VANCOUVER, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Two "green" building complexes at
Langara College were awarded special recognition for sustainability, it
was announced yesterday (Thursday).
The Library/Classroom Building and the Students' Union/Building C
complex, both at the College's main campus, have been awarded LEED® Canada Gold Certification by the Green Building Council of Canada. The
accolade is an internationally respected benchmark for the design,
construction, and operation of green buildings. The pair of structures,
which were opened in 2007 and 2009 respectively, feature an impressive
series of innovative green elements, including the incorporation of
wind energy to provide ventilation and the use of fly-ash-infused
concrete in construction.
"We realize how important sustainability is, and how important it is for
us to do our part in terms of being strong role models," said College
President Dr. David Ross, as he unveiled the LEED® Canada Gold Certification plaques. "This certification is in many ways
a voice to the commitment that we have towards being a sustainable
community, and to the goals outlined in our strategic plan as a
The Students' Union/Building C complex is the first ever construction to
feature Thermenex, a revolutionary thermal energy exchange system that
was developed by local engineers. Amazingly, through the use of
Thermenex, the complex produces zero greenhouse gas emissions from
heating and cooling. The system has since been selected for
incorporation into a variety of cutting edge constructions.
"During the design of the project Langara really became a pioneer -
specifically with regards to the Thermenex system," added Dr. Ross. "It
really is a world-leading initiative in terms of facility research and
development, and I think we need to be proud of that."
The Library/Classroom Building has received numerous awards for its
innovative and sustainable design, including the 2005 Canadian
Architecture Award of Excellence, the 2005 Holcim Foundation Award, and
the 2008 Sustainable Architecture & Building Award. Architect Jeff
Christianson, who worked on the Library/Classroom Building project, was
on hand at the ceremony to celebrate the achievement.
"Greenness was at the forefront of Langara's vision for this project,
and we were happy to push forward with that," said Christianson, who
works for IBI/HB Architects. "It's quite refreshing to have that kind
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System is an internationally recognized system
for evaluating the "green-ness" of building design and construction
practices. Buildings that are awarded a LEED® certification incorporate leading-edge design, construction, and
operational practices that protect the environment and promote healthy
working conditions. LEED® Certification indicates that experienced professionals, working
collaboratively, have arrived at a superior building design.
Langara College, located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, provides
University, Career, and Continuing Studies programs and courses to more
than 23,000 students annually. The College's expansive academic breadth
and depth allow students to choose their own educational path.
Image with caption: "The Langara College Library/Classroom Building. (CNW Group/Langara College)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120615_C9394_PHOTO_EN_15174.jpg
Image with caption: "College President Dr. David Ross announces Langara's LEED(R) Canada Gold Certification in the Students' Union Building (CNW Group/Langara College)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120615_C9394_PHOTO_EN_15175.jpg
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