The Second Student Centre Utilizes as many building materials as possible that are made of recycled content are sourced locally to reduce the overall impact of the environment.
The landscape areas around the Second Student Centre are integral to the architecture, were designed with a combination of trees, bushes and grasses that are native to the region or do not require artificial irrigation.
We support green power production to offset 100% of the energy consumed by the Second Student Centre.
Looking around the Second Student Centre, one can notice that wood is a crucial element in the design. all these materials were manufactured in accordance to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to ensure that the origin of the products and production methods are sustainable.
Among the engineered systems helping to reduce energy consumption, are the dedicated outdoor air ventilation units with heat recovery, demand control ventilation, and efficient lighting systems that use LED fixtures almost exclusively.
Our green roof consists of all native and adaptive plant species, and spans over 50% of the building's roof.
Our low-flow plumbing fixtures are installed throughout the building, resulting in 45% reduction in water user compared to the LEED baseline.
The materials palette throughout the building was carefully chosen to ensure that off-gassing from finishes was eliminated or reduced to avoid any negative impact on the health of users.
As part of the Student Centre's commitment to sustainability, the energy used by the building will be purchased from renewable energy production
We encourage active modes of transportation and have provided bicycling spots and changing rooms/shower facilities in the Second Student Centre for students to use.
We are committed to minimizing the amount of mercury brought onto the building, and have installed only LED lights in the Second Student Centre.