Clayton Community Centre is North America’s first Passive House community centre, and Canada’s largest Passive House facility build in 2021 in Surrey, Canada. This facility is anticipated to reduce energy use by 87% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 98% compared to similar currently operating facilities in the City of Surrey. This passive house certified building is achieving excellent indoor air quality, improved comfort, simplified operation and little direct GHG emissions.
The new 7,000 m2 community hub will integrate visual and performing arts, neighbourhood library, indoor basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, full gymnasium, fitness centre, and outdoor recreation spaces. The two-story centre will serve as an eco-friendly facility that offers programs for all ages, all cultures, and all fitness levels. This facility will also include day-care and multipurpose rooms.
The building will feature a library, gymnasium, child care facility, art and music studios, several multi-purpose rooms and a rehearsal hall on the main floor. The second level will contain additional library space, a fitness centre and more multi-purpose rooms, all contained in an energy-efficient facility.
This project is vital to help transition the Canadian market towards net zero and net zero ready new buildings, as this project will act as an important demonstration of the design and construction technique required to achieve highly energy-efficient multi-use buildings.
“It’s important at an early stage to focus on the details. We had to concentrate on the thermal bridging and making sure the building is airtight is challenging,” said Philippe St-Jean, Natural Resources Canada senior science and technology adviser. “Now that technology is more accessible and affordable, we’re challenging the industry to achieve high energy efficiency. Passive House is one of the pathways to exploring reduced emissions.”
Clayton Community Centre will be Canada’s biggest Passive House project yet.
Watch the Youtube video with Ida Bryn presenting all about design and requirements for different types of areas for Oslo Opera House, ventilation challenges for supply air units and climate in the orchestra pit, the results from form monitoring and thermal comfort and facade design and energy efficiency.
Charting New Territory: Designing Passive House Public Buildings by Melissa Higgs.