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London, United Kingdom
Servus Credit Union, reimagined.
The story began when Servus Credit Union purchased an existing building in Edmonton’s Research Park. When an international corporation had constructed this building in Edmonton’s Research Park several years earlier, they did not start with a new design. Instead, they built a clone of another facility that they had previously built in Oklahoma. As a result, despite its young age, the building’s energy costs clearly reflected that it had not been designed for Edmonton’s climate.
Local firm Manasc Isaac rejuvenated the building, showcasing Servus’ strong and vibrant corporate image. One of the largest components of this renovation was the enhancement of the building envelope – a new layer of insulation and cladding was added to the exterior. Using locally manufactured, high quality (and ultra-high performance) operable windows, the new Servus Credit Union headquarters is a healthy and beautiful place to work.
One of the most dramatic components of the renovation was the creation of a light well in the centre of the building, analogous to a hole being cut out of a donut. This allows natural light to pour into the building, making it a better work environment
The building’s sustainability strategies have paid off: LEED® Silver certification has been achieved, signifying a drastic increase in energy savings and comfort. An impressive 70.5% reduction in natural gas usage has been achieved, as well as a 42.5% reduction in power usage.
Existing buildings can be reimagined, going on to perform as well as new builds despite costing considerably less.
Vivian Manasc, AAA, FRAIC, MBA, LEED® AP
Vivian Manasc is Senior Principal of Manasc Isaac Architects and a Canadian leader in sustainable design. She is Past President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a Director of the Canada Green Building Council, Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Calgary, a founding member of the Sustainable Buildings Symposium, co-author of Agora Borealis: Engaging in Sustainable Architecture and a frequent speaker on sustainable design across Canada. Vivian has recently been appointed to the National Capital Commission Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty. In 2012, the Canadian Green Building Council named Vivian “Green Building Champion,” honoring her longstanding advocacy of sustainable buildings in Canada,
Vivian has worked extensively in the area of designing outstanding sustainable buildings for public and corporate sector owners, facilitating an integrated sustainable design process.
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