RBC and B+H Architects announce winners of Evolve Sustainable Design Competition

RBC and B+H Architects announce winners of Evolve Sustainable Design 
Competition 
University of Waterloo architecture and engineering students receive first 
prize 
TORONTO, April 18, 2013 /CNW/ - RBC and B+H proudly announced today the 
winners of the 2013 Evolve Sustainable Design Competition. University of 
Waterloo students Renee Hum-Hsiao, Elaina Poleto, Keegan Steeper, Joanne Yau 
and Thomas Yuan received first prize for their design of an environmentally 
sustainable bank branch of the future. The winning team received $5,000 and an 
opportunity to meet with some of Canada's top architecture professionals at 
B+H. 
In addition, the University of Waterloo student team of Alice Chen, Alan King 
Bowden, Andrea Ng, Alice Song and Mina Vedut received an honourable mention 
and a $2,500 prize. 
The competition challenged architecture and engineering students to work 
together in interdisciplinary teams to design a net-zero energy and water-wise 
bank branch of the future that incorporates innovative yet practical concepts 
for achieving extreme energy efficiency, includes renewable power and 
minimizes the branch's water. 
"The winning submissions used a great balance of technology and passive design 
- strategies that maximize the benefits of natural light, heat and ventilation 
- to meet the goals of the competition," said Douglas Birkenshaw, principal at 
B+H. "The dedication and quality of submissions by all of the students was 
inspiring." 
"We were very impressed with how fluent in environmental sustainability all 
the students were," added Lawrence Spicer, vice-president, Channel Strategy at 
RBC. "It is clear that sustainable design is very important to them and we're 
glad to support their visions for the future with a competition like Evolve." 
Winner - $5,000
Renee Hum-Hsiao, Elaina Poleto, Keegan Steeper, Joanne Yau and Thomas Yuan
University of Waterloo 
Design features include: 


    --  Near net-zero energy use: a combination of design strategies
        focused on increasing energy efficiency, coupled with on-site
        energy production, allowing the branch to meet 90 per cent of
        its own energy needs.
    --  Hydronic radiant floors: heated floors powered by a geothermal
        system to heat the building, resulting in a simulated 28 per
        cent reduction in annual energy consumption.
    --  Building-integrated photovoltaic (PV) cells: PV, or solar
        cells, integrated into windows generating electricity and also
        acting as shading devices to reduce the need for air
        conditioning.
    --  Grey water filtration system: a combination of underground
        tanks, planters and permeable pavement that collects and
        filters rain water to be re-used in toilets.
    --  Sunlight transport system: a system that distributes natural
        sunlight through fibre optic tubing to interior spaces.

Honourable Mention - $2,500 Alice Chen, Alan King Bowden, Andrea Ng, Alice 
Song, and Mina Vedut
University of Waterloo

Design features include:
    --  Building integrated wind turbines: wind turbines incorporated
        into exterior walls optimized to catch prevailing winds.
    --  High-performance curtain wall system: south-facing wall made of
        alternating panels of windows with integrated PVs, or solar
        cells, produces energy while shading the interior.
    --  Operable windows: windows that open and are purposefully placed
        to allow for optimal natural ventilation and increased occupant
        comfort.
    --  Artificial wetland: designed for on-site water collection and
        filtration to help reduce storm water run-off.
    --  A number of passive strategies, such as thermal mass flooring
        and high-reflectivity roofing system, to help regulate internal
        temperature and reduce urban heat island effect.

Submissions were reviewed by an expert panel of judges, including:
    --  Douglas Birkenshaw, principal, B+H Architects
    --  Lawrence Spicer, vice-president of Channel Strategy, RBC
    --  Steve Kemp, energy modelling expert, Enermodal Engineering
    --  Vivian Loftness, Carnegie Mellon University, School of
        Architecture
    --  Thomas Mueller, president and CEO, Canada Green Building
        Council
    --  Lisa Rochon, architecture critic, The Globe and Mail

About Evolve Sustainable Design Competition
Completed during the 2012 - 2013 academic year, the Evolve Sustainable Design 
Competition challenged architecture and engineering students to work together 
in multi-disciplinary teams to design a net-zero energy and water-wise bank 
branch. Students were asked to explore the design and function of a typical 
bank branch and develop ways to minimize its energy and water use, while 
providing a platform for employees, clients and the community to learn about 
how sustainable building practices can be made part of everyday life. Learn 
more about Evolve Sustainable Design Competition at www.evolvecompetition.ca.

About RBC Community and Sustainability
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under 
the master brand name RBC. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time 
employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and 
institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 49 other 
countries.

RBC is recognized among the world's financial, social and environmental 
leaders and is listed on the 2012 - 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, 
the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good 
Index. RBC has been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers and one of 
Canada's 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations. Learn more about RBC 
community and sustainability at www.rbc.com/community-sustainability.

About B+H and Sustainability
B+H has been in the business of shaping the built environment for 60 years 
with award winning architectural, planning and interior design services 
delivering innovative sustainable design solutions to large scale, technically 
complex projects around the world. We believe in buildings that are 
intelligently planned, provide high returns for low cost, and focus on 
enhancing the relationship between, and the performance of, people and their 
environment. The work of our integrated global practice with offices in 
Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, 
Singapore, Delhi, Dubai and Doha spans all major sectors - commercial, 
entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, institutional, mixed-use, 
residential, retail, sports and transportation. Learn more about B+H and 
sustainability at www.bharchitects.com.

Alicia DeBoer, Corporate Communications, RBC, 416 974-2131 Sarah Connor, 
Marketing, B+H Architects, 416 596 2299 x5253

Image with caption: "RBC and B+H select winning design by University of 
Waterloo students Renee Hum-Hsiao, Elaina Poleto, Keegan Steeper, Joanne Yau 
and Thomas Yuan (CNW Group/RBC)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130418_C6178_PHOTO_EN_25638.jpg

Image with caption: "RBC and B+H honourable mention design by Alice Chen, Alan 
King Bowden, Andrea Ng, Alice Song, and Mina Vedut (CNW Group/RBC)". Image 
available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130418_C6178_PHOTO_EN_25640.jpg

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