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Buildings and Upgrades

Learn more about each individual building's energy consumption and recent efficiency upgrades.

Recent Building Upgrades (All Buildings)

Over the last five years, many U of R buildings have received energy efficiency upgrades. You can use this table to compare and contrast buildings.

Building Area Sq Ft Floors Year Built Renovations in last five years
Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport 350,133 2 1967/2004
  • Gym lights upgraded to LED
  • Hands-free water faucets
College Building  108,582  1912/2019
  • Energy efficent motors
  • Energy efficent boilers 
  • Lighting to LED 
  • Exterior lighting LED
  • Heat recovery in air handlers
Paskwāw and Wakpá Towers 169,850/165,327 14 2004
  • Exterior lights to LED
  • LED lighting upgrades
  • Touchless faucets
  • Variable-speed drives on domestic water booster
KīšikTowers 337,862 14 2016
  • Energy efficent in floor heating and cooling
Education Building w Ed Auditorium 302,354 6 1969/2001
  • Variable Frequency Drives on fans
  • Lights upgraded to LED
  • VAV Reheat coils on boxes
  • Pneumatic control to DDC upgrade
  • Upgraded Ed-Aud LED lighting
  • Upgraded chilled water coils
Ad-Hum 114,109 5 1973
  • Exterior LED lighting
  • Relamped to 25@ fluorescent tubes
  • New variable frequency drives
  • Upgraded chilled water coil
  • Touchless washroom fixtured 5tth floor
  • Waterbottle filling station
Classroom Building 119,486 5 1965
  • Outside LED lighting
  • Upgraded chilled water coil
College West 247,360 5 1973
  • New efficient windows
  • Heat recovery units for suites
  • New fan coils for suites
  • Building system separated from suites system
  • Upgraded to LED lighting
  • New VSDs for supply and return fans
Daycare 6,800 1 1993
  • Heat recovery ventilator
  • Upgraded building envelope
  • LED lighting
  • New efficient furnaces
Riddell Centre 270,182 2 1996
  • Outdoor LED
  • Touchless fixtures in all gender washrooms
  • Water bottle filling stations
Dr John Archer Library 141,246 7 1968
  • Upgraded Chilled Water Coils
  • 25W fluorescent tubes
  • Touchless fountains and bottle fillers
  • Upgraded elevators
  • Steam station upgrade
  • Condensate pump control upgrade
  • Supply and return fans on variable frequency drives
Electrical Energy Centre 4,127 1 2004
  • Controls upgrade
Greenhouse Gas Technology Centre 66,509 3 1972/2002
  • Upgraded lighting to LED
  • Touchless fixtures 2nd floor washrooms
Central Heating Plant 29,972 1 1967
  • Boiler control upgrades
  • Chiller upgrades
  • Central compressed air distribution
Laboratory Building 157,137 5 1965
  • Fume hood replacements
  • Variable frequency drives for supply and exhaust fans
  • Variable volume fume hoods
La Cite 75,408 9 1991
  • Upgraded Chilled Water coils
  • LED light upgrade
  • Light harvesting
  • Upgraded elevator
  • Upgraded building controls
Research Innovation Centre 160,278 6 2008
  • Free cooling/make-up air preheat system
  • Upgraded variable frequency drives
Darke Hall 27,140 3 1928
  • Heating and Cooling from efficient Conexus plant
  • LED lighting upgrade
  • Fan wall array for supply and return fans
  • Heat recovery ventilator
  • In-floor stage heating

Administration-Humanities Building (AdHum)

Aministration-Humanities Building

  • Total Floor Area: 109,966 sq.ft.
  • Storeys above grade: 5
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year Opened: 1973

Building Envelope

The walls have 1-1/2" Roofmate rigid insulation fully adhered to the back of the precast concrete skin. The main and penthouse roofing was changed in 1988 to improve to an R15 and R20 rating, respectively. Similar renovations were completed on the level 5 patios and other miscellaneous areas in 1989 to increase insulation values to R15 and R20, respectively. Finally, insulation in the podium was increased from R7 to R10 in 1988. The windows are double-paned with a bronze tint on the exterior pane. The central atrium has a sloped skylight surrounding the Council Chamber.

Mechanical Systems

The central air system located in the lower levels is a dual duct design with variable pitch in motion fans supplying to the hot and cold decks. Free cooling is derived from mixed air control. The dual duct boxes for the perimeter systems are blending units while the interior zones are either heating or cooling. The duct distribution system is high pressure throughout and is required to be operational at all times to offset building gains and losses due to ambient conditions. Areas of the building have been modified to dual duct variable volume.

Computer room cooling and ventilation systems have been added. The ventilation derives its’ heat from converters and glycol heating water. The main computer facility is cooled through Liebert air cooled condensing systems with year round operation packages. System has been upgraded to draw heat directly from equipment racks.

The domestic systems are boosted by pumps with VSD operators. Domestic water is heated using central steam converters.

The Building Management Systems (BMS) system for the major equipment is a Honeywell EBI (Enterprise Building Integrator). The room controls are local pneumatics.

Electrical System

The Ad Hum building is serviced with a 1000 kVA transformer with a 1200 Amp breaker. The distribution at the building is 480/277 V.

Archer Library

Archer Library

  • Total Floor Area: 137,803 sq.ft.
  • Storeys above grade: 6 + penthouse
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year Opened: 1968

Building Envelope

The walls consist of 1 ½’’ cavity insulation with an R7 rating. The building has not undergone any roof renovations since its initial construction in 1968. The podium and roofs have insulation values of approximately R7. Renovations completed in 2008 to improve insulation values in both areas to R20.

Mechanical Systems

The central air system located in the penthouse has 2 DIDW supply fans that serve the entire facility There are smaller air units that provide heat for the overhangs. HV2 provides all outside air for ventilation and tempering of the lower mechanical, transformer and telephone rooms. There is a run around heat reclaim system for outside air from the relief air system. There is direct steam humidification provided in the main air handling unit system. The system provides air to the constant volume reheat boxes throughout the space. Perimeter radiation provides limited compensation for skin heat loss. The system is hot water for the radiation and reheat boxes from converters in both the upper and lower mechanical rooms.

Domestic water is pressurized by pumps in the lower mechanical room, and have the VF drives.

The Building Management Systems (BMS) system for the major equipment is a Honeywell EBI (Enterprise Building Integrator). The room controls are local pneumatics.

Electrical System

The Library is serviced with a 1000 kVA transformer with a 1200 Amp breaker. The distribution at the building is 480/277 V.

Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport

Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport

  • Total Floor Area: 95,569 sq.ft. Original building
  • Storeys above grade: 2
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year Opened: 1967
  • Addition: 2004 – Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport – 265,000 sq.ft.

Building Envelope

The walls of the original building are constructed with 12’’ to 28’’ thick precast concrete walls. The pool gallery area and other podium level walls have 1-1/2" wall insulation. The building consists of 2’’ urethane foam, covering the 3’’ fiberglass insulated built-up roof. The gym roofs in this building were replaced in 1980 but since that time, these and the pool roof have undergone renovations to increase the insulation values from R12 to R22. In addition, insulation in the podium was improved from R6 to R12 in 1985. However, the center of the building still contains a roof with an R7 value. In 2004, the CKHS was completed with R25 type II tapered polystyrene and ballasted membrane insulation.

Mechanical Systems

The unique air systems supplying the complex of gymnasiums and aquatic facilities use ventilation air repetitively in the conditioning of the facility. There is a glycol heat recovery system from the relief air to the incoming outside air. The gymnasiums are constant volume air systems with variable temperature heating and cooling. The offices and ancillary areas have constant volume variable temperature systems. There is a very high percentage of outside air with relation to the total being circulated in the various facilities.

Domestic demand for showers is provided through steam to water converters.

The Building Management Systems (BMS) system for the major equipment is a Honeywell EBI (Enterprise Building Integrator). The room controls are local pneumatics. The new CKHS is on the Johnson Metasys System.

Electrical System

The Physical Education building is now serviced from the CKHS building. The CKHS is serviced with a dual 1250 kVA transformer. The distribution at the physical education building is 480/277 V. The CKHS is connected to the 25 kV essential services power loop feeder with a 300 kVA transformer.

Classroom Building

Classroom Building

  • Total Floor Area: 119,482 sq.ft.
  • Storeys above grade: 4 + penthouse
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year Opened: 1965

Building Envelope

The building has pre-cast panels and fixed windows on a concrete structure. The walls have 1-1/2" Roofmate rigid insulation fully adhered to the back of the precast concrete skin. The roofing was changed in 1986 and 1989 to improve to R-20 with 4" Roofmate.

Mechanical Systems

HVAC systems are identical to Laboratory systems. The mixed air operation is active. The heat reclaim system for outside air from relief air is identical to the laboratory system. The converters in the laboratory building provide heat to the hot water heating systems in the classroom facility. The air systems have been retrofit to VAV/reheat for all areas with the exception of the 3rd and main floors. The data centre is equipped with a glycol heat recovery system where heat is rejected to make-up air in the winter.

Domestic water boosting is provided by the pumps in the laboratory building. The Building Management Systems (BMS) system for the major equipment is a Honeywell EBI (Enterprise Building Integrator). Some renovation projects have used the Johnson Metasys system for a one fan system and the main floor VAVs where the BMS extends to individual room control.

Electrical System

The Classroom is serviced from a 1000 kVA transformer with a 1600 Amp breaker. The distribution at the building is 480/277 V.

College West

College West

  • Total Floor Area: 242,320 sq.ft.
  • Storeys above grade: 6
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year Opened: 1973

Building Envelope

The roof courts were improved from an R8 to R10 insulation rating in 1986. Between 1988 and 2002, the west, lower west, and north upper roof underwent renovations to improve insulation from R8 to R20. The insulation in the masonry cavity walls consists of 1-1/2’’ insulation with a rating of R7.

Mechanical Systems

The main air system is a high pressure dual duct design that serves the office and central core areas. There are fan coils in the resident rooms that are 4 pipe design for heating and cooling. There are 2 general systems of exhaust being washroom and cooking that terminate in fans at the roof. The main return fan has been retrofit with a variable speed drive. There is exhaust heat reclaim. Domestic systems are standard booster pumps with VFD’s. Domestic water heating is through steam converters in large storage tanks.

The Building Management Systems (BMS) system for the major equipment is a Honeywell EBI (Enterprise Building Integrator). The room controls are local pneumatics and electrics.

Electrical System

The College West Building is serviced with a 1500 kVA transformer with a 2000 Amp breaker. The distribution at the building is 480/277 V.

Education Auditorium

Education Auditorium

  • Total Floor Area: 15,473 sq.ft.
  • Storeys above grade: 2
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year Opened: 1969

Building Envelope

The insulation in the cavity walls consists of 1’’ rigid polyurethane (R7). The education auditorium roof contains Roofmate insulation with an R10 rating.

Mechanical Systems

There is 1 main supply air systems consisting of VPIM supply and return fans. There are reheat coils for various areas within the auditorium that can be isolated by folding partitions.

The Building Management Systems (BMS) system for the original major equipment is a Honeywell EBI (Enterprise Building Integrator). The room controls are local pneumatics. The newer 5th and 6th floor expansion is connected to the Johnson Metasys System with the VAVs on the BMS system as well.

Electrical System

The Education Auditorium is serviced from the Education Building. The Education Building is serviced with a dual 1500 kVA transformer each with 2000 Amp breakers. The distribution at the building is 480/277 V. The Education Building is connected to the 25 kV essential services power loop feeder with a 300 kVA transformer.

Education Building

Education Building

  • Total Floor Area: 285,609 sq.ft.
  • Storeys above grade: 6
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year Opened: 1969
  • Major Addition:  2002 – Added top two floors

Building Envelope

The insulation on the podium originally contained R6 type II polystyrene insulation but was improved to R20 in 2001. The R12 fiberboard insulation on the roof was improved to a rating of R20 in 2002. The original four floors of the building contain 1’’ rigid polyurethane (approx. R7) in the cavity walls. The fifth and sixth floor additions, which were constructed in 2002 contain R12 fiberglass rainscreen style walls.

Mechanical Systems

There are 6 supply air systems, some of which have been retrofit to variable pitch in motion fans. Two additional floors have been added to the facility, which are VAV reheat systems. Some of the areas which are classroom operations have been retrofit to variable volume reheat. The individual perimeter office areas are equipped with perimeter induction units.

Domestic systems are pressurized with booster pumps with variable frequency drives.

The Building Management Systems (BMS) system for the major equipment is a Honeywell EBI (Enterprise Building Integrator). The room controls are local pneumatics.

Electrical System

The Education Building is serviced with a dual 1500 kVA transformer each with 2000 Amp breakers. The distribution at the building is 480/277 V. The Education Building is connected to the 25 kV essential services power loop feeder with a 300 kVA transformer.

Greenhouse Gas Technology Centre

Greenhouse Gas Technology Centre

  • Total Floor Area: 73,003 sq.ft.
  • Storeys above grade: 3
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year Opened: 1972
  • Major Additions: 2002 – Greenhouse Gas Technology Centre

Building Envelope

The walls of the main building consist of R7 1 1/2’’ cavity rigid insulation. The storage facility underwent renovations in 1988 to improve the insulation value to R12. The New Greenhouse Gas Technology Centre addition is complete with 5-1/2’’ polystyrene insulation (R27) and has large double-glazed low-E green-coloured window units on the south and north faces of the building. Several of the spaces face floor-to-ceiling windows. Although the main roof of the original maintenance building presently has an R5 insulation value, renovations in 1988 have improved ratings in the storage facility to R10. The 2002 GGTC addition has R32 insulation.

Mechanical Systems

The single air system that tempers the laboratory and office areas is variable air volume. There is a mixed air control for free cooling and ventilation. There are reheat coils applied where heat loss occurs. The maintenance facility is heated by unit heaters located throughout the section of the building. There are 2 gas fired units serving the last extension of the maintenance operation. There is minimal ventilation other than through the exhaust system serving specific production operations.

The Building Management Systems (BMS) system for all systems is on the Johnson Metasys System. Some older local pneumatic and electric controls remain in the original part of the building.

Electrical System

The Maintenance Building / GGTC electricity is fed from the CHP and the distribution for the building is 480/277 V.

Heating Plant

Heating Plant

  • Total Floor Area: 28,777 sq.ft.
  • Storeys above grade: 1
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year Opened: 1967

Building Envelope

The building is of concrete and concrete block construction. The south facing wall is single pane 3/8’’ thick glazing in removable steel frames. The sloped roofs on this building were replaced in 2020 and contain R12 2’’ rigid XPS type 2 insulation.

Mechanical Systems

The central heating plant consists of a total of 3 Babcock-Wilcox high pressure steam boilers.

  1. Boilers – a total of three boilers:
  2. Boiler 1 – 1966 – 30,000 lbs/hr rated, 25,000 achievable
  3. Boiler 2 – 1966 – 60,000 lbs/hr
  4. Boiler 3 – 1971 – 60,000 lbs/hr
  5. Chiller 1 – Trane, 2200 tons, R-123b.
  6. Chiller 2 – Trane, 1200 tons, R-123
  7. Chiller 3 – York, 1400 tons, R-134a

The Boiler Controls System is a Controls Package by Emerson Delta V which is designed for three boilers supplying steam to a common header. All three boilers have an individual boiler master for either automatic adjustment of firing rate from a common demand or manual base loading.

The Chilled Water Controls System is a Trane Tracer Summit Controls Package. The controls package is controlling all chillers, cooling towers, heat exchangers and the associated circulation pumps.

Electrical System

The Central Heating & Cooling Plant has its own switchgear and is also connected to the Electrical Energy Centre. There are two 3000 kVA transformers dedicated to the chillers. The remainder of the building is serviced with dual 2500 kVA transformers each with 4000 Amp breakers. The distribution at the building is 480/277 V.

Lab Building

Lab Building

  • Total Floor Area: 138,285 sq.ft.
  • Storeys above grade: 4 + penthouse
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year Opened: 1965

Building Envelope

The building has pre-cast panels and fixed windows on a concrete structure. The walls have 1-1/2" Roofmate rigid insulation fully adhered to the back of the precast concrete skin. The fifth floor mechanical room was originally stucco, and this has been replaced with metal cladding. The roofing was changed in 1987 and 1988 to improve to R-20 with 4" Roofmate.

Mechanical Systems

The mechanical system consists of a central dual duct constant volume high pressure air handling unit located in the basement. The Supply Air System is an indoor built up full outside air with 2 centrifugal DIDW fans of approximately 135,000 CFM. The fan are now on Variable Speed Drives (VSD).System is constant volume dual duct with reheat boxes. Two large exhaust air fans are on VSDs. There is a pre-heat run-around coil system that extracts heat from the exhaust systems. Heat is derived through steam converters located in the main basement mechanical room. The reheat and perimeter radiation systems are hot water.

The domestic water system is pressurized by variable speed pumps. Domestic hot water is produced through steam converters.

The Building Management Systems (BMS) system for the major equipment is a Honeywell EBI (Enterprise Building Integrator). Some small renovation projects have used the Johnson Metasys system where the BMS extends to individual room control, providing DDC control of terminal units and enabling direct control and monitoring of all HVAC systems down to the room level.

Electrical System

The Laboratory is serviced with a 2000 kVA transformer with a 1600 Amp breaker. The distribution at the building is 480/277 V. Essential power is provided by central generators in the EEC; there is a 1000 kVA essential power transformer and auto transfer switches.

La Cité

La Cité

  • Total Floor Area: 74,587 sq.ft.
  • Storeys above grade: 8 + penthouse
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year Opened: 1991

Building Envelope

The building has been constructed with 2-1/2" polyurethane cavity wall insulation (R20) and torched on an air barrier. Much of the exterior is covered in Tyndall stone. Insulation in the podium consists of Roofmate and concrete block pavers, which provide a rating of R25. The main and upper roofs consist of R20 Roofmate and CT Board insulation. Roofing for the Pyramid rain screen contains insulation with an R-12 rating. The building has undergone no renovations in this area, as it was constructed in 1991. The windows are double glazed with a bronze tint. The residential rooms have small operable panels in the window units.

Mechanical Systems

The public areas are served by a central built up air system employing variable pitch in motion fans supplying 55 degree F air to variable volume boxes with reheat. The system design for the fan operation is intended to be staged via cycling of the 2 supply fans.

The resident rooms are heated and cooled through a 2 pipe switch over system through fan coils in each resident room. Ventilation for the exhaust systems is provided through a central core pressurization system transferring to the rooms which have a central penthouse mounted exhaust fan system. Crawl space ventilation is provided by exhaust from the lower level mechanical rooms which is directed to the atmosphere.

Domestic systems are boosted with pumps having VFDs. Domestic water is heated using steam to water converters.

The Building Management Systems (BMS) system for the major equipment is a Honeywell EBI (Enterprise Building Integrator). The room controls are DDC.

Electrical System

The Language Institute is serviced with a 1000 kVA transformer with a 1600 Amp breaker. The distribution at the building is 480/277 V.

Paskwāw and Wakpá Towers

Paskwāw and Wakpá Towers

  • Total Floor Area: 335,177 sq.ft.
  • Storeys above grade: 12
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year Opened: 2004

Building Envelope

The superstructure is comprised of steel framing support for concrete masonry block, insulated metal panels and cast in place concrete reinforced walls; the reinforced concrete steel walls provide support for the floor and roof deck(s)

Mechanical Systems

Paskwaw & Wakpa Towers have a steel piped hot water distribution system, a fan coil switch loop distribution system, and a chilled water distribution system, all fed from Wakpa Tower. The system includes HVAC pumps serving the hot water heating distribution system. . Airflow to common areas is provided via 4 packaged AHUs in each tower with hot water heating coils and chilled water cooling coils. Resident suites have two pipe units that are connected to the fan coil switch loop distribution system to provide hot water heating in the winter and chilled water cooling in the summer.

Electrical Systems

Power enters a single high voltage transformer to reduce 29KV to 347/600V for building power distribution. 347/600V exits the HV transformer to the main 2000A, double-sided main switchgear unit. Power is fed to 400A-800A 120/208V, 347/600V central distribution panelboards installed in electrical rooms on residence floors, and within the main electrical room. Interior lighting is primarily a mix of fluorescent T5/T8 and LED fixtures. Incandescent accent fixtures are used in common areas. Exterior lighting is provided by wall and ceiling mounted LED fixtures. There are LED exit lights installed at exits and in common areas t+o direct the flow of emergency egress.

Research and Innovation Centre (RIC)

Research and Innovation Centre (RIC)

  • Total Floor Area: 160,278 sq ft
  • Storeys above grade: 6
  • Storeys below grade: 1
  • Year opened: 2008 

Building Envelope

The superstructure is of cast-in-place reinforced concrete and structural steel frame comprised of open web joists overlain by a corrugated steel deck construction. The building exterior cladding are generally comprised of stone masonry and exposed aggregate. The curtain-walls comprise of metal-framed insulated glass units (IGUs).

Mechanical Systems

Domestic hot water is supplied via two steam to hot water heat exchangers in the main mechanical room. Heating hot water is provided via four steam to hot water heat exchangers. Heating hot water supplies heat for perimeter radiation, HVAC heating coils, unit heaters, fan coil units, and force flow units. There is a chilled water cooling system installed to provide cooling for hydronic AHU cooling coils and fan coil units. Heating, cooling, and ventilation is provided via six modular air handling units and one built-up air handling unit. The built-up AHU is installed in the penthouse mechanical room and works with the building exhaust to perform heat recovery. Fan coils and VAVs are distributed throughout the building to modulate and temper airflow.

Electrical Systems

A buried 25-kilovolt electrical service ends to a high voltage electrical vault that feeds the main high voltage transformers. The transformers feed 347/600V to a 2500A main switchgear assembly with a tie breaker. Power is fed to central and sub-distribution transformers and panelboards. Interior lighting is primarily provided via fluorescent fixtures with some LED fixtures. Exterior lighting is primarily LED fixtures.

Riddell Centre

Riddell Centre

  • Total Floor Area: 281,408 sq.ft.
  • Storeys above grade: 2
  • Storeys below grade: 1 – Parking
  • Year Opened: 1996

Building Envelope

The main and fly-tower roofs on this building contain insulation with an R30 value. The lower roof has an average insulation value of R34 (R30 & 2’’ tapered). The walls consist of precast concrete sandwich panels with 3’’ polyurethane insulation (R21). The West and South thermo glazed units come with low E glazing south and west elevations. In addition, the Riddell Centre to Education Link, which was completed in 1988, contains inverted and arched roofs. Both roof compositions have an insulation value of R20. The link also consists of thermo glazed clear glazing in aluminum storefront framing.

Mechanical Systems

The 4 quads of the Riddell Center are served by a combination of systems employing various types of termination being re-heat, constant volume/variable temperature, and VAV. Varying operating situations require that many of the systems run continuously. Area 1 has a minimum of 40% outside air which is utilized through washroom exhaust and transferred through the parkade. Area 2 and 3 are standard operation VAV. AHU 6 runs continuously providing pressurization of the parkade vestibules by processing all outside air. AHU 3 serves Area 2 and 3 except for the multi-purpose and food facilities. There are separate air systems for the multi-purpose and food court facilities that require high volumes of outside air to offset exhaust for food preparation. Area 4 which has the main and practice theatres served AHU 9 appears to require high volumes of outside air and is constant volume variable temperature. The remainder of Area 4 is served by AHU 11 which is a high pressure VAV reheat system.

The Riddell Centre control system was upgraded to a Honeywell CPO system in 2021.

Electrical System

The Riddell Centre is serviced with a 2000 kVA transformer with a 3000 Amp breaker. The distribution at the building is 480/277 V.


Aggregated Consumption Rankings by Building

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