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation in British Columbia, Canada by CEI Architecture Planning Interiors”

  1. Karolyn Oshields says:

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