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Introduction: An Albertan Green Buildings Series

Introduction: An Albertan Green Buildings Series

I’ve grown up in cities most of my life. Having transitioned from an Edmonton-dweller to a Montreal one, I spend a great portion of the year giddily anticipating the summer, savoring the increase in minutes of sunlight as they come. And as I get to spend more and more time outside, I notice increasing amounts of buildings with the sleek, “green” look – huge, tall windows, modernly-designed entrances, and welcoming gardens.

An iconic example of such a building is Edmonton’s northmost net zero energy commercial building, the Mosaics Centre. With a plant wall, spacious design, and tall glass windows, the Mosaics Centre creates a positive and vibrant environment that hosts the offices of priMED, Oil Country Engineering and Wave Engineering, to name a few. It has a platinum LEED rating, a certification which I will discuss in greater depth in future posts. With solar and geothermal walls, it consumes as much energy, or less, as it produces in a year - which is quite a feat for a building its size!

In my installments this week on the Green Medium, I look further into what green buildings really are, beyond this aesthetic image, by exploring some project examples, like the Mosaics Centre, close to home. As always, I am so grateful to the Green Medium editors for creating the opportunity to look deeper into this topic, and for creating such an incredible space for its writers.

 

Green Building, from Gardens to Sewage

Green Building, from Gardens to Sewage

Environmentalism and Entrepreneurship: A Better Alberta

Environmentalism and Entrepreneurship: A Better Alberta