Durham College Whitby campus

Durham College

Durham College (DC) has undertaken numerous initiatives to improve energy efficiency, particularly since 2009. These include the installation of an extensive energy monitoring system, replacement of existing windows with high-efficiency models, installation of variable speed drives, and the use of lighting occupancy sensors. These measures have resulted in immediate and long-lasting energy efficiency upgrades in all aspects of operation.

DC has also implemented several renewable energy initiatives at its Whitby campus as part of the college’s overall sustainability efforts, including:

  • Solar panels: the 20,000-square-foot expansion of the Whitby campus allowed for 350 solar panels to be installed.
  • Wind turbines: six Cleanfield Energy V3.5 vertical axis wind turbines are installed on the roof of the main building along the southern wall in Whitby.
  • White roofs: the campus expansion features a white roof that reflects sunlight rather than absorbing it.
  • Geothermal: the campus expansion incorporated a new ground source heat pump (GSHP) system to provide adequate and energy-efficient heating and cooling to the expansion.
  • Building automation and energy management system: DC has a building automation system which regulates temperatures and allows setbacks while rooms are not occupied.

Read more about DC’s building footprint here.