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Energy Efficiency

Westminster Centre is the first market office building in the Metro Vancouver area to be built to LEED Gold stardards for excellence in energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable design.  In September 2009, the USGBU awarded Westminster Centre South with its LEED Gold certification.

LEED (officially The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™) is an internationally recognized benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: (1) sustainable site development, (2) water savings, (3) energy efficiency, (4) materials selection, and (5) indoor environmental quality.

LEED certification is granted at various levels with LEED Gold being one of the highest levels achievable.

Particular building systems that contribute to this high level of energy efficiency and water conservation are the following:

  • High performance exterior glass with a shading coefficient rating of 0.26.
  • VRF (variable refrigerant flow) air conditioning system, which provides for heat recovery and zone control.
  • Energy recovery ventilators, which use the warm exhaust air to heat up fresh air intake.
  • MRL (machine room less) elevators, which use 70% less energy than typical hydraulic elevators.
  • Advanced lighting technology (indirect lighting using electronic ballasts) and light controls.
  • Dual flush toilets, and motion sensored faucets and flush valves for water savings of 41% as compared to a typical office building.
  • “E” Energy Star compliant roof with high reflectivity will reduce heat gain through the roof.
Energy levels are projected to be at least 40% below the National Energy Code model for office buildings.

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