Canadian university's residences recognized for sustainable design, construction

Canadian university's residences recognized for sustainable design, construction

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Named in homage to the Canadian Rockies, Aurora and Crowsnest Halls are home to more than 650 undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Calgary. They are also the most recent additions to the university's list of buildings certified under the international Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, according to the school.

"Sustainable buildings reduce our carbon footprint while maximizing our sense of connection," said Randy Maus, director of residence services. "In addition to the health and wellness aspects of sustainable planning and the operational benefits in terms of reduced utility costs, these buildings help support a sense of community and efficacy."

For UCalgary's two newest residence buildings, low-emitting materials and a dedicated outdoor air system help provide excellent air quality year-round. Resident wellness is supported through ample daylighting and views — maximized by the respective shapes of the buildings — and through shared amenity spaces that contribute to creating strong and supportive student communities. Exterior features like the urban agriculture of Crowsnest's edible landscape aim to further support resident health and well-being.

The design/construction team also used energy modeling to ensure the buildings would produce no more than 100 kg of CO2 emissions per square meter each year.

The certification of Aurora Hall and Crowsnest Hall increases the total number of LEED certified projects at the University of Calgary to 11. An international green building rating system, LEED certification recognizes the two residences among Canadian and world leaders in sustainable design, construction and operations.

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