The new preservation centre will be the first net-zero carbon facility dedicated to archival preservation in the Americas, and the first federal building constructed to the requirements of Canada’s Greening Government Strategy. The building is being constructed across from the current facility, located in Gatineau, Quebec.
The main features of a net-zero carbon building are:
Minimal carbon emissions from energy consumption, achieved through building design and efficiency measures;
energy needs met through carbon-free fuel sources; and
minimal embodied carbon in building materials.
The DBFOM contract, awarded in June 2019, isncludes 30 years of operation and maintenance.