This video features TextNow’s new home, Evolve1: Canada’s 1st Carbon net positive building. Evolv1, is located in the heart of Waterloo’s Idea Quarter district, as part of the David Johnston Research + Technology Park (R+T Park) at the University of Waterloo. It generates more energy than it uses through an innovative geothermal well system and over 2,000 solar panels. The building’s other green features include a 40,000-litre cistern for rainwater harvesting, and a 40-foot living plant wall. Evolve1 is targeting LEED Platinum status. TextNow, a company that sells low-cost mobile phones and cloud-based wireless and data service, occupies 40,000 square feet of the facility. The layout the company chose came about with plenty of employee consultation to better articulate their culture; it’s spacious, bright, open, and even has a “pub” complete with beer tap and fireplace.

Read the full interview with TextNow’s COO, Lindsay Gibson here:

Article by Craig Daniels. Video by Sara Jalali. Solar/Drone shots by VCT Group.

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Special thanks to the Cora Group and everyone who supported the production of this video.