Evolv1, a 110,000 sf Class A office building in Waterloo, Ont., Canada, is the first building to meet the Canada Green Building Council’s new zero-carbon design standard.
The building is heated and cooled through a geothermal system buried 150 meters underground. The foyer features a three-story living wall composed of 4,000 plants.
The roof and walls are heavily insulated including large triple-glazed windows that supply natural light. Sustainable buildings have become a recruitment tool for employers to socially conscious workers, according to an Ernst & Young executive.
Ernst & Young has leased 25,000 sf in the new building.