Integrated Learning Centre
Constructed in 2003, the Integrated Learning Centre was built with the environment in mind. And it was ahead of its time - we had the first heat recovery wheel to be installed at Queen's, the first industrial solar array in Kingston, the first smart lighting system in Canada, and one of the greenest buildings in the world.
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The Queen's Centre, which opened December 1 2009, is the University's massive new student life and fitness centre. The facility is gyms with multiple configurations, a 38 x 25 metre pool, several fitness areas, and expanded food court, lounge, club and retail space. While revitalizing student life activities, the Queen's Centre also addresses sustainability issues with its design and construction and will seek to achieve LEED certification. Highlights of the building's sustainable features include, access to alternative transportation, improved water efficiency, heat recovery, construction waste diversion, CO2 monitoring and material emissions control and a green cleaning program.
Carpet is returned to manufacturers for reuse of the backing material.
What is on top counts; roofing material can have a significant effect on the energy efficiency of the building beneath it.
Since the 1960s, the University has used light-coloured roofing materials on all new flat roofs on campus. This represents more than 95% of the campus roofing stock.
Why does it matter? Light-coloured roofs reflect more solar energy than do black roofs, reducing the building's summer heat gain and thereby saving energy on air conditioning and reducing heat build-up in non-air conditioned areas.
Partial green (vegetated) roofs have been used successfully on Jeffey Hall and the Biosciences Complex. and the underground parking garage on Stuart Street has Kingston Field as its green roof.
Why does it matter? Vegetated roofs have a number of benefits, including reducing the building’s energy requirements for summer cooling, reducing the storm water runoff and the resultant loading of storm sewers, and reducing the “heat island effect” (the difference between the thermal gradient and developed and undeveloped areas) by absorbing, rather than reflecting solar energy.