Our campus is about 42 percent more energy-efficient than the national standard for building energy performance. The building’s efficiency features include:
Reducing radiant heat
- Solar-activated roller-shade window coverings retain heat in the winter and keep heat out in the summer.
- Floor-to-ceiling windows designed to reduce overall heating and cooling costs and provide natural light.
- A reflective membrane on the roof and the exterior building colours reduce heat in summer.
- Highly-efficient boilers, chiller units, and building envelope result in about 40 percent less energy use than typical, older buildings.
Local environmental control
- Hundreds of thermostats placed throughout the campus allow delivery based on demand rather than heating or cooling an entire floor to a median temperature.
- The destination-based elevator system recognizes traffic patterns, reducing the number of elevator cabs by five, therefore using less electricity.
- Meeting rooms and interior corridors (except emergency lighting) have energy-saving motion sensors that automatically turn lights on when a person enters the area.
- Exterior perimeter lighting controlled by photo sensors and lighting is activated when insufficient natural light is detected.
- LED lights and energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs used throughout campus reduce the energy demand and extend the life of light bulbs.
- Low water-use fixtures in campus washrooms and showers.
- Grounds are irrigated with recovered groundwater and captured rainwater stored in cisterns in the parkade (no municipal water use).
- The company recycles almost 2 million litres of water annually.
- There is also 2,700 M2 of fescue grass that does not require watering.
- Up to 60 electric car plug-ins in the parkade.
Our commitment to an energy-efficient campus did not end at construction. Each year, we work to minimize the campus’ impact on the environment.
- In mid-2016, we transitioned to a four-stream waste diversion program, which includes: organics (compost), mixed recycling, refundables (bottle recycling) and landfill.
- In 2017, the amount of overall site-wide waste dropped 38% per person from 2016.
- The collection of refundables (bottles, cans, etc.) resulted in $1,600 being donated to the Aspen Winter Breather program.
- The Aspen Winter Breather program provides financial relief from utility and grocery expenses to low-income families during the holidays, empowering them to focus on what matters most to them; like spending quality time with their family or purchasing a gift for their children during the holidays.
Our Calgary campus received LEED Gold certification in 2016. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.