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The five-storey, 10,220-square-me­tre En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Chem­istry Build­ing (ESCB) at the Univer­sity of Toronto’s Scar­bor­ough cam­pus has achieved Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign (LEED) Gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

One of its most sig­nif­i­cant fea­tures is an ex­ten­sive ‘earth tube’ sys­tem which draws fresh air from the out­side to ven­ti­late the air within the build­ing, re­duc­ing over­all en­ergy con­sump­tion.

The struc­ture, de­signed by Di­a­mond Sch­mitt Ar­chi­tects and de­liv­ered with de­sign-build con­struc­tion part­ner El­lisDon, also ac­com­mo­dates a geo­ther­mal heat pump sys­tem that uses more than 60 bore­holes that ex­tend 210 me­tres into the ground to heat and cool the build­ing.

Other fea­tures in­clude a high-per­for­mance build­ing en­ve­lope, storm wa­ter cap­ture and re­cy­cling via large un­der­ground cis­terns, a green roof which is also so­lar re­new­able-ready, and LED light­ing through­out.

The glaz­ing on the ex­te­rior of the build­ing uses ther­mal breaks to re­duce so­lar heat gain, while high-per­for­mance lab ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems mon­i­tor air qual­ity and equip­ment en­ergy con­sump­tion – and only ma­te­ri­als low in Volatile Or­ganic Com­pounds (VOCs) were used in the con­struc­tion of the build­ing in­te­rior.

The com­bined ben­e­fits of all these fea­tures is an an­nual en­ergy re­duc­tion of 54 per cent com­pared to stan­dard build­ings.

The Dhs184 mil­lion ESCB added 1838 square me­tres of re­search lab­o­ra­to­ries and 1052 square me­tres of teach­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries to the cam­pus.

Univer­sity of Toronto Scar­bor­ough Prin­ci­pal Bruce Kidd said: “It’s a tremen­dous source of pride that our build­ing ded­i­cated to re­search on the phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment has achieved LEED Gold.

“The ESCB rep­re­sents our com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment and to the ben­e­fits of us­ing sus­tain­able de­sign el­e­ments.”

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