HALIFAX-- Nova Scotia Power’s office building located on the Halifax waterfront became the first building in Atlantic Canada to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The CaGBC is one of the nation’s most well-recognized certifications in green building design and construction.
“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 for 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. 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. Some of the unique features of the building include:
- Energy and water savings to the tune of approximately $650,000 a year
- Harbour heat pumps use water straight from the Halifax harbour for heating and cooling purposes.
- Chilled beams in the building 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 or eliminate unnecessary lighting.
- Rain water is collected and re-cycled for use in and around the building.
- As the starting point of Halifax’s boardwalk, the building provides a new access point to the harbour.
- The boardwalk level of the building houses a cafeteria open to members of the public.
- The Discovery Centre, Nova Scotia's hands-on science centre will be relocating to the building in the future.
The photos below compare the building from its time as a electrical generating station to its current state. Click each photo for a high resolution version.