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Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for information about the project? Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions below. If your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to contact us:

What was the inspiration for the Mosaic Centre?

The Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce strives to prove that there is a better way by design. Principally inspired by the Bullitt Centre in Seattle, the most advanced energy and water efficient urban building to date, as well as other open and collaborative spaces, The Mosaic Centre aims to serve as an inspiration and model in forward thinking, sustainable design and construction. The Mosaic Centre set out to prove that there is better way to do sustainable design and construction while making a profit.

How much is the project expected to cost?

The budget for the project is $10.5 million.

What is LEED certification?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a point-based rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in over 132 countries. Points are earned for building attributes considered environmentally beneficial with 110 points covering seven topic areas including water efficiency, material selection and innovation in design. The Mosaic Centre aims to achieve LEED platinum certification upon completion.

What is Lean thinking and what are the main principles?

Lean thinking describes a methodology of making continuous improvements to enhance business performance. There are five main principles of Lean thinking: identify value; map the value stream; create flow; establish pull; and seek perfection. Throughout the development of the Mosaic project, the team has used Lean thinking, philosophy, processes and tools, allowing the team to do less with more and reduce waste in many aspects of the design, planning and construction processes.

How does the Integrated Project Delivery Process (IPD) work?

The Integrated Project Delivery Process (IPD) is a non-traditional framework that turns individual participants – consultants, engineers and contractors – into collaborative team members. The IPD approach ensures that the whole project team shares responsibility for planning and execution, contractually aligning the team with a united vision for the completed project.

What is the Living Building Challenge?

The Living Building Challenge is a rigorous performance standard that requires the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment today. The Challenge is to build a project that is self-sustaining in a series of categories including: water, energy, materials, place, health, equity and beauty. Projects can achieve three types of certification: full certification, petal recognition or net zero energy building certification.

How does the building work?

As a net zero building, the Mosaic Centre will generate as much energy on-site as it consumes annually. The project team plans to use a high performance building envelope and minimal mechanical/electrical systems which will work together to form an integrated response to the building’s physical environment. Photovoltaic panels will cover the majority of the roof to provide electricity while a geo-thermal system will provide heat and cooling. All tenants of the building will sign green leases, which require them to choose sustainable materials when completing leasehold improvements, take measures to reduce their energy and water requirements, and to conduct their business in an environmentally conscious way.

Who are the architects for the Mosaic Centre?

Edmonton-based Manasc Isaac Architects were chosen to work on the Mosaic Centre because of their commitment to sustainability and experience in building “net zero” and LEED certified buildings.

Who are the contractors for the Mosaic Centre?

Chandos Construction were chosen to work on the Mosaic Centre because of their commitment to cutting edge construction, their adoption of the IDP process and the alignment in the belief that there is a better way to build.

Who are the sustainability consultants for the Mosaic Centre?

Eco-Ammo were chosen to work on the Mosaic Centre because of their understanding and coordination of both certifications (LEED & Living Building Challenge) on the project, as well as their proven success in these areas.

What does it mean to be Canada’s first triple bottom line commercial building?

The Mosaic Centre is aiming to be Canada’s first triple bottom line (TBL) commercial building. TBL incorporates three dimensions of an organization’s performance: social, environmental and financial. TBL captures the essence of sustainability by measuring the impact of an organization’s activities on the world including both its profitability and shareholder values and its social, human and environmental capital.

What are the educational opportunities related to the Mosaic Centre?

One of the goals of the Mosaic Centre is to inspire others in a better way by design. From the very beginning, the Mosaic team has been documenting lessons learned and sharing its lessons with the green building community and the greater public through its website ( Once the building is complete it will be opened to the construction community and general public for tours. The Mosaic Centre aims to be a catalyst in a larger green building movement and sets out to prove that the success of the building’s design and innovative construction approach can be replicated.

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