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One of the world’s most sustainable buildings now carries the name of one of British Columbia’s best-known entrepreneurs and community-builders, Mr. Jim Pattison.
The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation was announced by Premier Christy Clark on Monday, Dec. 12 in Penticton at the official opening of the new $28-million building. The name reflects the generosity of Mr. Jim Pattison and his Foundation, which contributed $2.5-million to the Okanagan College Foundation and its community fundraising campaign.
The first classes of Okanagan College students are already experiencing education and training in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. They are learning in one of the world’s greenest buildings; a structure that is as much a lesson in itself as it is a place to learn. It’s a building that incorporates made-in-B.C. innovation as much as it serves to promote it.
|The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence designed by CEI Architecture Planning Interiors, is a facility that supports a program mix with a focus on sustainable building technologies and processes, as well as research and development of alternative and renewable sources of energy. The innovative features of the building itself are going to be used as a teaching tool to help train the next generation of tradespeople in green construction practices.
The structure has been built to meet the ambitious targets of the Living Building Challenge (illb.org), which requires net-zero energy and water consumption, as well as several other prerequisites.