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Royal roads university

Victoria, BC

This 48,000 sq.ft. LEED Gold Certified building supports RRU’s interactive learning model and demonstrates the university’s commitment to leadership in sustainability practices. Sustainable features include high efficiency condensing boilers for domestic hot water and building heat with a solar thermal system to provide supplementary preheat. A central air handling unit with heat recovery provides minimum ventilation to each space, and spaces are individually controlled by occupancy and CO2 sensors. The building is heated through a perimeter radiation system and uses natural ventilation for cooling. Its 4-storey atrium acts as a thermal chimney to allow hot air to rise and exit the building at high level, thus providing natural air-conditioning. During peak cooling hours supplemental exhaust fans located at the top of the atrium tower turn on to provide cross-ventilation and cooling through the classrooms and offices. A thermal model was created in IES to simulate the cooling effect of the natural ventilation system and establish that the proposed building complies with ASHRAE-55. This building received 44 LEED points.
Architect: Jensen Chernoff Thompson


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