1H LEED Certified Building

1H LEED Certified Building


The former thermal generating plant on Halifax’s waterfront is now our main office known to our employees as “1H”, named after the original electrical substation that operated there. It 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 environmentally-friendly building also houses The Discovery Centre and Junior Achievement Nova Scotia

About the Building


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  • Construction for the new office building was completed in 2011.
  • Energy and water savings to the tune of approximately $650,000 a year
  • Harbour heat pumps use water from 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 the public.