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Mountain Equipment Co-Op Head Office

Mountain Equipment Co-Op Head Office

Location: British Columbia

Market Sector: Commercial Office

Delivery Method: Fixed Price

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MEC’s head office in Vancouver was designed and constructed to demonstrate the co-op’s innovation – including its LEED Platinum status.

We provided the HVAC, plumbing, and sprinkler systems for the new building when it was constructed between 2013 and 2014. This included:

  • A high-efficiency mechanical system
  • Geothermal wells coupled with ground source heat pumps
  • Heating and chilled water generated during off-peak hours and stored in thermal tanks for next day’s operation
  • Three large wind/ventilation towers with the building oriented to take advantage of prevailing wind
  • Water conservation features including low-flow plumbing fixtures, waterless urinals, and rain water harvesting to irrigate the green roof and other landscaping
  • Grey water system provide flushing water for toilets

Sustainable performance achievements in this project include:

  • Energy intensity reduction relative to reference building under MNEBC=68%
  • Potable water consumption reduction relative to reference building=60%
  • Recycled material (by value) = 19.7%
  • Regional materials (800 km radius) by value=33.5% of LEED materials divisions
  • Construction materials diverted from landfill=94%