Vehicle Technology and Research Centre
Located on the College’s Notre Dame Campus, this 60,000 square foot complex combines academic and industrial functions, with nine classrooms available for theoretical instruction, and a large shop area that replicates a typical work environment in the transportation and trucking industry.
The VTRC building has received certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). It includes several sustainable features that are uncommon for a large industrial building:
- Geothermal heating and cooling: A groundwater loop system provides partial heating and cooling of the facility.
- Natural heating: SolarWall systems collect the sun’s energy to preheat outdoor air before it ventilates classrooms.
- Daylight views: More than 90% of regularly occupied spaces have direct views of the outdoors.
- Native vegetation: Plants surrounding the building require little maintenance, are drought resistant, and help control storm water runoff.
- Recycled and regional content: More than 25% of building materials have recycled content, and 35% of materials are from Manitoba, Saskatchewan or North Dakota.
Compared to a standard structure of the same size, VTRC’s efficient heating and cooling systems produce a 50% reduction in energy use, a 72% reduction in space heating, and a 54% reduction in operating costs. It has been certified as LEED® Silver.