Green Building

Canadian airport terminal maximizes green technology

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 08:02

The Winnipeg, Manitoba airport terminal has been redesigned to include a variety of green and sustainable technology, ranging from radiant heated floors to LED lights throughout the property, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

Engineers from the project have touted the recently-completed construction as one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world. Several of the lead contractors noted that it could be the largest LEED certified structure in North America, the news source reported.

"One thing people in the city should be proud of is that this is essentially a made-in-Manitoba building," Chris Hewitt, an engineer with the project, told the Free Press. "It will not be like anything they've ever seen before in the city."

The building uses more LED lights than any other structure in Canada, along with natural lighting from a significant number of skylights that were put in throughout the terminal, according to the news source.

A radiant heating system works well to maximize the distribution of warmth throughout a building, as the technology spreads out the heat more evenly than a conventional heater.