Nova Scotia Power Headquarters

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Nova Scotia Power Headquarters

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Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Client: Nova Scotia Power

Architect: WZMH Architects

Certifications: LEED Canada-NC Platinum (1st in Atlantic Canada)

Size: 18,000 sq. m.

Project Budget: $46M

The overall project goal was to adaptively reuse the former Water Street Generating Station as the new Corporate Headquarters in the most sustainable and energy efficient manner possible. This facility included offices, parking garage, public and staff common areas.  LEED Platinum was selected as the project sustainability goal to actively demonstrate to the public a corporate commitment to conserve resources and operate with a low Carbon Footprint.

M&R Engineering was responsible for design of the mechanical and electrical systems, services during construction and LEED mechanical and electrical submittals. Services included complete mechanical and electrical design from research and development of Mechanical and Electrical systems options through to completion of construction.

Key Facts: 

  • Efficient Building Envelope.
  • The first use of active chilled beam technology in Atlantic Canada
  • Both heating and cooling are achieved using low temperature sea-water sourced water-to-water heat pumps.
  • Variable Speed drives are installed on circulation pumps and fans to save electricity and provide greater control. 
  • Energy Recovery Wheels are installed in Air Handling Units to recover heat from exhaust air. 
  • Lighting control system utilizing occupancy and daylight sensors to reduce reliance on artificial lighting
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures.
  • Rainwater Cistern collects runoff from the roof and supplies toilets and urinals saving city water and reducing runoff into the storm system. 
  • Energy modeling indicates energy cost savings of 55% compared to the energy code (MNECB).
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