Green roof and operable double facade. Credit: Tom Arban
Every aspect of the building is designed to work in harmony with the natural environment and the people in it. Even the buildings that were taken down to make room for Manitoba Hydro Place were carefully deconstructed, allowing 95 per cent of the materials from these old structures to be reused, recycled or salvaged.
All elements of the building design - from bright open floor spaces, high ceilings, operable windows, modern workstations, and 100 per cent fresh air ventilation system - are designed to maximize employee productivity and minimize energy consumption.
The IDT set out to surpass C-2000 certification requirements, achieve 65% greater energy efficiency than the Model National Energy Code Building, and use a holistic approach to achieve LEED(R) rating (GOLD). These goals were achieved and surpassed by applying the following techniques:
- 100% of cooling load and 50% of heating load is covered by geothermal heat pump system.
- A living “green” roof with mosses, grasses and lichens.
- Exposed radiant ceiling slabs - maintained at 68 degrees Fahrenheit year round.
- Atria to provide conditioned fresh air.
- A solar chimney to enhance fresh air ventilation.
- Glazing designed to maximize daylight and reduce artificial lighting.
- Energy efficient lighting, pumps and drives.
- A double external wall to reduce heating and cooling requirements in extreme temperatures.