The Singhmar Centre for Learning is planned as a LEED Silver 22,500 m², four-storey building. It will feature labs, a teaching child care centre, a new library, food services, student activity space, and an Indigenous student centre. This new building will allow NorQuest College to consolidate all of its Edmonton-area programming at its downtown campus.
How will the Singhmar Centre for Learning become LEED Silver certified?
- A white roof made of Thermoplastic Polyolefin reflects the sun’s energy and can reduce building cooling costs.
- The building collects storm water from the site and roof to an underground cistern for storage. This eases the runoff load on the municipal system and irrigates the new building landscaping, reducing the need for potable water use.
- Construction waste is segregated and largely recycled to minimize debris sent to landfills.
- Products that emit low levels of volatile organic compounds were specified to protect both installers and final occupants of the building.
- The building will undergo a rigorous commissioning process to verify that heating ventilation and air conditioning, as well as electrical and water systems are properly installed and perform as efficiently as expected.
- The building envelope (the exterior constructions including walls, window, and roof) will undergo a commissioning process to verify the air and water tightness of the enclosure to reduce energy loss and ensure the longevity of envelope material.