Harmonizing Sustainability and Elegance: The Triumph of Third Space Commons with Accoya® Color Grey Siding and Decking
In the world of sustainable architecture and design, Third Quadrant Design is a shining example of how innovation, commitment, and the use of premium materials can create transformative spaces. Founded in 2019 by three dedicated female engineering students, this pioneering green building team has quickly become a force to be reckoned with. With a passion for regenerative design and high-performance buildings, Third Quadrant Design embarked on a remarkable journey that led them to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® Build Challenge. Here, we delve into the journey of their creation, Third Space Commons, a beacon of holistic design and Accoya® Color Grey magic.
A Triumphant Entry in Sustainability and Performance
In 2021, Third Quadrant Design accepted the challenge of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® Build Challenge, an esteemed competition that nurtures the talents of future building professionals, guiding them toward crafting high-performance, low-carbon structures powered by renewable energy. Armed with determination and a vision, the team had two years to bring their creation to life, all while demonstrating their prowess across ten distinct sustainability and performance categories.
The Versatile Beauty of Accoya® Color Grey
Sustainability and aesthetics came together seamlessly in Third Space Commons, thanks in part to the elegant presence of Accoya® Color Grey. This sustainable timber, gracing both the siding and decking of the building, proved to be the perfect canvas for realizing the team’s vision. Accoya® Color Grey, a FSC® certified timber, offered more than just a sustainable choice – it became a symbol of their commitment to a low-carbon future.
A Building with Three Lives
Third Space Commons is not merely a building; it’s a dynamic testament to the power of thoughtful design. In its first life, the team showcased the importance of circularity by deconstructing and reusing materials and systems from an existing single-family home. This concept of circularity seamlessly transitioned into the second life of the building, which now stands as a near-zero energy and carbon single-family home, proudly representing the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. As the building embarks on its third life, it transforms into a living lab and collaborative space for UBC students and faculty, fostering innovation and sustainability.
A Remarkable Achievement
Third Quadrant Design’s Third Space Commons secured its place among the competition’s top contenders, achieving 3rd place as an ‘Overall Winner’ of the Build Challenge. Moreover, it clinched 1st place in the Embodied Environmental Impact and Architecture categories. A significant contributor to this success was the integration of Accoya® Color Grey, which effortlessly harmonized form, function, and sustainability throughout the building’s exterior.
Texture, Warmth, and Visual Interest
Accoya® Color Grey played a pivotal role in elevating the aesthetics of Third Space Commons. With its distinctive grey hue and a consistent finish that reveals further grey if scuffing occurs, the material added an unmistakable texture, warmth, and visual interest to the space. Upper Canada Forest Products, demonstrating their commitment to sustainable design, generously donated Accoya® Color Grey to the Third Quadrant Design team for their transformative project.
Third Space Commons and Third Quadrant Design
The story of Third Space Commons and Third Quadrant Design exemplifies how a blend of innovation, dedication, and sustainable materials can create spaces that transcend the ordinary. With Accoya® Color Grey siding and decking as a canvas, the team masterfully harmonized beauty, function, and sustainability. As this architectural marvel continues to evolve through its three lives, it stands as a testament to the endless possibilities when visionary design and eco-conscious materials converge.
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