The Electronic Arts Motion Capture Studio is located beside environmentally sensitive Guichon Creek in Burnaby. An extensive green roof was included in the building design to reduce stormwater runoff, and also as part of its LEED Silver certification. The green roof represents a collaborative research initiative by Electronic Arts, the City of Burnaby, and BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology – Collaborations in Green Roofs and Living Walls.
Electronic Arts (EA) is a world leader in interactive entertainment software for personal computers, and employs over 1,000 people in the Lower Mainland. The company’s research, development and head office is consolidated in Burnaby. In 2004, the City of Burnaby approved an expansion of over 18,500 m2 (200,000 ft2) of floor space. Because of its proximity to Guichon Creek, City staff worked with Electronic Arts to incorporate sustainability principles into the development, including commitments for LEED Silver standard, and green roofs.
In 2007, BCIT instrumented the 1,700 m2 (18,000 ft2 extensive green roof on the EA Motion-Capture Studeo to monitor and evaluate stormwater runoff and membrane temperatures. Preliminary data shows that the extensive green roof is extremely effective for these functions. A monumental rain event exceeding a 10 year storm occurred in September 2007, and the green roof delayed runoff for 3 hours and reduced peak flow by 90%. And over the course of the warm season, the temperature of the membrane under the green roof fluctuated by 5°C instead of the typical 41°C.