Library and Archives Canada reaches significant enhancements to achieve net-zero carbon

Significant enhancements to achieve net-zero carbon are being made to the joint Ottawa Public Library (OPL)–Library and Archives Canada (LAC) facility, which will soon take shape in downtown Ottawa.

“Architectural rendering of the new preservation facility being constructed behind our existing Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec” via

Prior to these changes, the building’s design already complied with the LEED Gold standard. Funding from the federal government will allow for  upgrades to the building’s envelope and insulation, triple-glazed windows,  solar panels on the rooftop and embedded in the facade, and  an indoor green wall.

This funding is in line with the Government of Canada effort to ensure that major infrastructure projects contribute to a clean, safe and sustainable environment for present and future generations.

These investments in a net-zero carbon facility will result in a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas intensity. This represents the equivalent of approximately 170 fewer metric tons of CO2 produced per year, or taking 37 passenger vehicles off the road.

“There is great value in modern and greener cultural spaces such as the one we are building in the heart of our capital. Not only will this building showcase our collective history and heritage, it will also point the way to a more sustainable future where clean growth is the rule,” said The Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Scheduled to open in late 2024, with an official opening in 2025, the OPL–LAC joint facility will be a cultural showplace for the country’s heritage, and a meeting place for local residents and visitors alike.

Located by the Confederation Line’s Pimisi Station in the heart of the capital, the new facility is a key part of Ottawa’s vision to be the most liveable mid-sized city in North America.

This is the second major sustainable infrastructure project for LAC. In 2022, it will open a new net-zero carbon preservation facility, which is currently under construction next to LAC’s existing Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec.

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