Valley Waste Resource Management

Kentville, Nova Scotia

The Valley Waste Resource Management Administration building in Kentville, Nova Scotia is the first office building in Canada to be certified by the international Passive House energy standard – a rigorous voluntary energy standard that dramatically reduces the energy requirements for a building. The building uses a variety of recycled and salvaged materials and less than one-third of the energy of a typical office building in Atlantic Canada. It is a candidate for LEED Gold certification under the Canada Green Building Council.

The administration building lies adjacent to the VWRM sorting and recycling depot and contains offices for staff and also serves as the meeting place for the VWRM board. With views to the Annapolis Valley to the north, it is the main point of contact with the public and serves as a focal point for facility tours.

The site has excellent solar exposure to the south – a perfect setting for the high efficiency of the Selux Discera 4 LED Solar luminaires. Selux reintroduced its solar lighting products in 2014 to offer one of the most impressive and well-designed systems available using an advanced Energy Management System (EMS) utilizing SO-Bright controls from SolarOne Solutions, allowing for custom operating profiles. Selux is proud to be an integral part of this green project that raises the bar for energy efficient architecture.

client Valley Waste Resource Management Authority

architect Solterre Design: Keith Robertson, Jennifer Corson, David Gallaugher

lighting designer Outside! Planning and Design Studio

electrical planning CBCL

photographer Solterre Design

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