Year: 2011
Client: Northern Lights College
Area: 700 m2
LEED Platinum

Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy Technologies – Energy House

The Centre for Excellence in Clean Energy Technology (CECET) building is a new project for the Dawson Creek campus of Northern Lights College. It is the first of two phases, which will result in the consolidation of the existing trades programs with renewable energy programs. The project includes a 700 m2 new building connected to the Existing Campus Centre via an enclosed walkway, as well as a 45 m2 infill/renovation to the existing Campus Centre main entrance. The new building includes two Classrooms for solar and wind power technology training, a Meeting Room, Washrooms, Kitchenette, Multipurpose Room and an extensive Mechanical and Electrical Room to house the advanced sustainable systems employed in the project. A separate boiler room is included to house a wood pellet fed biomass boiler, which will become the main heat source for the existing Campus Centre Building. The new building also includes an enclosed Walkway that provides a direct indoor connection to the existing Campus Centre, which was imperative due to the cold winter months when the building is in use. A heated crawlspace was incorporated below the entire main floor to tie into the existing crawlspace and provide the space necessary for all the plumbing and electrical connections to the existing Campus Centre.


The project design demonstrates a wood first mentality, where the majority of the structural components as well as interior and exterior finishes are wood. Concrete shear walls were used to deal with the seismic loads, but all other structural components are wood, with the exception of a few steel columns and the steel connectors necessary for all the glulam connectors. All walls, both interior and exterior, are wood stud construction infilling between the shear walls and the glulam post & beam construction. The project is certified LEED Platinum.