Here at rcs, we recognize the importance of thinking green. As a responsible corporate citizen and member of the Canada Green Building Council, we undertake many initiatives within the office and on project sites to reduce, reuse, recycle and care for the environments within which we operate.
We make a point to stay abreast on current environmental issues affecting our industry and make every effort to educate ourselves on the latest Green technologies. we are committed to developing and maintaining a team of LEED® certified professionals, further enhancing LEED® capabilities within the firm and reinforcing our commitment of caring for our surroundings.
We have worked on numerous Green and LEED Certified projects including the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, the NSLC in Chester, and many of the Starbucks in Atlantic Canada.
Our most recent project, The Margaret Norrie McCain Center at Mount Saint Vincent University, has taken on many Green initatives. The use of efficient vent fans, pumps, chilled beams, radiant panels and area lighting has seen a 22.9% increase in efficiency over the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB).
The Margaret Norrie McCain Center also allows individuals to control the temperature of their own spaces through the use of chilled beams and radiant heating panels. This will alleviate the need for space heaters and/or fans which would draw more energy.
The use of natural light is optimized throughout the building with the east and west sides of the building being made entirely of glass and low flow fixtures have been installed throughout the building to reduce water use consumption by more than 20%.
This stunning building is expected to be complete in the Spring of 2015.
Halifax Seaport Farmers Market
The renovation of this 100 year old pre-engineered steel building into a modern, state-of-the-art facility was an incredible journey and the first LEED® Certified building in the country. Check out the features in the video below!