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GREEN HOUSE

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Status: In Progress

Although Creative Energy’s existing infrastructure in Downtown Vancouver is one of the most established district energy systems in the world, its current energy source is through natural gas.

In order to support Vancouver’s 2030 Greenest City Action Plan, Creative Energy is proposing a new bioenergy power plant designed to serve as a figurative and literal beacon of Vancouver’s shift to clean energy. The project will expose the energy plant’s physical infrastructure by exposing it to the public, painting everything within the building green. The project will also utilize by-products produced by the plant with a greenhouse on top of the entire plant. It is for these reasons that the project has been named the Greenhouse.

An interactive walkway will run through the plant and greenhouse to allow the public to view the processes of energy creation and the re-purposed by-products from the plant.

 

All of the equipment inside the low-carbon energy plant is intended to be painted green, in order to create a true “Green House”.

The facade of the low-carbon energy plant becomes a vitrine of urban agriculture at night.

This animation showcases the pathway through the Creative Energy pipe and glimpses into the plant and greenhouse. The sequence of the pathway follows an inversion of the way the energy is produced and its by-products are utilized. When visitors first enter into the Creative Energy pipe, they are immediately taken up to the greenhouse level through an elevator. The pipe then ramps down through the greenhouse and plant below until it reaches back down to the ground level.

The Green House consists of a low-carbon energy plant at the base, which is organized into 3 distinct areas – fuel storage, heat generation and emissions control. The wood waste fuel will consist of a mixture of park and yard trimmings, clean wood waste from construction, demolition and land clearing, and clean wood waste from commercial and industrial operations. On top of the plant sits the greenhouse in which the stacks from the plant below extend through.

The plant will be enveloped by a functional greenhouse, which utilizes the by-products of the plant in order to grow up to 400 tonnes of organic fruit and vegetables per year.

Visitors can experience the production of food and energy by taking a journey through the Creative Energy pipe, an interactive walkway, which has an integrated continuous glass wall that offers specific views into the low-carbon energy plant below and the greenhouse at the top.

Visitors can experience the production of food and energy by taking a journey through the Creative Energy pipe, an interactive walkway, which has an integrated continuous glass wall that offers specific views into the low-carbon energy plant below and the greenhouse at the top.

In support of Vancouver’s 2030 Greenest City Action Plan, Creative Energy has proposed a low-carbon energy plant (utilizing wood waste) located in the industrial flats which will reduce GHG emissions in Vancouver by 80,000 tonnes – the equivalent of removing 14,000 cars off the road a year. The energy produced by this plant will not only serve the upcoming development in the area, but also connect back to Creative Energy’s existing plant at 720 Beatty Street in order to make the existing system low-carbon.