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Partnership announced to support research into Canada's first zero carbon building

The building is located at Waterloo's Research and Technology Park
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eleven-x Inc., Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo have partnered to support the groundbreaking evolv1 initiative.

evolv1, located at the Research and Technology Park in Waterloo, was the first building in the country to earn the Zero Carbon Building - Design certification. 

The group will work to bring insight to how interactions between a sustainable office building and its inhabitants produce well-being, collaboration and engagement in proenvironmental practices. 

They will also look at how performance relating to those outcomes can be optimized.

The CEO of eleven-x said most of us spend much of our adult lives in office buildings, so it's an important environment to research. "We are excited that our wireless intelligent building solution is a core part of this innovative project by providing the data collection, delivery and management platform needed to fully understand building performance and the interactions between buildings and people," Dan Mathers said in a release.

eleven-x is installing sensors as part of a wireless intelligent building solution that will enable real-time monitoring and data collection for applications including the tracking of air quality, water consumption and sound and light levels. 

That data will then be used to track and measure results of the interactions between the evolv1 building and its inhabitants. 

"This is a great opportunity to examine over an extended period of time in a real-world environment how the inhabitants of a high-performance green building interact with the building to produce positive outcomes such as well-being, productivity, and a culture of sustainability," Dr. Manuel Riemer, Principal Investigator for the initiative at Laurier added.

"This project really complements our focus on building sustainable communities through creating opportunities for the environment and the economy," explained University of Waterloo professor, Dr. Paul Parker. "It’s great to have technology that tracks environmental performance in real time and provides feedback to encourage positive action at the individual and building level."

The evolv1 building was completed in 2018.


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