We are throwing it back this Thursday to our internationally celebrated, sustainable, and contextually-sensitive project, the Canadian War Museum, which opened in Ottawa in 2005.
The most visible component of the sustainable strategy for the CWM was the green roof, which encompasses 80% of the roof area. The building’s low-lying forms hug the earth, while its gently sloping self-seeding green roof operates as a pedestrian walkway that exemplifies the regeneration of this site. An Indigenous tall-grass species found along the Ottawa River was used in the design of this self-sustaining ecosystem that requires minimal maintenance and can hold up to 720,000 litres of storm water. The combined green roof features help provide additional insulation to reduce energy loss while moderating any urban heat island effect.