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evolv1 - Net Zero Office

Waterloo, Ontario

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Canada's First Carbon-Zero Office Building

As Canada's first net-zero positive commercial office building, this state-of-the-art building gives back more energy than it uses. Key sustainability features include: smart dimmable 1-10V LED lighting, geothermal heating and cooling system, a 40,000-litre cistern for rainwater harvesting, 1.5 acres of 700-kilowatt photovoltaic solar panels, triple-glazed windows, a 40-foot living plant wall and 28 electric vehicle charging stations. Since evolv1's completion, the solar array consistently generates more electricity than it requires to operate, part of the many eco-friendly measures designed to maintain the building's net-zero positivity.

Imagined by the Cora Group in partnership with Sustainable Waterloo Region, evolv1 was constructed according to LEED Platinum principles and has set a new Benchmark for Green Building Innovation. evolv1 has achieved dual certification under the Zero Carbon Building Standard, earning the Canada Green Building Council's (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Design Standard and the Zero Carbon Building Performance certifications. It is the second building in Canada to achieve both certifications.

Located in the heart of Waterloo's Idea Quarter district, evolv1 is part of the David Johnston Research + Technology Park at the University of Waterloo. The building's tenants include EY, TextNow, Sustainable Waterloo Region, and the evolvGREEN partnership.


Stantec, Chung & VanderDoelen Engineering, CFMS West Consulting



Project Duration

March 2017 - July 2018


110,000 sq.ft.



Project Type

Construction Management


The Cora Group

What our clients have to say...

"Our evolv1 building was a complex project and Melloul-Blamey brought the expertise needed to complete it. They have a great team to work with, that are both knowledgeable and responsive. They finished their work on time and on budget, while being non-compromising on the project. Melloul-Blamey will always be top of mind going forward on future projects."

Adrian Conrad

The Cora Group