A living lab that teaches through interaction and connects beyond classrooms
Healthy and sustainable choices at the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex are encouraged by design. A prominent staircase invites users to be more active, while parking space for more than 250 bicycles inspires students, faculty and staff to leave their cars at home.
An accessible green roof provides the School of Nutrition and the Centre for Studies in Food Security with space to grow healthy, local food and supplies fresh produce to the building. The green roof provides nutrition students with hands-on learning opportunities in urban agriculture and food security, and allows researchers from across the university to closely examine soils, production, and optimal use of urban green spaces.
Cutting-edge green design features incorporate energy efficiency and resilience directly into building operations:
A high-visibility metering and monitoring system communicates consumption and performance information.
A micro-grid system relies upon micro-turbines to produce electricity on site.
A network of energy-storing local batteries promotes resilience in extreme weather and provides power to the building — even when the city grid is down.
Greywater collected from showers and sinks is used to flush toilets — reducing water use by millions of litres per year.
In a building designed to test and evaluate its own systems and planning, students in Occupational and Public Health and Safety can monitor the effects of design and building practices on the work environment, and, in turn, gain real-world knowledge of health, safety and well-being.
It should also come as no surprise that the complex will be certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold — an international mark of excellence for green building.