ClimateMaster water source heat pumps contribute to McMaster U’s LEED Gold certification
Submitted by ClimateMaster
January 3, 2012 - While examples of sustainable construction and renewable energy technologies have existed for several decades throughout Canada, the Canadian government has, in recent years and in conjunction with various related organizations and associations, taken an even more aggressive stance to support these practices. Thus, between more stringent coding and certification programs and additional government funding opportunities, Canadian institutions have become even more encouraged to build sustainably.
With incentives that place particular emphasis on sustainable building at post-secondary institutions, Canada is now home to several notable university construction projects that have achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC). One such project, completed within the past year, features water source heat pump technology from ClimateMaster as integral to achieving high energy efficiency goals and ultimate LEED Gold certifications.
“In correlation with recent government programs, we’ve seen a marked increase in interest for heat pump technology in higher education construction projects,” said Michael Beland, partner at Gorski, Plener and Associates (GPA) Inc. in Woodbridge, Ont. “We’ve contributed a notable amount of our success in delivering on this demand to the breadth and quality of ClimateMaster’s Tranquility Series of products, which offer a range of features for energy efficiency and acoustical requirements, as well as for various project sizes and price points.”
McMaster University DeGroote School of Business Ron Joyce Centre (Burlington, Ont.)
Home to the DeGroote School of Business’ MBA and executive education programs, the 90,000 sf. Ron Joyce Centre features state-of-the-art classrooms, meeting spaces and lecture facilities. Its third floor is also exclusively dedicated to executive education, providing a wide variety of learning opportunities for business clients in the Greater Toronto Area and Golden Horseshoe.
Prior to opening its doors in 2010, the Ron Joyce Centre was designed and constructed in alignment with DeGroote’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and environmental consciousness. This prompted employment of highly energy efficient water source heat pump units from ClimateMaster, including one ClimateMaster Tranquility Large (TL) Series unit and 95 Tranquility 20 Single-Stage (TS) Series units, all with EarthPure refrigerant. The units are part of a 250-ton boiler/tower loop system that supports the Ron Joyce Centre’s offices, lecture halls, classrooms and equipment rooms.
“A heat pump system is ideal for use in a design-build project like the Ron Joyce Centre as it allows for more flexibility in planning for ductwork and actual unit placement during the construction process, not just before it,” said Hossein Khoee, principal at Crossey Engineering Ltd. “For this particular job, the superior energy efficiency and quiet operation features of the ClimateMaster units also made them an ideal choice.”
According to Khoee, specification, installation and initial operation of the units were seamless. An additional 15 TS Series units were also installed in 2011, when final floors of the building were completed.
“We were very pleased with the results of this job, which was our first major heat pump job using ClimateMaster units,” Khoee added. “The post-secondary education construction trend continues to generate business for us, and we’re actually planning on also using ClimateMaster for an upcoming project on a college campus in Ottawa.”