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Canadian recreation center constructed with green in mind

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 10:35

Though some residents of Ottawa, Ontario, may think of green as in the color of money when considering the soon-to-be finished Francois Dupuis Centre, others have the color in mind in reference to the many sustainable products used in the facility.
 
According to Daily Commercial News, the $14 million recreation building is going to be a staple of the region, as its construction will not only serve as an example for other green structures, but will provide area children with a place to train and exercise.
 
The new facility was built in such a manner that it was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Numerous energy efficient products were used in construction, such as a radiant heating system and a heat recovery product to recycle energy from the pool, according to the news source.
 
The construction was so efficient that the enhanced energy performance was said to be roughly 40 percent better than the Model National Energy Code for Buildings. These improvements will not only be reflected in the energy use reductions and electricity bill savings, but families will be able to enjoy a space that is healthier and more comfortable.
 
The pool basin was constructed with a state-of-the-art prefabricated structure, ensuring that the process was expedited and conformed to regulations for national and international swimming standards.
 
All spaces in the new recreation building were designed with enhanced barrier-free accessibility. This includes a large family changing area with oversized benches, stalls and multi-height plumbing fixtures so that small children can have the same access to amenities as adults. Handicapped accessibility was also included in the construction.