Number TEN, alongside Diamond Schmitt Architects, was honoured to accept Canada Green Building Council’s 2023 New Construction Award in Green Building Excellence for RRC Polytechnic Manitou a bi Bii daziigae.

“Manitou a bi Bii daziigae demonstrates in meaningful ways what can be accomplished in a spirit of innovation and collaboration. The conception, development, and certification of the rainscreen BIPV cladding system demonstrates a high level of commitment to sustainable design quality and performance, with benefits not only for the project but throughout Canada,” says Doug Hanna, the project leader for Number TEN.

“The adaptive re-use and restoration of the historic Scott Fruit building structure is emblematic of the type of deep energy retrofit work that will come to define our collective success in low-carbon design.”
adds Gabe Derksen, one of the project’s architects. 


  • Designed to a LEED Gold standard (certification pending)
  • Designed to look to the future while respecting the past. Indigenous design elements and artwork form a deeper connection with the site, its history, and the surrounding community.
  • Clad with energy-generating photovoltaic glass
  • Adapting an historic building kept 600 tonnes of CO2 in concrete and masonry from the landfill
  • Targeted an ultra-low 100 kWh/m2 EUI. Photovoltaic system provides as much as 70%-80% of the daily building power requirement, and offsets approximately 18% of the overall energy use.
  • New construction on a notable brownfield location; nearly 96% of the materials removed from the site were diverted from the landfill
  • Rainwater harvesting system and low-flow fixtures significantly reduce water consumption
  • Data produced from the building is available for student research

Learn more about RRC Polytechnic Manitou a bi Bii daziigae 

See past winners of the CAGBC Awards 

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