Location
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON
Client
  • The Regional Municipality of York
Completion
2015
Size
  • 372 sq m
  • 4,000 sq ft
Sustainability
  • LEED® Platinum certified
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
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Heralded as one of the most sustainable buildings in Canada, the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre (BFFSEC) promotes the significance of forest ecosystems through spaces for education, corporate, and community meetings. The single-storey, 4,000 sq ft Education Centre is adjacent to one of the first nature trail loops constructed to meet the Built Environment Standard of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Centre has taken on the most vigorous sustainability certifications in the world and has already achieved LEED® Platinum, is Petal Certified by the International Living Future Institute, and is the first Living Building Challenge project in Canada.
A truly inspirational example of forest stewardship and regenerative building construction. The Centre is a model example of humanity’s ability to reconcile our relationship with nature.
Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of International Living Future Institute
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It All Started With A Sketch

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To achieve the highest levels of sustainability certification, every aspect of the building is designed with this in mind. Initiatives included solar energy harvesting, on-site waste water treatment, and rain water collection.

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The structure was built almost entirely of laminated and cross-laminated timber (CLT), all of which was FSC sustainably harvested or recycled wood. In addition, it is designed to be easily disassembled and recycled in the future when and if needed.

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According to the International Living Future Institute, “Living buildings give more than they take," creating a positive impact on the human and natural systems that interact with them.

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Designed to take advantage of its location, the building generates more energy than it consumes.

What if a building could function like a forest ecosystem?

Step inside and learn more about the design of Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre.

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Awards

2017 Leadership Award, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

2017 Public Project of the Year, American Public Works Association

2016 Public Project of the Year, Ontario Public Works Association

2016 Architecture + Learning Special Mention, Architizer A+ Awards

2016 Ontario and Technical Merit Awards, Canadian Green Building Awards

2015 Environmental Building Award, Canadian Wood Council, Ontario Wood Works!

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