The first building in Canada dedicated solely to improving post-secondary teaching and learning has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning is the University of Calgary’s ninth project to receive LEED certification, an international green building rating system.
The certification recognizes the Taylor Institute among Canadian and world leaders in sustainable design, construction and operations. There are now more than one billion square feet of LEED certified and registered projects in Canada and over 15 billion around the world.
Healthy, green buildings enhance learning
“It’s exciting to see sustainability modelled in a building dedicated to teaching and learning,” says Joanne Perdue, chief sustainability officer. “Creating healthy high-performance green buildings — including good daylight, access to outdoor views, and healthy materials — is part of the university’s commitment to sustainability.
“Green buildings enhance cognitive function, health and well-being, which in turn enhances learning — a fitting driver in the design of any building on campus but in this one in particular.”
The Taylor Institute uses about 70 per cent less energy than a conventional building of the same size, with an annual utility cost savings and related carbon tax avoidance to match.
University's commitment to sustainability recognized
The building earned maximum points for optimizing energy performance on the LEED scorecard. This directly supports the University of Calgary’s aim to be one of the most energy efficient campuses in Canada, as outlined in the Institutional Sustainability Strategy and supporting framework on sustainability in operations.
LEED awards points for green building features including energy performance, construction waste management, indoor environmental quality, sustainable materials, and design innovation.
University of Calgary instructors are invited to apply to teach university-level courses in the Taylor Institute. The application deadline for spring/summer 2017 is Feb. 17, 2017. You can find more information about the Taylor Institute’s learning spaces and the application process here.