Brescia University College receives highest building performance assesment possible

March 27, 2013

London, ON – Brescia University College has achieved a rating of Five Green Globes – the highest possible environmental rating – for its new student residence and dining pavillion, which will open for occupancy in September. This is a designation reserved for select building designs that are “serving as national or world leaders in energy and environmental performance, and are introducing design practices that can be adopted and implemented by others.” The Green Globes Eco-Rating Program was designed to evaluate and rate the energy and environmental design of buildings in order to guide environmental performance and identify opportunities to save energy and water and reduce waste and prevent water, air, and land pollution. When five Green Globes are awarded, the environmental performance integration in the design of the building(s) has earned an overall score of 85% or higher in seven areas.

Brescia Principal, Dr. Colleen Hanycz, is very pleased with this achievement, noting, “The Ursuline Sisters who founded Brescia in 1919 were always focused on preserving the natural world and leaving a small environmental footprint, long before that was in vogue. We continue to value our role as stewards of creation through this new campus space.” Brescia earned top status in the Green Globes Building Performance Assessment in the following seven modules: Project Management Policies and Practices; Site; Energy; Water; Resources, Building Materials and Solid Waste; Emissions, Effluents and other Impacts; and Indoor Environment. Principal Architect on the project – Alison Hannay of Cornerstone Architecture Incorporated – says that a team approach – true collaboration, and critical reflection on the systems that were proposed for the building resulted in these outstanding results. “Together with Chorley + Bisset (our mechanical and electrical engineers), VanBoxmeer and Stranges Engineering (our structural engineer), and the team at Brescia, we will be providing a stellar environment for current and future students.”

The highest Green Globe rating was earned in the Emissions, Effluents, and other Impacts module, for which the Brescia team earned a 100% score. This module evaluates strategies to avoid or minimize air emissions, ozone-depleting substances, effluents, pesticides, and hazardous materials and recognizes the low-NOx boilers and furnaces that have been specified, and a refrigeration system that will avoid ozone-depleting substances and potent industrial greenhouse gasses.

Steve Hajpel, Director of Physical Plant at Brescia, details what this award will mean for residents of the building: “All residence rooms will have operable windows so that students and visitors will have control over the amount of fresh air they let it in. The amount of daylight will be optimized through the building orientation and window-to-wall size ratio (40% in most cases). The naturalized landscape with native trees, shrubs, and ground cover will not only be ecologically friendly but will also be a beautiful backdrop to the amazing new buildings. And our score of 96% in the Indoor Environment module signifies our resolve to offer a healthy, productive, and comfortable environment for all users of the buildings.”

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For more information please contact Colleen Aguilar, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer, at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280 or colleen.aguilar@uwo.ca.

Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,275 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room at http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/media/index.html