CSI Centre for Social Innovation provides shared workspaces offering office amenities to its tenants. The Centre for Social Innovation is an inspiring space that increases profile, provides social capital and offers an upbeat working environment. By bringing together these diverse organizations, CSI increases their efficiency, effectiveness, and impact. CSI work spaces are an inspirational model of environmental sustainability using the latest developments in green technology:
• Heating, cooling and fresh air systems
• Building Auto System
The interior of the building is an open area with perimeter offices and glass interior walls allowing natural light to penetrate all sections of the building. Windows are situated on all exposures of the building hence requiring different levels of sun control, the main criteria for this client. Other client objects were outward visibility; glare reduction and tenant comfort; as well as a need for sound absorption given the open area work spaces.
Given the environmental sustainability model adopted by CSI, the sun control system had to conform. The fabric chosen was ECO SCREEN in a 4-5% openness in a White. The fabric is Trevira, hence is inherently fire retardant, it has Oeko Tex 100 certification, it has no PVC content. The window treatments complete the interior, allowing some natural light to penetrate, yet contributing to the reduction of heating and cooling costs – the light colour more effectively reflects solar energy away from the interior. Manual chain operation was selected.