NAIT’s Productivity and Innovation Centre earns LEED GoldBuildings CIMA+ DesignNorth DNLA drought-tolerant EcoAmmo Fast + Epp GEC Architecture KFR Engineering low-emitting coatings low-emitting flooring low-emitting paint low-flow fixtures NAIT Northern Alberta Institute of Technology PIC Productivity and Innovation Centre Revolve Engineering SMP Engineering solar panels V3 Companies of Canada
The facility opened in 2018.
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (NAIT’s) Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) recently achieved Gold-level certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
The facility, which opened in 2018, earned high scores in design, indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and water efficiency. The Gold certification is NAIT’s second, following its first for the Feltham Centre in 2017.
Located at the eastern edge of NAIT’s main campus in Edmonton, the 17,650-m2 PIC integrates 226 solar panels into the south and east sides of its façade, which generate 67 MWh of electricity per year and support the institute’s distributed energy research. Additionally, 149 panels atop the PIC’s mechanical penthouse generate 51 MWh per year.
Low-emitting paint, coatings, floorings and other surfaces were specified to improve IEQ, while low-flow fixtures have reduced water consumption by more than 30% and landscaping with drought-tolerant plants avoids the need for an irrigation system.
The project team for the building included:
- Prime consultant and architect: GEC Architecture
- Mechanical engineer: KFR Engineering (now part of CIMA+)
- Electrical engineer: SMP Engineering
- Structural engineer: Fast + Epp
- Civil engineer: V3 Companies of Canada
- LEED consultant: EcoAmmo Sustainable Consulting
- Energy modelling: Revolve Engineering
- Landscape design: DesignNorth Landscape Architecture (DNLA)