Chakma building wins ‘green’ award

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Western's new Amit Chakma Engineering Building has won a province-wide award for 'green' new buildings.

Western’s newest facility – the Amit Chakma Engineering Building – has won a provincial award of excellence for new green buildings.

The award, presented at an Ontario Green Building Excellence and Leadership ceremony earlier this month, also qualifies it as a nominee for the national awards competition to take place in Vancouver.

The facility is on target to achieve LEED ‘platinum’ status. Such certification would also make it the 13thLEED-certified project on campus.

Sustainability measures include its being 55% more energy efficient than the Canadian building code standard. Features include a rainwater collection/harvesting system and electric vehicle charging ports. Its 127-kilowatt rooftop solar array is expected to offset more than 5% of the building’s total annual energy use.

The building opened officially in mid-October, as engineering enrolment is set to increase by 25 per cent, and its architectural consultants are Perkins + Will and Cornerstone Architecture. Accepting the award on behalf of the university were Facilities Management project managers Boris Pertout and Glen Armstrong.