The Little Learners Academy, located on Okanagan College’s Penticton campus, is one of Canada’s most energy efficient daycares. The facility is the first institutional Passive House certified building, an honour that was bestowed at the NetPositive Symposium hosted by Passive House Canada.
Associated Engineering served as the electrical subconsultant on the 410 square metre, single story, child care centre. The building features all LED fixtures with occupancy sensors and daylight harvesting. In order to monitor and determine the impact of Passive House on the power consumption, the loads were broken up into three panels, each with their own power meter; mechanical, lighting and small power (receptacles).
Associated Engineering also participated in the design of Okanagan College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at the Penticton campus, completing the design of its geothermal system. This project received Canadian Consulting Engineering’s Tree for Life Award for its commitment to the environment.