Canada’s Earth Tower to Be Presented at NAPHN19

Earth Tower will become the world’s tallest hybrid wood Passive House tower at 35-40 stories tall!

Private developer, Delta Group, has commissioned the construction of, the Earth Tower – a 340,000 square foot mixed-use development that will become the world’s tallest hybrid wood tower at 35-40 stories tall. Beyond timber alone, this visionary project will advance a comprehensive set of environmental goals in an unprecedented way. Designed by architects Perkins + Will, the project will demonstrate that leading a shift toward dramatically higher environmental standards is feasible.

Presenters from Perkins+Will will explore the project goals and strategies. The choice to use heavy timber as the primary building structure is a part of a comprehensive material strategy that will make Canada’s Earth Tower the healthiest place to live and work. The hybrid approach to the structure uses a concrete core and foundations in conjunction with timber floors, walls, and columns. This approach balances structural performance with dramatically reduced GHG emissions.

The project will be Passive House certified, and should exceed the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan performance requirements, well ahead of the 2030 target. Aggressively reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in construction and operations, is a priority for the project.  As a part of the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council) Zero Carbon Buildings Pilot program, Canada’s Earth Tower will be a zero emissions building. The proposed building will not consume fossil fuels, such as natural gas, in operation. Beyond a low-carbon structure and highly efficient passive house enclosure, the building will generate emissions-free electricity, on site, using building integrated photo-voltaic technology.

Creating meaningful connections to our natural environment throughout the building is a defining characteristic of the design. In collaboration with preeminent Canadian Landscape Architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, a ‘wilding’ of the site will restore local biodiversity and will create a new, vibrant, and accessible public realm.

NAPHN Conference attendees include the full spectrum of building industry professionals, including architects, engineers, owners, labor groups, educators, policymakers, students and high performance building enthusiasts. This national conference is noted for attracting global practitioners pushing the boundaries of Passive House building development, particularly in tall and large buildings.

Workshops, Tours and a curated products Expo accompany the regular program, highlighting progress and projects by those already Building the World We Want!

Register today to learn about this incredible building and much more, naphnconference.com

Image Credits: Delta Group and Perkins+Will