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Custom Electric is pleased to announce it will be part of one of the largest construction projects in recent U of C history. The MacKimmie Tower and new link and block are designed to be a high-performance, net-zero carbon building and one of the first projects striving for certification with Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) new Zero Carbon Building standard.

What is the Zero Carbon Building Standard?

Zero Carbon Building – Design

The Zero Carbon Building Standard provides a path for both new and existing buildings to reach zero carbon, with unique requirements for each. New construction and major retrofit projects earn Zero Carbon Building – Design certification by modelling a zero carbon balance, highly efficient envelope and ventilation systems to meet a defined threshold for thermal energy demand intensity, and onsite renewable energy systems capable of providing a minimum of 5% of building energy consumption. Project teams are required to evaluate energy use holistically, including impacts on peak electricity, and determine the GHG emissions associated with structural and envelope materials.

Zero Carbon Building – Performance

At its heart, the program is about demonstrating a zero carbon balance in building operations year after year. Buildings that achieve a zero carbon balance and meet the other requirements for existing buildings earn Zero Carbon Building - Performance certification. This certification is awarded based on a twelve month period of operations, and performance must be verified annually. Project teams are required to evaluate energy use holistically, including impacts on peak electricity, and determine the GHG emissions associated with structural and envelope materials. Recognizing the inherent challenges to retrofitting existing buildings, this certification does not require a minimum of onsite renewable energy or a minimum level of thermal energy demand performance. CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Standard

The mission of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is to lead and accelerate the transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and communities throughout Canada. Canada Green Building Council

Our contribution to greener structures

Custom Electric employs a LEED accredited professional project manager for its commercial, industrial and resident projects. With 35 percent of all greenhouse gases generated by buildings, developing greener structures can contribute to a more sustainable environmental future.

Incorporating LEED into your project can have a significant impact on your new or existing building. Building green means a healthier indoor environment for the people that live, work and play there. It means improved indoor air quality, the use of less harmful products, and increased natural daylight. A green building also means reduced waste, conserved energy and decreased water consumption — which can improve your bottom line and your productivity.

Our philosophy

All the projects we undertake are unique, but how we work remains consistent — a safe working environment and highest quality workmanship with a focus on minimizing cost and reducing construction duration.

Contact us today with any questions you may have about residential electrical services. We also offer commercial and.industrial electrical services.