The tremendous success of Phase 1 of the New Waterfront Campus led to the commission of Phase 2, which involves the Centre for the Built Environment. This building brings together engineering students, faculty and industry partners in a collaborative and experiential environment. As a ʻLiving Laboratoryʼ and ʻDemonstration Projectʼ, the building showcases sustainable construction practices and technologies as active systems, revealing the building’s performance and impact as an integrated system on the environment. Building components, systems, and infrastructure serve as learning tools that are integrated into curriculum content.
Sustainable features include a green roof, living walls, a high-efficiency HVAC system and five types of renewable energy generation: wind turbines, solar photovoltaic panels, solar thermal panels, geothermal wells and heat recovery units. The CBE is certified LEED Gold and is Nova Scotiaʼs designated public demonstration building for energy conservation and environmental accountability.