Ottawa Public Library–Library and Archives Canada joint facility: A model of green infrastructure in the national capital

Backgrounder

The new Ottawa Public Library (OPL)–Library and Archives Canada (LAC) joint facility will have many features that will make it a model of green infrastructure in the national capital. Thanks to additional funding from the federal government in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the building will meet the standards to be a net-zero carbon building.

Net-zero carbon buildings reduce energy consumption to a minimum through building design strategies and efficiency measures to the point where the use of non-carbon-based energy sources becomes practical.

Here are some of the features that will make the new facility a sustainable building:

  • an important community living space at the heart of the national capital, surrounded by green parklands and trees with the river running nearby
  • native plants
  • a green roof with solar panels
  • large-scale use of natural materials, including wood and stone
  • more sustainable building materials, inside and out
  • upgraded insulation
  • triple-glazed windows
  • solar panels embedded in the building’s facade
  • abundant natural light inside the building
  • a bird-friendly design
  • an indoor green wall
  • recycling and composting equipment
  • connection to the federal government's heating and cooling district energy system
  • access by public transit, bicycle paths and walking trails
  • digitized tools and content at LAC to reduce the need for researchers to commute to Ottawa for basic reference questions
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