LEED® Silver Certified
This is Western’s newest residence. It has room for 1000 students. Within its 370,000 square feet there are residential spaces, offices and multiple common use spaces. The building started operations in September 2013 and was completed by January 2014.
Some of the features of this building include:
- A cistern under the main courtyard, which helps manage stormwater under heavy rain.
- Recycling stations are available throughout the building to keep waste out of the landfill.
- Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) reduce energy use by varying the pumps/fan power as it is required, opposed to traditional systems which are either on or off.
- Low flow plumbing fixtures were used in the bathrooms. Low flow aerators, dual flush toilets and an ultra-low flow urinal were used to reduce water consumption by 40%.
- Urea formaldehyde free materials and low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints and coatings were used to ensure better indoor air quality. Take a deep breath and enjoy the lack of "New Building Smell".
- The building offers 154% more open spaces than the minimum required by The City of London.
- In numerous products there is recycled content, while 20% of the materials were extracted and manufactured in the region.
- The roof has highly reflective materials, helping to prevent heat island effect in urban areas
- The building is located in close proximity to several bus routes from London Public Transit.
- Residents can find restaurants, book stores and other services in close proximity to the building, hence reducing the use of cars.
- 75% of the construction waste was diverted from the landfill.
- The landscape design uses only native/adaptive species and no potable water is used for irrigation.
- The cleaning products used in this building have sustainable attributes and are EcoLogo® or Green Seal® certified.