Bata Shoe Factory receives Canadian Green Building Award

The Canadian Green Building Awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of highly sustainable Canadian residential and non-residential buildings of all types, including new construction, existing buildings, renovations and interior design projects. The winners, which include new and adaptive re-use projects from most regions of the country, represent some of the best examples of sustainable, high-performance building design in Canada.

The renovation to the Bata Shoe Factory into a modern mixed-use residential, commercial and community building is an ambitious adaptive re-use project located at the gateway to Batawa, east of Belleville, Ontario. The renovated building retains the original 1939 concrete structure, saving close to 80% of the embodied carbon from the original building; the HVAC systems are powered entirely through a geothermal energy source; any new materials or systems are as sustainable as possible – the resulting renovated building is a model for increased housing density in a rural setting with the lightest impact on the environment and a focus on community and social sustainability.

Jury comment: “This conversion of the original 1939 Bata Shoe Factory provides the small town of Batawa with an amenity uncommon in a community of this size: mixed income rental accommodation with recreational amenities for residents, a daycare, and a community art space. The project is exemplary for its respectful adaptation of an important part of Ontario’s industrial heritage; its well-considered mixed-use program, and its rehabilitation of the former parking lot that surrounded the building. In addition to the carbon benefit of retaining the concrete structure, the project has very good energy performance.

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