Green Building

Canadian county administration building as green and grand as they come

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 14:53

The new administration building for Simcoe County, Ontario, has been outfitted with a number of energy efficient products and materials, helping the structure achieve the vaunted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The facility will limit consumption of energy, while also providing a place for residents to come and request services in comfort, the Barrie Examiner reported.According to the news source, the county officials wanted to build a more sustainable center, that would both help to receive residents in the warmest way possible while limiting energy use."It was built to have payback in 17 years through energy conservation features," purchasing, fleet and property manager Dawn Hipwell, told the Examiner, adding the project came in on budget and on time. "All Simcoe County residents can be proud. This is setting the design standard in the municipal sector."The center features building materials that are mostly recycled and all LEED-certified, while the facility was outfitted with solar panels that provide energy to a number of other efficient and sustainable products, including a radiant heating system.The radiant heating system will help to limit energy costs and consumption, as it provides heat in a more efficient manner than more traditional products. Because this technology delivers warmth with limited energy expenditure, the impact on the environment is limited.Parasitic heat loss is limited with radiant heating systems, and zoning options allow a building owner to easily regulate the distribution of heat around a specific room or floor.Along with limiting energy use, this type of heater poses no health risks to people who are going in and out of a building. No radiators, heating ducts or air vents are used, leading to less contaminants circulating around rooms.