Located in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut – in Canada’s far north – the Kuugalak Community Centre serves the Copper Inuit, also known as Innuinnait and Kitlinermiut, an Inuit group living north of the tree line. To support climate-smart construction in Canada’s High-Arctic, Kuugalak uses prefabrication combined with extremely energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems. The remote location and Arctic conditions require a short construction schedule and complex shipment logistics.
Mantle is supporting the project by performing what we believe to be the first embodied carbon assessment in the Canadian Arctic, assessing the upfront carbon emissions generated from manufacturing, fabricating, shipping, and building Kuugalak. We’re also comparing these emissions to a ‘typical’ building in the south to better understand and provide transparency around construction impacts of remote construction.