NS Power office achieves LEED Platinum certification
March 27, 2013 - Nova Scotia Power says its office building located on the Halifax waterfront has became the first building in Atlantic Canada to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, and sees energy and water savings of about $650,000 a year.
By Alyssa Dalton
“Achieving the LEED Platinum certification for our office building in Halifax is a significant milestone and we are proud to share this success with our neighbours and our entire city,” said David McGregor, general manager, Technical and Construction Services, Nova Scotia Power. “With its location on the Halifax waterfront, the most important part of this success is the value it helps brings to our community, our local businesses and our city.”
Located at the site of a now-decommissioned thermal generating plant, the project led to the transformation of a local landmark, said Nova Scotia Power. The building is now known to employees who work there as “1H”, named after the original electrical substation that operates there. Construction for the new office building started in early 2009, boasting energy-efficient features such as:
• Harbour heat pumps use water straight from the Halifax harbour for heating and cooling purposes.
• Chilled beams in the building to help decrease energy use and increase thermal comfort.
• Over 75% of occupied spaces have access to daylight, with occupancy and daylight sensors used throughout the building to reduce unnecessary lighting.
The photos below compare the building from its time as a electrical generating station to its current state.
Photos courtesy Nova Scotia Power.