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Energy saver will also save money

Even the rainwater-fed toilets flush with an environmentally-friendly sigh.

Even the rainwater-fed toilets flush with an environmentally-friendly sigh.

One of the city’s most environmentally-friendly buildings will be officially opened Friday by Premier Darrell Dexter.

The Mona Campbell Building is on the Dalhousie University campus at the corner of LeMarchant Street and Coburg Road.

The building will house classrooms and offices for the college of sustainability, and the faculties of social work, continuing education, and computer science.

Rochelle Owen, director of sustainability at Dalhousie, said the project came in less than its budget of $33 million.

“There are plastic balls in the concrete and it reduces the amount of concrete by 30 to 40 per cent,” she said, explaining some of the building’s features.

“This is the third installation of this technology in North America.”

It has a solar wall (preheats air going into the building), a white roof (reflects heat in the summer) and a green roof (filters pollutants and increases water run off).

The building also features racks for 72 bikes as well as showers and lockers for people who walk or bike.

 
 
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