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Watershed Conservation Centre in London, Ont. recognized internationally

February 25, 2015 - The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) has gained international recognition for their Watershed Conservation Centre in London, Ont.


February 25, 2015
By Renée Francoeur

The UTRCA has received the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) award for energy efficient design and operation of the Watershed Conservation Centre, winning second place in the Technology Award category for achievements in energy-efficient design and operation.

The 36,000 sq ft centre has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certification. Some of its features include a partial exterior green roof, interior green spaces, censored lighting, low flow plumbing fixtures, geothermal ground tubes, a variable refrigerant flow system and energy recovery ventilator and a subsurface drainage system that directs water to a cistern used for all non-potable water requirements and any outsde irrigation.

“The Watershed Conservation Centre has an EnergyStar rating of 98, making it one of the most energy efficient office buildings in Canada,” said Alex Shivas, UTRCA co-ordinator of lands and facilities.

The Watershed Conservation Centre competed with other new buildings from across the United States and Canada to win this award. Award recipients were rated on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, innovation, maintenance and operation, cost effectiveness, and environmental impact.