Western LEEDs the way By: Kailyn Smith The 2013-2014 academic year welcomes two new buildings to Western’s campus, Ontario Hall and Ivey. As a part of Western’s commitment to sustainability, the University has vowed that all new buildings on campus will achieve a minimum of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Both Ontario Hall and Ivey demonstrate environmental leadership in their design and operations. Ontario Hall is the newest residence gracing Western’s campus to meet a growing population of first year students requiring accommodation. The $90 million residence is expected to house 600 students this year with full occupancy of 1,000 students expected for next fall after construction wraps up at Christmas. The building is targeting LEED Silver and has been overseen by Project Manager, Boris Pertout. “This is my 1st LEED project and I have been just fascinated by the process. I am looking forward to getting all of the work done and seeing the final results” Petrout explains. Leadership in energy efficiency is the epitome of this building. Every room is outfitted with sensors that control lighting and heating based on occupancy, which is expected to be a huge energy saver. The building will also feature two water cisterns, one for providing water needs and the other for storm water management. The storm water management tank is capable of capturing approximately 580,000 litres of water. Other features include LED lighting, high performance insulation, and close proximity to bus routes and major amenities, which will award the building LEED
Construction of Western’s newest residence, Ontario Hall. The residence is pursuing LEED Silver certification.
credit for encouraging alternative transportation. In addition to Ontario Hall, Western’s new Ivey building opened its doors on September 9th. The $110 million dollar building is targeting LEED Gold and will include an auditorium with over 600 seats, lounge and terrace, 70 break-out rooms, conference rooms, and the Dean’s suite boardroom. The 270,000 square foot stone and glass building’s energy efficient design will certainly reflect Western’s commitment to environmental sustainability. LEED awards credits to buildings where at least 75% of the spaces meet a certain daylighting level and if 90% of the space has views to the exterior. The new Ivey building features ample windows and skylights to allow for natural lighting and is built around an open courtyard. The building also features daylighting sensors on the second floor as well as automated shades to ensure that sufficient
lighting needs are met. Ivey also features ‘displacement ventilation’, which is a first for Western. This is a ventilating system that distributes air from the floor level and then extracts it from above the occupied zone (ceiling height), providing more efficient and quieter ventilation for classrooms. Additionally, CO2 sensors have been installed as a control strategy to only ventilate areas when needed. Other features include locally sourced natural materials, a rain water cistern, non irrigation landscaping, and state of the art magnetic-bearing chillers. Undoubtedly, these two new additions on campus will support Western’s sustainability vision. Interested in learning more about LEED buildings on campus? Contact us to organize a tour!