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Innotech Projects Recognized at the BC Embodied Carbon Awards

Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) British Columbia hosted their inaugural BC Embodied Carbon Awards to celebrate projects with minimal material carbon footprint. Four projects received awards for their commitment to reduce embodied and operational carbon, including two projects with our high-performance windows and doors.

Inlet View on the Sunshine Coast

The Inlet View project was the winner in the Small Buildings Award BC category.  The 1,200 square foot home on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast achieved Step 5 of the BC Energy Step Code with an airtightness of 0.9 ACH50. The highly-insulated, all-electric home features biogenic materials and reclaimed cedar cladding, strategically positioned triple glazed windows and doors, and a proactive moisture management strategy. The result is a home that has both low embodied and operational carbon.

Innotech manufactured our Defender 76TS System in triple glazing for the project. To maximize the performance of the fenestration, most configurations are simple without use of mullions or couplers. The tilt and turn windows are also larger to maximize natural lighting and ventilation.

Project team: GNAR Inc., Carbon Wise, Lincoln Construction and BC Passive House. Photography by KJR Photos.

Third Space Commons at UBC

The winner of the Small Buildings Award Vancouver category was Third Space Commons at the University of British Columbia. Third Space Commons is a 2,400-square-foot wood frame, near-zero carbon single-family live-work building designed and constructed to compete in the 2023 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Build Challenge. Design, construction methods and material selection were carefully considered to reduce embodied and operational carbon – the result is a building that will produce up to 80% less carbon emissions than a conventionally built building.

Innotech manufactured our Passive House Institute certified Defender 88PH+ System for the project. The project team also upcycled insulated glass units, windows and doors from other suppliers, successfully demonstrating adaptive reuse in a new build.

Project team: The student-led project by Third Quadrant Design was supported by many industry leaders, including StantecLedcor, DialogRDH, and RJC Engineers.

Learn more about the BC Embodied Carbon Awards here.